Scientists and Musicians Collaborate for “Most Relaxing Song Ever Created”!

9 Mar

A Manchester band, Marconi Union, and a group of sound therapy scientists conducted a study to find the most relaxing song ever created! This study (commissioned by Radox Spa – yes the bubble bath and shower gel crowd) led to the creation of “Weightless”; a musical track consisting of guitar, piano, natural soundscape samples and buddhist-like chanting.

A group of scientists played the track to 40 women, and found that this song significantly reduced stress and anxiety levels more than songs by other artists such as Enya, Mozart and Coldplay. Biofeedback such as heart rate, blood pressure, breathing levels and brain activity indicated that “Weightless” was 11% more relaxing than other songs tested (reducing anxiety levels to 35% lower than a resting state). “Weightless” was even reported to be more relaxing than a massage or the ever-faithful cup of tea, with drivers apparently being warned not to listen to the track while on the road.

Dr David Lewis (a UK stress specialist) said: “‘Weightless induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”

You can read the Daily Mail’s article about the song and the study here, and

you can listen to the song for yourself here*.

*[However, we don’t advise doing this if you’re still in the office (we will not be held responsible for keyboard drool incidents).]

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