September 14, 2012
Drumming for Health Class Open to Cancer Patients
Registration is open for Drumming for Health, a free, six-week class for cancer patients at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield.
The class will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: September 26, October 3, 10, 17, & 24 and November 7. Please register by calling Kristi Lessen at 217-545-7493. The class is open to any cancer patient, regardless of where they are being treated.
Dennis Maberry, who will lead the class, will use the HealthRHYTHMS program, an interactive drumming program with all participants involved in “in-the-moment music making.”
“Group drumming has been shown to lower stress levels, improve self-esteem and enhance the immune system,” Maberry said. “Landmark studies with cancer patients conducted by Dr. Barry Bittman demonstrated that group drumming causes a significant increase in disease-fighting cells.”
Maberry received training in the method from Bittman, a neurologist and founder of the program, and Christine Stevens, a music therapist.
More information about Maberry’s drumming programs can be found at www.rhythmspirit.com.
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu/cancer.