Drumming As A Healing Therapy
|The Rockaway Museum recently presented several Therapeutic Drumming sessions for the seniors attending the DSSM-Neponsit Adult Day Health Care Center, located at 230 Beach 102 Street. Facilitator Connie Parente encouraged and engaged the seniors in a drum circle using African Djembe drums. The word Djembe combines the word “jem,” meaning unity with “be,” which means harmony. Pictured from left is Parente with Maria Isbith and Arlene Webman, two DSSM-Neponsit clients.
Baron Lynch and Felix Etheart practice their drumming skills. As exercise, drumming activates the body’s attention, perception and memory to repeat rhythmic sounds. Some studies have also noted physical benefits, including relaxation, boosting the immune system and alleviating depression.
Parente instructs Isdith, Webman and Helen DePeiza in the art of the Djembe drum.|
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