San Jose - Alexander Technique Teacher Training: AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partner
Oct
7
9:00am 9:00am

San Jose - Alexander Technique Teacher Training: AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partner

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San Jose Workshop for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees:

Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

The main objective of this course will be to learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PwP) and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. 

The training will be led by Monika Gross and Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

The Poise Project is partnering with Dr. Katz to set up referrals for PwP to AT teachers in the Bay Area. We will also be initiating a longitudinal case study project to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PwP and their care partners, and we will be applying for grants and other funding to deliver classes for PwP and care partners in the Bay Area in 2018.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be trained to be part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for the referral project as well as future class programming.

You will learn about the motor and non-motor symptoms of PD as well as the wide variety of PD diagnosis.

Our focus will be on how AT can help PwP develop practical skills for self-management of motor symptoms affecting balance, gait and postural tone, including falls, freezing, forward neck posture and slowed movement, as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, low volume speech, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PwP hope and increase their confidence, independence, and overall quality of life. AT can help them chose optimal postural tone and improve their overall functioning during iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of PwP. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PwP when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with patients of Dr. Katz and their care partners who will be invited to attend a workshop with us during the training day.

The second half of the training day will be about the particular needs of care partners of PwP, and can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many situations, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. It will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to manage the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

 

SCHEDULE

9:00am-1:00pm    Basic training for working with PwP

1:00pm-2:00pm  Lunch break

2:00pm-3:30pm    An AT workshop for PwP and their care partners, where you will have an opportunity to work with some of Dr. Katz' patients

3:30pm-4:15pm  Debriefing Discussion re workshop

4:15pm-7:30pm    Basic training for working with Care Partners -- not only specifically of PwP but also in general the physical and emotional demands on caregivers, especially in cases of care receivers with physical and cognitive decline (includes half-hour break)

We recommend that it would be the best for the project if you can attend the full day, including the care partner section, as we encourage the teachers when working with PwP to also work with their care partner whenever possible. Also, we will be introducing classes for care partners in the region in the next year or two. If you cannot do a full day, you can come to either the PwP training including the workshop (9:00am-3:30pm) or just the Care Partner training (4:30pm-7:30pm). In order to participate in our Bay Area AT teacher referral project with Dr. Katz, you do need to do the 9:00am-3:30pm PwP training.

 

LOCATION:
El Camino Hospital
2500 Grant Road
Mountain View CA 94040

 

REGISTER HERE:  
Space is very limited, so please book early!

http://www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-san-jose

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

 
Some of the topics we will cover:


  • Definition of Parkinson's and symptoms
     

  • Current research in AT for PD
     

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for PD initiative and our targeted team presence at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR in September 2016 as well as our continued broad outreach across the US. There were 4500+ international delegates at the WPC in Portland and we want the AT community to feel well prepared to meet the demand when interest in AT is successfully generated amongst this population and more funding is in place for subsidizing programs
     

  • How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PwP, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PwP, particularly when there is cognitive decline.
     

  • Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers
     

  • The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PwP and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions to removing barriers to access
     

  • How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population

     

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MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT).  The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. It has received a $25,000 Parkinson's Foundation 2017 Moving Day® Community Grant to deliver AT-based classes to care partners of people living with Parkinson's disease at six sites across North Carolina.
Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts. 
Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Functiona, and has a private AT practice in Asheville and in Charlotte NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom. 

Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org           
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)              
Skype: thepoiseproject
Dr_Maya_Katz.jpg
DR. MAYA KATZ is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center. She specializes in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Her research interests include identifying disease modification strategies and improving outcomes for patients treated with deep brain stimulation. She is also interested in developing multidisciplinary clinical approaches that incorporate palliative care principles. 

Dr. Katz obtained her medical degree at Cornell University. She completed her residency in Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She then completed her Movement Disorders Fellowship at UCSF in 2013. Dr. Katz is board certified in Neurology and is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
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San Jose - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop
Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

San Jose - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop

AT for PD BANNER.png

An introduction to basic Alexander technique (AT) principles that can improve general functioning, increase confidence, and improve overall quality of life and can be applied during normal daily activities as well as during any exercise program.

For People Living with Parkinson's (PwP), as well as their broader Care Partner Team of spouses and other family members, as well as Research Scientists, Allied Health Professionals and other Medical Care Providers.

