Health Benefits from Drumming Circles documented

Shamanic communities have experienced the benefits of drumming together for thousands of years. Researchers have now documented that the benefits of participating in drumming groups extends widely from our bodies, to our mental states, to our relationships with others. Participants in studies reacted with an increase in cells related to the immune system, and had a decrease in chronic pain. Other groups experienced a decrease in anxiety and an increase in self-esteem and relaxation. Parkinson’s patients had increased motor skills after listening to the rhythmic repetition of a steady drum beat, and Alzheimer’s patients are able to connect better to loved ones after drumming. For more information about the health benefits of drumming read this article by Kimberly Ann Holle.

“Sonic driving” is the term for using repetitive percussion sound to shift one’s state of consciousness. It is one of the common elements used throughout shamanic cultures. In recent times, scientific studies have confirmed what indigenous cultures have learned through experience. A repetitive beat at a certain range of speeds can facilitate a shift in our brain wave patterns. Shamanic practitioners often use sonic driving when they work with clients, both as an aide in perceiving the spiritual causes of illness or imbalance and also for the direct benefits that drumming can provide to the clients.

For more information about shamanic healing sessions, classes in shamanic journeying or drumming circles, visit or contact me via e-mail.

Wishing you a peaceful heart,


About Mara

Mara Bishop, M.S., Th.M., C.S.C., is an intuitive consultant, shamanic practitioner, teacher, author, and artist. She is the owner of WholeSpirit. In her private practice, Mara combines intuitive consultations, shamanic healing, shamanic counseling, Reiki, and Healing with Spiritual Light. Her Personal Evolution Counseling™ provides each client with an integrated approach to spiritual healing, personal growth and emotional well-being. Her book, Inner Divinity: Crafting Your Life with Sacred Intelligence, explores ways to rediscover your "inner divinity," the spirit you were born with which holds your unique key for bringing balance, healing and joy into your life. Mara has worked in the fields of intuition and shamanism since 1995. Mara is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Three–Year Program in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Healing with Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman, and Sandra Ingerman’s Teacher Training program in Shamanic Journeying and Healing. She is the only Harner Certified Shamanic Counselor® in North Carolina or neighboring states such as Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Mara is also a Reiki Master, and a founding member of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners. In addition she holds Master's degrees in Energy Medicine and Theology. Mara conducts workshops in core shamanism, intuitive development, and the concepts she developed in her book Inner Divinity, among other topics. She has presented for various programs at Duke University, the Rhine Research Center and at events such as the Body-Mind-Spirit Expo. Feel free to contact Mara and schedule a class or event. She can be reached via her web form.
This entry was posted in Thoughts and Insights and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *