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Renewal Room

The Renewal Room will be a safe and dynamic space where all delegates can come to nourish mind, body and spirit with short interactive sessions. Come and join us for a session of dance, singing, clay therapy, movement and more.The three Renewal Room coordinators and all the instructors are looking forward to meeting you.

 [Support for this room comes from Allergan.]

 
"Renewal Room was a fantastic self-care space.
An oasis from the occasional 
experience of
'
drinking from a firehose' that can often be part of
such a huge conference
."

WPC 2010 Delegate
Room Hours:
Wednesday 8AM - 9AM; 11:30 - 6:30PM
Thursday 8AM - 9AM; 11:15AM - 6:15PM
Friday 8AM - 9AM; 11:15AM - 5PM
Renewal Room Coordinators:
Lauraine Ouellette (left), Elona Kogan (middle) and
Latifa El-Ghandouri
(right)
 
WPC 2013 Renewal Room Schedule
 
 
*NOTE: Sessions with an asterisk (*) indicate physical movement required for session. Any participant who may present any concern for him/herself or others when performing physical movement must attend with a helper.
 
Water will be available outside the room for consumption. If you would like to have water nearby during the sessions, please bring your own water bottle to fill up before the sessions begin.


 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
 
Time
Activity
Presenter(s)
Description
8AM-9AM
Early Morning Yoga*
Kaitlyn Roland (CANADA)
Renee Le Verrier (USA)

Whether you’re new to yoga or practice regularly, this morning session includes chair-supported poses and focused breathing exercises that are specifically designed to target PD symptoms such as rigidity and fatigue. Not only will you start your day with flexibility, strength and balance, the instructors will provide yoga tips on how to re-energize throughout your stay in Montréal.


11:30AM-12:30PM
Movement Lab*
Pamela Quinn (USA)
Movement Lab is a dance-based, symptom-solving class that investigates all kinds of movement and games to counteract physical challenges brought on by PD. It begins in chairs and progresses to moving through space. Done to a wide variety of music, it is known for its practical application, it's inventive nature and for being fun. Originated and taught by acclaimed PD movement teacher, Pamela Quinn.
12:45PM-1:45PM
Get up and Sing!
Jennifer Wetter Grundulis (IRELAND)
Be inspired by the Voices of Hope choir and learn choral singing techniques from warm ups to posture to group singing. Raise your spirits through song.
2PM-3:00PM
Dance for PD*
David Leventhal (USA)
Maria Portman Kelly (USA)
Linda Hall (USA)

In Dance for PD® classes, participants explore movement and music in ways that are enjoyable, stimulating and creative. An on-going collaboration between Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the program is built on one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. This popular class, which has been offered at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn since 2001, is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required. In chairs, at a barre or moving across the floor, you will explore elements of modern dance, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing, and Mark Morris company repertory in a non-pressured, social environment in which live music energizes, enriches and empowers. Classes modeled after Dance for PD now occur in more than 100 communities in the US, Canada, Mexico, Italy, India, Israel, UK and Germany. For more information about the program, please visit www.danceforpd.org.
3:15PM-4:00PM
Reclaiming Positive Perspective: A DECIDE SUCCESS Inspirational Talk
John Baumann (USA)
John Baumann’s no nonsense, in your face, extremely effective self-improvement edicts for those People with Parkinson's disease and their Care Partners who are absolutely, positively committedto transform themselves and live life to the fullest:Moving Forward .
4:15PM-5:15PM
Yoga*
Kaitlyn Roland (CANADA) & Renee Le Verrier (USA)
Whether you’re new to yoga or practice regularly, this afternoon session includes chair-supported poses and focused breathing exercises that are specifically designed to target PD symptoms such as rigidity and fatigue. Not only will this session close your day with calming and centering movement, the instructors will provide yoga tips on relaxation you can use throughout your stay in Montréal.
5:30PM-6:30PM

Trager® work with Parkinson’s*

[Bi-Lingual, English & French]

Denis Lafontaine (CANADA)

This workshop will introduce participants to basic principles of Trager work and demonstrate the beneficial effects of Trager for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, their care partners and caregivers alike. All participants will learn simple techniques they can use themselves on a daily basis to address rigidity and stiffness, improve stability and balance, and help increase their mobility and flexibility, their ease and fluidity of movement. The workshop will be accessible to both English and French speakers. It will offer information, contact with practitioners experienced in working with PwP’s and a practical demonstration of Trager work – both hands-on and self-directed movement protocols – for the benefit of people with Parkinson’s, their care partners, caregivers and interested professionals.

