Music and Movement

Moving to the beat of music helps each of us move with more fluidity, larger range of motion, increased effort and it’s WAY MORE FUN!!  This class combines two internationally recognized Parkinson’s Disease (PD) movement programs into one sixty minute work out.  The two programs are: Dance for PD and PWR!Moves (Parkinson Wellness Recovery).  The class is OPEN to those with neurological challenges, not limited to PD.

Dance for PD was created thru a collaboration of the Brooklyn, New York PD group and the Mark Morris Dance Group of New York.  It uses the basics concepts of dance – rhythm, movement, artistry, creativity, and connecting movements to assist the body in handling some of the challenges of PD, ie. stiffness, tremors, shuffling, smaller movements, imbalance, depression, and memory, to name a few.

PWR!Moves is a research based, neuroplasticity principled way to move which optimizes brain health, brain change, and function.  There are four foundational movements targeted which interfere with everyday mobility – getting up and down, weight shifting, reaching and twisting, and transition steps.  PWR!Moves, created by Dr. Farley, is used in rehab and fitness settings.

All exercises and activities can be done sitting or standing, independently or with an assistive devise – walker/cane.  Exercise shoes, water, and a space free of obstacles and large enough to move around is recommended.



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