There are many situations where a people or music therapy clients may want to use some music to help them relax. I have often found that most people not familiar with music therapy interventions have a very simplistic view of using music to relax. They may often say, "Oh, do you just put on some Mozart for people?" It is important, however to determine the real purpose of the music and what kind of music would be appropriate given the conditions.
I have developed this working draft as a conceptual framework for the various considerations that must be made in order to properly use music as an aid to relaxation. Perhaps this flowchart would best be used by a person in consultation with their music therapist? I have tried to make it simple enough to be understood by the layperson, but I think guidance by a music therapist would be very helpful. Since this is a work in progress, I encourage you to send me your thoughts and suggestions. I have never seen anything like this, but hope that it will be helpful in framing the discussion. Please feel free to download the chart and try it out. Thanks for you input!
Relaxation Flow Chart