Healing Drum Kit
"Christine Stevens has put together a terrific kit that can introduce you to the magic, fun, and healing power of drumming. I recommend it." —Andrew Weil, M.D.
With a venerable history as a healing art, it’s no surprise that scientists are now finding measurable positive immune system changes following one-hour drumming sessions. With The Healing Drum Kit, internationally acclaimed music therapist Christine Stevens shows you how to use the art of drumming to ignite your creativity, release tension and anxiety, exercise the body, and communicate with a power beyond words. The Healing Drum Kit includes:
- A quality 10 inch REMO frame drum
- 24 Rhythm Cards featuring World Rhythms from Africa to Japan; Life Rhythms for whole-body healing and Spirit Rhythms that liberate creative energy
- 2 CDs of music for solo play or drum circle jams
- Spiral-bound study guide with scientific evidence on drumming for wellness, drum blessings from various traditions, playing tips, resources for starting a drum circle, and more
Whether relaxing to the gentle lub-dub of a heartbeat, exploring sacred rhythms from around the globe, or simply drumming away stress, people of all ages will experience and enjoy the full spectrum of this ancient art, with The Healing Drum Kit.
2 CDs, 2.5 hours, 78-page guidebook, frame drum, 24 cards
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Documented Health Benefits of Drumming
Thank you Angela Perkins at Holistic Health Careers.com for allowing us to share this article with our readers!.
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, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol. 7, no. 1).
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).
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, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol. 7, no. 1).
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 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).
Want to Experience a Healing Drumming Session? Call IHHC at 614-299-9438 to schedule a appointment! Reference: HealthtBeat of TTM Winston-Salem