 
 
Thursday, October 3, 2013
 
Time
Activity
Presenter(s)
Description
8AM-9AM
Let Your Yoga Dance*
Megha Buttenheim (USA) 

Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson's is a wonderful blending of BREATH, Yoga movements and moving postures, user-friendly dance, t'ai chi, singing, sounding, toning. It has a lovely spiritual and creative component as well. 

This is a Joy-filled practice, targeted for the needs of people with PD. I can offer many sessions at this congress. We start seated in chairs in a circle with fun breaths for them to practice at home: Blowing Out Candles Breaths; HAH Breaths; yogic 3-part breath. We dance through the body's energy centers, using music from around the world which lights them up. We start slowly, warming up the body with seated Sun and Moon Salutations. Music builds to blues with foot & leg warm ups, drum music as they stand and use the chairs to support them. Balance poses and moves. Heart songs they can sing and dance to. Going across the floor Broadway tunes to get them feeling powerful - Group singing, Meditative dance, t'ai chi to cool down, creative movements generated from each person, relaxation, meditation, toning with continuous OM sounds to open their throats and conclude. Healing through Joy:)


11:15AM-12:15PM
Fighting Back Against Parkinson's*
Kristy Follmar (USA) and Christine Timberlake (USA)Rock Steady Boxing is exercise with a PUNCH! Did you know exercise is medicine? Come and learn how to Fight Back against Parkinson’s and have some fun too!
12:30PM-1:30PM
Music & NIA Movement
Caroline Kohles (USA) & Amy Lemen, SW (USA)

Nia (Neuromuscular Integrative Action) is an engaging and energetic fitness modality that helps participants to connect or reconnect to exercise in a welcoming and encouraging environment where individuality and creative expression are encouraged. With a focus on breathing, increasing the heart rate and building aerobic capacity, Nia enhances body awareness, loosens rigidity, stretches stiff muscles, builds strength and stability, promotes relaxation and focuses on verbalization through vocalization and singing. Developed within the last 30 years, NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action) is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from a range of sources, including dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. It empowers participants of all ages and abilities by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Each class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities.

Nia is more than just a fitness modality and its philosophy of integrating mind, body and spirit is tailor made for those with Parkinson’s.

1:45PM-2:45PM
Argentine Tango*
Nelida Garretto, Juan Firmani, Veronica Litvak, Tomoko Arakaki, Sergio Rodriguez Quiroga (ARGENTINA), & Debora Rabinovich
(CANADA)

The benefits of dancing for people with Parkinson disease are widely known: external cue to facilitate movement; teaching of specific movement strategies; the balance exercises; and the offer of an enjoyable and socially engaging activity.

But why TANGO ARGENTINO?

Because of the benefits of partner dance: the sensory contact with the other, the steps backwards like a mirror, the hug which leads the movement, and the lovely music that connects with our bodies in the most intimate and profound way possible. Join us and enjoy it!

3:00PM-3:45PM
Healing Laughter Exercises
Peter Davison (CANADA) 
The physical act of laughing is well known for its holistic, uplifting and healing benefits. You'll learn and do a playful blend of simple, empowering and otherwise "tension-releasing" laughter exercises.
4PM-5PM
Join the Parkinson's Exercise Revolution!
Jillian Carson, PT (CANADA)
Allison Conway (USA)
Becky Farley, PhD (USA)

PWR! Moves train large amplitude everyday movement. They are FUNctional PD-specific exercises that can be done across disease severity. These moves are delivered using techniques to optimize learning by constantly varying the challenge or difficulty that requires cognitive/attentional/emotional engagement.


