Pilates for Parkinson’s @ ADF
What: Pilates Mat
Where: ADF’s Scripps Studio, 721 Broad St ~ Durham NC
Dates: Summer Session (July 9 – July 31)
Time: Mondays ~ 2:00-3:15 PM
Cost: 4-week Session is FREE! Registration is required. See Registration below.
All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD Carepartners are invited!
Pilates for Parkinson’s consists of a warm-up focusing on alignment, exercises challenging strength and balance, and a cool-down for stretching and relaxation. All exercises will be explained and demonstrated with options for beginners as well as more advanced participants. Exercises will be offered both on the floor and chairs.
Visit The American Dance Festival Adult Classes page for more details and to Register Online. (Scroll down to Parkinson’s Movement Initiative).
For class details or questions contact POE Wellness Solutions – 919-998-8538.
Exercises will be performed seated in a chair, standing with wall or chair for support and on the floor. Each class will explore new ideas for improving strength, flexibility and balance.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much this class has improved my posture despite PD! Also, I was mistaken when I thought the exercises looked easy… you definitely feel it the next day, especially in your core. Plus, Meg is a fun, really engaging instructor.”
“I found Meg’s classes in Pilates for PD both doable and challenging. A difficult combination to achieve. The class always starts with “simple” seated posture exercises that can be as difficult as your level of conditioning can make them. And the class proceeds in a similar fashion through standing (with wall support if needed) and floor or chair exercises. The result is an excellent core workout which is very useful for people with movement disorders such as PD.”
“When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease I found myself somewhat challenged by the advice my physician gave me to build a support team around myself, and, to “learn to embrace” my new condition. After a couple years of letting this advice percolate, I took the step of signing up for Meg Poe’s Beginner’s Pilates class for people with Parkinson’s. I started out not expecting much, being naturally skeptical about the overhyped claims of many of the latest exercise fads, but ended the six week course wanting more. Meg is a skillful practitioner herself and a masterful teacher who knows how to create an atmosphere that is relaxed, respectful, meditative, yet informal and fun. There is no pressure to perform or compete – students are free to adapt the exercises, with Meg’s guidance, to their own abilities and needs. The exercises themselves focus on flexibility, balance, posture, breathing, mindfulness and strength, especially “core” strength, from which the whole body’s strength and posture radiate. But for me the secret of Pilates is that these exercises are designed to require attentiveness to the feelings they produce in the body. As I go from one exercise to another one thing remains constant, awareness of the body from the inside. I find that this continuous body awareness attunes my mind to the movement (and the moment) at hand which, by the end of the session, produces not only a great physical feeling but also a meditative calm and clarity, a heightened sense of overall wellbeing that lasts well beyond the hour or so of class time. I highly recommend Meg’s Pilates classes for their enjoyment and for the learning of skills that can help mitigate your Parkinson’s disease symptoms.”