Good Vibrations: HealthRYTHMS Drum Group

[Dates & Times TBA]

Please join us in sharing the joy of music with like-minded people and connect with yourself at a deeper level. HealthRHYTHMS drum empowerment group presents drumming and percussion as a medium to help you express and process difficult emotions in a fun and sympathetic environment. HealthRHYTHMS is an evidence-based approach that has been shown to be helpful for a variety of physical and emotional challenges, such as cancer, chronic pain, to help strengthen the immune system,  and to decrease stress, depression, and anxiety. This group empowers you to move beyond your perceived boundaries. Participants will incorporate physical exercise, communication, mindfulness, guided imagery, creativity, self-expression, and spirituality in a relaxing and enjoyable environment.

No prior musical experience is needed to join this group. Drums will be provided, but you may bring your own drum and percussion instrument if you like.

About the Artist:

Ava Shokoufi, AMFT is an associate marriage and family therapist who works with individuals, couples, women in transitions, creative-minded and highly sensitive people in private practice settings in Thousand Oaks and Tarzana. She offers expressive art therapy groups, workshops, and support groups while using mindfulness and meditation in combination of evidenced based practices with a holistic approach.

Ava is a trained HealthRHYTHMS Drum Group facilitator and uses drums and percussion instruments as an enjoyable, uplifting and empowering recreational music-making activity that increases physical and emotional well-being. Learn more about Ava @

Healing Power of Drum

Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses natural power of rhythm and sound to promote healing and self-expression. Drumming has been used for thousands of years in different cultures in healing rituals, ceremonies, celebration, community building, and cultural events. Drum Therapy is a holistic healing approach that promotes unity and cooperation, freedom of expression, non-verbal communication, and breaks down social barriers. It awakens hidden emotions and unexplainable feelings of excitement, peace, and enjoyment.

What is HealthRythyms?

HealthRHYTHMS® was innovated by neurologist, Barry Bittman, MD and it is an evidence-based holistic approach designed for achieving greater wellness, enhanced immune response, reduced stress, and social/emotional improvements.

“When our hands connect with a drum that vibrates with our energy, vitality, emotion, exhilaration, hope, sensitivity, giving, sharing and unity, we become whole again. For music gets through where words do not pass, when barriers separate us and when the odds are against us. It uplifts us when hopelessness darkens each day, when communications break down, when we yearn for common ground and when we need each other the most.”
-Dr. Barry Bittman, Neurologist


  • Creating deep relaxation and improved mood
  • Pain reduction
  • Reducing stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Prevents burnout
  • Helps control chronic pain
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Increases natural killer cell activity
  • Synchronizes brain activity
  • Places you in the present moment
  • Creates natural altered states of consciousness
  • Produces deeper self-awareness and creative expression
  • Releases negative feelings, blockages, and emotional trauma
  • Improves self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Creates a sense of connection with self and others

If you feel one of our programs would be beneficial for you, your family, or someone you know, or would like to receive these services at the comfort of your home, please explore our website to learn more, or contact Ava Shokoufi at 818 – 667- 4334.

Location and Parking Instructions
This class will take place in Tarzana at: 19100 Ventura Blvd #5, Los Angeles, CA 91356. Parking is free and there no time limits in the front after 6:00pm. There are also plenty of free parking in the lot behind Tarzana Cultural Center. When you arrive at the shopping center go to the second floor and go all the way to the East side of the building. Go into the hallway and we will be the last door on the right.

Finding Mindfulness Through HealthRYTHYMS Drumming