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Audio Series to Improve Balance and Reduce Falls

Movement lessons for older adults who

  •  have noticed some decline in their balance and are concerned about falling 

  •  are interested in maintaining independence as they age

  •  live with a chronic condition that may affect movement.

Movement lessons are based on the Feldenkrais Method® of Movement Education and Bones for Life® Movement Processes developed by Dr Ruthy Alon.

 

The series begins with lessons seated in a chair to invite greater flexibility and coordination in the spine, ribs and ankles.  The series progresses to standing lessons that challenge balance and offer movement options to recover balance in a variety of directions.

Track Description

 1 – Introduction & Suggested Approach to the Lessons  (4:14)

 2 - For Those Living with Parkinson’s Disease  (6:24)

 3 - Upright & Flexible Sitting  (14:00)

 4 - Flexible Ankles  (16:21)

 5 - Borrowing Stability  (17:50)

 6 - Recovering Balance - First Steps  (6:54)

 7 - Recovering Balance - Forward  (8:57)

 8 - Recovering Balance - Backward  (8:57)

 9 - Side Skipping - Part 1  (8:57)

10 - Dynamic Breathing  (8:57)

11 - Side Skipping - Part 2  (8:57)

12 - Stepping Around the Clock  (8:57)

13 - Uneven Surfaces  (8:57)

14 - Building Challenge  (8:57)

15 - Learning from a Fall

Comments from People Living with Parkinson's Disease

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These lessons are appealing, meaningful and easy to digest -- helpful to those of us feeling less steady as time passes.  I highly recommend each one for anyone wanting tools to help themselves feel better without more meds.      Claire S.   

. . . I liked the emphasis (on) slowing down, making space for new awareness (of) our body in subtle ways, removing pressure and allowing options.  The tone felt perfectly calm, yet purposeful.  Marg has created a safe place for learning. . . (and) has a good sense of pace and emphasis, which are also key for speech that carries emotion as well as meaning.  Finally, her way of speaking is gentle, unhurried and respectful.      Ed B.

My left ankle is noticeably more stiff than my right, and this sequence does indeed lead to more flexibility and a more equal feeling in standing. . . Also, I found the sequence on getting up from a chair to be important for me, as I no longer have the strength in my legs that I once had. . . Sometimes I feel a bit “wobbly” or unsteady. After this sequence of lessons, I felt a bit more invigorated and stimulated.  Good suggestions for building challenge and dealing with a fall.     Kenny W.