Drum therapy is a profound way to restore the vibrational integrity of body, mind, and spirit. Through the natural law of resonance, the sound waves produced by the drum impart their energy to the resonating systems of the body, mind, and spirit, making them vibrate in sympathy. When we drum, our living flesh, brainwaves, and spiritual energy centers begin to vibrate in response. The various frequencies of the drum interact with our own resonant frequencies, forming new harmonic alignments. According to percussionist Dru Kristel, this sympathetic resonance “leaves reverberating effects up 48 to 72 hours after a session.”
Science is now verifying the therapeutic effects of drumming. A recent medical research study indicates that drumming boosts the immune system dramatically after just one drumming session. Other studies have demonstrated the calming, focusing, and healing effects of drumming on Alzheimer's patients, autistic children, emotionally disturbed teens, substance abusers, trauma patients, and prison and homeless populations. Study results demonstrate that drumming is a valuable treatment for stress, fatigue, anxiety, hypertension, headaches, asthma, chronic pain, arthritis, and sleep and emotional disorders.
Drum Therapy: Exerpt from the Book - The Shaman Drum by Michael Drake