Benefits of Drumming Circles

Benefits of Drumming in Drumming Circles

Drumming offers holistic benefits, encompassing physical, cognitive, emotional, and social dimensions of well-being. It promotes health, vitality, and a sense of community, making it a valuable and enriching activity for all.

Emotional Well-being: 

      • Releases endorphins, enkephalins, and Alpha waves in the brain– these “feel good” chemicals boost mood and leads to feeling happy and joyful and an overall sense of well-being and euphoria;
      • Powerful stress and anxiety relievershifts the brain from releasing stress chemicals to releasing endorphins and other healing chemicals through repetitive beats and rhythms;
      • Induces deep relaxation;
      • Releases emotional trauma
      • Powerful outlet for emotional release and healing – when words fail, the rhythmic beats can communicate pain, joy, anger, grief, or any emotion in between;
      • Manages symptoms of depression and PTSD;
      • Fosters a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment;
      • Increases energy;
      • Increases confidence;
      • Increases empathy.

Social Connection and Well-being: 

      • Boosts social connection;
      • Fosters social interaction, camaraderie, and deeper connection;
      • Provides opportunities for meaningful connections;
      • Shared experiences;
      • Fosters a sense of community and belonging;
      • Reduces feelings of loneliness and isolation;
      • Connect more deeply to your inner self while also connecting with other like-minded people;
      • Aligns your body and mind with the natural world.
      • “The Greek origin of the word “rhythm” is “to flow.” Drumming allows you to flow with the rhythms of life by simply feeling the beat.” -Christiane Northrup

Creative Expression: 

      • Encourages creativity and self-discovery, while exploring rhythm, improvisation, and musicality;
      • Offers a nonverbal means of communication and self-expression without barriers of language, enabling individuals to express themselves freely and authentically.

Physical Well-being: 

      • Lowers blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health (heart rate);
      • Increases stamina;
      • Enhances motor skills;
      • Promotes coordination, flexibility, and strength, which are vital for maintaining mobility and preventing age-related decline;
      • Improves endurance;
      • Iowers levels of stress hormones;
      • Boosts immune system by increasing the production of white blood and  natural T- cells which fight off infections and diseases, including cancer and AIDS;
      • Improves blood circulation – the rhythmic movement of the hands and feet helps stimulate the flow of blood through the veins and arteries;
      • Brings your biorhythms into sync from your heart to your brain, major organs and systems fall into a pattern of entrainment where rhythms are aligned – helps your systems to function optimally, which means that you are functioning optimally;
      • Reduces inflammation;
      • Controls chronic pain – promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which are the body’s own morphine-like painkillers – without the risk of overdose. 

Cognitive Function: 

      • Improvements in executive function and cognitive enhancement;
      • Improves concentration & focus;
      • Improves working memory and speed of processing information;
      • Improves problem-solving;
      • Improves cognitive functioning in people with dementia;
      • Learning new rhythms and patterns challenges the brain, potentially enhancing neuroplasticity and cognitive resilience;
      • Improves attention-to task in children with autism.

Enhancement in Mindfulness and Presence:

      • Drumming induces a meditative state which happens without effort; 
      • Like meditation, drumming requires focus on the present moment by concentrating on the rhythm and being in sync with others which enhances mindfulness;
      • Drumming’s steady rhythm is powerful, taking your mind off distractions and helping you stay focused on the task at hand. This makes it easier to break through mental blocks and negative thinking patterns, allowing you to reach your full potential.







Your facilitator, Dee DiGioia


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