Integration of Spirituality, Music and Emotions in Health Care


  • Frances Hendriëhetta Le Roux MSc, PhD, Private Practice, Fish Hoek
  • Christof Sauer DTh, Unisa. Habilitation in Missiology and Intercultural Theology, Protestant University Wuppertal, Germany.



As recent studies indicate a correlation between patients’ spirituality and health outcomes, medical care is increasingly focusing on treatment of the whole person. Through spirituality, individuals attempt to perceive their world, themselves, and their needs in terms of their connection to the self, others, nature and God. One cannot provide whole-person care without taking into consideration the relevant spiritual needs of patients. Music is capable of affecting spiritual aspects with emotional needs in health care and can contribute to the ‘wholeness’ perception of a person. The purpose of this review was to explore the definitions of spirituality, their value in healthcare, while additionally viewing the difference between religion and spirituality, and the link between emotions and spirituality and music’s effect on their potential role in healthcare.


Keywords: spirituality, healthcare, music, emotions


Integración de la espiritualidad: música , emoción y cuidado de la salud

Frances Hendriëhetta Le Roux, Christof Sauer

Recientes estudios indican correlación entre la espiritualidad de los pacientes y los resultados en la salud, por esto la asistencia médica esta focalizándose de manera creciente en el tratamiento de la persona completa. A través de la espiritualidad los individuos intentan percibir el mundo, a ellos mismos, y a su necesidad de conexión con ellos, con otros, con la naturaleza y con Dios. No podemos proveer asistencia integral de la persona sin considerar las necesidades espirituales de los pacientes. En la atención de salud la música es capaz de acceder a estos aspectos espirituales junto a las necesidades emocionales de los pacientes y contribuir a la percepción de integridad de la persona. El propósito de esta revisión es explorar las definiciones de espiritualidad, su valor en la atención de la salud, mientras observamos la diferencia entre religión y espiritualidad, la conexión entre emociones y espiritualidad y el efecto de la música en su rol en el cuidado de la salud.

 Palabras clave: espiritualidad, cuidado de la salud, música, emociones



Intergration von Spiritualität, Musik und Emotionen in die Gesundheitsfürsorge

Frances Hendriëhetta Le Roux, Christof Sauer 

Da neuere Studien eine Korrelation zwischen der Spiritualität und dem Gesundheitsverlauf von Patienten anzeigen, beschäftigt sich die medizinische Versorgung  zunehmend mit der Behandlung des Menschen als Ganzes. Über Spiritualität versuchen einzelne Menschen ihre Welt, sich selbst und ihre Bedürfnisse in Bezug auf ihre Verbindung zu sich selbst, zu anderen, zu Natur und Gott wahrzunehmen. Man kann einen Menschen als Ganzes nicht betreuen, ohne seine relevanten spirituellen Bedürfnisse zu berücksichtigen. Musik kann die spirituellen Aspekte mit emotionalen Bedürfnissen  in der Gesundheitsfürsorge beeinflussen und zu der ganzheitlichen Betrachtung einer Person beitragen. Der Zweck dieses Review war es, Definitionen von Spiritualität, deren Wert im Gesundheitswesen zu erforschen, und zusätzlich die Unterscheidung von Religion und Spiritualität,  die Verbindung zwischen Emotionen und Spiritualität, und die Wirkung von Musik auf deren mögliche Rollen in der Gesundheitspflege zu sichten. 

Keywords: Spiritualität, Gesundheitsfürsorge, Musik, Emotionen



Integrazione della Spiritualità, Musica ed Emozioni nell’Assistenza Sanitaria

 Frances Hendriëhetta Le Roux, Christof Sauer

Poiche recenti studi indicano una correlazione tra spiritualità e I risultati di salute dei pazienti, l’assistenza medica è sempre più concentrata sul trattamento di tutta la persona. Attraverso la spiritualità gli individui cercano di percepire il loro mondo, se stessi e le loro esigenze in termini di connessione con il sé, degli altri, la natura e Dio. Non si puó fornire una cura su tutta la persona senza prendere in considerazione le esigenze spirituali dei pazienti. La musica è in grado di influenzare gli aspetti spirituali con I bisogni emotive nell’asssistenza sanitaria e può contribuire alla percezione “dell’interezza“ di una persona. Lo scopo di questa revisione è stato quello di esplorare le definizioni di spiritualità, il loro valore nel settore sanitario, mentre in aggiunta la visualizzazione della differenza tra la religione e la spiritualità, e il legame tra le emozioni e la spiritualità e l’effetto della musica nel settore sanitario.

 Parole Chiave: spiritualità, assistenza sanitaria, musica, emozioni






Frances Hendriëhetta Le Roux, Christof Sauer





건강관리에 영성성(spirituality), 음악, 감정의 통합

Frances Hendriëhetta Le Roux, Christof Sauer


최근 연구들이 환자의 정신성과 건강의 상관관계를 보여주는 것처럼, 의학적 치료는 점차 그 사람 전체를 치료하는 것에 초점을 맞추고 있다. 정신성을 통해서, 사람들은 자아, 타인, 자연, 하느님과의 연관관계 등과 관련해서 자신의 세계, 자기 자신, 그리고 자신의 필요를 인식하려고 한다. 환자들의 관련 정신적 필요를 고려하지 않고 전인적 치료를 제공할 수는 없다. 음악은 건강관리에서 정서적 필요와 함께 정신적 측면에 영향을 끼칠 수 있으며, 어떤 사람의 “전체(wholeness)” 인식에 기여할 수 있다. 이번 검토의 목적은 종교와 정신성의 차이점, 정서와 정신성의 연관관계, 그리고 그것들이 건강관리에서 할 수 있는 역할에 음악이 끼치는 영향 등을 추가로 검토하면서 정신성의 정의, 건강관리에서 그것들이 갖는 가치 등을 살펴보는 것이다.


키워드: 정신성, 건강관리, 음악, 정서


Author Biographies

Frances Hendriëhetta Le Roux, MSc, PhD, Private Practice, Fish Hoek

PhD – University of Stellenbosch, S.A. (The Effect of Music on the Immune System, Emotions and Lung Functions during Standard Physiotherapy Treatment of Specific Lung Pathology).

Physiotherapist. Private Physiotherapy Practice in Fish Hoek, South Africa for 27 years.

Current research interest and projects on Music, Health Care, Spirituality and Positive Emotions.

Christof Sauer, DTh, Unisa. Habilitation in Missiology and Intercultural Theology, Protestant University Wuppertal, Germany.

Professor of Religious Studies and Missiology, Evangelische Faculteit Leuven, Belgium.


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