Did you make friends with Johann, Wolfgang and Ludwig? Shauna Mei, Spa Week’s Intellectual Wellbeing Expert and CEO of AHALife.com, challenged our readers (and the Spa Week team) to listen to classical music for two weeks. The plus side: increase your IQ a few points. In 1993, Nature magazine published a study that proved your IQ actually increases by listening to classical music, which is known as the “Mozart Effect.” So how did it go?

I’m not entirely sure how much smarter I am after this challenge (haven’t taken an IQ test) but I definitely felt less stressed starting my day, and as a New Yorker that is something I so appreciate. Rather than waking up to a high-pitched shrilling alarm noise, I was greeted by the sounds of violins and pianos. I must confess that I wasn’t a big fan of classical music before this challenge. I thought it was just music they played in fancy opera houses and elevators. However, I have a new lease on life (and music)! I won’t be lip syncing to these tunes in the shower but they will be waking me up from now on, as much as possible at least. When you feel like life is moving too fast or you don’t have a moment to yourself, put on some classical music and I swear you’ll find your peace by the end of one song. It also makes me feel quite sophisticated. Shauna is definitely onto something here.

You can expand your spatial-temporal reasoning long after this challenge with some of the greats.

10 Titillating Classical Pieces

First, here are Shauna’s top 4 picks:

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 – Andante

Vanessa Mae’s rendition of Toccata & Fugue (especially at 1:38 sec)

Chopin Fantasie Impromptu Op 66

And here are some I enjoyed listening to:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass In B Minor

Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major “Eroica”

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah

Johann Sebastian Bach Well-Tempered Clavier

Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida

Last but certainly not least, I’d like to announce the winners of the $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Cards by Spa Week (who shared their experiences on the event page):

Kimberly Y: “Each morning, I have faithfully listened to Bach and Mozart. I also enjoy the soundtrack to Memoirs of a Geish. The soundtrack is wonderful and very relaxing. I find myself breathing deeper and relaxing my shoulders when listening to classical music.”

Melissa C: “I have fulfilled my promise and have enjoyed it so much! A NEW RITUAL!!! I used to play the French Horn & was a music performance major but had health problems due to a car accident. I have been a licensed massage therapist for almost 14 years, & will be listening to more classical during treatments from now on.

Sincere thanks!!!!! ♥” 

Congrats you two, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, and please contact michelle at spaweekmedia dot com within 3 business days to redeem your prize!

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