Instructor: Chris Steinmetz
Stretching helps you fight the muscle rigidity that comes with PD. It also helps your muscles and joints stay flexible. People who are more flexible tend to have an easier time with everyday movements.
In general, since stiffness is a major enemy of Parkinson’s disease, it is vital to keep as many of your body areas stimulated as possible; for instance, try using your hands, palms and fingers for daily tasks, squeezing a small ball in your palm, marching in place with your knees high and many more!
Class format will address flexibility, balance, endurance, and functional movement. All movements are performed seated in a chair or standing supported by the chair. A handheld ball the size of a soccer ball will be used to perform some of the exercise.
Classes are intended to release muscle tension and improve posture, strength, flexibility, balance, anxiety and depression.