Lois Thomson-Bowersock is a Trained HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator for drumming circles and therapeutic techniques.
Benefits of Drumming and Drum Circles
Drumming increases concentration, focus, and helps develop communication skills.
The quality of the music created in a drum circle has little to do with the ability or musical experience of the participants. The value relies more on the quality of the relationships that just naturally develops.
Drumming increases concentration and focus. It intuitively encourages people to listen and communicate effectively with each other.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Skills
- Creativity, Ingenuity and Quick Thinking
- Awareness of Interaction with Others
- Personal Integrity
- Creative Thought Processes
- Emotional Intelligence
- Leadership Skills
Elements of HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming
HealthRHYTHMS group drumming reduces stress and increased the body’s immune system. Combined, these factors contribute to the decreased development of common diseases and a sense of general well-being. (Bittman, Alternative Therapies, 2001 & Bittman, Medical Science Monitor, 2005)
Drumming is an accessible exercise which burns calories and improves mood and helps reduce the risk of disease. A Norwegian study of 25,000 women age 20-54 that performed leisure time exercises at least 4 hours/week experienced a 37% reduction in the risk of breast cancer. (Thune, Brenn, Lund, Gaard, 1997)
HealthRHYTHMS drumming empowers people to move beyond their perceived boundaries.
A 1992 Duke University Study linked lengthened lifespan with having a close confidant. HealthRHYTHMS drumming circles build camaraderie and support by creating a safe space where people feel relaxed and comfortable sharing.
HealthRHYTHMS drumming circles create a level playing field where support of growth and development is encouraged. As equal partners in this process, participants often discover inner strength and encouragement from others sharing similar experiences.
HealthRHYTHMS drumming is a group hand-drumming protocol. “Hand drumming is an ancient art that has been used in many cultures. This is an opportunity to experience worship with our bodies as well as our minds”.
Systematic inquiry into the relationship between music and brain function is one of the most rapidly developing fields of human research. “Drumming offers extensive exercise for brain cells and their synapses (connections). It would be difficult to find another activity that engages so many of the brain’s systems.”(Weinberger, N., 1998)