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Enhance the Awareness Through Movement® Experience for People Living with Parkinson’s Disease

In Awareness Through Movement Lessons, Healthy Aging, Members, Neuroplasticity by MaryBeth Smith

by Marg Bartosek, GCFP At least one million people in the U.S. live with Parkinson’s disease. One or more students in your Awareness Through Movement® classes may have this progressive neurodegenerative disease, and have not yet been diagnosed. Often, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is not easy to diagnose. In fact by the time of official diagnosis, the person has usually had …

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Keep Playing!

In Art of Living, Healthy Aging, Musicians, Neuroplasticity, News, Performers, Recordings by MaryBeth Smith

by Annette Weiss Paralysis-Agitans – sounds like a great name for my new band. Paralysis agitans is the Latin name for Parkinson’s Disease and it vividly describes what happens to professional keyboard players like me: when you want to move, you can’t, and when you want to be still, you move involuntarily! I was diagnosed with this movement disorder six …

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Finding A Voice

In Healthy Aging by MaryBeth Smith

As a classically-trained singing teacher and vocal coach, it has been my privilege to teach aspiring performers at all levels. I always think of developing the person first, believing that the voice inside will emerge. To me, voice is an almost sacred form of self-expression.  To help someone unleash that expression — or to find a self that has something …

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The Feldenkrais Method® and Parkinson’s Disease

In Healthy Aging, Posture & Balance, Walking by MaryBeth Smith

by Ernie Adams, GCFP For a person with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), the natural rhythm and flow of perception, feeling, and movement is disrupted. There is a disconnection between the intention to move and the ability to start or complete an action. Routine automatic behaviors, such as those involved in walking, speaking, breathing, swallowing, and facial expression, become difficult or unavailable. …