HEALTH AND WELLNESS
The many benefits of group drumming are centered on whole-person wellness.
Empowerment drumming is an evidence-based approach based on an emerging discipline called rhythmacology, the interdisciplinary study of rhythm, as researched by Dr. Barry Bittman of the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, Pa., and Christine Stevens,
MT-BC, of HealthRhythms™. It begins with innate biological rhythms and extends to personal and group expression in the form of empowerment drumming.
Research has shown that regular participation in group drum circles, following the HealthRhythms™
- boosts natural killer cell activity (specialized white blood cells of our immune system that seek out and destroy cancer
- as an employee wellness strategy can
produce significant improvements in mood and reductions
in employee turnover
- on the genomic level, literally reverses
the DNA switches that turn on biological stress
responses that can lead to the development of a host
Drumming and wellness pioneer Barry Bernstein, MT-BC, of HealthySounds, Rhythm For Life, and Unity With a Beat,
has researched the positive effects of drumming for individuals facing the challenges of Alzheimer's and other dementia disorders.
Additional studies have shown benefits such as increasing social indicators and connection to the school community with at-risk youth.
"Group drumming from a
HealthRhythms™ perspective is transcendent,"
says Dr. Bittman. "It empowers people to more
effectively express themselves while enabling them to move
beyond their perceived limitations and put back into their
lives what is missing."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 90% of the doctor visits in the USA may be triggered by stress-related illness.
Watch Christine Stevens, co-founder of HealthRhythms™, talk about the benefits of group drumming on this episode of PBS's Healing Quest.
Additionally, learn about how an in-school drumming-based therapy program improved the social and emotional behavior in disadvantaged students in this video and Time magazine story.
Roots To Rhythm™ Director Toni Kellar is a
Trained HealthRhythms™ Facilitator, and offers programs to hospitals and support groups, social services, YMCAs, youth services, health departments, nursing homes, and other wellness outreach agencies.
BENEFITS of a
GROUP DRUMMING EXPERIENCE
Research by Rex Bacon, MT-BC
Release of negative energy / emotions
Increased sense of wellness
Increased sense of presence
Increased connection with others
Increased feeling of relaxation
Increased insight into self
ARE THERE MORE BENEFITS?
Creates a health promoting environment
Empowers people to see beyond their
Brings to the surface what is
difficult to express in words alone
Draws people together and raises
awareness of interactions with others
Enhances communication and morale
Read what the Percussive Arts Society has to say about Recreational Drumming: Celebrating Health and Wellness.