Pilates for Parkinson's (Online)

Scientists believe Pilates, a low-impact exercise with high-impact results, helps boost brain-body signaling, which often goes awry in PD.  Pilates focuses on increasing core strength and improving spinal alignment, flexibility and balance, making it particularly helpful in countering PD symptoms.  By improving the mind-body connection, Pilates teaches you how to have better control and awareness over the way your body moves.   Deep breathing techniques improve cardiovascular efficiency and relaxes central nervous system.  Exercises can be done on the mat, and can also be adapted to chair.  Pilates is a great choice for everyone at every age, every ability!  

things to bring

  • Mat
  • Chair
  • Toning ball (1, 2, 3 pounds)
  • Flexband Yoga block

instructor

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Susanne Liebich

Susanne Liebich has been a dance and certified movement instructor, a choreographer and program director for over 30 years. She was one of the first Certified Dance for PD instructors in the world, and is on the Emerson Hospital Parkinson’s Disease Committee.  She was the recipient of a charitable foundation which is earmarked for cultural programming for the Dance for PD community. As a Senior Fitness Expert, she has expanded her exercise regime to include movement which enhances and sustains the health of the aging adult.  She takes a balanced, holistic approach to exercise blending traditional, expressive and therapeutic movement to create overall health and wellbeing. In addition to Steinberg Wellness Center, she works at independent senior, assisted living and memory communities in the Greater Boston area.   In addition to being Certified in Dance for PD®, she has certifications in Stott Pilates®, Black Belt Nia®, Moving to Heal® and Total Barre®.  Most recently, her classes include instruction in both therapeutic dance and injury prevention for older adults and other special population groups with limited mobility such as individuals with Parkinson’s, MS and arthritis.