Source:Drum Therapy

Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. From the shamans of Mongolia to the Minianka healers of West Africa, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Research has demonstrated that the physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain synchronizes the two cerebral hemispheres. When the logical left hemisphere and the intuitive right hemisphere begin to pulsate in harmony, the inner guidance of intuitive knowing can then flow unimpeded into conscious awareness. The ability to access unconscious information through symbols and imagery facilitates psychological integration and a reintegration of self.

Drumming also synchronizes the frontal and lower areas of the brain, integrating nonverbal information from lower brain structures into the frontal cortex, producing “feelings of insight, understanding, integration, certainty, conviction, and truth, which surpass ordinary understandings and tend to persist long after the experience, often providing foundational insights for religious and cultural traditions.”

Rhythmic drumming induces altered states, which have a wide range of therapeutic applications. A recent study demonstrates that even a brief drumming session can double alpha brain wave activity, dramatically reducing stress.The brain changes from Beta waves (focused concentration and activity) to Alpha waves (calm and relaxed), producing feelings of euphoria and well-being.

Alpha activity is associated with meditation, shamanic trance, and integrative modes of consciousness. This ease of induction contrasts significantly with the long periods of isolation and practice required by most meditative disciplines before inducing significant effects. Rhythmic stimulation is a simple yet effective technique for affecting states of mind.

“He who cannot dance will say: “The drum is bad” ~ African Proverb

2 Responses

  1. Cathy…I am not an expert on ADHD,but there are many good websites on the subject including one listed below:


    I have never heard of direct treatment for a left brain deficiency by monitoring brain waves but it is an interesting idea.


  2. Just a quick question Sid. alpha waves increase activity on right side of brain, correct? So are there ever times you would want to increase left side brain activity (such as in case of ADHD, etc.), and if so, what brainwaves would you recommend? Thx.

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