Mindful Movement for Parkinson's - A Podcast and Audio Library

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Welcome to the Mindful Movement for Parkinson's podcast and audio library. In this podcast, I offer mindful movement lessons designed to help people with Parkinson's Disease increase ease of movement, improve range of movement, and develop skills for the betterment of quality of life. The lessons are based on the Feldenkrais Method® of movement education, as well as mindfulness techniques such as body scans and guided meditations.

Many of the installments are recorded directly for the podcast, while others are recorded during live sessions (this is why you may occasionally hear me addressing someone during a recording.)

Most in-person movement lessons - such as Feldenkrais classes or yoga classes - cost about $10-$15. I have decided to offer these lessons free of charge, because I want them to be available for people with Parkinson's regardless of ability to pay.

Offering this podcast entails monetary costs as well as a significant investment of my time and attention. If you benefit from this resource and can afford to make a donation, please do so! Thanks very much  -   Matt Zepelin

 

 

Guidelines for Mindful Movement Lessons

In this thirteen-minute installment of the podcast, I give guidelines for doing the mindful movement lessons in a safe and effective manner, including positions and props, addressing issues like tremor and dystonia, and where to direct your attention throughout a lesson. If you are familiar with guidelines from the Feldenkrais Method, you might skip this introduction. Otherwise, please take the time to listen to this so as to maximize the benefit of these lessons.

Interview with Dr. Chris Hageseth

In this episode, I interview Dr. Chris Hageseth of Ft. Collins, Colorado. Dr. Hageseth is a retired physician and Marine flight surgeon, with decades of experience in the field of psychiatry. After receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease over five years ago and being dissatisfied with the cost and effects of his medications, he began investigating a wide-range of exercises and holistic bodymind practices. His regimen, which includes meditation, yoga, intensive exercise, and lots of walking, has allowed Dr. Hageseth to control his symptoms even without the use of medications. Please see below for a synopsis of the topics in our interview (including many useful links), which include Dr. Hageseth's personal regimen, the training he is now offering others, the experience of members of the Ft. Collins PD support group using medical marijuana, and the practice of mindfulness meditation.

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Resting Deeply Quickly

These two recordings are from a "Mindful Movement for Parkinson's" workshop in Denver, Colorado on January 17th, 2016. The theme for the workshop was "resting deeply quickly," and we looked at rest from various angles - how to rest from mental stress or exertion; how to adopt restful yet intentional postures lying on the ground, for refreshing breaks during the day; and how to reduce one's effort in movement, letting go of unnecessary muscular work that can cause tiredness over time.

Balance #2, Safe and Dynamic Walking - Developing Awareness of Weight Shift and Soles of the Feet

In this forty-three minute lesson, we explore balance in walking through awareness of the soles of the feet and the availability of the ankles, knees, and hip joints to adjust in movement. The lesson is mostly done standing and walking, with interludes sitting in a chair. The ideal set-up for this lesson is a chair (with a back), and enough space to walk around or back and forth in the room.

Parkinson's Disease and Meditation - What is the connection? What are the benefits?

This is a ten-minute explanation of why meditation can be beneficial for people with Parkinson's Disease. In it, I look at broadly recognized benefits of a regular meditation practice, as well as those of particular concern to people with movement disorders like PD. I also address the issue of tremors or other symptoms of PD that might occur during meditation.