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Play Drums To Improve Your Health
Why Playing The Drums Does You Good
Your own heartbeat must never stop and drumming can help you to take notice of it. Our inner selves can either be a place of calmness or action and frenzy and drumming can be a therapeutic way of getting in touch with this part of us and influencing it. Research verifies the therapeutic effects of ancient rhythm techniqes. Drumming can produce feelings of well-being, release emotional trauma, reintegrate self, accelerate physical healing and boost the immune system. So whether you are sick and in need of improving your health or have simply been inspired by people such as Kieran Gaffney who came third in Britain's Got Talent with his passionate drumming and want to take up a new hobby that will give you immense fun and satisfaction, drumming is for you!
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Improve Your Health With Drums And Rhythm - Read here to find out how the drum can help those with certain illnesses
Participants of an hour-long drumming session revealed through blood samples, an increase in natural killer cell activity and a reversal of the hormonal stress response. (Bittman, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol.7, no.1)
- Chronic Pain
Pain has the ability to reduce the quality and enjoyment of life and technology and pharmacology are falling short in the need to remedy this. Music can meet the mark in improving quality of life and reducing pain, according to Dr Barry Bittman in the Pain Practitioner. (Lingerman, H. 1995, Music and You. In the Healing Energies of Music. Wheaton, 111.: Theosophical Publishing House).
A group of people participated in a clinical trial using the HealthRhythms protocol and showed an enhanced immune system and an increase in natural killer cell activitiy. Although this may not be a cure for cancer, it can certainly be a benefit for those dealing with this disease.
- Parkinson's Diseases and Stroke
According to Michael Thaurt, Director of Colorado State University's Center of Biomedical Research in Music, rhythmic cues can aid in retraining the brain after neurological impairment or a stroke. Hearing slow, steady rhythms, such as drumbeats can also help Parkinson patients move more steadily.
According to a study by Stanford University School of Medicine, a group of 30 depressed people over the age of 80 who participated in a weekly music therapy group were less distressed, less anxious and had higher self-esteem.
- Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's patients who drum are better able to connect with relatives and friends, according to Clair, Bernstein and Johnson (1995). The predictability of rhythm could provide the framework for repetitive responses that make few cognitive demands on those with dementia.
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More Here About Nick Harrington, Professional Drum Teacher
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Nick Harrington has been playing professionally for the last 25 years and has created a successful drum teaching business serving individuals, schools and groups in South East Kent.
Be Inspired By The World's Greatest Drummer
(Peter) Ginger Baker tells his story of a pioneering drummer who has done much to popularise world music with his passion for African rhythm and jazz. His story includes phenomonal success with bands such as Cream and Blind Faith alongside Eric Clapton, starting with his humble beginnings with his family in London to his life now in South Africa.