I started working with two clients recently who are experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. This progressive neurological condition is now the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s. Around 10 million people around the world most of which most are men who are 1.5 times more likely to have it than women.
Lately it seems every week we hear about a celebrity who has it, the most recent being Neil Diamond who follows on from Billy Connolly, Muhammad Ali, Charles Schulz (creator of “Peanuts”) Linda Ronstadt – the list goes on.
I was surprised to discover not all people who have the condition experience the tremors associated with it, many suffer rigidity and balance problems along with coordination issues and avoid the tremors at least initially. It won’t take you long to realize that Pilates is a great exercise option for those suffering the effects of the condition. An interesting thing experienced in our sessions clients this as they focused on the movements a lot of tremors were controlled. I feel this might be because of the mind & body connection that Pilates offers it’s a natural fit for those with the condition.
There are no special Pilates exercises for Parkinson’s it’s the expertise of the teacher that get results. I’m always impressed with the way the Pilates system can be adapted to every client no matter what their needs. Being able to vary, modify and create a version of a Pilates exercise to suit every client is the reason I have so much success.