Music and health – these concepts are close to each other
But the combination of the professions of a musician and a doctor is a rare phenomenon. And yet there are such unique ones. Russian composer Alexander Porfirievich Borodin was a talented scientist and chemist. He graduated with honors from the Medical and Surgical Academy, defended his dissertation for a doctor of medicine, was among such prominent figures of Russian science as A.M. Butlerov, D.I. Mendeleev, I.I. Sechenov, S.P. Botkin. But the work of the learned physician did not prevent him from composing musical works: romances, symphony concerts, and creating his main brainchild – the opera Prince Igor. For 17 years he worked on opera. Music inspires her, awakens patriotic feelings. French composer Hector Berlioz touched medicine. Born in the family of a doctor, at the insistence of his father he studied medicine, but also was fond of poetry, art, music.
He entered the Paris Conservatory. Berlioz created several symphonies, the vocal and dramatic trilogy “The Childhood of Christ”. His opera Beatrice and Benedict is especially famous for Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. The bright, cheerful music of the opera creates a wonderful mood, ignites with fun and humor.
Thanks to my journalistic activities, I met a man who combined two wonderful professions – musician, singer and doctor. Sergey Vaganovich Shushardzhan, the owner of a beautiful baritone, graduated from the Conservatory after school.
He performed on world-famous stages, such as the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Covent Garden in London, the Grand Opera in Paris and others. He starred in Verdi’s operas Nabucco and La Traviata, in Puccini’s opera Cio Cio San ” Only 15 opera parts of different composers. His repertoire includes 500 arias, romances, and songs. But the professional singer was attracted by medicine. Even in his youth, he noticed the beneficial effects of music, singing on health. Continuing to sing, he managed to graduate from the Stavropol Medical Institute and began working as a cardioreanimatologist. Developed his system of body restoration using music therapy.
The therapeutic and prophylactic method, which he called vocal therapy, consists, first of all, in proper singing breathing. “There is a set of special exercises,” said Sergey Vaganovich, “with which you can bring the ability to control breathing to perfection.” This is a kind of soft, elastic massage of internal organs.
Respiratory training according to a specific system strengthens the walls of blood vessels. The method of exposure to sound vibrations, which are in harmony with internal processes in the human body, has been practiced by healers of the East since ancient times. They say: sing to be healthy; it is possible to treat not only with a word, but also with music, singing and even a prolonged repeated utterance with a smile of some sounds. For example: “gon” – the sound of the spleen, “shen” – the sound of the lungs, “guo” – the sound of the liver, “chen” – the sound of the heart, “yu” – the sound of the kidneys, “don” – the sound of the stomach.
In his book “Health by Notes” S.V. Shushardzhan gives similar examples of modern scientific researchers. He talks about the beneficial effects of humming, lingering pronunciations of vowels on human health.
So, the sound “a – a” massages the pharynx, larynx, thyroid gland; the sound “o – o” heals the middle part of the chest; the sound “o – and – o – and” massages the heart; the sound “and – er – and” affects the brain, kidneys, endocrine glands; the sound “a – u – e – and” helps the whole body as a whole. (Each sound is pronounced 3-4 times). A very similar effect is produced on the body and individual musical works. Especially, experts say, Mozart’s music cures. S.V.Shushardzhan calls the profession of long-livers the profession of singers. He created the Institute of Medicine and Music Therapy. Pursuing the problems of maintaining the health and self-improvement of people, he says: Sing, friends, to your health!
Longevity, an increase in human longevity – these complex tasks are handled by the Russian scientist, astrologer Valery Alexandrovich Tuev. He, along with his colleagues, turning over a huge number of directories, Russian and foreign, including the Guinness Book of Records, compiled an extensive, interesting, we can say unique scheme.
According to the biographies of people who have reached a very advanced age, according to astrological research, and also having studied the psychological factors that ensure an active, healthy, long life, scientists have come to the conclusion that all long-livers are creative, aspiring and able to realize their abilities. It’s very important, V.A. Tuev said, to lead a “meaningful lifestyle, to be an active co-author of one’s destiny”. In a conversation with me, he spoke about the Spanish conductor Pablo Casals, who lived for 94 years. He had a beautiful young wife.
Despite his many years of illness (rheumatoid arthritis), he was always full of spirituality, an inexhaustible thirst for life, creativity. “Every morning, waking up, I look forward to meeting with the music,” he said. “For me, Bach is a great romantic. His music excites me, brings back a feeling of fullness of life. ”