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August 24, 2014 | by Darcy Blake | We’re about half way through our 8-week PWR!Moves™ Circuit Class at RIBS that ends Sept 18, so we wanted to give you an update on the class. The class was conceived by Revitalize Integrated Body Systems (RIBS) instructors, Shannon Shearn and Kathy Buck Thomson in Menlo Park.

The class started out with six people, which was a bit of a crowd for the small but professional space that RIBS provides in Menlo Park. As is the norm for all exercise classes, a few class members quickly scattered due to surgery, business trips, vacations and other reasons that we discover when we give the boot to exercise. Our class resulted in three regulars: Susan, Marla and me. The class has included a variety of various moves, Pilates, gym equipment and dance, and every session is unique. Each one of us has a different report, depending on our bodies and our physical challenges:

“This class definitely points out the importance to me of working on my balance. I am incorporating some of the class exercises into my home fitness routine.” Susan

“What is helpful to me is learning exercises that help me with body movement. These techniques—some unusual—will help me keep my movement functioning better down the road. I never thought that salsa dancing or juggling silky scarves would have been beneficial to me. The salsa dancing was quite challenging and I felt my body rebel, but I felt motivated to do it because I knew it was helping me. Neuroplasticity is what it’s all about. To play it safe in the past, I avoided moving in a way that was difficult for me, but I’ve learned that I need to work through it. Shannon and Kathy have shown me how to move correctly when my body experiences a “glitch in brain communication.” I am working through my issues by participating in PWR exercises and learning safe techniques to challenge myself, and help myself.” Marla

“Since we incorporated PWR!Moves™ in our exercises for people with Parkinson’s at the YMCA in Palo Alto, we’ve seen drastic improvement in our clients’ ability to deal with freezing more effectively.” Class instructor Shannon Shearn

“I’ve learned the importance of variety in exercising. I am a heavy computer user, and sadly, for the past year, my only exercise other than sitting has been regular pole-walking. The PWR!Moves™ Circuit Class reintroduced me to various muscle groups that have been hiding out, in spite of my walking. Although I love pole-walking, I haven’t been using the poles to my limit, so I haven’t challenged my ability to power up (get up against gravity), twist, step and rock to my limit. This class put my body to the test. Whether we’re doing PWR!Moves,™ coordination exercises with the gym equipment, or sequence skills with ZUMBA, I’m feeling the effects of two times a week at RIBS and I’m proud and thankful that it is here!” Darcy

Space is limited, please call to get a space in the next class! (650) 323-7427

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 at: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen


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