By Tanya Comeault
Drums Alive is a new fitness program offered at the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre that includes several aspects of good health and the components of wellness – physical, mental, emotional and social – by combining the rhythm of drums with the passion of dance. It allows for expression and creativity, as well as providing the participant with an impressive degree of fitness and, most importantly, it is fun!
“This is a totally new fitness experience Gwen Secter is offering to the community,” said Marilyn Regiec, executive director. “It’s a great opportunity to explore your creativity through music and movement: you can melt away all your stress after a challenging day at work!”
The connection between drumming and movement has numerous physiological and psychological benefits such as building sensory and motor co-ordination and muscle sense awareness, which are especially important for active older adults.
Brenda Moberg, the certified Drums Alive instructor at Gwen Secter, is in her early 60s. Brenda leads participants though a fun-packed session to music with a Latin flavour followed by relaxing “wellness” movements.
Drums Alive is being promoted in schools as “mathematics-in-motion”, in the medical community as “therapy beats”, and in nursing homes, assisted living centres and independent living centres as “golden beats”. “ Pink beats” was developed to connect cancer survivors and supporters in an uplifting and inspiring experience.
Drums Alive classes at Gwen Sector, 1588 Main Street, run on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. in the summer with a drop-in fee of $7. The fall session begins Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. and will run in five-week blocks for $40 per block.
For more information visit gwensecter.com or call 204-339-1701.