Drumming has been used throughout the history of humanity in celebrations, rituals and ceremonies. Besides the voice, it is said to be humanity’s oldest musical instrument. The scientific community has only relatively recently begun to study and understand just why it is that drumming has continued being a rich cultural practice.

There has almost emerged a renaissance of sorts in interest in the drum; especially shamanic drumming and hand frame drums within alternative healing communities as we have witnessed with the emergence of community drum circles.  

Studies empirically show drumming helps to ease tension, reverse fatigue and even begins to heal the wounds of trauma. In addition, drumming is being used in the medical field with victims of post-traumatic stress, with Alzheimer's patients to help improve their short-term memory, and with Parkinson's patients and stroke victims to regain the motor control.

Much more can be said about its healing qualities. Studies indicate that drumming boosts the immune system, produces feelings of well-being, as well as being a way to come into the present moment. Study results demonstrate that drumming is a valuable treatment for over-all stress, fatigue, anxiety, hypertension, asthma, chronic pain, arthritis, mental illness, migraines, and balances both hemispheres of the brain.

Drum circles have both physical and emotional therapeutic benefits, promoting relaxation, stress reduction, and a heightened sense of community. The rhythmic drumming has been shown to synchronize brainwaves, leading to a meditative state and a boosting of immune function, adrenal gland activation, and hormonal secretion. While scientific evidence is certainly on-going, many people find emotional and spiritual well-being through participation in drum circles. From schools to corporations, more organizations employ circles to build self confidence, creative thinking, and team building.

Additionally, drum circles are enhance overall coordination, improve mental acuity, and provide an outlet for self-expression. The communal aspect fosters a sense of belonging and social connection, so crucial in our post-Covid world. The vibrations from drumming can have a positive impact on physical health, promoting a sense of balance, synchronizing of hemispheres of the brain, and overall energy flow. Scientifically, we are just beginning to fully understand their holistic effects of what many cultures have known for years!

Drum circles are often associated with increased mindfulness and a reduction in anxiety and depression symptoms. The rhythmic patterns and shared experience create a therapeutic environment, offering individuals a way to release pent-up emotions and find a sense of inner peace. Drumming can aid in the release of emotional trauma and promote a deeper connection to one's emotions, allowing for safe processing. While anecdotal evidence is abundant, scientific studies are ongoing and continue to explore and validate these healing benefits.

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“Remember that drumming opens portals to the spirit world, draws spirit in, and opens you up to receive it.”
― Michael Drake, Shamanic Drumming: Calling the Spirits

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