Current research now shows the therapeutic effects of drumming techniques. Research indicates that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces feelings of well-being, a release of emotional trauma and instigates self-exploration and realization. Specific studies conducted by professionals in the fields of music therapy and mental health show us that drumming:
- Reduces tension, anxiety and stress
- Helps control chronic pain
- Boosts the immune system
- Creates a sense of connectedness with self and others
- Helps us experience being in resonance with the natural rhythms of life
- Releases negative feelings, blockages and emotional trauma
- Provides a medium for individual self-realization
Drumming induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure and reduces stress. Stress, according to current medical research, contributes to nearly all diseases and is a primary cause of such life-threatening illnesses as heart attacks, strokes and immune system breakdowns. Chronic pain, which many of our veterans experience, has a progressively draining effect on the quality of life. Research suggests that drumming serves as a distraction from pain and grief. Specifically, drumming promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, the bodies own morphine-like pain killers, and can thereby help to control pain. Recent studies also suggest that drumming circles boost the immune system. In a specific study conducted by Barry Bittman, MD, group drumming actually increases cancer-killing cells, which help the body combat cancer as well as many other viruses.
Drum Circles also provide an opportunity for participants to feel connected with others and gain a sense of interpersonal support. A drum circle provides an opportunity to connect with your own spirit at a deeper level. Group drumming alleviates self-centeredness, isolation and alienation. There are great benefits to feeling connected to others, especially those in similar situations.
The origin of the word rhythm is Greek meaning “to flow”. When our lives are experiencing dissonance and disharmony, we limit our capacity to resonate with the natural rhythms of life. Drumming gives us a way to feel the beat, pulse or groove needed to feel connected and balanced, rather than isolated and out of whack. Drumming can help people express and address emotional issues. Unexpressed feelings and emotions can form energy blockages. The physical stimulation of drumming removes blockages and produces emotional release.