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  • Summer & drumming go together like PB&J

    Summer is in full swing!  The dog days are upon us.  Beat the heat by beating on a drum this summer in the air-conditioned comfort of your local library!

    Below is a list of branches in Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia, and South Florida we’ll be drumming at for the rest of the summer – hope we see you there!

    As always, no experience is necessary to participate and have fun.  We bring all the drums!

    Summer drumming in July

    We’ll be offering a special “rhythm and wellness” program for families at the Jax Makerspace on Wednesday, July 11th, 2-3 pm at the Jacksonville downtown library branch.  The event is part of JMS’s current exhibit “Prescribed Expression: Relief in Healing Arts.” We’ll focus on the research that supports rhythm and wellness, including physical, mental, and social-emotional health.

    For more info, visit the JMS Facebook event here!

    Other branches in July include:

    • Tuesday 7/10, Highlands Regional branch (Jax), 3-4 pm
    • Thursday 7/12, Bunnell branch (Palm Coast), 10-11 am
    • Monday 7/16, Bradham Brooks branch (Jax), 11 am-noon
    • Wednesday 7/18, Coffee branch 11 am & Willacoochee branch 2:30 pm (S. Georgia)
    • Thursday 7/19, Westbrook branch (Jax), 3-4 pm
    • Tuesday 7/24, Millhopper branch (Gainesville), 2:30-3:30 pm
    • Saturday 7/21, South Regional branch (Pembroke Pines), 2-4 pm
    • Saturday 7/21, South Miami branch (Miami) 2-3 pm
    • Thursday 7/26, Opa-Locka branch (Miami) 11 am-12 noon

    Extend the summer fun in August!

    We’ll be at one more branch in August!  Come to the Putnam County branch on Saturday, August 4th, 10-11 am.

    Who can resist the allure of drumming and making noise in a library?  We sure can’t!

    Want us to drum at your camp?

    Add rhythm to your summer fun by bringing us to your camp!  In addition to programs for campers, we also offer team-building fun for staff and counselors.  Reach out and learn more!

  • Team-building fun with non-profit Angelwood Jax!

    Team-building and wellness – these are the top two objectives Just Add Rhythm focuses on whenever we facilitate a rhythm event.

    So the employees of Angelwood, a Jacksonville-based non-profit, were in for a treat.  They experienced an hour of connection, stress management, and teamwork during their staff training day.

    Angelwood “assists families in caring for the special needs of their loved ones through a variety of programs suited to each person’s individual goals.”  They offer residential- and community-based programs to help each person live his or her best life.

    That’s why I felt a strong connection to their mission and vision. We’re all about helping people live their best lives!

    Check out the pictures below and watch the video clip of one of the energy-charged activities on our YouTube channel!

    The process

    Just Add Rhythm has a 5-step process to ensure we’re helping our clients reach their objectives through rhythm:

    1. Drumroll – smiles & laughter
    2. Relax & refresh – wellness exercises and stretching
    3. Chatter – learning to communicate & listen using drums
    4. Drum jam – create some groovy beats together!
    5. Creating connections – rhythmic games & partner convos to solidify concepts

    Highlights

    Participants commented after the workshop what they took away from it, including:

    • “It’s important to breathe”
    • “People working together can sound as one”
    • “It is remarkable what a strong leader can do even with people who are very different”

    Putting it into action

    At the end of each team-building session, I invite participants to partner up and discuss what they learned, and how they will apply it to their work and/or personal lives.  And that is always my challenge to the group – take action!  Empower yourself to be compassionate, to listen deeply to others, to take care of yourself, and to listen to yourself.

    We’d love to drum with your group!  Reach out to us for a brief consult!

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  • May is Mental Health Month – let’s start drumming for wellness

    Taking care of your mental health is an ongoing process.  Many people hear the term “mental health” and they conjure up images of psychiatrists, medications, and even acts of violence that have been in the news.

    Mental health is so much more than that.

    • It’s adding 5 or 10 minutes into your day for some quiet reflection time.
    • It’s being willing to say “no” to requests once in awhile when you feel overwhelmed.
    • It’s recognizing personal limits and boundaries and making sure others respect them.
    • It’s finding opportunities to smile, laugh, sing, dance, and be silly with others.

    Wait…being silly is part of our mental health?

    Heck yeah it is!  As adults, we tend to lose the playfulness that was so inherent during our childhood – it’s no longer acceptable to sing out loud, skip around in a circle, or play hide and seek (unless you have a kid).  But having opportunities to be playful and silly boosts our creativity, and science backs this up.

    Drumming & mental health

    SO. MUCH. RESEARCH. Has been done in the past several decades about the connections between drumming, thought patterns, and mental health.

    If you want to know which populations can benefit from drumming programs, it might be better to ask which population hasn’t been studied yet – veterans, corporate employees, senior citizens, at-risk adolescents, adults in recovery, nursing students, school children – all have experienced the benefits of rhythm, and scientists have written about it.

    What rhythm can do for you

    Let’s go back to silliness.  As advances in technology bring us closer together, so too do they have the ability to isolate us.  Seeking out activities where we can directly with one another becomes more and more important, and connection often means bringing out that inner child.

    Drumming has this amazing ability to bring out our inner child, and to encourage us to interact with each other in simple, uncomplicated ways – a smile, a thumbs up, a whoop of encouragement – anything more would get lost in the roar of the drums.

    In addition, drumming helps our mental health in other ways:

    • it improves our ability to focus and concentrate on a task
    • it increases our memory capacity to help stave off dementia as we age
    • it enhances our problem-solving capabilities by encouraging creative expression

    The bottom line

    We need to take care of our mental health just as much as our physical health, and drumming offers a proven way to do it.  Do you want to help your organization connect better through rhythm?  Give us a call!