Why Rhythm and Drumming Have Such Positive Effects

Drumming for Health & HappinessStaff retreats, extended meetings — and certainly day-to-day routines — are more effective when your team or group has a collective excitement and vision about what they’re trying to achieve together. Yet with each person bringing their own own beliefs, habits and perceptions, there are often more “swirling eddies” in a group’s movement than cohesive flow.

Group drumming changes all of that. It takes people out of their heads and into the moment. “Monkey Mind” distractions dissolve. Group members feel the satisfying power of joining together in rhythm, then explore their own rhythmic expressions to add to the “orchestra.”

Relaxed and alert, participants can shift new perspectives easily. Change becomes more possible.

Science Documents Benefits of Drumming

We are rhythmic creatures — literally. We wake, sleep, walk and breathe in rhythm. Our bodies and biological processes pulse with heartbeat rhythm since before we were born.

Yet modern life detaches us from our innate rhythmicality. We live in our heads in “GO” mode: figuring things out, solving problems, wondering and worrying, planning what’s next. We all know this takes a toll on our minds and bodies!

So, what happens when we take a timeout from all of that, and give those parts of our brain a rest? What if we spend a little time getting grounded by experiencing more fundamental rhythms in our bodies and drums, carried by the collective beat? What if we get more connected through light-hearted fun?

Answer: We get healthy relief for our overtaxed stress response systems. It’s true: We are biologically better when we drum.

In fact, a growing body of research and clinical studies, plus thousands of cases in the field all point to clear results: Group drumming and recreational music-making has distinct benefits for an amazingly wide range of groups and desired outcomes. What other activity do you know that offers documented positive effects for all of the following?

  • Corporate leadership, team building and creativity
  • Workplace culture development
  • Youth education, character-building and social skills
  • Health support & rehab: Physical, mental, special needs
  • Older adult wellness
  • Community development
  • Cross-cultural bridging and peace-making

RhythmLift programs are based in part on the clinically proven HealthRHYTHMS method. Mary Tolena is a trained HealthRHYTHMS facilitator.

Fully Engaged Senses, Body & Mind

Hands on drums One reason group drumming is so healthy is that it engages on so many levels: sensing, thinking, feeling, and moving. That makes a much more memorable learning experience.

You may have tried team building programs in the past, but have been unsatisfied with the results. Even after programs that produce powerful insights and inspiration, people’s best intentions often fade once back at work as daily routines and work demands take front stage.

It’s not the message that was weak, it’s the method.

Traditional group and team building activities typically engage only some of your participants’ attention and capabilities. You might have tried:

  • Activity-focused teaching: Training games or activities can appear contrived and keep your team in the same kind of calculating, self-protecting thinking that can prevent real change.
  • Performer-centered entertainment: These passive audience sessions may leave them with a “that was nice” feeling, but with no momentum or enthusiasm about how things can be different tomorrow.

Not with RhythmLift. Your group is fully immersed in creating their own learning experience, hearing, feeling, seeing, and enjoying it as they go!

Read more about how our approach is designed for lasting effects.

Get Your Team in Sync

ApplaudingDiscover how breaking away from the “same old same old” team building routines can produce different results.

The experience of learning to play the same beat – literally and figuratively — will stir your group’s emotions, imaginations, and pride.

Through the journey of rhythmic discovery your group will:

  • Unleash their creativity
  • Enrich their communication
  • Build cohesion among members
  • Uncover new opportunities to relate and work together

After your program, your team will carry the powerful metaphor of “playing in sync” back to the workplace or into the rest of your event, allowing your organization to gain lasting impact.

Invest in creating a team that “plays well together.” Contact Mary Tolena and schedule a free consultation today.