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Musical Therapy
Music therapy uses the power of sound to bring about emotional healing and reduce stress and pain. Therapy sessions include listening to music, making music or a combination of both.

Why is music so beneficial to us? Along with its power to bond you with other people, music actually shapes your brain. "Perhaps this is so because musical activity involves many parts of the brain—emotional, motor and cognitive areas—even more than we use for our other great human achievement, language," Dr. Oliver Sacks says. "This is why it can be such an effective way to remember or to learn."

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