5:15PM-6:15PM
Let Your Yoga Dance*
Megha Buttenheim (USA)
see above description
 
 
 
Friday, October 4, 2013
 
Time
Activity
Presenter(s)
Description
8AM-9AM
Early Morning Tai-Chi*

[Bi-Lingual, English & French]
Richard Ranger (CANADA)
Daniel Loney (ISRAEL)

Experience the basic principles underlying the practice of Tai Chi and how the application of these principles reduces the symptoms of Parkinson's. The participant will learn how to improve balance, stability, posture, flexibility, coordination, body flow, body/mind awareness and improve lower body strength. In addition, we will analyze the postures and movements within Tai Chi and how the implementation of these movements in daily life can aid in walking, going up and down stairs, turning in place, and coping with frozen or Off situations. The participant will also be shown how to negotiate in crowds and prevent falls.

Venez découvrir les grands principes qui sous-tendent la pratique du tai-chi et comment leur application réduit les symptômes liés à la M.P. et procure des bienfaits sur de nombreux plans: équilibre, stabilité, posture, souplesse, coordination, fluidité des gestes, intégration corps-esprit et force des jambes et du bassin. Vous apprendrez aussi comment les mouvements du tai-chi peuvent être des alliés au quotidien, pour marcher, monter et descendre des escaliers, tourner sur place, surmonter les blocages , se frayer un chemin dans une foule et éviter les chutes.

11:15AM-12:15PM
Merengue; Move on Hot Latin Music* (Meringue; Bougez au son de la chaude musique Latine) 

[Bi-Lingual, English & French]
Diane Cote, RN (CANADA)

Let’s party!!! Join us, alone or accompanied, for one of the most versatile dances, easy to learn and fun to do! The dance will focus on walking on the music’s two-beat rhythm... while doing easy moves of your arms. Enthusiasm and high energy will be contagious.

On s’amuse!!! Venez seul ou accompagné, pratiquer l’une des danses des plus versatile, facile et plaisante. Nous marcherons sur un rythme à 2 temps tout en y ajoutant de beaux mouvements de bras. Enthousiasme et énergie seront de la partie


12:30PM-1:30PM
Voice Therapy
Audun Myskja, MD (NORWAY)

Voice exercises to aid management of PD symptoms, with a particular emphasis on stress reduction. Audun Myskja, MD, PhD, is also a neurological music therapist, and has led several projects to aid practical tools for managing Parkinson`s disease. This renewal room workshop will present the opportunities of using the voice as therapeutic instrument. Participants will be taught voice and movement - a synthesis, voice exercises for relaxation and stress reduction, handling emotions using sound techniques, building a better voice - a systematic approach. The interactive presentation builds on twenty years research with PWP, the last decade in collaboration with the Norwegian Parkinson Union.

1:45PM-2:45PM
Clay Therapy
Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, PhD (USA)
Experience the creative arts therapy process with modeling clay manipulation. Participants will gain a better understanding of an alternative creative treatment to increase their overall sense of well-being and experience a decrease in emotional symptomology.
3PM-3:45PM
Sometimes you have to just laugh
Jean Burns (USA) & Sheryl Jedlinski (USA) 
Girlfriends Sheryl Jedlinski and Jean Burns are pdplan4life -- providing liberal doses of humor and hope while sharing intimate and informative stories about their challenges with and triumphs over Parkinson’s.
4PM-5PMTai Chi*

[Bi-Lingual, English & French]

Richard Ranger (CANADA) & Daniel Loney (ISRAEL)

Experience the basic principles underlying the practice of Tai Chi and how the application of these principles reduces the symptoms of Parkinson's. The participant will learn how to improve balance, stability, posture, flexibility, coordination, body flow, body/mind awareness and improve lower body strength. In addition, we will analyze the postures and movements within Tai Chi and how the implementation of these movements in daily life can aid in walking, going up and down stairs, turning in place, and coping with frozen or Off situations. The participant will also be shown how to negotiate in crowds and prevent falls.

 
*NOTE: Any participant who may present any concern for him/herself or others must attend with a helper.
 
Water will be available outside the room for consumption. If you would like to have water nearby during the sessions, please bring your own water bottle to fill up before the sessions begin.

Be sure to set time aside to visit the Renewal Room while you are at the WPC 2013.