New research shows group drumming is positive for mental health and immune system

New research from a collaboration between the Royal College of Music and University College London has shown that a ten week group drumming program decreases depression and anxiety and increases social resilience and mental wellbeing.  Furthermore, these changes were maintained three months later.  In addition, the drumming also led to increases in anti inflammatory activity in the immune system suggesting that drumming is positive for both psychological and biological effects.  You can read the research here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0151136#abstract0.  Time to bring out the bongos!

Drum Therapy training for aged care and dementia

Drum Therapy is pleased to announce a collaboration with Montessori Ageing Support Services to offer a workshop on how to plan and host a drum and percussion rhythm event in aged care including dementia care.  This workshop will be of interest to Diversional Therapists, Lifestyle Co-ordinators, Program Managers, Music Therapists, support staff and volunteers in care facilities.  It will cover not only the practical aspects of hosting a rhythm based event but also discuss the research and neuro-science behind the application of rhythm and sound in healthcare.

This workshop will form part of this year’s Montessori Ageing Support Services Conference to be held on November 8th & 9th in Sydney.  For details of the conference program see: https://montessoriaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/downloads/products/MASSConferenceBrochure2016.pdf

or contact Drum Therapy on 0423721828 or email drums@drumtherapy.com.au

Mental Health Month – value your mind at the Sydney Community Drum Circle

Drum Therapy and the Pioneer Clubhouse in Balgowlah will mark Mental Health Month with an adults-of-all-ages, all-abilities, community drum and percussion circle.

Mental health issues affect 1 in 5 Australians every year. Anxiety disorders are often the most common mental health challenge, followed by depression.

Mental Health Month is co-ordinated every October by the Mental Health Association of NSW. This year the theme is ‘Value your Mind’. People across Australia come together during the month to hold events and promote good mental health and wellbeing in their local communities.

These events are a useful reminder for all of us to think about the mental health of ourselves and those around us. It’s also a good excuse to get out there and have some fun!

“Drumming, rhythm and percussion is heaps of fun and it is accessible to all, including the elderly and those living with mental illness or neurological condition. It is very effective to reduce stress, improve mind-body connection and increase mindfulness.” said Robert Harris of Drum Therapy.

Clinical studies and neuro-imaging have demonstrated that rhythm affects the mind and body in profound ways. It can be more effective than meditation or yoga in reducing stress and it has been proven to boost the body’s immune system.

The event will be held on 21st October and runs from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, with equipment and facilitation supplied by Drum Therapy. No musical experience is required. Entry is by voluntary donation to the Clubhouse.

For further information about The Pioneer Clubhouse, please contact Nicole Buckland on 02 9907 9999. For information about Drum Therapy, please contact Robert Harris on 0423721828.

Drum Therapy and The Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW present an all abilities drum circle

Drum Therapy and The Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW present an all abilities drum circle

Drum Therapy at Anglicare Cabramatta

Drum Therapy recently provided a stress-relieving session of rhythmical fun at Anglicare Cabramatta.  Anglicare had arranged a program of activities for carers, many of whom were themselves elderly.  Their age did not stop them, however, vigorously playing drums and percussion creating a hugely energetic improvisational percussion ensemble – an awesome effort!

Pinkie Leung, Case Manager at Anglicare said “Thanks for conducting the drum therapy today, it really has drawn everybody’s attention and I believe they all enjoyed it and it reduced their stress being a carer. It was great!.. I definitely recommend drum therapy sessions to other ethnic groups.”

 

Parents’ testimonial

Drum Therapy child drummerAt the weekend, we were delighted to return to Plumtree in Marrickville and be part of their Father’s Day celebrations.  There were many great children drumming and none more determined than this little girl.  She literally dragged as many drums as she could into the centre of the circle and created an enormous multi-timbred drums-from-around-the world drum kit and proceeded to play them all with fierce in-the-moment abandon.

Her parents kindly sent me this message and the photo:

Just a short note to say thank you for the fantastic drum therapy session you gave on Saturday at Plumtree! Both our kids had a great time but our daughter age 4 in particular was in her element and was captivated by the whole experience – she loved every second of it and didn’t want it to end. I think she has found the outlet she needs – and we have found her Christmas present!

Awesome!

 

PRESS RELEASE: Drum Therapy and Pioneer Clubhouse announce all abilities drum circle for health and wellness

24th August 2015

Queenscliff-based Drum Therapy and the Pioneer Clubhouse in Balgowlah have come together to bring the health and wellness benefits of rhythm and drumming to the local community.

The Clubhouse will host an all ages, all abilities, adult drum and percussion circle on the third Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesday 16th September, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, with equipment and facilitation supplied by Drum Therapy. Entry is by donation to the Clubhouse.

Clinical studies and neuroscience have demonstrated that rhythm affects the mind and body in profound ways. It can be more effective than meditation or yoga in reducing stress and it has been proven to boost the body’s immune system. Rhythm is primarily processed in the cerebellum, often referred to as part of the reptilian brain. This is one of the oldest evolved parts of the brain and, while only 10% of brain volume, it contains more neurons than the rest of the brain put together. Many degenerative neurological conditions typically affect other parts of the brain meaning that a person can still respond to rhythm even if their memory is affected, they cannot speak or have lost some control over their movement.

Nicole Buckland, Operations Co-ordinator at Pioneer Clubhouse said: “Drum Therapy recently came to the Clubhouse and our members really enjoyed the event. We are delighted to welcome adults of all ages and all abilities to the Clubhouse to come together and make music and experience the fun and benefits of drumming for themselves.”

Robert Harris, Director at Drum Therapy said: “Drumming is a very accessible activity that is being used around the world with many populations including those living with mental illness, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, MS, ADHD, autism and with survivors of cancer, trauma and acquired brain injury. I invite people from all of these groups, their carers and families, and anyone who wants to experience the joy and fun of a community drum circle to come and join us. No musical experience is necessary.”

For further information about The Pioneer Clubhouse, please contact Nicole Buckland on 02 9907 9999. For information about Drum Therapy, please contact Robert Harris on 0423721828.

Drum Therapy to appear at Sydney Mind Body Spirit Festival

Drum Therapy will be hosting a seminar “Drumming out stress” on Thursday 22nd October at the Festival.  Come along for an informative mix of research, neuroscience and fun exercises.  No musical experience necessary.  For more details about the Festival see: http://www.mbsfestival.com.au/index.htm

New research content added to Stress

A new study on the effects of occupational chronic stress (aka burnout) with regulation of emotion and functional neural connections has been added to the Stress management content.  Please log in for further details or register (free).