Nobody can deny the changes the world experienced in 2020 but if there's a silver lining it’s that people have learned to appreciate things a little more. Now that things are finally starting to return to normal people are more anxious than ever to get out and see live music. Need more convincing? Here are some of the many benefits of music, according to NorthShore.

  • It’s heart-healthy. Research has shown that blood flows more easily when music is played. It can also reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels and increase serotonin and endorphin levels in the blood.
  • It elevates your mood. Music can boost the brain’s production of the hormone dopamine. This increased dopamine production helps relieve feelings of anxiety and depression. Music is processed directly by the amygdala, which is the part of the brain involved in mood and emotions.
  •  It reduces stress. Research has found that listening to music can relieve stress by triggering biochemical stress reducers.
  • It relieves symptoms of depression. When you’re feeling down in the dumps, music can help pick you up - much like exercise.
  • It stimulates memories. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia but music therapy has been shown to relieve some of its symptoms. Music therapy can relax an agitated patient, improve the mood and open communication in patients.
  • It manages pain. By reducing stress levels and providing a strong competing stimulus to the pain signals that enter the brain, music therapy can assist in pain management.
  • It eases pain. Music can meaningfully reduce the perceived intensity of pain, especially in geriatric care, intensive care, or palliative medicine.
  • It helps people eat less. Playing soft music in the background (and dimming the lights) during a meal can help people slow down while eating and ultimately consume less food in one sitting.
  • It increases workout endurance. Listening to those top workout tracks can boost physical performance and increase endurance during a tough exercise session.

Join us for live music at The Cottage every Friday and Saturday! The Cottage in Crystal Lake, Illinois is now offering catering for large parties, small parties, and intimate gatherings, so that you can still host your holiday party without compromising your safety. No matter how many guests you’re planning on hosting, we have years of experience that made us prepared to serve you for your socially distanced parties and events. Want something more casual? The Cottage is now open and following COVID-19 guidelines to ensure your safety. We recommend making a reservation to seal your spot at our Sunday Night Bingo at 8 and weekly entertainment. For more information, fill out our contact us form, visit our Facebook, or give us a call at (815) 459-7520.