Irish music is an increasingly popular form of traditional music, but few people understand the health benefits that listening to and learning about this music can offer. If you are developing a love of famous Irish folk songs, it's worth knowing how you can use it to boost your overall health.

It Gets You Dancing

The high-energy rhythm of most Irish music makes it absolutely perfect for busting a move. Traditional Celtic dances are just one way you can enjoy Irish music, and there are often clubs dedicated to celebrating these dances. However, you can also create your own personal dance and enjoy it in your own way.

High-energy dancing offers a wide range of physical benefits, including:

  • Boosted cardiovascular health
  • More aerobic fitness
  • Improved muscle strength
  • Better balance and coordination

Dancing also utilizes many aspects of your brain. In fact, listening to music and performing music (including Irish music) gets you to utilize both sides of your brain, including the creative side and the muscle memory and agility side.

Irish Ballads May Increase Relaxation

Although some of the most popular Irish music is upbeat and exciting, much of it is low-key and relaxing. The traditional vocal ballads of Ireland are among the most memorable and emotionally satisfying in the world. Listening to soothing music can generate a wide variety of benefits, including:

  • Stress reduction
  • Improved meditation
  • Increased physical relaxation
  • Boosted mood
  • Greater sense of healing
  • Easier time falling (and staying) asleep
  • Pain reduction

Great Examples Of Irish Music

The nice thing about traditional Irish music is that it can vary between upbeat tunes and more relaxing ballads. This means you can listen to a wide range of music and receive the myriad of benefits mentioned above. Some of the most popular Irish artists (and some of their most upbeat songs) include:

  • The Pogues "Irish Rover"
  • Sinead O'Connor "Mandika"
  • Van Morrison "Moondance

Some of these songs are fairly traditional, while others are more contemporary. Each is upbeat and designed to get you up and moving. As far as relaxing Irish music, there are various sources. On music streaming websites, there is a wide variety of calming Irish music, including traditional harp music. This music is designed to calm the mind and relax the body.

Some Irish artists, such as Enya, have built an entire career out of creating lush, relaxing, and emotionally satisfying music. Her music has a diverse style that is unified by calming keyboard tones and melodies.

Check out some albums of Irish music from the library or buy a few, then listen to them and enjoy the health benefits that come from listening to, learning about, and dancing to Irish music.