Our classes

We strive to abide by the motto "we leave no-one behind" so that all People with Parkinson's, whatever stage they are at  in their journey with PD, can depend upon the provision of some PD-specific exercise.  

PD Challenger

Tuesdays - 12.30-1.30pm and 2.00-3.00pm

Shelford Rugby Club, 
Cambridge Rd Davey Field, 
Shelford, CB22 5JU (entrance opposite Scotsdale's Garden Centre)

Wednesdays - 2.15-3.15pm
Jubilee Pavilion
Gog Magog Way
Stapleford

WEDNESDAY CLASSES COMMENCE 9TH OCTOBER 2024

Our instructor, Paul Goddard, delivers his own unique and specific exercise regime called PD Challenger, which was the name devised by one of our members who said "This name is, to me , the meaning of the exercises .  They help an individual take control of the condition and help them cope with all the many challenges that PD brings".   

Devised from his extensive experience as a neurological rehabilitation therapist, it's a tailored exercise programme which works on mind and body co-ordination. It can help improve the symptoms of PD.  

 Penny, AWPC Chairperson, commented "PD Challenger conveys the diversity of what Paul does: physical challenge including challenges of speed, balance and control and also cognitive challenge including complexity of movement, sequencing and concentration. It is such a holistic programme that addresses the wide range of challenges encountered by People with Parkinson's". 

Seated

Thursdays - 2.00-2.45pm

Sawston Pavilion
Mill Lane
Sawston
CB22 3HZ

This class is provided for those with more advanced PD and/or mobility issues and just 'goes with the flow’ - meaning that each week's activities will depend on who turns up and how they are feeling. Sometimes it will include complex cognitive exercises such as counting backwards and repeating times tables while exercising. There will be elements of strength and stretch with some weights, bands and ball work. On the days when the group is feeling lower energy, the focus will be on motivation and Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing. It is a fully interactive class, working with what the individual needs are for each person.

Tai Chi

First Friday in the month - 3.30-4.30pm

8th March            9th Aug
5th April                6th Sept
3rd May                 4th Oct
7th June                8th Nov
5th July                  6th Dec

Shelford Rugby Club, Cambridge Rd Davey Field, Shelford, CB22 5JU (entrance opposite Scotsdale's Garden Centre)

Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing (TMW) is a sequence of exercises designed to promote physical and emotional wellbeing. With origins in both Tai Chi and Qigong, TMW distils elements of these arts into a simplified form that can be practised both seated and standing, making it accessible to all. 

Both these days are for those who have completed the initial beginners' course and learnt the sequence of 16 basic moves.   If interested in attending the next beginners' course (date to be advised), please register your interest via the contact page.

https://www.tmwtraining.com/what-is-tmw/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-67208745

Nordic Walking

Fridays - 2.15-3.30pm

Shelford Rugby Club,
Cambridge Rd Davey Field
Shelford, CB22 5JU (entrance opposite Scotsdale's Garden Centre)

Nordic Walking for People with Parkinson's focuses on the correct gait so improves walking, stride length, co-ordination and balance.

https://nordicwalkingforparkinsons.org.uk/

When the weather is bad, Paul provides an indoor alternative with Smoveys .

Smoveys are corrugated plastic tube rings which contain steel balls. As one swings the rings, the balls move up and down the tube, and the resulting vibrations stimulate the body and mind to provide an exercise free from heavy lifting or impact training. Smoveys can help improve core strength, balance, co-ordination, posture and gait.

https://wisinger.co.uk/smovey/

 

 

Taster session for 
Wellbeing Therapies

Starting in September 2024 at Duxford Community Centre

Mental Health Support for PwP and their spouses is vitally important.  PUK are providing a 6 week taster session of Mindfulness, Meditation (included in TaiChi), Singing and Dance Therapy .  There'll be plenty of fun so be prepared  for some laughter! Please register your interest via the Contact page.  You will be provided with more details as they are confirmed and put in place.

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