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Style Magazine: The rhythm of life

Photo: Kim Scott

Erik Dunton and Kim Scott believe that music should be used as a vehicle for positive change. As the owners of Positive RePercussions, they offer group drumming programs that help people bolster health, self-esteem and general wellbeing. “Collaborative drumming, dancing and chanting has existed since the earliest civilizations,” says Dunton. “Current research verifies the therapeutic effects of these universal rhythm techniques.”

Dunton is a trained therapeutic musician and a REMO® Endorsed Facilitator of the HealthRHYTHMS® program, a group empowerment drumming protocol. Scott is an intuitive group facilitator, also trained in the HealthRHYTHMS program. Together, they offer interactive, rhythm-based events for corporate, clinical and educational settings. “These programs are not about learning to play drums or acquiring musical technique. They are about creative self-expression,” says Dunton. “They’re an exercise in the power of non-verbal communication to empower us to discover our potential.”

Therapeutic drumming is used to enhance the lives of individuals with autism, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients, and people coping with chronic pain, long-term illness, depression and trauma. “Rhythm is a powerful tool we use to build core strengths, nurture creativity, encourage mindfulness and address a multitude of issues,” says Scott. “Rhythm exists naturally inside all of us,” she says. “The first sound you heard was your mother’s heartbeat. We like to think of the heart as your very own drum machine.” Bottom line? “It’s also immensely fun!”; 941-667-3786.

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