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September and November Frame Drumming

These evenings resume again and run twice a month. This is an excellent time to join but you can join at any time as Tim Byford who leads the group always begins with basic strokes to warm up. He continues our exploration of rhythm and introduce new stokes and patterns as the class progresses so you can stick with the strokes you have just learnt or join in with those that are more complex. The class is suitable for beginners and also for those who have had some practice. 

Here’s why drumming is good for you:

1. Makes you happy. Participate in a drum circle and you will see how happy it makes you. Drumming releases endorphins, enkephalins and Alpha waves in the brain, which are associated with general feelings of well-being and euphoria.

2. Induces deep relaxation. An hour-long drumming session can reverse stress hormones.

3. Helps control chronic pain. Drumming can certainly serve as a distraction from pain. And, it promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which are the body’s own morphine-like painkillers.

4. Boosts your immune system. Studies show that drumming circles boost the immune system. 

5. Creates a sense of connectedness. Drumming sessions provide an opportunity for “synchronicity” in that you connect with your own spirit at a deeper level while also connecting with other like-minded people.

6. Aligns your body and mind with the natural world. The Greek origin of the word “rhythm” is “to flow.” Drumming allows you to flow with the rhythms of life by simply feeling the beat.

7. Provides a way to access a higher power. Shamans often use drumming as a means to integrate mind, body and spirit. They focus on the whole body and then integrate the healing at both the physical and spiritual level by drumming, which connects spiritual forces.

8. Releases negative feelings. The act of drumming can serve as a form of self-expression. You can literally drum out your feelings. When held, negative emotions can form energy blockages. The physical stimulation of hitting the drums can help remove those blockages. Drumming has even been used therapeutically to help addicts deal with their emotions.

9. Puts you in the present moment. While drumming you are moving your awareness toward the flow of life. When you are flowing with the rhythm of life you cannot be caught up in your past or worrying about your future.

10. Allows for personal transformation. Drumming stimulates creative expression. When you drum in a group, you not only get to self-express, but you get feedback from the other drummers.  It’s the equivalent of talk therapy! Drum circles provide a means of exploring your inner self, and expanding your consciousness while being part of a community.

You don't have to have played a drum before- everyone has rhythm. £10/session. Frame drums provided. Come and try! Please book: sarahemarten@gmail.com

Future dates: 2nd, 16th and 30th November,  December 7th and  December 21st

December 21st will not be the usual session but instead it will be ceremonial celebration of the beginning of the solar year and the lengthening days.