Hello !! Last month I attended a training related to exercise and Parkinson’s Disease. While the focus was on that specific disease, the neuro-protec

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Last month I attended a training related to exercise and Parkinson’s Disease. While the focus was on that specific disease, the neuro-protective and brain-enhancing effects of exercise apply to all of us. It renewed my commitment to help people move with greater ease and capacity. I don't mean just "exercise" (though I do encourage walking and other forms of exercise that get our heart rates up). Integrating all kinds of movements into our daily routines is the important thing.
And to help with that, scroll down fora short audio movement lesson related to increased ankle flexibility. A listing of April and May classes related to feet and legs follows. Finally, if you'd like to learn to use walking poles to improve your confidence and ability, check the dates for for the Walking with Poles Class in late May.

Flexible Ankles: a short movement lesson

Sliding Foot

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This seven-minute lesson is drawn from the work of my mentor teacher, Ruthy Alon, specifically from her Bones for Life® and Walk for Life® programs, based on the Feldenkrais Method®. We did some similar movements last month in the movement series on Balance and Stability and it fits in nicely with the upcoming series related to feet and legs.

Class details are below if you'd like to try more!

Current and Coming Classes


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Moving Younger: Happy Feet

When our feet aren't happy, neither are we!

Sit, stand and lie on the floor to:
• Increase flexibility in your feet and ankles
• Learn self-care techniques to reduce discomfort
• Coordinate feet, knees and hip joints to walk with confidence and security
Tuesdays March 29 - April 26 10:30 - 11:30 am -- Chintimini Senior Center - 2601 NW Tyler Ave $28 resident; $35 out-of-city; $8 drop-in

Starting May 10: Dynamic Posture

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Coordinating Spine, Hips, Knees and Feet

Learn self-help strategies to relieve stiffness and discomfort
Put a spring in your step with increased flexibility and coordination
Walk with confidence and stability

For all fitness levels.

When: Tuesdays March 29 - April 26 Noon - 1 pm
$40 for series. $10 drop-in Register at first class for the five-week series
Where: Friends Meeting House, 3311 NW Polk Ave, Corvallis
Parking available in front, and next to school yard playground across the street. Please bring a blanket or mat for use on the carpeted floor.

Starting May 10: Dynamic Posture

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Mindful Movement with Parkinson's - PWR!Moves

Ongoing Class - Wednesdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm
March 30 - April 27 $50 for series; Drop-in $12
A specialty class for People with Parkinson’s and their caregivers
Come and learn PWR!Moves -- Parkinson's Wellness Recovery exercise program that has slowed Parkinson's progression and made daily activities easier and more enjoyable. We've added some of the music and moves from Dance For Parkinson's, which has enhanced the coordination and enjoyment of many people with Parkinson's all over the world.

New students--first class session free! Read More
Where: Fitness Over Fifty -- 6735 SW Country Club Drive Corvallis

Coming in May: Walking with Poles Class

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Enhance uprightness, flexibility & power
Build confidence walking on various terrains
* Relieve pressure on your joints to increase pleasure and endurance

Designed for people experiencing balance or walking challenges, perhaps after illness or injury, as well as those who want to experience the benefits of walking with poles.
Three sessions:

Monday May 23 -- 2:30 - 4 pm

Thursday May 26 -- 1:30 - 3 pm

Monday June 6 -- 1:30 - 3 pm

Learn more

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Contact me: margbartosek@gmail.com or 541-286-4678

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