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Birch Creek Candle Company
(541) 966-4116
207 Southeast Court Avenue
Pendleton, OR
 
Far-East Acupuncture Center Branch
(541) 276-0723
332 Southeast Emigrant Avenue
Pendleton, OR
 
Full Circle Bodywork & Massage
(541) 276-4383
727 South Main Street
Pendleton, OR
 
Caroline Smythe
(541) 431-9529
1488 Oak Street
Eugene, OR
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American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

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Sonja Pearson
(503) 360-2037
2330 N.W. Flanders St.+ Ste. 205
Portland, OR
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International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (IACT)

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Eastern Oregon Chiropractic Center
(541) 276-1097
409 Southwest 4th Street
Pendleton, OR
 
Blue Mountain Chiropratic Clinic
(541) 276-1938
114 Southeast 1st Street
Pendleton, OR
 
Limbic Solutions Physical Therapies & Counseling
(541) 840-2116
29 SE Court Av Suite 1
Pendleton , OR
 
Peter Howison
(541) 997-7134
83243 Kendall Lane
Dunes City, OR
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Karen McKenzie
(503) 873-6051
216 S. Water
Silverton, OR
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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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