Are you feeling stressed out? As I mentioned in my last post, stress can really take its toll on your body, mind, and spirit. The best way I’ve found to beat stress and improve focusing and clarity is drumming. It’s also a great tool for entrepreneurs!
Why drumming is different
There are many different practices that can help alleviate or eliminate stress such as deep breathing, exercise, meditation, etc. However, for those of us who have difficulty sitting still and quieting our minds, nothing beats drumming.
As a percussionist, I discovered how energized and focused I felt when I drummed (either solo or in a band). The after-effect was calmness and improved clarity. Of course, whacking on a drum (or drums) definitely helps with stress relief!
I began wondering if there really is something to this drumming thing. I did some research and discovered that there are such things as drum therapy and therapeutic drumming and received training in each.
My first clients were students with ADHD issues. I began creating my own drumming techniques and added deep breathing, and affirmations to help calm my clients’ racing thoughts and release stress. They felt much better and were able to complete their math homework with 100% accuracy after just a few minutes of drumming. They were amazed!
I then began working with new entrepreneurs and people in transition. What they were doing wasn’t working and they felt overwhelmed, stressed out, and stuck. Some were dealing with a recent change in circumstances and had major ADHD issues. Drumming helped with all of that as well. I’ve even seen clients gain instant clarity during their first session!
How it works
Drumming works much like occupational or music therapy. Certain repetitive movements can open up neural pathways, sync up the right and left hemispheres of the brain, and reduce pain and stress. The sounds waves also promote healing. Drum therapy is also used in hospitals with cancer patients, since it has been known to boost T-cell production.
The best part is, it’s fun! You don’t need to have any musical training; you just follow the beats or create your own, like these ladies I taught at a recent conference.
Moving onto the Next Stage
After an accident, I discovered how overwhelming and frustrating dealing with medical providers can be. Most really don’t listen or try to uncover the underlying symptoms causing the problem. This is the same scenario that played out with the hundreds of students I have worked with and kept off of stimulants.
Doctors try to come up with a quick fix after a 10-minute office visit. No one wanted to address my concerns of side effects, downtime, etc. I wasn’t presented with many viable options, other than multiple surgeries, muscle relaxers, and pain killers. I refused all of that.
I decided to use drumming to heal myself and others and created a holistic coaching program. It includes other components besides drumming and can be done in-person or virtually. Therapeutic drumming became the last piece of the puzzle in my ground-breaking, 20-year ADHD study, known as The Gifted/ADHD Connection.
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Dori Staehle is a motivational speaker, coach, drum chick, and Chief Encouragement Officer at Rock the Next Stage. She uses hand drums and percussion instruments for clarity, focus, stress relief, and healing and often combines interactive drumming with coaching or speaking. Dori is also the author of the best-selling book, Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creatives’ Success Formula, which provides her story, her ADHD research, and business tips for creatives and entrepreneurs. Dori also teaches lessons using the full drum set as well.