About This Lesson

Parkinsons’s Disease Specific Exercise

There is substantial research to suggest that progressive aerobic exercise may be able to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease, because it can offer neuro-protection, keeping dopamine cells alive longer. PD-specific exercises can also promote neuro-plasticity, which enables us to relearn movement patterns and regain our ability to move, play, and thrive.

Having trouble doing daily tasks, or your favorite hobbies? My PD Fit classes incorporate functional, PD-specific adaptive movement, which will help make activities of daily living easier and more enjoyable. We focus on balance and stability, flexibility, fall prevention, cardiovascular training, voice, and cognition.

I also bring an element of playfulness into my approach to fitness, combined with connection and camaraderie. Laughter can be a powerful medicine: it strengthens your immune system, boosts your mood, diminishes pain, and can reduce the effects of stress (and stress-induced PD symptoms).


Monday @ Papamoa Sports & Rec centre

PD Fit for Parkinson’s

$10 ~ with tea and chats @ 10.30am 

A mix of standing and seated exercises


Thursday @  Next Step

PD Fit for Parkinson’s

$15 ~ bookings required @ 10.30am

For those who can exercise on their feet


Friday @ Tauranga Citizen’s Club

PD Fit for Parkinson’s

$10 ~ with tea and chats @ 10am

All seated exercises

The Instructor

Emma Goldstraw
Emma G

I work with you at your own pace, looking at how your beliefs impact your behaviours. most of all I want you to feel good in your own body, your home for life. My coaching style is personable, supportive and caring. I have a lot of empathy and understanding for people, yet will still get […]

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Monday 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM