Health Rhythms

Christine Stevens-Training from Remo on Vimeo.

Discover your personal Rhythm!

One of the most challenging things for me working full time has been putting everything I have learned at my trainings into practice and incorporating inspriational beats into my life. For this reason I have decided to hold HealthRHYTHMS sessions locally.
I invite you to experience the HR protocol with me and join in the fun.

HealthRHYTHMS® group drumming is an evidence-based, wellness program that promotes relaxation and boosting of the immune system. Join me in a session, & your time will be filled with great fun and laughter. Absolutely no experience or instruments are required. Drums and percussion instruments will be provided, but if you have one you'd like to bring, you are more than welcome to. We will start the morning with an easy wellness exercise and progress to group drumming and then end the morning with guided imagery and the sound of the heart beat as we imagine our journey through life. Come join us for a 90 minute session.

I'd love to have you join us and experience some very powerful entrainment. It'll be a great way to celebrate the immeasurable value of each of you and allow yourself to see yourself for the treasure you hold inside. Join us for a fun morning full of empowerment!

I combine the excitement and proven mind/body, benefits of live drumming, dance and relaxation into a revolutionary interactive program that's fun for all, keeps you fit, is stress free, and has you not wanting to miss a single session in Webster and the surrounding areas.

I use HealthRHYTHMS in the community to reduce stress, beat burnout, enhance your immune system, achieve weight loss, and to build empowerment and team work. Working with seniors and adults wanting to lose weight and move or just have fun, I help create "in the moment" music, and relaxation as well as burn calories. Join me for a session of Health RHYTHMS or Drums Alive. Please email me for a calendar with a list of dates and times of classes at Wright Rhythms & be sure to let me if you plan on  attending so I have enough instruments for everyone.


Why should you take action to reduce stress in your life when everyone has stress? "Stress is really a component of every disease," says James Rosenbaum, MD. Take a look at the adverse health effects of chronic stress:

Cardiovascular illnesses. Chronic stress has been shown to increase the heart rate and blood pressure, making the heart work harder to produce the blood flow needed for bodily functions. Long-term elevations in blood pressure, also seen with essential hypertension (high blood pressure not related to stress), are harmful and can lead to myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, and stroke. (Journal of the American Medical Association, 2007)

Obesity. "We have known for over a decade that there is a connection between chronic stress and obesity," Herbert Herzog, PhD, of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, says in a news release. "We also know that NPY(a molecule the body releases when stressed ) plays a major role in other chronic stress-induced conditions, such as susceptibility to infection. Now we have identified the exact pathway, or chain of molecular events, that links chronic stress with obesity." (WebMD Medical News, 2007) Excess abdominal fat and obesity are risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, and this type of fat secretes copious proinflammatory chemicals, worsening inflammation.(Arthritis Today, 2005)

Diabetes. Obesity is a leading cause of diabetes, but the chemical imbalances caused by stress, regardless of obesity, can also trigger type 2 diabetes development. Researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, found that increased levels of fear, lack of control and depression raise levels of glucose and insulin, each of which are danger signs for diabetes.

Drug Abuse. Many clinicians and addiction medicine specialists suggest that stress is the number one cause of relapse to drug abuse, including smoking. Now, research is elucidating a scientific basis for these clinical observations. In both people and animals, stress leads to an increase in the brain levels of a peptide known as corticotropin releasing factor (CRF). The increased CRF levels in turn triggers a cascade of biological responses. (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2005)

Cognitive Impairment. Chronic stress can impair memory and may impair cognitive function. (McEwan B., Sapolsky R., 1995) Pioneering research of Bruce McEwen, PhD, head of the Neuroendocrinology laboratory at the world-renowned Rockefeller University in New York proposed that repeated stress can lead to the body’s inability to turn off its major biological stress pathway; a factor that can directly lead to significant memory loss.(New England Journal of Medicine, 1998).

Chronic Pain. Stress alters neurotransmitters that regulate mood and emotion, leaving a person more susceptible to depression and anxiety. Depression can also worsen inflammatory conditions. For example, a study out of Stanford University Medical Center, Calif., discovered that people who are depressed experience two times more chronic pain than those who are not depressed.

Premature aging. Connections among stress, premature aging and decreased lifespan were recently identified in a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) review of women, aged 20 to 50, who were caregivers to children living with a chronic illness, such as autism. Compared to women of the same age who were caring for healthy children, chronic stress levels speeded up the deterioration of vision and hearing, increased aging of the skin, mental decline and failing organs in the women caring for sick children. (Stein, R., 2004)

Depression. Recent estimates suggest that loss of a loved-one, and the physical/emotional changes associated with aging result in depression, a condition that is severely underestimated and present in about 65% of the elderly in our society. (Bittman, B., 2008) Researchers at the University of Washington and Group Health Center for Health Studies shows that depressed older adults use more health care services and have 43-56 percent higher health care costs than their peers who do not suffer from depression.(Sowers, P., 2003)

Published, peer-reviewed research has demonstrated that HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming significantly reduces stress, reduces burnout rates, improves mood states and increases natural killer cell activity.

R.D.A. - Recommended Drumming Allowance

by Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA

Rhythm - the elements in music pertaining to forward motion.

Rhythmatize – to be completely filled with rhythm.

Even if you’ve never been to a nutritionist or taken note of your diet, you are probably familiar with the Recommended Daily Allowance, known as the R.D.A. But the concept of health today includes much more than diet and nutrition. In addition to our focus on the body, today we understand that health also involves the mind and spirit. Mind-body-spirit health requires new strategies that develop areas that have been previously neglected. To achieve total wellness, we must create new types of diets that nurture all the aspects of ourselves.

Drumming is an aesthetic activity practiced throughout the ages that provides the kinesthetic stress release through physical activity while improving one’s mood and providing an avenue for creative expression. In this era of creative longing, more and more people have a desire to participate in music.

The R.D.A is a guide to using rhythm to enhance your life. Based upon research demonstrating substantially more benefits from active music making over passive music listening, these RDAs will encourage you to get involved in the experience of making music and rhythm. So get started and enjoy the BEAT!

Here are just a few Health Rhythm facilitators doing wonderful things;
Listen to what they have to say about Health Rhythms:

Moe Jerant from Remo on Vimeo.

David Beagley from Remo on Vimeo.


Steve McLennon, MD from Remo on Vimeo.


Bonnie Harr, MSN, RN from Remo on Vimeo.


Dominique Lemire-Ross, MT-BC from Remo on Vimeo.

Frank Thompson, MBA from Remo on Vimeo.