- When was HealthRHYTHMS Created?
The Music Therapy & Wellness Division of Remo, Inc. (a.k.a. -Health Rhythms Division) was officially founded in the year 2000.
Barry Bittman, MD lead a medical research team studying the effects of group drumming on the immune system. At the conclusion of the study of the immune system effects, Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA, Karl Bruhn and Barry Bittman, MD worked together to develop the training program to teach the specific HealthRHYTHMS (a.k.a. Composite Drumming) protocol which demonstrated a healthful biological impact. The first training program was offered in 2001. Later that same year a licensing agreement was reached with Yamaha Corporation of
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HealthRHYTHMS facilitation training teaches participants to facilitate the research-based HealthRHYTHMS protocol. This training is taught by the principal researcher on the studies which support the program, Neurologist Barry Bittman, MD and internationally acclaimed Keynote Speaker, Music Therapist and Drum Circle Facilitator, Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC.
Professionals from all walks of life have found HealthRHYTHMS protocol to be a useful and flexible tool which they can add to their existing skills for integrating this strategy into their group work. Organizations have an exceptional opportunity to offer a unique activity that combines proven health-promoting strategies including self-expression, group support, nurturing, exercise, stress reduction and of course, music making. If you would like to find a facilitator near you just type your zip code into our HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator Finder. If you’d like to learn how to become a facilitator select "Learn More."