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Drumming for Health

After being in medicine for more than 30 years, I can say the stress is the single most damaging aspect of one's health. I don't know of anything that can reduce stress more than music. Drumming is an easy way to experience music. Everyone can drum and drumming is fun! Drumming may be comforting because of it's similarity to a mother's heartbeat in the womb. The next step towards good health is a healthy diet. - Dr. John A. Allocca

A drum circle is not only for drums. And, is not only about drumming and music. It is about community. Any musical instrument can be played in a drum circle. If you have a musical instrument that you can carry, please bring it with you.

Some interesting reading:

World Drums

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Journey of the Seasons

Shamanism and Drumming

Spirituality Through Photography and Art Group

Photographic At Gallery

Center Point Facilitated Drumming Circle

This drumming circle will take place on a Sunday every month 4 pm to 5 pm in Huntington. See the schedule below.

You don't need to have any knowledge or experience drumming. If you don't have a drum, one will be provided for you.

A drum circle is not only for drums. And, is not only about drumming and music. It is about community. Any musical instrument can be played in a drum circle. If you have a musical instrument that you can carry, please bring it with you.

Because space is limited, you MUST reserve a seat in advance. Call Dr. Allocca at (631) 757-3919 to reserve your seat.

There are no fees for this drumming circle.

2014 Schedule:

Drumming Circles on Long Island

1st Saturday of Every Month:
The Yoga Center
107 East Main St.(Montauk Highway,Rt 27A)
Babylon, NY 11702
Doors Open 7:30 PM
Cost: $10
Contact Marty Regan at (631) 422-2824

3nd Saturday of Every Month:
Dix Hills United Methodist Church
400 Deer Park Rd.
Dix Hills, NY 11746
Doors Open 7:30 PM
Cost: $10
Contact Marty Regan at (631) 422-2824

2nd Sunday of Every Month:
Sayville, NY Drum Circle
46 Railroad Avenue
Sayville, NY 11782
Doors Open 6 PM
Cost: $10
Email tigerdrum52@optonline.net for more information

Every Thursday Night
Drum Circle/Class in Freeport, NY
South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation
228 South Ocean
Freeport, NY 11520
Doors Open 6 PM
Cost: $20
Call (516) 623-1204 for more information

Nationwide Drumming Circles and Information

Remo HealthRhytms

UpBeat Drum Circles

Heart Strings and Beats

Earth Beat


Drumming Research

In Melinda Maxfield's doctoral thesis Effects of Rhythmic Drumming on EEG and Subjective Experience (1991), an EEG was used to demonstrate the increased level of electrical activity in the brain. After 15 minutes of drumming, the participants entered an alpha wave state usually found in individuals with many years of meditation experience. This alpha brain wave state typically allows feelings of well-being and alertness while the body is deeply relaxed.

In 2001, neurologist Dr. Barry Bittman published results of a study (Alternative Therapies, Vol. 7, No.1) he began after he noticed the power of a drum circle at a health care conference. The study showed that; Drumming produced a significant increase in NK cells -- white blood cells that seek out and destroy cancer and virally infected cells.

In a 2005 study (Medical Science Monitor, 2005), Dr. Bittman, and co-researchers discovered that drumming changes the way an individual responds to stress on a molecular level. Muhammad A. Sharof, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist at Applied Bio systems, stated; "We showed for the very first time, that we could turn off the DNA-based switches that literally turn on components of human stress responses."

Reverses Stress on the Genomic Level (2005). "Stress is really a component of every disease," says James Rosenbaum, MD. This groundbreaking study published in the February 2005 issue of the international research journal Medical Science Monitor shows for the first time that playing a musical instrument can reverse multiple components of the human stress response on the genomic level. We know from previous studies that HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming Protocol (RMM) reduces stress, burnout, improves mood states and boosts the immune system. This study looked at the effects of Recreational Music Making (RMM) at the genomic level and demonstrated not simply a reduction in stress but a reversal in 19 genetic switches that turn on the stress response believed responsible in the development of common diseases. This study also "extends our understanding of individualized human biological stress responses on an unprecedented level" (Bittman, B., 2005).

HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol is a catalyst for quality of life improvement. Despite the devotion of significant resources to rehabilitate juvenile delinquents (youth who have committed offenses that would be considered criminal in adults)a limited number of effective, replicable, evidence-based treatment strategies exist, which are supported by peer-reviewed research. This new research published in Advances Journal demonstrates significant improvements in these youths through the use of the HealthRHYTHMS adolescent protocol. In fact this is the first strategy we are aware of which may actually hold hope for reducing what some refer to as "the columbine effect" which has driven so many adolescents to commit horrible violent acts. (Instrumental Anger) "This is an accessible, affordable and sustainable strategy that can positively impact juvenile rehabilitation." Barry Bittman, MD

A 1994 study led by Michael Thaut, director of Colorado State University's Center for Biomedical Research in Music, echoed the knowledge that rhythmic cues help to retrain the brain after neurological impairment such as a stroke or Parkinson's Disease. His study demonstrated that to help overcome a symptom where the patient's body freezes, listening to the repetitive beat of a metronome improved their rhythm, speed and length of stride by an average of 25% in 3 weeks. After studying hundreds of neurologically impaired patients, the research team consistently found that music and rhythmic stimulation improved the speed and symmetry of their gait.

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