Singing increases oxygen flow, relaxes the muscles and alters the hormones that boost mood and the immune system.
We know it feels good to sing, but what actually happens to our bodies when we do? Studies have shown that it reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and the brain releases dopamine, a type of neurotransmitter that communicates chemical messages between nerve cells in your brain and the rest of your body.
Singing also increases levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that your body produces to help you fend off infection. And because singing involves deep breathing and the controlled use of muscles in the respiratory system, it increases oxygen flow and can be beneficial for lung and breathing conditions, particularly those associated with Multiple Sclerosis.
Group singing is even more beneficial, as the act of collective singing causes your body to release endorphins and oxytocin. Also known as the love hormone, oxytocin can help promote positive feelings and even change your perception of pain. Researchers found that the feelings of bonding and social connection, rather than the music itself, seem to boost pain tolerance.
The Wessex Multiple Sclerosis singing circle brings people together regardless of singing ability. Whether you can carry a tune or not, all are welcome to join us at our centre in Warminster.
Our choir meets every Monday, 2.00pm to 3.00pm.