Psychology Festival of Learning in Cape Town at SACAP; 2 September at 16:00

Nidhi Chaitow is a rhythm-based music therapist. She works with diverse groups and individuals offering workshops and consultations in transformation and self-awareness, empowerment and upliftment, helping people to reach their fullest potential through her drumming, empowerment, mindfulness and life skills programmes.

Nidhi’s talk at this week’s Psychology Festival of Learning “An Introduction to Rhythm-Based Therapy” will be an interactive and experiential presentation with practical components – the best way to tell people about Rhythm Based Therapy is for them to be part of an experience it and feel it for themselves!

Nidhi shared some of her insights with us:

What is Rhythm-Based Therapy?

Rhythm-Based Therapy includes Mindfulness, Self Empowerment and Therapeutic Drumming at its core and is a wonderful way to allow people, whether on a one-to-one basis or in group sessions, the opportunity to connect with themselves and become present and centred, to access their emotions and feelings in a very safe, nurturing and supported environment and to allow their minds to be stilled and feel and experience their own rhythms and the rhythms of others, while having fun.  

What is included in the therapy process?

Rhythmic activities include body movement, drumming, playing musical instruments, where repetitive patterns create peace, relaxation and a connection with the intrinsic and extrinsic parts of the individual and/or the group.  As a therapeutic approach being experiential and interactive it allows the individual/group space to connect with themselves, to be still and listen, opens communication channels and accesses blocked pain and trauma and allows release using rhythm and drumming which is safe, fun and really facilitates release.

Who does Rhythm-Based Therapy work for?

Rhythm-Based Therapy works wonderfully with people of all ages and all demographics:

  • With people who often struggle to access their feelings or emotions, people who are shy and inhibited, where there is trauma, grief, burnout, with addiction, 
  • Children with learning problems, to assist with time management, conflict resolution 
  • And as a unifying force that brings people together in a holistic and community centred process.

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