Parkinson’s Disease


 Support for people living with Parkinson’s and their and Caregivers

**Special offer**  Free 60 minute consultation for Parkinson’s patients.

Call for a free 15 minute pre consultation call to determine if I am the best person to help you.

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Email  nick@poisedandbalanced.com     Available in Central London, Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove W11.

How does the Alexander Technique helps with Parkinson’s?

Alexander technique skills may help you become calmer, balanced, and controlled during your daily activity and when dealing with moment-to-moment challenges relating to Parkinson’s.

Having lessons may have a positive effect on:

  • increasing control of Parkinson’s motor and non-motor symptoms
  • improving balance and posture
  • managing stress
  • reducing anxiety
  • increasing independence and overall confidence.

In particular, research studies suggest that AT could be helpful in managing the following symptoms:

 

What will I learn in lessons?

AT is taught in both group classes and in private sessions. While private sessions may allow greater opportunity for individualised feedback, group learning may provide additional perspectives and a sense of solidarity with others, possibly reducing social isolation. Group classes will usually be more affordable.

Which skills will I learn?

Your AT instructor will help you develop:

  • keener self-observation
  • the ability to stay calmer and reduce tension from moment-to-moment during your day
  • better ways to approach daily activities.

You may apply these skills in real-life situations, such as, for example:

  • standing
  • sitting
  • walking
  • leaning over
  • lifting something from the floor
  • reaching for something on a high shelf
  • using your mobile phone
  • having a conversation
  • answering questions
  • managing a noisy environment.

You may also be able to use these skills during motor activities such as:

  • athletics
  • exercise classes
  • playing a musical instrument
  • writing.

Recommended by both the NHS and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to improve quality of life.

How will I be taught these skills?

During an AT session, the teacher will provide verbal cues and a non-manipulative, light touch to guide your movement. This may help you become more aware of excessive tension that may be interfering with your balance and potentially causing anxiety and stress.

Another part of AT sessions is Active Rest. Here, you will be lying down on a massage table – Active Rest is aimed at teaching you to:

  • deepen your sense of calm
  • expand your breathing capacity
  • let go of muscle rigidity
  • increase expansion of your torso
  • increase extension of your spine and limbs.

You will also learn how to practice Active Rest on your own at home.

Practical advice

A course of 25 private sessions of 45-60 minutes can provide a good foundation for most people.

Wear comfortable, loose clothing – tight clothing or thick fabrics like denim will impede your range of motion, which can interfere with your ability to balance, move freely from sitting to standing, and so forth.

Having your partner/carer attend your sessions with you may be helpful – your partner/carer may be able to support your learning with their own understanding of how to apply AT principles.

Consider attending “tune up” sessions – these may help you handle new Parkinson’s-related challenges. As Parkinson’s is a progressive condition, you may find it useful to return to your AT instructor for sessions when you feel the need to reinforce your skills. Your instructor may be able to help you apply your AT training to address a new symptom or challenging activity.

How can I find an instructor?

Alexander technique instructors are certified by national and international societies who must answer to government regulations on ethics of practice.

AT complete extensive training, usually over a three-year period.

The following links may be helpful for finding certified AT teachers:

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition with physical symptoms such as trembling, loss of balance and coordination, and impaired movement as well as feelings of anxiety, depression, pain and insomnia.  Although the Alexander Technique isn’t intended to reverse the underlying cause it can greatly help to get the most out of the resources that are still available by teaching, through experience, how to move more efficiently and improve awareness in activity, as well as helping to manage anxiety.

Both the NHS and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend the Alexander Technique as a management tool for dealing with the symptoms of Parkinson’s and improving quality of life.

Medical Trials

The School of Integrated Medicine, London University of Westminster, performed a randomized controlled trial of the Alexander Technique for idiopathic Parkinson’s disease which showed that Alexander lessons led to a significantly increased ability to carry out everyday activities compared with usual medical care. The trial also showed that the rate symptoms progressed was reduced as well the rate at which medication needed to be increased.

I regularly work with clients with Parkinson’s who find the Alexander Technique really helps them to reduce their tremors, improve balance and coordination, breathing, posture and their confidence.

Patient’s Testimonials  Click links to watch video below.

Walking:  living with Parkinson’s – by Alison Wood https://youtu.be/eZsqJc5ccIE

How Robert manges his Parkinson’s using the Alexander Technique https://youtu.be/mJcSRE8oSDU


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