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Get educated about Parkinson's disease. The more you understand about PD, the more you can participate in your own health care. Save time and energy by clicking on some of the best PD information resources. Remember that knowledge is power, and there's a lot you can do to maintain quality of life.
Physical activity can help to improve motor symptoms, as well as non-motor symptoms like cognitive function, of PD. Exercise is a non- pharmacological therapy, that may even help to delay disease progression. Learn how exercise can play a vital role in managing PD, compare different exercises, and explore which may be most appropriate for you!
Why the Pilates Method for Parkinson's disease?
The Ultimate Method to Change Your Life
The Pilates method is a system of exercises developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. The exercises can be done on an exercise mat or using special apparatuses such as the Reformer, Cadillac, Barrel, and Wonder Chair to name a few. Pilates exercises involve stretching, strengthening, and balancing the whole body, and are designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, as well as enhance mental awareness. A physically balanced body supports a balanced emotional state, and optimal mental well-being.
About Parkinson's disease
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive and degenerative brain disorder which affects the nervous system, and for which there is presently no cure. It is a neurodegenerative disorder that results from a lack of the chemical Dopamine (DA). Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain which has various functions, among them: movement, the reward feeling, arousal, motivation, memory, attention, regulation of sleep, nausea, lactation in women, and much, much more. Insufficient Dopamine in the brain results in functional problems for which one has little to no control, in the above areas listed and possibly others.
Exercise is important for everyone, but for people with Parkinson's disease it is crucial, and can have a profound affect on the quality of their life. The mission of P4P is to support people with Parkinson's disease by taking the guesswork out of what kind of exercise movement is important and relevant to the stage of their condition. The Pilates 4 Parkinson's Method of exercise is ideal as the primary DAILY exercise training modality.
The vision of Pilates 4 Parkinson's is that the Pilates 4 Parkinson's Method of exercise is prescribed to every single person diagnosed with Parkinson's disease as the primary exercise training modality. Pilates 4 Parkinson's exercises are safe, encompass rehabilitative and therapeutic movement, stimulate Neuroplasticity, and are accessible to every fitness level.
Until there is a cure, our goal is to help people with PD Preserve their Movement Independence by incorporating the Pilates 4 Parkinson's Method of exercises into their DAILY routine. The basic principles of the Pilates Method applied to all exercises can help one improve upright posture, spinal mobility, and preserve ambulation & gait. Exercising daily with P4P can have a tremendous impact on movement freedom, and that translates to better quality of life. We can help with that!
The impact of our program
Listen to the inspiring words of some of our clients and how the Pilates 4 Parkinson's programming has helped them to preserve their movement independence and a whole lot more!
A little Inspiration
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
– Babe Ruth