Weightless: Described As The World's Most Relaxing Song Inducing Trance Like State
Updated: Apr 5
Music therapy is used with individuals of all ages and with a variety of conditions, including: psychiatric disorders, medical problems, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, developmental disabilities, substance abuse issues, communication disorders, interpersonal problems, and aging. It is also used to improve learning, build self-esteem, reduce stress, support physical exercise, and facilitate a host of other health-related activities.
Indigenous societies around the world have traditionally used sound in healing ceremonies, including drumming, hand-clapping, singing, dancing, and pulsating since the beginning of time. Sound Therapy techniques vary but all involve the application of sound waves and harmonic vibrations to the body through the use of instruments, including the human voice.
Sound Therapy is effective in not only achieving a state of relaxation but it also has a way of moving through blockages in the body. Sound Therapy has been known to help treat such conditions as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, sleep disorders, pain and autism.
On 16 October 2011, Marconi Union created an eight-minute track, titled "Weightless", in collaboration with Lyz Cooper, of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, and Radox Spa. The song features guitar, piano and manipulated field recordings. It is punctuated throughout by low tones that supposedly induce a trance-like state. It was reported in a study conducted at the Sussex Innovation Centre in Brighton that listening to the track reduced anxiety of the patients by up to 65%, being 11% better at inducing relaxation than other relaxing music.
Marconi Union are an English musical trio consisting of Richard Talbot, Jamie Crossley and Duncan Meadows. And in November 2011, Marconi Union were featured in Time magazine's list of Inventors of the Year for recording Weightless, describing it as "the world's most relaxing song". In January 2017 it charted in the Billboard charts.