All in person meetings and activities are currently suspended government restrictions are lifted.
Online options are as follows:
All Cambridge members are welcome to join in with the Parkinson’s Peterborough Branch’s twice weekly “keep fit” sessions. Please introduce yourself to Hannah if you haven’t joined in before. Check the facebook page for the latest zoom links.
In usual circumstances the branch offers the following subsidised classes:
Aquatherapy (Swimming) for Parkinson’s
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 Gilbert Road, Cambridge, CB4 3NY. The pool is exclusively available to the group during this time, and is accessed by a ladder or by chair hoist; partners are very welcome to join in. The group is taken by a chartered physiotherapist; there is a pool lifeguard in attendance and a qualified swimming teacher regularly attends as a volunteer, to give advice on improving swimming technique. 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 UK and costs £5.00 per person, payable on the day. The latest therapist is Fiona (Freddy) Gates. If you are interested in attending or you would like further information, please contact her on: 07592 699364 email: freddygates at yahoo.co.nz (replace ‘at’ with @)
Aromatherapy for Parkinson’s
Aromatherapy massage uses essential plant oils which are anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-fungal, so can relieve a number of common Parkinson’s symptoms including pain, tension, sleeplessness and constipation. The Parkinson’s 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 David Rayner Building, including carers, and is administered by Alix Allan (FICHT), a clinical aromatherapist specializing in Parkinson’s. The treatment is free, but contributions towards the cost are welcome.
Yoga for Parkinson’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01954 202235,