Toby Christensen, The Healing Drummer, is a recognized expert and innovator in the field of healing music. “Change Your Rhythm and Change Your Life” is the foundation of his healing therapies, his teachings, and his music.
Toby uses sound energy from the drum to create a force that disrupts unhealthy patterns and then combines elemental rhythms to restore and realign the mind, body, and spirit. Toby travels the world reaching thousands of people through his healing sessions, drumming circles, workshops, and interactive concerts. His mission is to show people the healing power and transformative energy of drumming.
Toby is a study in contrasts: part rock drummer, part ancient healer, and a bundle of kinetic joyous energy. He has taken a long and amazing journey to find his passion and mission in life. A childhood drumming prodigy, he grew up playing in professional bands and still brings that boyish energy to his current work. Always hearing the call of his spiritual quest, he went to divinity school and became an evangelist, using his passion for music as the primary medium for his message. After becoming disillusioned with the big business of religion, Toby changed his life dramatically. He plunged into business and found success as a senior executive for a major corporation, and then as an entrepreneur with a successful line of coffee stores and restaurants.
Throughout all of this, Toby continued to search for a greater meaning in his life. While attending a retreat, he was introduced to the African teacher and drummer, Malidoma Some’. The connection was instantaneous and they drummed together long into the night. Toby recalls sharing with a friend, “It was as if everything woke up in me all at once. My new life began that day.”
Toby began intensive study in both Healing Drumming and Shamanism. He journeyed to Africa to study with the elders and healers he had heard so much about. He also studied Native American Spirituality at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. After years of study under these experts, and with their blessings, he expanded out on his own.
Toby has authored books and articles, and recorded many CDs. His concerts are energetic, interactive experiences of music, drumming, and dancing. He travels from his home in Park City, Utah across the globe to conduct individual and group healing sessions, drumming circles, classes, and workshops.
Toby is the inventor of Sound Attunement Therapy. His latest therapeutic invention is the Crystal Healing Bed, an amazing construct of copper, crystals, and sacred geometry that intensifies the healing forces of the drum. He recently introduced the 5 Element Drumming DVD and CD, where he teaches how to use the drum as a tool of personal empowerment. He also shares the meaning and energy of the 5 Elements of the Dagara West African Medicine Wheel. Toby also works with organizations and groups in numerous communities through delivering speeches and corporate team-building to out-reach programs for youth and the elderly.