Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive brain disorder that originates in the brain stem and is caused by a slow disintegration of the substantia nigra. This has many consequences for a person’s movement abilities. Some of the many symptoms that may occur during the course of the disease include: slowness of movement, tremors, rigidity, incomplete range of movement, stooped posture, a shuffling gait, balance problems, “freezing”, a soft, monotone voice, loss of facial expression, diminished energy and occasionally, confusion and memory problems. Depression may affect up to 50% of people with PD.
At this time, in spite of extensive research there is still no cure for PD. However, as regular exercise has been shown to delay the progression of symptoms and improve the quality of life, Dance & Movement Therapy provides an innovative way to include more movement in one’s life.
- Regular exercise and movement has been shown to anticipate, prevent and delay PD symptoms.
- Sessions address balance, flexibility and coordination as well as breathing and voice projection.
- Movement exercises work all the muscle groups. Activities to offset Parkinson’s difficulties are an integral part of sessions.
- A group setting provides the opportunity for people with similar needs to move together to music on a regular basis.
- All are encouraged to participate at their own pace.
- Latest news and happenings in the Parkinson’s community are discussed.
- Physical and emotional concerns may be shared in a friendly, relaxed and supportive, non-threatening environment.
- Groups are challenging, creative and FUN!!!