Otterbein North Shore, in keeping with its mission of embracing a whole-person wellness philosophy, has added a new dimension to the community – drum circles. Recently three employees became certified HealthRHYTHMS facilitators, trained in recreational Empowerment Drumming, an evidence-based therapeutic approach to wellness based upon an emerging discipline called Rhythmacology.
At Otterbein North Shore the drum empowerment sessions elicited immediate interest and enjoyment from the residents. Participants smiled throughout the session and wanted to know “when can we do this again?” Drumming is now offered monthly, with full participation. Resident Janet Clark commented, “When we’re drumming there’s a smile on everyone’s face!” Joe Williams, who plays the banjo, said he comes because he enjoys music and the association with other people.
“Music is a common denominator. Most people enjoy music, but can’t necessarily play an instrument proficiently,” said HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator Barbara Radebaugh. She added that empowerment drumming is ideal for everyone, as it is an opportunity to participate in recreational music making while reducing stress and increasing a feeling of joy, improving wellness.
Otterbein North Shore plans to offer a limited amount of recreational Drum Empowerment sessions to community organizations, as well as to continue to offer it as an activity for residents.
For more information about the program, contact any of the three trained HealthRHYTHMS facilitators at Otterbein North Shore - Kim Beaver, Barbara Radebaugh or Jody Strickling - at 419-798-8203.