Percussion Music Therapy Fort Atkinson WI

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Kelly Marti Slater
(262) 495-3069
1200 West Royal Lee Drive
Palmyra, WI
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Crimson Salon & Spa
(920) 563-3366
33 South Water Street East
Fort Atkinson, WI
 
Central Jefferson Chiropractic
(920) 674-5025
202 North Main Street
Jefferson, WI
 
Family Chiropractic Health Centre
(262) 495-4428
212 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI
 
Allied Health Chiropractic Centers
(608) 423-4666
416 North Main Street
Cambridge, WI
 
Deeann Sternhagen
(608) 756-6049
1000 Mineral Point Road
Janesville, WI
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American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Blackhawk Fitness
(920) 563-5613
1111 Madison Avenue
Fort Atkinson, WI
 
Dawn Parkhurst
(262) 472-9174
239 E Milwaukee St
Whitewater, WI
 
Ann Geiger Electrolysis
(920) 699-4510
301 Hartwig Drive
Johnson Creek, WI
 
Anderson Chiropractic Office - Lake Mills OFC
(920) 648-2711
120 East Oak Street
Lake Mills, WI
 
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Drumming Up Wellness

On a recent morning at Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx, New York, 18 adult day care
patients drifted into a lounge and settled by their percussion instrument of choice.
For the next hour, prompted by a music therapist setting a beat to a keyboard synthesizer,
the group created a symphony of rhythm with an assortment of hand and floor drums
that included bongos, maracas, tambourines, shakers, whistles and bells, some
attached to their wrists because they have been stricken by stroke or dementia.

By Allan Richter

October 2008

Corinthia Bolden, 64, stiff on her right side from a stroke, tapped and palmed an African floor drum just to the left of her wheelchair. In sync with the others and her own cadence, Bolden rocked to and fro, bobbed her head and raised her left shoulder on back beats. “The touching seems to be important to her,” therapist Ariel Weissberger, MTBC, said later. “Touching the drum in different ways helps her ground herself, and at the same time she gets into a very kinesthetic movement.”

Call it a Berlitz lesson with rhythm instead of words. With gaps in their ages spanning decades, these patients—some who speak only Spanish, some unable to speak at all because of their illness—held a conversation with drums. And with science backing the idea that rhythm helps heal, more Western health care facilities are embracing drum circles as therapy sessions. It’s a natural step, proponents say, because we are attuned to rhythms that precede even our own in utero heartbeats.

An Ancient Tune

Sound and rhythm have been a part of the universe for eons. The Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, England found ripples spaced 30,000 light-years apart that emanated from an enormous black hole at the center of the Perseus Cluster of galaxies more than 250 million light-years from Earth. With those details, the scientists calculated the frequency of the sound waves and the pitch—a B flat 57 octaves below middle C on a piano—that have been resonating from the black hole for 2.5 billion years.

“We are multi-dimensional rhythm machines and we’re embedded in a universe of rhythm,” Mickey Hart, the Grateful Dead drummer and musicologist, tells Energy Times.

Hart has testified before the US Senate on the benefits of drumming, particularly for the aged. Drum circles, he asserts, lift feelings of loneliness and alienation, boost self-esteem, focus the mind, reduce stress, and provide empowerment and exercise. And all participants share equal billing because a drum circle, as Hart puts it, has neither head nor tail.

“Here is one place you can be exactly who you want to be and you’re a success as long as you’re in a group,” Hart says. “All you have to do is listen to the person next to you and go with the rhythm.

There’s a very spiritual content; you’re bordering on the secular and the sacred here. Then there’s the transformative power of rhythm, where it elevates your consciousness and it takes you into like a group ...

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