Does a marching band bring you joy? Do you find yourself tapping your toes to a good song?
Following the beat can improve your health. Every person has a rhythm in their body. For example, your heart is beating 60 – 100 beats per minute and your lungs inhale and exhale approximately 18 times per minute. Connecting with these automatic rhythms and adding other beats such as drumming, allows the potential to connect the mind, body, soul and spirit deep within us. The enjoyment of music and rhythm in the form of drumming and dancing in a group has been practiced for thousands of years. It allows a unique style of expression, celebration with music and a sense of community.
Recent studies by Neher & Bittmann have shown that drumming stimulates the electrical activity of sensory and motor pathways of the brain. It also affects the central nervous system and has a positive influence on the immune system. Based on this fascinating research, founder Carrie Ekins, M.A., developed a fun new form of exercise called “DRUMS ALIVE” which incorporates the rhythms of music and adds drumming and movement.This new fitness class uses rhythm as a source of inspiration and combines the benefits of group exercise as well.
- Improved neuromuscular function
- Increased focus and concentration
- Posture and body alignment
- “Brain fitness” and memory enhancement
- Overall sense of well being and decreased depression
- Stimulation of fine motor skills/hand & eye coordination
- Increased creative expression
The combination of dynamic movement and drumming on stationary fitness balls makes everyone and anyone a part of the beat. You do not realize you are exercising your mind in addition to your body!
What is the class like? The participants can be standing (or seated) in front of a fitness ball placed on a stationary frame. The fitness class is designed to include a warm up and an introduction of single, double, and other combinations of beats using drumming sticks on the fitness balls. The cardiovascular fitness section includes the break down and add-on of varying levels of rhythm combinations and movement patterns. At the end of the class there is a cool down using slower beats and finishing with relaxation and stretching.
Drums Alive is a program that fosters a healthy balance physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Join a class and experience for yourself a fun and inspiring form of exercise!
Master DRUMS ALIVE instructor, Rene King will be offering FREE demonstrations on Wednesday, July 16th : at 9:15, 10:00, & 10:45am. Class size is limited. Call Chatham Health & Swim Club to reserve. 508-945-3555.