Have you ever felt in synch with someone? When rhythms line up together in moments of perfect timing we call this synchronicity. We often use this term
When a drummer is feeling the groove, it is often described as being “in the pocket.” Runners call this “runners high,” its that feeling that everything is flowing just the way it is intended and life becomes effortless.
When was the last time you felt like you were in the groove?
In 1956, Scientist Christian Huygens observed how pendulums naturally fell into synch over time. In physics, we call this principle: entrainment, the synchronizing of separate rhythms. According to this principle, a dominant oscillator will draw surrounding rhythms into its sway, ultimately, causing things to move together.
According to Sound Healer Christine Stevens, Author of the Book, Music Medicine, rhythm is innate to us and so is entrainment. We already know we are wired for sound. We have explored the rhythm of our pulse, breath, and movements. But, even our circadian rhythms that regulate our sleep and wake cycles, as their name implies, are rhythmic. “Rhythm,” Stevens says, “speaks to our bodies and expresses our innate groove. It is a deep biological, neurological pathway that we can access for healing, growth, and development.”
At Colorado State University, at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music,
The team also developed a therapeutic intervention called Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation, or RAS, which is used with Parkinson’s’ patients to immediately improve walking patterns, restoring a sense of timing and slowly increasing the rhythm in order to improve their gait. It seems giving the patients a rhythm to concentrate on allowing the brain to re-engage these rhythmic functions naturally. What a miraculous finding this is which certainly deserves further exploration.
The team found that the
If you have ever watched babies or animals respond to rhythm, this certainly feels true. They just can’t help themselves when the rhythm takes over.
Our body, mind
When was the last time you allowed the rhythm to get you? Have you allowed the rhythm to move you, without thought or mental reservation? Turn on something that moves you and allow yourself to be moved!
For more information on Dr. Thaut’s research, check out his book Rhythm, Music and The Brain, Scientific Foundations and clinical applications.
Stay with us for the next 8 weeks as we dive deep into the Medicine of Rhythm.