Today, the practice of drumming is receiving serious attention from the health community as part of ongoing research in the field of music therapy.
Although drum circles have been a part of healing rituals in many cultures for centuries, a new study suggests that playing the drums may actually lower the level of stress-related hormones and boost a person's immune system.
Drumming as a form of therapy, is now being used effectively in the treatment of many health concerns. These include diabetes, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and autism. Promising results are also being found with disorders such as Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, paralysis and Parkinson's.
Every day psychologists validate through research the importance of letting go of the negative emotions we store in our bodies. Blocked emotions and stress are responsible for the vast majority of physical dis-ease and illness. Drumming provides an outlet for this release.
Music therapy is slowing gaining acceptance as a complementary therapy in conventional medical practice.
In the first study of its kind, Dr. Barry B. Bittman and colleagues at the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, Pennsylvania investigated whether group percussion activities have measurable biological benefits. They measured the ability of a single group-drumming session to alter stress-related hormones and enhance immune cell activity.
Statistical analysis revealed that the group drumming therapy significantly enhanced the players' immune systems. In particular, volunteers participating in the composite group drumming experienced a significant increase in immune cell activity (both natural killer cells and lymphokine-activated killer cells) and a reduction in levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone). Volunteers participating in the drum circles reported feeling less depressed and anxious after the percussion sessions.
Group-drumming music therapy -- in a manner similar to that of exercise, laughter, meditation, and other interventions that are practiced and enjoyed on a regular basis -- can contribute to the well-being of many individuals with chronic illnesses. It is an effective approach to healing emotions, for stress relief, for self confidence and for feeding our soul. Drumming places us in the here and now, the present moment. This is our powerful and sacred space.
Drumming Therapy is not focused on learning traditional music. The goals are therapeutic. This therapy is intuitive, spontaneous, and highly personalized. It allows for the greatest amount of creativity and self-expression within a structured and disciplined process.
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