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Introducing the Remo HealthRHYTHMS® Group Empowerment Drumming Programme

The Remo HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming programme is a structured and research-based drumming programme that has demonstrated significant and tangible health benefits from exercise, boosting the immune system, nurturing and social support, to intellectual stimulation, spirituality and stress reduction. The drum plays a unique and key role in enabling people to experience the health benefits of rhythm therapy and recreational music making and is suitable for all ages and levels of ability.

Evidence-based elements of HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming:

  • Stress-Reduction
    HealthRHYTHMS (Group Composite Drumming) strengthened the immune system by increasing Natural Killer (NK) cell activity. (Bittman, Alternative Therapies, 2001) This protocol also reversed multiple components of the human stress response on the genomic level, not just reducing but reversing 19 genetic switches that turn on the stress response believed responsible in the development of common diseases. (Bittman, Medical Science Monitor, 2005)
  • Exercise
    Drumming is an accessible exercise which burns calories and improves mood and may reduce the risk of disease. A Norwegian study of 25,000 women age 20-54 that performed leisure time exercises at least 4 hours/week experienced a 37% reduction in the risk of breast cancer. (Thune, Brenn, Lund, Gaard, 1997)
  • Self-Expression
    HealthRHYTHMS Empowers people to move beyond their perceived boundaries
  • Camaraderie/Support
    A 1992 Duke University Study linked lengthened lifespan with having a close confidant. HealthRHYTHMS protocol builds camaraderie and support by creating a safe space where people feel comfortable sharing and offering support
  • Nurturing
    HealthRHYTHMS protocol creates a level playing field where support of growth and development is encouraged. As equal partners in this process participants often discover inner strength and encouragement by those sharing the experience
  • Spirituality
    HealthRHYTHMS is a group hand-drumming protocol. According to Jan Gregory, Adjunct Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary, "Hand drumming is an ancient art that has been used in many cultures. The music of drums creates a conduit to the Divine. This is an opportunity to experience worship with our bodies as well as our minds"
  • Music-Making
    Systematic inquiry into the relationship between music and brain function is one of the most rapidly developing fields of human research. "Music making offers extensive exercise for brain cells and their synapses (connections). It would be difficult to find another activity that engages so many of the brain's systems."(Weinberger, N., 1998)

Research Summary (more information here)

9 years of research
7 peer-reviewed published research studies
Demonstrated biological and/or psycho-social benefits

  • Impact on immune system study - Strengthens the Immune System (2001)
  • Employee burnout & turnover study - Improves Mood, Reduces Burnout & Turnover (2003)
  • Reducing student drop-out rate study - Retains Students: Mood Improvement & Burnout Reduction (2004)
  • Creativity & bonding in seniors study - Inspires Creativity & Bonding in Long-Term Care Residents (2004)
  • Genomic impact study - Reverses Stress on the Genomic Level (2005)
  • Corporate employee wellness benefits study - Strengthens the Immune System of Corporate Employees (2007)
  • Quality of life improvements in at-risk adolescents study - Adolescent Protocol is a Catalyst for Quality of Life Improvement (2009)

Potential applications for this ground-breaking programme:

  • Stress Management & Morale
  • Teambuilding
  • Support Groups
  • Employee Health and Wellbeing Initiatives
  • Patient Groups
  • Schools & Universities
  • Senior Citizen Groups
  • At-Risk Adolescents

Simon Carver, founder of Rhythm for Life is a trained HealthRHYTHMS facilitator.

For further information and to talk to Simon about how this can be used for your particular community please telephone: 0117 952 5273 or use the contact form here.


HumDrumStrum has changed it's name to Rhythm for Life

Back in 2003 HumDrumStrum started as a world music ensemble playing original, acoustic material. We keep using the name when we began, in 2004, to provide rhythm events in schools and in the community.

Now, in 2010, my focus over the last few years has been on the health and wellness aspects of rhythm and drumming and I was keen to find a name that stated more clearly what I feel about the power of rhythm. I think therefore 'Rhythm for Life' is perfect, no explanation need, it says it all!

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