David Van Dorn experienced HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming for the first time during his late wife's battle with metastatic breast cancer. David calls the program "a blessing," saying it allowed them to be in the moment to the extent that they did not know it was her last day until it became her last day.
Now a HealthRHytHms Endorsed Facilitator, David recently facilitated a session in North Hollywood for patients with multiple sclerosis. After the session, David invited participants to gather around a four-foot diameter Remo table drum. At first, they approached the drum cautiously, tapping on it with their fingers. Next, they began putting their hands and elbows on the drum head. Finally, one participant climbed underneath the drum to see what that was like and was joined by several others while David continued to play the drum. When the drumming stopped, David asked them to describe the experience. "It touched me in places where I'm challenged," said one participant. "It felt like a hug from God," said another.