Purpose of Rhythm Research and Resources
This site is dedicated to rhythmic percussion and the wide range of benefits beyond simply listening enjoyment. Throughout history, rhythmic percussion has been recognized as enhancing health and healing practices. In recent years, these effects have been recognized and seriously studied by the scientific community in the western world.
These studies have statistically proven a range of benefits; including improvement in many mood states as well as physiological changes; including boosting the immune system, and even rebuilding brain matter.
This ongoing research, around the world, has now created a growing amount of evidence based work on the therapeutic effects of drumming. However, the documentation is scattered across many journals, research reports, scholarly papers, dissertations, and books making it easy to overlook the vast amount of evidence that drumming is an effective and inexpensive way to significantly mitigate many symptoms of distress, and lead to positive changes to our health and well being. Even for those not in distress, drumming has been shown to be an effective way to promote wellness and reduce the chances of distress, disease, and disorder.
It is hoped that this collection of resources will aid in the awareness, recognition, and promotion of rhythm as a healing practice, or activity, that is easily available, inexpensive, and joyfully engaged in.
"Rhythm is a means of organizing sound into specific energy formulas to harmonize the mind and body. Chanting, rhythmic breathing and drumming form an ancient technology for directly synchronizing the mind/body complex, creating conditions for psychological and physical healing."