Groove and Grow Drumming and Dance Class (Non-Cancer Patient)

Groove and Grow Healing through Music and Movement:

Healing through music can include singing, dancing, playing and listening to music to promote self-expression. By releasing negative emotions and expressing feelings you may be keeping inside, you can relax your body and give your mind a break from everyday challenges and stressors.

Drumming has been used in all cultures for thousands of years to communicate, energize and soothe, as well as in many rituals. It is often used therapeutically to release excessive energy (anxiety, anger, fear) or to calm and balance the energy in a room.

Our environment and our bodies are always vibrating. Music helps create open channels for our body’s energy to flow smoothly, and drumming helps to break up physical and psychological tensions.

• Ease pain. Research has shown that the same neurotransmitter used by the brain to send sensations of pain is also stimulated by sound; when both happen at the same moment, pain may not feel as intense.

• Lessen stress. Music can activate stress reducers in the body.

• Enter a meditative state. Calm music can help induce a meditative state, but so can a more upbeat, repetitive rhythm. Meditation improves focus, concentration and attention, counters anxiety and depression, maintains the aging brain, and can actually change volume in parts of the brain to improve learning and memory and decrease stress.

• Reduce depression. Music can help uplift your mood, and vibrations from drumming might also open up tension areas in your mind and body and give you more energy and hope.

• Manage anxiety. Loud music, drumming, or even finding a place to scream can help get negative, anxious feelings out, thereby easing discomfort, improving quality of life, and sometimes just making your laugh.

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
10460 N. 92nd St., Suite 203
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Registration is required online at or call (623) 580-5800.

FREE for cancer patients; $10 fee for other community members.

Ryan Fowler, Instructor:

Ryan has been a musician for over 20 years and involved in numerous team-building and community groups. His ultimate goal is to combine his passions for music and helping others, particularly through human interaction and connection. Receiving his Yoga Certification while living abroad in Colombia, Ryan recently moved back to his hometown of Scottsdale to help his mom fight cancer. Ryan’s desire is to help cancer patients through music at the HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.


HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
10460 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, AZ, 85258


February 27th, 2018, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.



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