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Regular Activities

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Aquatherapy

Build strength and flexibility using the extra support that the water provides.

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Art Group

An opportunity for people to share their artistic experience and support creativity.

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Neurodynamic Exercise

Sasha Baggaley, who delivers our Pilates classes is also a neurophysiotherapist, and has developed a Neurodynamic Exercise programme for the Branch based on her experience with Pilates, Neurophysiotherapy, and the philosophy, principles and research of PD Warrior, LSVT BIG and PWR MOVES. These are programmes which address both physical and cognitive activity at higher levels of intensity, and is suitable for people in the earlier stages of Parkinson’s (mild to moderate symptoms).  The exercises can be adapted to suit individuals, based on their Parkinson’s symptoms and any other pathologies. Sasha’s 10 week programme involves pre- and post-assessments, and there is the opportunity to join an ongoing ‘continuation class’ at the end of the programme. This would be suited to anyone who feels they would like to learn more about the type of exercise advocated for PWP, or how to get more from the exercises they are doing. A new 10 week course is planned to start face-to-face in March, so please get in touch if you may be interested. To find out more, please contact Sasha: sasha@edinburghparkinsons.org

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Pilates

Develop core strength and stability throughout your entire torso.

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Walks in The Park

The Walk in the Park initiative is going well and has proved popular. At least two committee members or volunteers are at the meeting points. There will be options for medium paced or slower paced walks, so that everyone can walk at a pace that suits. The next dates/places are: Mon 27June 10.30 (start point: Saughton Rose Garden café/takeaway kiosk in courtyard, EH11 3HP) Mon 23 May  10.30 (start point: entrance to ASDA Leith Superstore, 2 Sandpiper Drive, EH6 6NX) Mon 25 April  10.30 (start point: Lauriston Castle car park, 2 Cramond Rd S, Edinburgh EH4 6AD) The walks are relatively informal. We know that Parkinson’s can put paid to the best of plans, when an ‘off day’ happens. We wanted to have an activity where people are very welcome to just turn up on the day. No need to register in advance, and worry if on the day they don’t feel able to come along. The walks are open to People with Parkinson’s and their supporters. We look forward to enjoying good company, some exercise and fresh air. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. We will typically end the walk close to somewhere that people can go for a tea or coffee close to the park.

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