Current research is now verifying the therapeutic effects of ancient rhythm techniques. Recent research reviews indicate that drumming accelerates physical healing, boost the immune system and produces feelings of well-being, a release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self.
Barry Quinn, Ph.D.
Even a brief drumming session can double alpha brain wave activity, dramatically reduction stress. The brain changes from Beta waves (focused density and activity) to Alpha waves (calm and relaxed), producing feelings of euphoria and well-being.
Michael Thaut, manager of Colorado State University’s Center for Biomedical Research in Music
“Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or early neurologic impairment, as with Parkinson’s patients…”
Barry Bittman, Neurologist of the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, Pennsylvania
The study found that patients who took part in group drumming, or drum circles, experienced increased levels of disease fighting immune system cells, also known as natural killer cells. In an industry-sponsored study, Bittman tested the blood chemistry of 111 healthy people in a series of experiments. Bittman says participants in all groups experienced a drop in cortisol; an indicator of stress but only the group of active drummers had a significant increase in the natural killer cells.
E. Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto
Improved IQ scores can now officially be added to the growing list of benefits from playing drums. A recent study shows that playing the drums or other percussion instruments actually improves IQ scores of children. IQ test scores of 6-year-old children significantly improved after receiving drum lessons. Schellenberg recruited a group of 144 six (6) year olds and separated them into 4 groups: those receiving drum lessons, voice lessons, drama lessons and no lessons.
Babatunde Olatunji, Master Drummer
"The sound of the drum resonates with an inner chord that vibrates through your whole body, so that when you go through the act of drumming, you are energizing every cell in your body."