Our group classes are located at STARS REHAB and serve as an extension of one-on-one therapy by moving people into on-going, high quality, multi-leveled group wellness classes designed and led by highly trained physical and speech therapists. Exercise is Medicine and it needs to be dosed properly with the right amount of challenge to promote change in your abilities. We have 3 different challenge levels and a therapist will first need to evaluate you to determine which class or classes you are best suited to.
PWR! MOVES (Red and yellow level in person at STARS rehab - FREE): The PWR! Moves classes incorporate the building blocks of functional movement over 5 positions. Parkinson's makes body alignment (posture), rotation of the spine, weight shifting and transitional movements more difficult. This class uses repetitive whole body, large amplitude motions in sitting, standing, lying on stomach and back, and on hands and knees to help keep you moving for life. Classes also include voice work, cognitive challenges, hand and eye movements to challenge all motor systems with intent and vigor. These classes will give you the workout you need to manage your PD and keep you doing all the things you love to do.
YOGA (Red/Yellow combo class - in person - FREE): The YOGA classes will help folks maintain or improve mobility, flexibility, balance and strength with a focus on slow sustained movements and poses in various positions. There will also be a focus on coordinating breath with movements. Each class will end with a short meditation or relaxation exercise to improve mood and reduce stress and difficult emotions. You should finish this class feeling more flexible and relaxed.
LOUD CROWD via zoom (classes are online with the exception of the of the first Wed of each month being in-person): This class focuses on preserving voice and provides vocal practice, accountability, and social engagement. It is an extension of the SPEAK OUT speech therapy program.
sing out loud
SING OUT LOUD (All classes are online): This class is a therapeutic chorus program designed to increase breath support, intensity level, oral motor movements and increase pitch variation needed for communication.
rock steady boxing
ROCK STEADY BOXING (Red, Yellow, and Green in-person classes - This is a grant supported membership program for yellow and red boxers that costs $80 per month (green boxing is free thanks to the Brain Decker grant). This membership allows you to participate in 2 classes per week. The class utilizes equipment such as punching bags, focus mitts and speed bags to address posture, speed of movement, agility, axial rotation, balance, and coordination in a circuit format. It's a very challenging and PD specific work out! Financial need scholarships are available.