Pilates for Parkinson’s Workout

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Molly’s father has Parkinson’s disease and here she shares the workout that they do together. Parkinson’s is a chronic & progressive disease that affects the Central Nervous System, with symptoms that include tremors, a shuffling gate, difficulty with fine motor skills and balance, stiffness and muscle weakness. If you have Parkinson’s Pilates can help you maintain your strength and flexibility. Apparatus Note: For this workout, you’ll want a set of 2 pound arm weights and a towel to hook over your foot for stretching the legs. Molly does the workout seated on a Cadillac--you can do this workout on a bed or a couch if it's difficult to get down on the floor.

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  1. FayeS 3 years ago

    This was a great help, thank you! Excellent rhythm and variety of moves!

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 3 years ago

      Thank you, Faye! I’m so glad this was helpful. Thanks for watching! xx

  2. Karham12 6 years ago

    Hi Molly, My father also has Parkinson’s disease. I believe it must be genetic, since his own father also had the condition. This lovingly composed workout is a gift. I hope to try it with my dad soon. Thank you! Best of luck. Karlynn H.

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 6 years ago

      You’re welcome, Karlynn! I hope your dad is doing okay and can try this workout soon. xx

  3. RoxE 6 years ago

    Thank you Molly. I have a client with Parkinson’s which is progressing and I always
    seek to learn more to help clients like her. This was a simple yet very helpful session.
    Thanks again 🙂 Roxana

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 6 years ago

      Thanks Roxana! It’s so important to keep exercising with Parkinsons. You’re doing great work!

  4. Ampasand 7 years ago

    Fantastic Molly. Thank you so much. I have an elderly male client with Parkinsons and I am so inspired by your video. Brilliant 🙂 x

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 7 years ago

      Great, Ampasand! Thank you!

  5. pilatesgal50 7 years ago

    My vote was a 5 star, Molly, but I can’t seem to get my mouse to cooperate! Hence, why I loved this work out; I need the fine motor work. I am dealing with an auto immune disease myself and suffer from chronic pain and inflammation which has kept me from exercising for 2 1/2 years. Your session is brilliant in it’s simplicity and effectiveness. You covered all the bases that a person like me needs in a safe and well-balanced session. The right amount of work that won’t overtax my system and cause worse pain and inflammation. Thank you!

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 7 years ago

      Thanks Pilatesgal! I’m so glad it has been helpful to you! xx Molly

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