Drumming and Indigenous Perspective to Balance Group

The indigenous teachings will give individuals an opportunity to see the dynamics of their life from a different perspective. Sharing, using the oral tradition, will provide an opportunity to experience speaking and hearing in a different way. Use of the big drum and oral tradition supports individuals in finding balance by building a broader foundation to support recovery. This can be accomplished by exploring the depth of one’s dimensions, specifically which are out of balance, with the hopes of entering community in a grounded fashion.This is an experiential and expressive group that will provide individuals with a safe and positive environment. The American Journal of Public Health in 2003 published a research review that supports drumming circles as having efficacy as a complementary addiction therapy, particularly for individuals with repeated relapse and when other counseling modalities have failed. As stated in the review, “drumming enhances recovery through enhancing theta-wave production, brain-wave synchronization and inducing relaxation. Drumming produces pleasurable experiences, increased awareness of preconscious dynamics, release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self. Drumming alleviates self-centeredness, isolation, and alienation, creating a sense of connectedness with self and others. Drumming provides a secular approach to accessing a higher power and applying spiritual perspectives”. Journal List; Am J Public Health v.93(4); Apr 2003 PMC1447805 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/258/