Group Drumming with drumNorwich
drumNorwich offers group drumming experiences for support groups, rehabilitation centres, care homes, community groups, hostels and refuges, residential units and more, in the Norwich and Norfolk area.
Drumming has been used for thousands of years to help support and maintain mental, physical and spiritual health. Research has shown how drumming can have a calming and therapeutic effect on a people with Alzheimer's Disease, autism, those who have experienced trauma, the homeless and people recovering from addiction, or in prison. Studies show drumming brings a sense of wellbeing and can be particularly helpful for stress, anxiety, tiredness, emotional issues, and a wide range of mental and physical illness such as chronic pain, migraines, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma and hypertension. “Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or other neurological impairment, as with Parkinson's patients...” ~ Michael Thaut, director of Colorado State University's Center for Biomedical Research in Music.
Drumming boosts the immune system, helps release emotions and reintegrates the self. It brings drummers into the present moment and boosts self-esteem and confidence. “Group drumming tunes our biology, orchestrates our immunity, and enables healing to begin.” ~ Dr. Barry Bittman MD, neurologist. As well as being a therapeutic activity, it is a lot of fun, creates smiles and brings people together without barriers - no matter their age, background, ability or drumming experience.
Using my skills as a qualified Counsellor, I ‘hold’ the group and gently encourage participants to join in, creating a relaxed and positive atmosphere. The focus is on people finding their own rhythms in a collaborative and informal manner, expressing themselves through the drum, and experimenting with sound and vibration. A supportive discussion after the drumming helps participants process the activity and recognise the effects and how they feel. “Drumming emphasises self-expression, teaches how to rebuild emotional health, and addresses issues of violence and conflict through expression and integration of emotions.” ~ Ed Mikenas, music educator.
My focus is on the therapeutic experience of drumming, not the technique, so I do not teach drumming. I use a variety of drums from around the world, such as bongos, frame and hand drums, tablas, daraboukas, doumbeks, tin cans, djembes etc. We use a range of percussion instruments and shakers as well. I work with small groups of between 5-10 people, so time can be spent ensuring each person feels supported and reaps the benefits from drumming.
Empowering drum journeys can also be transformational for groups of people needing relaxation and focus. These can be incorporated into a package of group drumming or be offered separately. For more information, see Group Drum Journeys.
Get in touch for more details, to book a group session or to discuss my low cost hourly fee. I have full insurance and an Enhanced DBS certificate. See below for a testimonial from a Livability Care Home Activities Assistant.
Caution: Drumming is not recommended for people who have epilepsy with regular seizures, those who experience psychosis, schizophrenia, hallucinations, have a history of severe emotional issues, or people with pacemakers fitted. Drumming should never replace treatments prescribed by a medically qualified professional. Please contact me if you require further information.
Chloe has kindly visited the Care Home in which I work to offer her drumming workshop sessions to the disabled residents who live there. Chloe’s calming influence and musical skill inspires all the residents. They are transported into a joyful, inventive hour of concentration and commitment to drumming and rhythm and this has a cathartic almost therapeutic effect. It is also a process of teamwork and listening and encourages everyone to respect ideas whilst enjoying developing sounds, exercising muscles and building drumming patterns. The sessions have been thoroughly enjoyed by all the residents and Chloe will always be a very welcomed activity. I would highly recommend her drumming sessions to anyone. - Sally Burnett, Activities Assistant at Livability