Drums have been used in every culture for many purposes from religious rituals and ceremonies, to sporting events, and as a way to communicate or signal. Shamans used drumming as a means of reaching an altered or trance-like state so that they can connect with the spirit dimension. Drumming has also been used therapeutically since ancient times.
Seniors can feel isolated because of depression, mobility issues, and pain and grief. Through group drumming, individuals can feel a sense of community and enjoy some social interaction. There are great benefits to feeling connected to others, especially those in similar situations.
Drumming increases our alpha brainwaves associated with feelings of well-being and euphoria. When the brain changes from Beta waves (concentration) to Alpha waves, you feel calm and relaxed. A new study published in PLoS scientifically validates that group drumming produces significant changes in well-being, including improvements in depression, anxiety and social resilience and has more favourable effects than antidepressants and mood-stabilizing drugs.
Chronic pain, which many of our seniors experience, has a progressively draining effect on the quality of life. Research suggests that drumming serves as a distraction from pain and grief. Specifically, drumming promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, the bodies own morphine-like pain killers, and can thereby help to control pain.
Drumming boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and reduces stress. In a specific study conducted by neurologist, researcher and author Barry Bittman, group drumming actually increases activity of Natural Killer cells, the specialized white blood cells that seek out and destroy cancer cells and virally-infected cells.
A great workout for your brain, drumming stimulates both hemispheres of the brain to create whole mind activation. Drumming also appears to synchronize the lower areas of the brain (non-verbal) with the frontal cortex (language and reasoning). This integration produces feelings of insight and certainty. For these reasons therapeutic drumming may be a powerful tool in helping retrain the brains of people who have some level of damage or impairment, such as after a stroke or where there is neurological disease such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
Using djembes and other percussion instruments, participants learn basic hand drumming techniques and engage in fun, rhythmic activities in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Opportunities for creative self-expression and improvisation are incorporated into activities. No previous drumming or musical experience is necessary.
Brenda will come to your establishment with 11 djembes and a plethora of percussion instruments to facilitate an hour long Drum Circle for $150. (That’s $15. pp if 10 clients are paying themselves and one worker n/c). Those people that find it difficult to play a Djembe can choose to play a frame drum or a hand held percussion instrument.
Although one can benefit from a Drum Circle at any time, regular meetings are most beneficial. Rhythm patterns are repeated during Drum Circles and through repetition the participant will feel more confident and fulfilled. Weekly Drum Circles are the best but monthly meetings can also be very beneficial. Monthly Drum Circles cost $1300. for 10 sessions.
Larger Drum Circles up to 24 participants are also available for an additional cost.