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[back] Parkinson's patients beat the shakes New Straits Times - 24 June 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Modern research has verified the calming and healing effects of drum therapy, which has been employed since ancient times to maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health.

More recently, it has been used to help those suffering from various ailments including Parkinson's disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and autism. It is also used to aid in healing and recovery after surgery.

With studies showing drumming to be helpful to Parkinson's patients, the Malaysian Parkinson's Disease Association and Better Training Solutions Sdn Bhd recently held a drum circle.

John Hagedorn, who trained under Arthur Hull, the godfather of the drum circle, conducted the session. The drum circle had 50 participants, who were each provided with percussion instruments.

Hagedorn said drumming induced deep relaxation and reduced stress.

"Drumming helps with the tremors and uncontrollable shaking, which cease when they start to drum," he said.

Association president Sara Lew said, besides having a healthy effect on the members, the drumming session also served to get them out of the house and meet people.

"Instead of staying at home, they are here for the drumming session, where they also meet other patients," she said.

Malaysian Parkinson's Disease Association was established on Sept 12, 1994, as a support group for Parkinson's patients and their caregivers.

It is located at 35, Jalan Nyaman 10, Happy Garden. It is open from 9am to 5pm daily except Sundays and Mondays. For details, visit www.mpda.org.my. By Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi