Drumming Therapy Taunton Somerset | Acorn Therapy
Music plays an important part in our lives. Music can evoke memories and feelings, strongly resonate with our emotions, helping us to express ourselves and to communicate effectively with others.
Rhythm permeates everyone’s life. It is in everything we do, we see we feel and it is within the circadian rhythm of our bodies as well.
Music therapy uses rhythm, melody and tonality to express different emotional states. Expression through music and drumming can allow a person to make a connection to feelings within, as well as help to aid communication with the outside world.
It is documented and evidenced that drumming could accelerate physical healing, boost the immune system, produce feelings of well-being and releases emotional trauma.
Drum therapy is ancient form that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. From the Shamans of Mongolia, Asia and China, to healers of Africa and Native Americans. Where-ever you go in the world there will be a form of drumming.
Please note that our drum therapy sessions are not Africa tribal, or Shamanic drumming and it’s not a drum lesson but something completely different, though as part of the process you will learn to play the drum.
I deliver drumming workshops and presentations to give participants basic understanding and confidence in the practice of therapeutic drumming for those with mental health problems or vulnerable people.
Drum therapy gives people an opportunity to drum out their feelings without needing to talk about things they don’t want to. You are able to explore yourself and your inner issues.
What do we do in our drum therapy sessions?
1). Drum Conversations – Just like the African tribes, you can converse using drums in therapy. I will lead you to take it in turns to play a beat and exchange a musical dialogue between your group.
2). Rhythmic Drumming – This is used as a team building experience. You would start off using simple drum beats and build them up individually throughout a group, for example:
One person plays a single beat as the pulse of the pattern.
The next person plays a simple beat to mimic this pattern.
Each person introduces a short pattern to layer over each other.
Improvised solos and dynastic changes are introduced by individuals such as stopping and starting and dramatic build ups.
3). Drumming to Music – You can re-create popular songs using different drumming patterns. Playing along to the simple 4 beat patterns in songs can be fun by using different drum tones to mimic the instrumental lines in the songs. This could be someone mimicking the vocal line, guitar riff, bass line and drum pattern to create a drumming song.
4). Self-Expression and Drum Emotions – This is an improvised session that lets you express exactly how you feel using a drum or percussion instrument of your choice, be it on your own or within a group. Exercises in a group are usually done by someone saying an emotion and you drumming out how you relate to it through your life experience. You can also drum an emotion for others to guess, making it a way of sharing your feelings and giving a response without having to verbally say it.
5). Descriptive Drumming – Someone plays a drum rhythm that is related to a certain moment that may have happened in their life, or even something they have seen and related too. You can then discuss about why you chose the rhythm and why it reminds you of that moment to help you talk about problems easier.
How does drumming therapy help?
Drumming is a “here and now” experience. When we hit the skin of a drum we do so in the present moment without thoughts about the future or the past, which is where most of our stress has been shown to originate. Drum therapy can help with:
Depression, ADHD and ADD, Autism, Social Needs, Communication
Dyslexia, Tourette’s, Asperger’s, OCD and ODD, Stress, Anxiety
Emotional Distress. It can maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health, Drumming accelerates physical healing, Boosts the immune system
Releases feelings of emotional trauma, creates calm, Helps fatigue
Promotes the production of endorphins. When the logical left brain and the intuitive right brain begin to pulsate in harmony, it can increase intuition, connect to self and others in a healthy way- Come somewhere you feel a sense of belonging
What drums do we use?
You can use any drums you want! The most common type we have I is African Djembe drums. You don’t just have to use drums; any percussion instrument can be part of the ensemble. Sometimes People may feel intimidated by the larger drums to start off with so may opt for Tambourines, shakers, triangles or other percussive instruments.
If you need any more information for please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions. These therapeutic drumming sessions are suitable for individuals, groups, and organizations. I work with people of all ages, with a range of needs, in my weekly therapeutic drumming sessions, in schools, residential homes, with community groups, NHS and with people in their own homes.
You can get to me on 07561725262 or email me
I will travel to most parts of the UK if we make arrangements. I use hand drums and small percussion instruments, I bring what I have but we can use your own collection too!
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