PD on the Move
SIGH UP BELOW
Fridays from 10:00am – 11:00am
Instructor: Alexander Tressor
Our exercises are designed to improve balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, and lack of speed by incorporating movements from a variety of disciplines including dance, athletic training, physical therapy, Pilates, and yoga. To enhance our workout routines, our carefully selected soundtracks provide indispensable rhythms and create an enjoyable atmosphere. To get the true benefits of any exercise, you need challenging and diverse, yet level-appropriate strengthening and stretching workouts. We want all Parkinson’s patients to be able to benefit from our exercises, which is why we designed our programs to help people in all stages of PD progression. Whether you sit, stand, or are unable to do either, we have workouts designed for you.
There are many terms I could use to describe myself: I’m a Russian immigrant, a former Broadway dancer, a Ballet teacher, a choreographer, a hockey enthusiast, a chef, and, sometimes I have a tremor, sometimes I have difficulty walking… all the time, I have Parkinson’s Disease.
I grew up in the U.S.S.R., and immigrated to New York as a teenager. After a few years of ballet training, I became a professional ballet dancer, morphing into a Broadway dancer. Eventually, I began teaching ballet. I taught for years at Steps Studios on Broadway in New York City, and as a guest teacher throughout the world, including as a U.S. Cultural Envoy to Kosovo. I am still an active ballet master, currently working in South Carolina.
In 2007, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. My diagnosis came after a needless shoulder surgery, and a lot offrustration surrounding the uncertainty of what was going on with the rigidity and tremors I was experiencing. When I finally got the diagnosis of PD, I was not relieved. I was shocked, particularly after I heard “there is no cure”. Rather than waiting for Michael J. Fox to come back from the future with a cure, I decided to find a way to minimize PD symptoms. With modifications to my diet, exercise routine, and overall lifestyle, I noticed considerable improvement in my tremors, cognitive functions, mood, and overall stability.
As my PD progresses, I keep fighting back by counteracting what PD is doing to my mind and body. I do this by finding new ways to exercise, address my nutrition, and practice stress reduction techniques. In 2014, I developed Parkinson’s on the Move classes for Stamford Hospital’s Tully Heath Center. Encouraged by the progress of my students, I set out to expand my program of exercises to help PD patients at any stage of progression.