Drum Circle Fun and Healing

drum circleTraveling back in time several years ago, I see myself sitting on a couch being handed a drum for a drum circle.

Several days before that, I reluctantly accepted an invitation of a friend’s friend to visit their home, a converted 18th century horse stable, in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia for cocktails.

I went.

A roaring fire in the colonial stone fireplace warmed the air.

Snacks were served, drinks poured, and conversation flowed.

Then something happened.

what is a drum circle

Not knowing what we were doing or how this odd event evolved, the group of us, all at once it seemed, all had drums in our hands.

They were passed out.

Who would have so many drums?

I’ve never played any kind of instrument before.

I was nervous that I’d be made a fool of or something

I was nervous that I may be made a fool or something.

The host then gave us instructions about what we were doing and how to do it.

It seemed simple enough and I thought “when in Rome”.

There was an excitement in the air, that minutes before wasn’t there.

Something different was going to happen. It was palpable. No mistaken it.

We started.

And in minutes everyone there was having the time of their life!

All inhibitions vanished.

A light trance started.

We all melted into one:  A harmonious electric rhythm.

Fast forward to today.

I reflect back on that night has one of the most fun and moving nights I’ve had.

And after some research I discovered why this was and will share that with you, so you can experience it too!

What is a Drum Circle?

 

According to Wikipedia  “A drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums and percussion in a circle. They are distinct from a drumming group or troupe in that the drum circle is an end in itself rather than preparation for a performance. They can range in size from a handful of players to circles with thousands of participants”

 

What are the Benefits of a Drum Circle?

It seems new research is now verifying the healing effects of ancient rhythm generated from drums.
Research shows that drumming helps with physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces feelings of wellness, can release emotional trauma, and produce reintegration of the self.

 

… More Benefits

 

Reduces Tension and Stress

Drumming create deep relaxation.

This relaxation can lower blood pressure and reduces stress.
Stress, according to WebMD, contributes to many diseases and is a primary cause of such life-threatening illnesses as heart attacks, diabetes, and immune system breakdowns.

 

Boosts Immune system

A recent study shows that group drumming increases cancer-killing cells, which helps the body fight cancer as well as other viruses and diseases.

 

Creates Altered States of Consciousness

Rhythmic drumming creates an altered state.
These states have lots of therapeutic properties. A study by Barry Quinn, Ph.D. shows a drumming session can double alpha brain wave activity and dramatically reducing stress.
The brain goes from Beta waves (a focused and concentration mode) to Alpha waves (calm and relaxed state), creating feelings of euphoria and wellness.

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