Why Rhythm Therapy?
by Sarah Harvey @ Mindfood.com
Rhythm therapy at its most basic level is the action of being involved in a drumming session or listening to music in a controlled manner. It has been shown to be at least as effective as meditation or yoga in reducing stress, but unlike yoga or other exercises, drumming doesn’t require participants to be fit, active or flexible. You neither need experience playing an instrument nor any knowledge about music.
Rhythm is primarily processed in the cerebellum, the “little brain” that sits above the brain stem. This is only 10 per cent of brain volume but has more neurons than the rest of the brain put together. Harris says group drumming activates many parts of the brain including the cerebellum, stimulates motor-auditory-visual connections and is a naturally mindful activity. “It is both stress relieving and community building.”
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