Drumming Medicine

Making my own drum changed my life and since I began sharing the medicine with others I have witnessed many beautiful awakenings. The drum connects us and reminds us that we are more alike than different and we do not walk alone. Drumming is all inclusive, fun, helps build connections, improves mood and truly helps us remember.  Drums have been around for centuries and continue to grow in popularity as science is now catching up to what has been known for thousands of years.

It has been said that my Drumming Circles have powerful and positive affects on the participants.  Our time together goes further by connecting to the outer reaches around our precious planet. We connect with our heart, other drummers and the heartbeat of our Great Mother. Everyone wins.

Be still and listen for the drum to call you home. Allow the horses and I to walk with you on your journey.

“With Spirit, drums and horses I’ll help you see, help you remember all you’re meant to be”  Song of Spirit, Drums and Horses  2015 DMW.

Drum Making and Drumming Circle opportunities are available for families and groups at your location.  Exchange rate available on request.


 

The health benefits of drumming have been scientifically investigated and published in multiple scientific and professional journals.

It was shown that drumming helps to reduce adverse effects of several medical conditions such as stress, depression, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.

  • Stress  Blood samples from participants of an hour-long drumming session revealed a reversal of the hormonal stress response and an increase in natural killer cell activity (Bittman, et al. 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol. 7, no. 1).
  • Depression  Stanford University School of Medicine conducted a study with 30 depressed people over 80 years of age and found that participants in a weekly music therapy group were less anxious, less distressed and had higher self-esteem (Friedman, Healing Power of the Drum, 1994).
  • Cancer  Subjects who participated in a clinical trial using the HealthRhythms protocol showed an increase in natural killer cell activity and an enhanced immune system. While this does not indicate a cure for cancer, such results may be of benefit for those facing this disease. (Bittman, et al. 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol. 7, no. 1).
  • Alzheimer’s Disease  According to Clair, Bernstein and Johnson (1995), Alzheimer’s patients who drum can connect better with loved ones. The predictability of rhythm may provide the framework for repetitive responses that make few cognitive demands on people with dementia.
  • Parkinson’s Diseases and Stroke  Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or other neurological impairment, according to Michael Thaurt, director of Colorado State University’s Center of Biomedical Research in Music. Researchers have also discovered that hearing slow, steady rhythms, such as drumbeats, helps Parkinson patients move more steadily (Friedman, Healing Power of the Drum, 1994).
  • Chronic Pain   Chronic pain has a devastating propensity for progressively draining quality of life. Technology and pharmacology are falling short of the mark needed to improve quality of life and reduce pain, according to Dr. Barry Bittman in the Pain Practitioner. (Lingerman, H. 1995, Music and You. In the Healing Energies of Music. Wheaton, Ill.: Theosophical Publishing House).