Current research now shows the therapeutic effects of drumming techniques. Research indicates that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system. In addition specific studies conducted by professionals in the fields of music therapy and mental health show us that drumming:
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.
Drumming induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, produces feelings of well-being, a release of emotional trauma 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.
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.
Specific studies show:
Drumming gives us an experience where we can be free to connect with ourselves and others, in order to release, restore and heal. It is a universal language where all people can be a part, free from words and concepts so we can experience life with an open heart.
I play a 28" Sioux Ceremonial Drum, 26" "Paiste" Sound Creation Gong, 47" Buffalo Drum, tubular bells, Solfeggio Chimes and a range of traditional instruments from around the world, for the 50 minute journey. The resonant qualities and attributes of the rhythmic phenomena are universal and come to play whenever we drum. The sound waves produced impart their energy to the resonating systems of the body, mind, and spirit, making them vibrate in sympathy. Our brainwaves and spiritual energy centers begin to vibrate in response. Chakras function like electrical junction boxes, mediating spiritual energy throughout the entire mind-body system. They are the interface among the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of one`s being. Imbalances in chakras lead to imbalances in body, mind, and spirit. Drumming creates a vibratory resonance that activates, balances, and aligns the energy centers.
Drumming has been used in healing in every culture since the dawn of man, and for good reason. It releases endorphins, enkephalins, and alpha waves which are key ingredients for improving your sense of well being. The physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain synchronizes the left and the right brain. When your logical left brain and the intuitive right are in harmony, your inner guidance system or intuition becomes stronger. The sound of drumming generates new neuronal connections in all parts of the brain, integrating our experiences and deepening our sense of self awareness. Science has only scratched the surface regarding the influence of the mind on healing, however traditional healers have been aware of this connection for centuries. But science is finally starting to pay attention, and study is being devoted to the affect of drumming on brain related illness such as Parkinson, autism, stroke victims and headaches. This is a vibrational healing is a soothing meditation for anxiety.
You may hear traditional healers talk about the mind/body connection, but what does this mean? Simply put, an unhealthy mind generally results in an unhealthy body. They are interconnected. For example, people who worry a lot tend to suffer from stomach related disorders. Likewise those who are under great stress tend to suffer from heart related illnesses. Chinese medicine states that emotions correspond with organs; grief resides in the lungs, anger in the liver and so on. Drumming has a number of affects on the body. It can help control chronic pain by producing endorphines and endogenous opiates, which are the body's natural pain killers. It boosts the immune system by increasing production of T-Cells and lowering cortisol levels. Decreased cortisol levels also allow a healthy production of serotonin and dopamine. This means that drumming can have a positive affect on many conditions such as anxiety, depression, and various mental illnesses.
Nigel Stanford has beautifully illustrated the affect of sound on matter. We recommend you visit his website for a fascinating visualization of audio frequencies.