Medical qigong for parkinson's
This specifically designed Medical Qigong for Parkinson's 10-week program is aimed for people dealing with mild to more progressing and complex symptoms. Patients can participate by either standing, sitting or both depending on their ability and needs.
The efficacy of this program is to guide participants to develop a daily exercise practice that is enjoyable and can be integrated into everyday life from the base of one’s home, using traditional Medical Qigong as the basis of the practice. No equipment or special clothing is required.
Medical Qigong is the synchronised practice of breathing, movement and mindfulness. Medical Qigong is both ‘External' in the way it builds muscle strength, tendon suppleness, fascial elasticity and joint mobility, and ‘Internal' as it optimises organ health and the neuroendocrine system. Medical Qigong works through the Acupuncture Meridians, Limbic and Central Nervous System.
We understand the realities of people with Parkinson's, include slow movement, rigidity, pain, anxiety and fatigue, which can make the thought of exercise seem difficult, off-putting or even impossible. It can mean that many people simply give up exercising altogether.
Medical Qigong for Parkinson’s is a way for people to take back some control in order to manage their symptoms, going as far as to say it helps them "fight back" against the condition.
The trained movements consist of soft to dynamic, to accomplish ‘active relaxation’. The soft elements will initiate the ‘relaxation response’ to aid quality sleep and the more dynamic elements will promote a cognitive, moderate, achievable whole-body exercise to engage the brain, manage pain and build confidence in movement. The mindfulness element is a constant visualisation practice with each movement that promotes a meditative effect. This meditation component of Medical Qigong is an example of the psychoneuroimmunological process that affects physical health and well-being of the participant. The moving meditation of Medical Qigong lowers stress, strengthens the immune system, reduces chronic inflammation, and improves cellular metabolism.
Participants will be encouraged to develop a positive-exercise-habit over the 10 weeks, and beyond. Starting off with just a few minutes every day, and building to a twenty-minute daily practice.
There is no expectation on the participant to continue with classes after the program, however, this is encouraged to continue to develop self-discipline and avoid poor practices. We will also be actively seeking participants who would be interested in becoming instructors themselves through our train-the-trainer program.
Our experience suggests that positive emotions, robust social connections, and physical health influence one another in a self-sustaining upward spiral dynamic and feedback loop that promotes physical and psychological well-being.