Napster: The Never-Ending Soundtrack for Natural Pain Relief

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

December 31st, 2008 • Dance for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

Okay I may be a little bit slow on the uptake, but I just discovered Napster — and with it, a never-ending soundtrack for natural pain relief.  Napster basically works like cable television, supplying a vast selection of music, for a monthly fee of something like $11.

One of the best features is that you can create distinct playlists.  To me, that translates into the ability to create a series of Dancing with Pain® classes. I’ve been putting them together for myself and, after a little more experimentation, I will begin offering them at local gyms and community centers.

The ability to download a seemingly endless supply of music has let me reacquaint myself with songs that I have loved passionately over the years.  Here’s the chronic pain perk:

When I play music from my teenage years and early 20s, especially that which I have not heard in the past decade or two, the songs bring back physical sensations from that time. As such, the music takes on another dimension of power to heal — viscerally reminding my body what it feels like to be free of pain.


Sherril Johnson January 3rd, 2009

Yes! I know that feeling! But I’ve found that when I hear music that I loved from my youth, I have to be careful not to try to make my 51 year old body do what my 19 year old body could do. That just doesn’t work right now. And I also have to watch out for feelings of additional depression at how different my body is at this age that I expected it to be.

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