August 2, 2013 | by Darcy Blake | It was a windy, bright afternoon at Seal Point Park in San Mateo, California. The first PWR!-based pole-class for PT John Berdoulay and PTA Robin Lim-Healy was a glorious time. We had 10 participants, most of them well known in the local Parkinson’s community including Bob, the Parkinson’s Patients Support Group (PPSG) newsletter editor; Susan from the Parkinson’s PWR!Moves™Circuit Class in Menlo Park taught by Kathy Thomson & Shannon Shearn; Ann and her husband William representing Parkinson’s Women Support; Julie from the Kaiser-Permanente San Francisco support group; Sandy and Pat from Redwood City, and others. We also had the help of Penny Sablove, an experienced physical therapist from San Francisco who travels to Parkinson’s patient’s homes to help them with home-based physical therapy. John Berdoulay, PT at Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City came with a trunk-load of poles for those who didn’t have them. Robin Lim-Healy came with all kinds of pole techniques and exercises, and we warmed up for a 15 minutes on effective PWR!-based big standing moves that would have had Dr. Becky Farley, a popular neuro rehabilitation specialist and neuroscientist, and founder of Arizona-based Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) proud of us.

We went on a 25-minute mild hike at Seal Point Park. Nothing too wild–just scaling a mountain frontways, sideways, and backways through piles of straw—all part of the natural terrain at Seal Point Park— that our friend Ann poetically called, “snowdrifts.” It was all very manageable and after we scaled that hill, we felt like we’d conquered a substantial obstacle. Exciting when you have Parkinson’s Disease! We’re all looking forward to the next pole-walking class. Stay tuned and join us! You’ll be glad you did!

About Parkinson’s Women Support
The  mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are Parkinson’s Disease patients. Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen


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