According to preliminary findings from a new pilot study by researchers at Iowa State University, one hour of singing with a group significantly reduced the so-called “stress hormone” cortisol and was correlated with reduced feelings of sadness and anxiety in those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. Singing also appeared to improve motor functions and fluidity of movement in Parkinson’s patients.
I think all our choir members would agree with this article as we have a lot of fun at our weekly rehearsals, its very social and it gives everyone a lift. This TED talk video goes some way to explaining this and how it can help combat loneliness and mental health issues like Parkinson’s Disease (one of our supported charities this year).
Read the full article at Psychology Today. and why not join a local choir like Sing! Bentley Heath.