Class Descriptions

Healing Arts

Mindful Movement (Yoga) adaptive classes raise awareness of mindfulness and promote a sense of well-being. Clients learn how to adapt the movements learned in class to improve daily life skills.

Pilates / Pilates Strong is an exercise system which increases strength, flexibility and coordination along with mental focus and the mind body connection. It focuses on improving core strength, while increasing flexibility and balance. Pilates Strong will include light hand weights for additional strength conditioning and Barre ballet movements.

Tai Chi helps improve balance and limits falls. This evidence-based program for people with Parkinson’s disease fine tunes and recharges mental, physical and spiritual health.

Yes, I Can Move!™ (YICM) is based on the nationally-recognized Dance for PD® program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group in Brooklyn, NY. YICM™ helps clients increase range of motion, stretch and strengthen muscles, improve balance and coordination, and stimulate cognitive function.

Physical Wellness

BED™ Cardio/Falls Prevention includes principles of the BED® class with a more specific focus. It consists of two 30-minute segments: 30 minutes of physical activities promoting increased heart rate/endurance and 30 minutes of activities to aid in fall prevention.

BED™ Strength focuses on 10-15 major muscle groups, resistance, speed and power through the use of weight machines, resistance bands, light and moderate hand weights and body weight.

BED™/Boxing is a combination class of BED™ and Boxing. It focuses on balance, strength, reaction time, footwork, breathing and hand-eye coordination.

Bike & Box is a combination class of Spinning, Boxing and Mindfulness. It focuses on cardio, the upper/lower body and concludes with a cool down exercise.

Boxing helps improve movement, balance, strength and mental focus. No prior boxing experience is needed.

Drums Alive® uses rhythm as the source of inspiration to discover a new group fitness experience. It combines the benefits of a traditional physical fitness program with the brain affected benefits of music and rhythm. Drums Alive® is a program that fosters a healthy balance physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.

Spinning (Cycling) is performed on a stationary bike and is designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease. This class helps clients improve lateral stability, lower body power, balance, mobility, endurance and mental focus.

Fit 4 You

Art Workshop helps improve fine motor skills and creativity. In class, you will be introduced to multiple fine art media, including oil pastels, watercolors, soft pastels, acrylics and mask-making. Mask-making has always been used as a therapeutic tool, assisting those who want to share experiences and feelings through symbol, metaphor and visual imagery. Clients are also encouraged to pursue other forms of collage and assemblage.

Brain Builder addresses the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease including memory, attention, problem solving, and speed of processing. The Cognitive Stimulation Therapy model will be utilized to help maintain or improve thinking skills in a social setting.

Handwriting is an 8-week class where participants will learn exercises and therapeutic strategies to improve handwriting fluency and legibility. Handwriting problems such as decreased letter size, amplitude and width, as well as problems with force, velocity and timing will be addressed.

LOUD Crowd® is a speech therapy group for any clients that have previously participated in speech therapy. This class focuses on the use of previously learned techniques to maintain speech clarity in a fun, social environment.

Melodica with Kevin will challenge your breath support, fine motor skills, and cognition, while you enjoy playing an instrument in a group. The melodica is a portable, lightweight piano keyboard that is powered by blowing air into a mouthpiece. Whether you are looking to rekindle your love of playing piano, or excited to learn for the first time, group Melodica class is an excellent opportunity to make music, have fun, and work on important life skills.

Music That Moves You is composed of a weekly singing group and drumming group, led by a board certified music therapist. The singing group gives clients the opportunity to sing, share, and discuss their favorite songs, while also practicing techniques to improve breath support, articulation, and posture. The drumming group encourages participants to play a variety of instruments to address gross and fine motor skills, as well as challenge the brain with complex rhythms, improvisation and divided attention.

Support and Education

Ask the Expert – monthly education series

Medical Journal Review Club – peer-led group; explores and discusses articles relating to Parkinson’s

PD 101 – education program for newly diagnosed clients

Book Club – peer-led book discussion group; meets monthly

Beyond PD 201 – virtual, peer-led support group

PD Café – small, informal discussion-based support group

Wellness Workshops –  monthly workshops that offer a deep dive into health and wellness topics. Presented in partnership with The Gathering Place.

Women‘s Forum – support group for women with PD