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Siouxlanders promote health through the drum circle

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Being healthy doesn't just mean eating right and exercising to be physically strong, you also need to be emotionally healthy.  There are a lot of ways to do that, including busting out a beat.

At the Siouxland Center for Active Generations there's a movement on.  A movement with a real beat.  This is the drum circle.  "I can't keep a beat," said Mary Knudsen.  But that's okay.  There aren't any hard and fast rules for this group.  Show up.  Pick a drum, or other percussion instrument.  "I got that in South Africa.  And I've had it sitting on the dresser for a few years.  I finally got a place to use it," said Mary Knudsen.  And start a beat.  The result is a health benefit.  "There's a physical thing to it, but a, I'm not sure it's spiritual, but there's a soul pleasing aspect to it," said Christofferson.  "There is an exhaustion.  There is an uplift," said Knudsen.  "It restores some of our natural rhythms.  You come out of here after drumming for an hour and you're just kind of jazzed for the whole day," said Marc Christofferson.  It's a type of music therapy.  That allows those who pull up a chair to stay active physically, yet restore the mental rhythm to their life.

The drum circle meets every Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Siouxland Center for Active Generations in Sioux City.  They say everyone is welcome, and you don't have to have any prior drumming experience to be a part of it.  In fact, they let me join in, and I have to admit, it put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.

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