A drum circle is similar to a conversation; percussion, rattles and drums are the voice. Without saying a word, each person expresses themselves through their drum and listens to other drummers beat at the same time. The rhythm of the drum circle creates vibrational healing by entraining our brainwaves and creating sympathetic resonance. This unifying experience offers us an opportunity to stimulate our creative expression and to support the well-being of our community.
Therapeutic healing effects of group drumming:
- Control Chronic Pain: Drumming promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers, therefore help in controlling pain. (Winkelman, Michael, Shamanism: The Neural Ecology of Consciousness and Healing. Westport, Conn: Bergin & Garvey; 2000.)
- Brain Health: “Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or other neurological impairment, as with Parkinson's patients...” And, “Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or other neurological impairment, as with Parkinson's patients...”, according to Michael Thaut, director of Colorado State University's Center for Biomedical Research in Music.
- Boosts Immunity: According to Dr. Bittman, “Group drumming tunes our biology, orchestrates our immunity, and enables healing to begin.” (Bittman, Medical Science Monitor, 2005) *study used Health Rhythms®
- Positive Effect on Mental Health: 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).
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Dr. Caratozzolo (Dr. C) is a Health Rhythms Group Empowerment trained facilitator; he uses the drum as a tool for wellness, communication and personal expression.