April 30, 2014 | by Darcy Blake and Ann Boylan | “The medium is the message,” said Marshall Mcluhan and so it was when Becky Farley coaxed 180 people to repeatedly rise from their seats and push their arms into the air. Instantly, more oxygen, more energy, more possibility, more certainty. The way we felt together hearing about her research is one of the reasons that exercise is imperative for us. Dr. Quesada’s welcome to an historic “day of exercise revolution” was a joyful reminder of how important it is to insist on movement and function in the face of a disease that seeks to diminish it. I am inspired and feel that a great opportunity has been placed in my lap. I know when I jump out of my seat to thoughtfully and diligently power up, I am in charge of using my exercise as powerful medicine.
Ann Boylan, PWP and attendee at “Exercise as Medicine”
The Exercise as Medicine talk by Dr. Becky Farley and Dr. Claire McLean at Veteran’s Senior Center in Redwood City hosted by Stanford APDA in cooperation with Parkinson’s Patients Support Groups (PPSG) and Kaiser Permanente/Redwood City was enlightening, exciting, promising, and encouraging. It was easy to understand, and conceivable that you might actually incorporate the regime into your daily life and keep it there. Since the Exercise as Medicine talk, when I work out at home, I think about the four key movements: power up (get up against gravity), twist, step and rock, integrating amplitude in my movement. These four movements are golden keys for all of us who seek to reduce rigidity, and improve coordination and balance. The doctors’ suggestion to think like an athlete and find a professional coach made sense to many of us, and we’re shopping for one!
Those of us from Parkinson’s Women Support who attended Exercise as Medicine and attend the Dr. Farley PWR! annual retreats are proud to be her trailblazers, and we look forward to working with our newly trained PWR! Instructors soon! Thank you so much Dr. Farley and McLean for your important pioneer research and for coming to the Bay Area to educate us in exercise for people with Parkinson’s Disease.
For a list of PWR! therapists and instructors in your area: www.pwr4life.org
To order Dr. Farley’s book, PWR!Moves™ – A PWR!Guide to a Parkinson-specific Exercise Program with Animated DVD!: http://www.pwr4life.org/product/pwr-moves-book/
Other blogs about PWR!
• Drs. Farley and McLean Spark Exercise Revolution with PWR! Exercise as Medicine: https://parkinsonswomen.com/2014/04/27/drs-farley-and-mclean-spark-exercise-revolution-with-pwr-exercise-as-medicine/
•Goal Accomplished: Bring PWR to Bay Area PD Patients
• PRW! In the Forefront for PD Exercise
• Five Days at PRW! Gym Tucson
• Trailblazers Test the PWR! Retreat
• Walking is a Miracle
About Parkinson’s Women Support
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