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Drumming therapy to reduce stress, restore vitality and create a productive atmosphere

Updated on September 25, 2015

Drumming as meditation

Anacostia River Earth Day
Anacostia River Earth Day | Source

Simply drum it away

Drumming has been used by ancient civilization as a fresh call, a sign or as an accompaniment to other music instruments.

A fitting friend to be relied upon on usually boring days!

Yes drums and drumming set us ready to another plane of self-realisation. A much more complex and interesting place of noise and dance.

Drums can charge you like energy refilling empty batteries.

If you are in a balanced state of mind do try drumming away your doubts.

If you are tensed then try drumming to come back to the balanced sate.

The idea to me here is not to reach a comfort level but to find the natural rhythm of the mind and body back through dances and drumming.

A zone where creativity is allowed to flourish.

A musician playing a drum at the carnival
A musician playing a drum at the carnival | Source

The rise of drumming circles as a cure

Existing research is now attesting the healing effects of ancient rhythmic procedures like drumming. Fresh research evaluations direct that drumming enhances the immune system, hastens physical healing and induces moods of great health. It releases any trauma that was inside the mind and brings the vitality back.

Hand Drums stacked
Hand Drums stacked | Source

A Type of music therapy

This activity is seen as a type of music therapy to not just create entertainment but also to bring in mood enhancers.

A collective social activity too!

Arthur Fernandez Drumming therapy
Arthur Fernandez Drumming therapy | Source

Shifting the focus to a constructive zone

Drumming gives us an opportunity to vent our anger or other tense feelings instead of throwing it on someone.

Thus it indirectly induces clarity in thoughts and prevents fights.

A famous drum circle with Tim Pierce

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Spring Equinox Drum Circle
Spring Equinox Drum Circle
Spring Equinox Drum Circle | Source

Castle Craig Drum Circle

Siesta Key Drum Circle

Siesta Key Drum Circle
Siesta Key Drum Circle | Source

Conclusions and research

Follow this link that proves drumming therapy indeed cures dementia.

Decreases anxiety, stress and tension

Drumming encourages profound relaxation, drops blood pressure, and diminishes stress. According to the present medical studies, stress induces nearly all diseases. It is a major cause of life-threatening disorders such as heart attacks, immune system failures and strokes.

A 2003 research established that an activity of group drumming helped diminish stress. It also increased the employee turnover in the long-term care industry and therefore definitely should help similar high-stress professions as well.

Another cutting-edge 2005 project confirmed that group drumming diminishes stress and even reverses genetic switches that turn on the stress reaction thought responsible in the progress of common diseases.


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    • nikhilsukumar profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikhil Sukumaran 

      3 years ago from Bangalore

      Thank you Denise.W.Anderson. It's illuminating to know the conventional uses of drumming in other cultures and popular music. Yes, even I believed drumming is for the people who have musical background. Great to know that you worked with the Native American population where drumming is a way of expression. I was drawn to drumming after listening to Native American drumming on youtube and it is beneficial indeed. Happy to know you too enjoy the health advantages of drumming. Hoping hubpages organizes a drumming event for us!

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      Denise W Anderson 

      3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is really interesting. In our white culture, drumming has been more reserved for the pop set, and only those with musical background engage in the practice. Having worked in a Native American population where drumming is adopted more by the common folks as a way of self-expression, I can see how getting more people involved with the practice would have therapeutic affects on the population.


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