Lana Gelb MS, President of Good Vibes Consultants, has been a Wellness Coach/Consultant in South Florida for the past 33 years. She is a Registered International Somatic Movement Therapist, is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and is an Ageless Grace Educator and Trainer. Lana specializes in PD and was recently was awarded 2 grants by the National Parkinson’s Foundation to work with groups in Broward County S Fl. and to do an Ageless Grace® Certification Training in Atlanta, Georgia for persons to work in the local PD community.  Lana currently offers ACE (American Council on Exercise) CEC’s for the Ageless Grace Personal Practice Seminar and the Certification training. Lana is an Essential Oils Wellness Advocate and lectures on their use and benefits for PD.

This is the first of a three-part series of tips for Parkinson’s Caregivers from Ageless Grace®. Check back next month for the next part!


Exercising safely and effectively with PD:

Finding the right exercise program is extremely important for PD which is characterized by movement disorders such as slow or shuffling walk, tremors in the hands, fingers, forearms, feet, mouth, or chin, rigid or stiff muscles, including muscles that suddenly freeze for no reason, muscle pain and unsteady gait and balance.

Persons with PD are usually recommended to do programs like Tai Chi (for Balance and to improve Gait) Yoga (to remain limber and increase Flexibility/ Mobility), Strength training, and Dance (for left and right brain co-ordination, recall, cardiovascular benefits, mood enhancement).  Ageless Grace® addresses all of these benefits in the 21 Tools for Lifelong Comfort and Ease.

Ageless Grace Exercises: (you don’t have to be Certified Ageless Grace Educator BUT it would be great for you to take the training to help your loved one)

TIP #1

SPAGHETTI SPINE: Tool #11 – ideally to be done for 3 minutes daily!

Seated in a Chair, coach your loved one to start to move the spine comfortably in every direction (forwards backwards, front and back) – move like a jelly fish or seaweed in the ocean taking your time to feel “yummy”, smooth and relaxing, small twists if appropriate – move like a piece of spaghetti that has just been cooked –from the tailbone up through the lower back, mid back and upper back — gyrating and moving safely and with awareness all the way up to the cervical spine, including arms, legs and head.

When you do these “silly” movements together, you will have fun and it will be beneficial for both of you!

PD Benefits: Helps to relieve stiffness and rigidity and helps postural awareness

TIP #2

SPELLING “B”: TOOL #3 to be done for 3 minutes daily!

Sitting in a chair start to spell words with or without music with “B” body parts. Start with an elbow or a foot both right and left, or the belly button or nose and then try to spell it backwards. USE LARGE WRITING whichever body part you use and keep the “hand” writing consistent – if you choose block letters, stay with it for the 2 sides.

PD Benefits: Addresses ALL 5 functions of the Brain and helps with Micrographia – Small, cramped handwriting — a symptom of PD where the handwriting may become difficult to read.

TIP #3

DANCE PARTY: TOOL #21 — to be done for 3 minutes daily!

Crank on your loved one’s favorite party or dance music and both of you dance in your chairs, if need be, or out of the chair, if this is safe and possible to do standing. Do this with Gusto and to the best of your ability! Try steps like the monkey, the salsa, the Tango, kicking as though you were in Broadway show, singing along in a loud voice, swinging the arms – one forward as the other goes back, etc. Shake your body!

PD benefits: An excellent method for PD as this overrides involuntary tremors temporarily and the more it is done, the more the override lasts — and helps the myofascia/connective tissue around the joints relax and the Parasympathetic Nervous System kick in). Just have fun with this as it is an uplifting, joyful, beneficial experience! This is a great way to increase energy, improve mood, elevate heart rate, sweat, get rid of toxins, manage weight, increase metabolism and reduce muscle and joint rigidity — even helps with mask face (Hypomimia)and the voice!

TIP #4

Did you know that the first sign of P D is ANOSMIA and that 95 % of PD patients have lost their sense of smell to some degree — and may not even realize it? Did you know that there are no medications available on the world market to bring this important sense back? Your memory center in the Limbic system in the Brain is connected closely to your sense of smell. Look into CERTIFIED PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS for your loved one! In a study in Germany in 2013 each PD participant who had Anosmia regained their sense of Smell in 3 months by smelling 4 CPTG Essential Oils twice a day with smell sticks – Rose, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary.

Posted: 4/3/2015 7:33:42 AM by Cathy Whitlock

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