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Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention



CITATION:
  Strong, Jeff. 
Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention Director.  Originally published in Open Ear Journal, February 1998.

SUMMARY:  Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) is a MusicMedicine therapy program utilizing recorded hand drumming rhythms to stimulate the central nervous system and improve brain function.(1) REI is designed to facilitate both short-term and long-term improvement in a variety of symptoms common to neurobiological disorders. The REI Program consists of two twenty-minute recordings played as background music which contain complex, unusual percussion rhythms chosen to address specific behavioral and cognitive areas. Each client receives a custom-made REI Program designed specifically for his/her needs beased on a comprehensive intake questionnaire and interview process.

REI was derived from two ancient rhythmic drumming techniques which have been used to treat psychological and physical illnesses for thousands of years. These two healing techniques, called shamanic drumming and rhythm healing, both use specific rhythmic drumming patterns to influence the body to bring about healing.

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