Parkinson's Disease Fitness Classes

The Instructors

Suzie Craig is a physical therapist certified in LSVT Big and PWR!Moves exercise programs for people with Parkinson’s.

Megan Jones is a physical therapist assistant certified in LSVT Big. She specializes in health and wellness for the community and those with cancer.

Research tells us that exercise is beneficial for people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. We have designed these classes specifically for Parkinson’s patients.

Sitting MOVES

From a sitting position, we’ll take you through large, whole-body movements. Cognitive challenges increasing in complexity, along with vocalization helps improve the brain’s ability to learn and form new connections. This class is for you if:

  • You use an assistive device
  • You have any pain or limitations using your hips, legs or feet limiting safe ambulation
  • Your tolerance for standing or walking is limited to household distances

Class size limited to 16 participants. Wheelchair assist/helper are allowed to help with mobility and transfers.

Instructors: Suzie Craig, Megan Jones

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Standing MOVES

This class includes movements in all positions, from sitting to getting down on the floor. You will learn strategies to improve functional skills and balance. This class is for you if:

  • You can tolerate walking or standing for more than 30 minutes at a time without an assistive device
  • You are able to move from standing to getting down on the floor using a chair and minimal assistance
  • You can transition to being on your hands and knees, and prone and supine positions
  • You have not had any unexplained falls in the past three months

Class size is limited to 12 participants. There will be a brief assessment to determine if this class is right for you.

Instructors: Suzie Craig, Megan Jones

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MOVES + Circuit

In this energetic class, you will be challenged with circuit drills and agility activities to encourage large-amplitude, whole-body movements. This class includes PWR!Moves and a high-intensity cardio routine. This class is for you if:

  • You can tolerate walking or standing for more than 45 minutes at a time on all surfaces with little or no difficulty
  • You can navigate stairs and transfer to and from the floor with no assistance or difficulty
  • You have not fallen in the past three months

Class size is limited to 14 participants. There will be a brief assessment to determine if this class is right for you.

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PWR!Group Classes

PWR!Group classes meet once a week and emphasize research-based PWR!Moves. The classes are designed to meet the wide range of needs experienced by people who have been recently diagnosed and may still be working, to those who are beginning to need an assistive device. These PWR!Group classes are for those familiar with PWR! Moves from a physical therapist or another class, or who have been recommended for a PWR!Group class.

PWR!Group – Level 1

This class is for you if you are able and willing to do more activities than available in the Sitting MOVES class yet are unable to participate in Standing MOVES because of difficulty with balance, endurance or if you use an assistive device. You must:

  • Be able to walk 500 feet on pavement with or without using an assistive device
  • Be able to move from standing to down on the floor using a chair and minimal assistance

Class is limited to eight participants.

Instructors: Suzie Craig, Megan Jones

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PWR!Group – Level 2

This class is for you if you are able and willing to be challenged with higher-level intensity interval training (HIIT) and circuit activities. Try this class if you have just completed a high-level of physical therapy, are still working, have been recently diagnosed or it has been recommended for you. You must:

  • Meet criteria for the MOVES + Circuit class

Class is limited to eight participants.

Instructors: Suzie Craig, Megan Jones

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Parkinson’s Wellness Choir

Parkinson’s Wellness Choir is a therapeutic choir focusing on improving the quality of lives of people with Parkinson’s. This opportunity allows people with Parkinson’s to strengthen their voice, speech, breathing, singing, cognitive function and socialization. All people with Parkinson’s are welcome, regardless of musical ability. Participants in each session will work on:

  • Speech and voice through conversation, vocal warm-ups and singing choral and popular songs
  • Cognitive function through conversation, learning new information and singing while playing instruments
  • Socialization through conversation and group performances
  • Fine and gross motor skills using a variety of instruments, including shakers, drums and tambourines

Instructors: Trish Lemke, Morgan Harris

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Yoga for Parkinson’s

A collaboration between LMH Health and Lava Yoga

Yoga is one of the most beneficial complementary therapies for people with Parkinson’s disease. The use of music, breath and movement can help people with Parkinson’s experience daily activities with a greater sense of ease. The physical practice of yoga aids in the improvement of walking, gait, posture, balance, endurance, coordination, flexibility and strength. Yoga can also calm the mind, elevate the mood and build confidence.

Each pose is designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s. We will begin on the floor warming up the body while working on range of motion and coordination, and focusing on breathing. We will work our way up into standing postures with a concentration on core, strength and balance. We will end the class with flexibility and meditation while lying down on yoga mats.

People attending this class must be able to balance without an assistive device and walk or stand for 30-45 minutes at a time.

Instructors: Carrie Mandigo, Lava Yoga

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