Percussion therapeutic workshop

Tuesdays from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Workshop led by Alexandre Brihat (Psychomotor therapist).

The group welcomes a maximum of 8 people.

The start of the session always takes place in the same way, so as to lend a routine to the allocated time and to provide participants with bearings. This enables them to get settled in more rapidly in the session as they are reassured by the permanence of the introductory phase. We get together in a circle to say hello, to call the register or discuss any absences or even the arrival of new patients.

Each participant chooses a percussion instrument of their choice, then places it in front of them once in the circle. In effect, the session begins with a short warm-up. Hands and wrists are mainly involved as it is necessary to warm them up at the start of the session before starting to play.

We then perform a few ‘corporal percussion’ rhythms where the patient’s own body is used as a percussion instrument. Each patient is thus able to focus on their own body by integrating bodily perceptions, or simply by easing the excitation of the start of the session and by acquisition of the necessary level of concentration to be able to play.

All of this enables patients to discover their body and mind: being here and now, present to one’s self, and within a group, together.

The therapist is the active session leader within the group. It is they that put the various exercises to the patients. They provide instructions and explain any difficulties and offer solutions.

For example, beginners often learn by imitation to begin with. The therapist therefore plays with them to aid them visually, but also in terms of sound, by providing a solid basis on which they can learn, repeat or test their skill.

Percussion instruments are used to work on a number of psychomotor elements with the patients.

It’s a work on tone, static coordination, dynamic coordination, sensorimotricity, auditory memory, visual memory, gestural memory, spatial orientation and organisation, body image, gestural praxia (on verbal command, by imitation etc.). There is also a range of cognitive areas of work focussing on attention, vigilance or even concentration.

It is obvious that at the same time and through the predefined setting, the percussion session provides for work based on enjoyment and well-being, and through that, self-esteem. This therefore requires patients to be keen and committed.