Date(s) - 15/10/2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Alexander Technique Imperial Wharf
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Skills to Manage Symptoms of Parkinson’s Based on Alexander Technique (AT) Principles ~ The Poise Project
Date/Time: Saturday 15th Oct 2016
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Category: Workshop for People Living with Parkinson’s (PLwP), as well as the broader care team of their family and other partners, allied health professionals, research scientists and medical care providers. Gain a new understanding of the relevance of Alexander-based interventions for PLwP.
Cost: Self-determined Sliding Scale: £20 – £15 – £10
You are invited to an interactive afternoon where as a Person Living with Parkinson’s (PLwP) you can learn how to begin applying AT-based strategies to help improve your balance, alignment and movement, and prevent falls and “freezing.” This workshop will introduce you to some basic AT principles that will help you improve your general functioning, and that can be applied during normal daily activities, as well as during your exercise programs.
This is an integrative workshop designed for engaging PLwP as well as their broader care team of family and other partners, allied health professionals, research scientists and medical care providers in a new understanding of the relevance of AT-based interventions for PLwP.
The main objective of this workshop is to introduce the potential for AT to become an important part of the Team Approach for managing symptoms for People Living With Parkinson’s. Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PLwP how to actively choose and use functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone, empowering them to manage their physical symptoms, increasing their independence and enhancing their overall quality of life. Non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and sleep interruption can often also be addressed using AT principles.
Participants are encouraged to bring a mat along with them for the guided “Active Rest” section of this workshop
Monika Gross is the Executive Director of THE POISE PROJECT, an independent nonprofit created in 2016 in the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the principles of Alexander technique (AT) to a broader population. Our mission is maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life. Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop in August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic professional development model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT through targeted initiatives, with “AT for Parkinson’s” being the first. Monika has taught AT postural integrity and performance skills for over thirty years. She had her first Alexander lesson in 1976 at age 19, and was certified in 1985, training with Lydia Yohay (ACAT). Monika taught in New York City for 25 years and in Asheville, NC since 2010.