Body, Mind, Spirit, Community
Benefits of Drum and Dance Circles
Lowers blood pressure
Improves immune system function
Produces positive emotions
Exercise and stimulate creativity
Creates opportunities to meet new people
Deepens connections with community
Publications and Articles
Reduce Emotional Distress
A powerful 2001 study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that low-income children who enrolled in a 12-week group drumming intervention saw multiple domains of social-emotional behavior improve significantly, from anxiety to attention, from oppositional to post-traumatic disorders.
Neuroscience reveals how rhythm helps us walk, talk — and even love
Making music for mental health: how group drumming mediates recovery
The findings provide support for the conceptual notion of ‘creative practice as mutual recovery’, demonstrating that group drumming provides a creative and mutual learning space in which mental health recovery can take place.
Improves Our Immune System. Reduces Cortisol, and Boosts Two Types of Cancer Fighting Cells
A 2001 study published in Alternative Therapies and Health Medicine indicates that drumming circles boost the immune system. Led by renowned cancer expert Barry Bittman, MD, the study demonstrates that group drumming actually increases cancer-killing cells, which help…
Social-emotional learning through drumming intervention
Scores on the seven social development domains ranged from 7.2 to 7.8, indicating positive change during the 10-week period for most students. Across all domains, teachers rated between 3% and 13% of students with no change. Using the total score, more than 93% of students were rated with some degree of positive change.in the module Advanced settings.
Regrows Brain Matter
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Huntington’s Disease found that two months of drumming intervention in Huntington’s patients (considered an irreversible, lethal neurodegenerative disease) resulted in “improvements in executive function and changes in white matter microstructure, notably in the genu of the corpus callosum that connects prefrontal cortices of both hemispheres.” The study authors concluded that the pilot study provided novel preliminary evidence that drumming (or related targeted behavioral stimulation) may result in “cognitive enhancement and improvements in callosal white matter microstructure.”
Group Drumming Bangs Away at Anxiety and Depression
Study shows that making music can be a powerful tool for promoting mental health.
An “exploratory examination” found 10 weeks of group drumming provided significant benefits for a group of people who had sought help for mental-health issues. What’s more, the improvements persisted for at least three months after the sessions concluded.
Drumming Program helping Vietnam veterans affected by PTSD
A groundbreaking study in suburban Melbourne is using simple drum beats to help Vietnam veterans heal the emotional scars of combat.
Study: Therapeutic Potential a Drum and Dance
As a physician focused on integrative medicine within the traditional healthcare setting, I’ve had the opportunity to offer music as a therapeutic intervention to our patients suffering from some of the most challenging illnesses imaginable. Not surprisingly, music at the Mind-Body Wellness Center has evolved into one of the most appreciated and innovative interventions of our disease-based programs for individuals with cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes – the principle causes of healthcare expenditure, disability and mortality in our nation.