Cost:   
FREE

Booking:
http://www.thepoiseproject.org/sanjoseparkinsonsworkshop

 

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

You are invited to an interactive afternoon where:

  • As a Person Living with Parkinson's (PwP) you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help improve your balance, alignment and movement, and prevent falls and "freezing."
     

  • As a Care Partner of a PwP you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.
     

  • For Allied Health Professionals, Research Scientists, or other Medical Care Providers the workshop is designed to offer a new understanding of the relevance of Alexander technique (AT) based "active learning" interventions as part of the contemporary Team Approach for treatment of Parkinson's symptoms.

 

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PwP how to actively choose and use functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone, empowering them to manage their physical symptoms, increasing their independence and enhancing their overall quality of life. Non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and sleep interruption can also be addressed using AT principles.

This workshop also offers an opportunity for local Alexander technique (AT) specialists who have completed a specialized training in working with PwP to have the opportunity to apply and practice their skills with feedback from workshop participants.

 

Instructor:  Monika Gross

MONIKA GROSS is the Executive Director of THE POISE PROJECT, an independent nonprofit created in 2016 in the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the principles of Alexander technique (AT) to a broader population. Our mission is maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life. Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop in August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT through targeted initiatives, with "AT for Parkinson's" being the first.  

Monika is a senior teacher of the Alexander technique, had her first AT lesson in 1976, and was certified in 1985. She taught in New York City for 25 years and in North Carolina since 2010. From 2011-12 she was on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Monika is a member of the Western North Carolina AT teacher consortium: Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR), is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) with the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). Her particular passion is in preserving natural poise in children and youth.



Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)               
Skype: thepoiseproject

Poise Project Table Cloth banner.png

THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is maintaining natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

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San Francisco - Alexander Technique Teacher Training: AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partner
Oct
8
9:00am 9:00am

San Francisco - Alexander Technique Teacher Training: AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partner

16) Graphic - AT for PD BANNER.png

San Francisco Workshop for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees:

Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

The main objective of this course will be to learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PwP) and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. 

The training will be led by Monika Gross and Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

The Poise Project is partnering with Dr. Katz to set up referrals for PwP to AT teachers in the Bay Area. We will also be initiating a longitudinal case study project to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PwP and their care partners, and we will be applying for grants and other funding to deliver classes for PwP and care partners in the Bay Area in 2018.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be trained to be part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for the referral project as well as future class programming.

You will learn about the motor and non-motor symptoms of PD as well as the wide variety of PD diagnosis.

Our focus will be on how AT can help PwP develop practical skills for self-management of motor symptoms affecting balance, gait and postural tone, including falls, freezing, forward neck posture and slowed movement, as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, low volume speech, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PwP hope and increase their confidence, independence, and overall quality of life. AT can help them chose optimal postural tone and improve their overall functioning during iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of PwP. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PwP when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with patients of Dr. Katz and their care partners who will be invited to attend a workshop with us during the training day.

The second half of the training day will be about the particular needs of care partners of PwP, and can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many situations, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. It will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to manage the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

 

SCHEDULE

9:00am-1:00pm    Basic training for working with PwP

1:00pm-2:00pm  Lunch break

2:00pm-3:30pm    An AT workshop for PwP and their care partners, where you will have an opportunity to work with some of Dr. Katz' patients

3:30pm-4:15pm  Debriefing Discussion re workshop

4:15pm-7:30pm    Basic training for working with Care Partners -- not only specifically of PwP but also in general the physical and emotional demands on caregivers, especially in cases of care receivers with physical and cognitive decline (includes half-hour break)

We recommend that it would be the best for the project if you can attend the full day, including the care partner section, as we encourage the teachers when working with PwP to also work with their care partner whenever possible. Also, we will be introducing classes for care partners in the region in the next year or two. If you cannot do a full day, you can come to either the PwP training including the workshop (9:00am-3:30pm) or just the Care Partner training (4:30pm-7:30pm). In order to participate in our Bay Area AT teacher referral project with Dr. Katz, you do need to do the 9:00am-3:30pm PwP training.

