OPTIMUM HEALTH DIARY: This section documents my pursuit of peak health and sports performance using established methods, breakthroughs in sports science and alternative/nature options. ______________________________________________
FRI SEPT 25: I was just about to set off on my leisurely 5 mile jog around the scenic conservation area and canal side of the Olympic Park when I realised I forgot something. No mobile phone strapped to my upper arm and therefore no tracklist of songs pumping through those headphones to keep me inspired – can’t leave without those. But it got me wondering. I guess we take for granted the motivational power of music but scientific evidence has taken this even further.
Water crystal experiments by Dr Masaru Emoto showed music and even words have a vibrational effect on anything that is composed of water (bear in mind the human body is 70 per cent water). He poured water into containers and put labels on them which expressed thoughts about love/appreciation on some and hate/anger on others. He then froze the water and took photos of the crystalline shapes that had formed. The results below show that somehow the ‘energy’ associated with these emotions was powerful enough to change the structure of the water.
Effects of Thoughts of Love/Appreciation on Water Crystals
Effects of Thoughts of Hate/Anger on Water Crystals
He repeated the experiment with music. Classical music, Tibetan traditional music etc produced beautiful crystal shapes. Rock music produced harsh, ugly crystals. Dr Emoto explained all of this by saying that music produces a vibrational effect – the same effect on our bodies and water. He also deduced from this that certain music has healing properties. Will all this stop me including loud or angry music such as hip hop and rock on my jogging playlist? I don’t think so, but the results are interesting and worth thinking about. (It might be worth bearing in mind that all things have their pluses and minuses. The powerful, pumped up rhythms of rap or heavy metal may actually come in handy if you are a weightlifter for example. You try bench pressing in a competitive gym environment listening to The Blue Danube Waltz by Johan Strauss!!!