Aquatherapy (Swimming) for Parkinsonís
Exercising in water is one of
the best ways to help maintain balance, strength, flexibility and general
fitness, whilst also having some fun! The group is well equipped to ensure safe
exercise, and the buoyancy effect of the water means that there is no risk of
falling whilst exercising.† The group
runs on a Thursday afternoon from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm at the
Chesterton Sports Centre in
The first half hour is for
general swimming of widths or lengths, with floatation aids and assistance
available to those who need it. The second half hour is spent doing aquarobic,
balance, and co-ordination† exercises and
ball games to music (from the 60's, 70's and 80's), incorporating a dance
element, which has proved to be beneficial in stimulating brain activity. The
group also offers the opportunity to make friends and there is a cafe at the
sports centre, which is a good place for a chat after the session. The group is
supported by the Cambridge Branch of Parkinson's
If you are interested in attending or you would like further information, please contact Mrs Laurie Woolfenden MCSP, (Chartered Physiotherapist registered with the HCPC) at email@example.com or on 01223 295711. For reasons of safety, Laurie usually likes to have a preliminary meeting or conversation with those joining the group for the first time.
Aromatherapy for Parkinsonís
Aromatherapy massage uses essential plant oils which are anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-fungal, so can relieve a number of common Parkinsonís symptoms including pain, tension, sleeplessness and constipation.† The Parkinsonís consultants have approved Aromatherapy for their patients.
This therapy is available to
all who attend the 4th Friday of the month Branch meetings at the
The treatment is free, but contributions towards the cost are welcome.
Music Therapy and Parkinsonís
Taking part in music therapy can be incredibly beneficial for any individual and is particularly so for people who have Parkinsonís, and their carers.
Music Therapy meets every
Friday at the Arbury Community Centre,
No previous experience is required; all abilities are welcomed. The main focus is enjoyment and a positive social experience. We sing well-known songs chosen by the group from a variety of genres; this group experience and the memories that are often evoked through particular songs, can be both a cathartic and a rewarding experience.
We also do some breathing and articulation exercises aimed particularly at supporting and alleviating Parkinsonís symptoms such as loss of voice and range of movement.
It is important not to become isolated as a result of being diagnosed with Parkinsonís, and we are a friendly and welcoming group, so please get in touch and join in.
The therapy is supported by the Cambridge Branch of Parkinsonís but there is a small charge for participation.
Contact Alison Shaw, BA, MA (in Music Therapy); First Aid qualified, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07936191655 (during working hours Mon-Fri)
Here are some links to some more information available about music therapy and Parkinsonís
Yoga for Parkinsonís provides light exercise based on Yoga stretches and postures plus breathing practises and some relaxation. The work is adapted to suit each individual where possible, and several students work with support and/or chair and wheelchair. The class keeps people mobile, flexible and strong. The breathing practises and relaxation help concentration, relieve stress factors and promote more efficient breathing, which will in turn impact in a positive way throughout the body. Contact Denise Sibley-Moore, BSc, BWYdip, at email@example.com or on 01954 202235,
This page updated 10 October 2018