At her 60th birthday Mrs A’s daughter got her a cd-player and several music preparations of MRT-Music as a birthday present. Although in the beginning no results became obvious, the mother was treated with the music regularly. After 3 months of treatment first results were that Mrs A. slept less. She started to take part in family life again, to show interest in different things and to undertake activities on her own something which had not been the case for nearly 20 years.
18 months after the start of the treatment with the music preparations her sleep was normal, tension and pain in the abdomen were gone. She rode alone by bus to the next city to visit her daughter, overlooked the homework of her grandchildren of her son and started activities with her old friends.
For an understanding of these results the research findings of Prof. Dr. med. Hildebrandt of the Institute for Rehabilitation Research at the University of Marburg in Germany are of help. In his work “Chronobiological Aspects of Music Physiology" (23) he shows, how the organism is widely ruled by harmonic organisation principles, during regeneration and, particularly during sleep. Due to this musical order of many important physiological processes Prof. Hildebrandt calls the human body a music physiology.
Since MRT-Music depicts these harmonic patterns musically, they come via the ear to the brain and are represented there and via the way of resonance, stimulate the natural regeneration processes, which were in disorder in Mrs A. A consequence of a regular stimulation, step by step, the natural proportions between the states of consciousness come back. In this way the intensive positive effects of MRT-Music on sleep disorders of the most diverse kinds can be explained.
The case of Mrs A. and many others, make clear that music is not only experienced in the waking state but that the acoustic patterns also influence the activity of the brain during sleep. As soon as the air pressure changes have reached, via the mechanical signal paths, the cochlea, they are transformed into bioelectrochemical impulses and start their journey into the complex world of the brain independent of whether we are asleep, awake or dreaming.
Therefore it is not astonishing that music of natural harmonic structure has such a great success in the normalisation of states of consciousness because the cognitive and emotional brain systems as expression of our consciousness and the brain systems which regulate the regeneration during sleep, are simultaneously stimulated by it.