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The Power of Music and Movement

music and movement Jan 30, 2017

The Power of Music and Movement

I think it’s absolutely stunning how much music can move us. We can’t deny the effect that music and movement can have on our moods, creating an environment, and in some cases, even giving us health benefits!

There have been studies showing the benefits of music on a number of conditions including improved memory recollection in elderly, improved gait (walking) training in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and improved rehabilitation participation in patients recovering from stroke; others have researched and shown the positive role of music on mood, anxiety, depression, pain control, social participation, eating habits, cancer recovery, and pediatric conditions.

Because music can bring people together, and because it has such a strong influence on us mentally, physically, and emotionally, I thought it might be fun to share with you some of my favorite artists (from A to Z). Feel free to check them out on Spotify, Pandora, NPR tiny desk concerts, Youtube, etc.

You can also use music and movement as another reason to come to a Pilates class at Pilates in the Grove. I will be the first to admit that as teachers, our “chart toppers” often find their way into the class to help us move you!



Tay's Collection


Bing Crosby


Bon Iver

Boyce Avenue

The Chainsmokers

City and Color

The Civil Wars



Ed Sheeran

Ellie Goulding

Frank Sinatra


Iron & Wine

Jack Johnson

James Bay




De Dreu, M. J., Van Der Wilk, A. S. D., Poppe, E., Kwakkel, G., & Van Wegen, E. E. H. (2012). Rehabilitation, exercise therapy and music in patients with Parkinson’s disease: a meta-analysis of the effects of music-based movement therapy on walking ability, balance and quality of life. Parkinsonism & related disorders, 18, S114-S119.


Koger, S. M., Chapin, K., & Brotons, M. (1999). Is music therapy an effective intervention for dementia? A meta-analytic review of literature. Journal of Music Therapy, 36(1), 2-15.


Magee, W. L., & Davidson, J. W. (2002). The effect of music therapy on mood states in neurological patients: a pilot study. Journal of Music Therapy, 39(1), 20-29.


Judah & the Lion

Lily & Madeleine

The Lumineers

Maroon 5

Mat Kearney

Michael Buble



Of Monsters and Men


Phil Wickham

Sam Smiths

Straight No Chaser

The Temptations


Vance Joy






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