“What would be the message that you would like to give to others with Parkinsons? It would be one of hope. I remember when I was diagnosed I met a very nice neurologist who is an outstanding person as well as an outstanding doctor. I was leaving his office after our first meeting and you know it was a difficult meeting as he was confirming my diagnosis of PD and I was still coming to terms with it and, as we left his office he turned to me and said “My one message I would give to you is to travel with hope”. And that would be a key message I would give to anybody who has been recently diagnosed with PD. There are improvements in Western Medicine that will make a dramatic difference, but there are other things you can do that can make a profound difference to how the condition affects you on a day-to-day basis.It’s not the end of the world and you can have a very good quality of life.”
Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system disorder where the nerve cells found within the brain that produce the chemical called dopamine start to die off. This leads to the many symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
- Slowness of movement
- Rigid body / rigid movement
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Swallowing and saliva control
- Freezing, falls and stumbles
- Speech and communication problems
- Eye problems
- Skin, sweating, scalp conditions
- Muscular skeletal pain
Tai Chi and Qigong help to provide students with much needed tools that aid their self-care programme. These tools are a natural and healthy way to aid the symptoms of and cope with degenerative health. From the sophisticated physical movements that work deeply within the body, through to the deep breathing mindfulness, the movements help to train the physical body to be strong, supportive and connected. All of the aspects of Tai Chi and Qigong training help students to manage the psychological impact of living with PD. Tai Chi and Qigong will help you to take back a level of control of your quality of life whilst working with your own changing baseline with self-compassion.
- Improved balance and co-ordination
- Improve motor function
- Better posture
- Increased body awareness in stillness and movement
- Improve walking/gait
- Experience fewer falls and stumbles
- Better range of motion
- Increase muscular strength in the legs, torso and arms
- Increase mobility and flexibility
- Helps to level the emotions and balance the hormones
- Slow down the central nervous system
- Aid physical relaxation
- Release mental tension
- Calms the mind
- Helps improve sleep
- Aid the symptoms of anxiety and depression
- “Tai chi training appears to reduce balance impairments in patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease, with additional benefits of improved functional capacity and reduced falls.”
- Tai Chi Benefits Patients With Parkinson’s
- Are there other treatment options of PD symptoms?
- Parkinsons Recovery: Itunes on 6/6/2012 Qigong for Parkinsons
Teaching students with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
I have taught a number of students who live with PD, at varying levels of advancement. I have seen first hand how regular practice of either Tai Chi or Qigong has helped improve their quality of life through; stability, posture correction, reduction in physical tension, improved motor skills, coordination, balance and body awareness. Not to mention the reduction in stress, anxiety and frustration that comes with degenerative health. Through patience, acceptance and compassion my students have used Qigong and Tai chi to help ease the symptoms of PD. The all round benefits can be profound, and every small success with movement and posture has a positive affect on their daily life. I am humbled by their diligence and commitment of Tai Chi and Qigong through their daily struggles.
Instructor Nicola is passionate about sharing Tai Chi and qigong with her students. She provides live online private tuition using Skype and/or Facebook video call. Teaching you ancient Taoist movements that will help you towards a regular qigong practice. Your online class is one-to-one private tuition that is set to your pace, style of learning, needs and experience, all from the comfort of your home.