LOCATION: Mindfulness Care Center, 42 Gough Street, San Francisco 94109

 

REGISTER HERE:  

Space is very limited, so please book early!

http://www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-san-francisco

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

 
Some of the topics we will cover:


  • Definition of Parkinson's and symptoms
     

  • Current research in AT for PD
     

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for PD initiative and our targeted team presence at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR in September 2016 as well as our continued broad outreach across the US. There were 4500+ international delegates at the WPC in Portland and we want the AT community to feel well prepared to meet the demand when interest in AT is successfully generated amongst this population and more funding is in place for subsidizing programs
     

  • How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PwP, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PwP, particularly when there is cognitive decline.
     

  • Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers
     

  • The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PwP and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions to removing barriers to access
     

  • How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population

     

26) London - AT for PD Public Workhop - sitting.jpg
MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT).  The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. It has received a $25,000 Parkinson's Foundation 2017 Moving Day® Community Grant to deliver AT-based classes to care partners of people living with Parkinson's disease at six sites across North Carolina.
Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts. 
Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Functiona, and has a private AT practice in Asheville and in Charlotte NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom. 

Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org           
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)              
Skype: thepoiseproject
Dr_Maya_Katz.jpg
DR. MAYA KATZ is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center. She specializes in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Her research interests include identifying disease modification strategies and improving outcomes for patients treated with deep brain stimulation. She is also interested in developing multidisciplinary clinical approaches that incorporate palliative care principles. 

Dr. Katz obtained her medical degree at Cornell University. She completed her residency in Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She then completed her Movement Disorders Fellowship at UCSF in 2013. Dr. Katz is board certified in Neurology and is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
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San Francisco - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop
Oct
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

San Francisco - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop

AT for PD BANNER.png

An introduction to basic Alexander technique (AT) principles that can improve general functioning, increase confidence, and improve overall quality of life and can be applied during normal daily activities as well as during any exercise program.

For People Living with Parkinson's (PwP), as well as their broader Care Partner Team of spouses and other family members.

Cost:   
FREE

Booking:
http://www.thepoiseproject.org/sanfranciscoparkinsonsworkshop

 

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

You are invited to an interactive afternoon where:

  • As a Person Living with Parkinson's (PwP) you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help improve your balance, alignment and movement, and prevent falls and "freezing."
     

  • As a Care Partner of a PwP you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

 

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PwP how to actively choose and use functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone, empowering them to manage their physical symptoms, increasing their independence and enhancing their overall quality of life. Non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and sleep interruption can also be addressed using AT principles.

This workshop also offers an opportunity for local Alexander technique (AT) specialists who have completed a specialized training in working with PwP to have the opportunity to apply and practice their skills with feedback from workshop participants.

 

Instructor:  Monika Gross

MONIKA GROSS is the Executive Director of THE POISE PROJECT, an independent nonprofit created in 2016 in the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the principles of Alexander technique (AT) to a broader population. Our mission is maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life. Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop in August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT through targeted initiatives, with "AT for Parkinson's" being the first.  

Monika is a senior teacher of the Alexander technique, had her first AT lesson in 1976, and was certified in 1985. She taught in New York City for 25 years and in North Carolina since 2010. From 2011-12 she was on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Monika is a member of the Western North Carolina AT teacher consortium: Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR), is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) with the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). Her particular passion is in preserving natural poise in children and youth.

Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)               
Skype: thepoiseproject

Poise Project Table Cloth banner.png

THE POISE PROJECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization launched in 2016 to bring Alexander technique principles to new populations, and to increase accessibility across broad socio-economic groups.

Our Mission is maintaining natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT).

Our Mission is realized through promotion of the profession, creation of programs adapted for specific populations and industries, and support of cutting edge research in the field.

We use a coordinated team approach uniting individuals who have benefited from AT, industry expert advocates, and AT professionals.

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Greensboro NC - Alexander Technique Teacher Training: AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Sep
16
10:00am10:00am

Greensboro NC - Alexander Technique Teacher Training: AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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Greensboro Workshop for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees:

Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

The main objective of this course will be to learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PwP) and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. 

The training will be led by Monika Gross with distance support via video conference from Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at University of California San Francisco, and some other Parkinson's allied health professionals in North Carolina.

The Poise Project has a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver classes for care partners of PwP at six sites in North Carolina in 2017-2018, and we will be working to expand this program into other towns and regions. We also are working to initiate a longitudinal case study project to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PwP and their care partners.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be trained to be part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for the case study project as well as for future class programming for PwP and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs. If you are based near one of the sites where we are delivering the care partner class over the next months, this training will provide a foundation for you to be a potential "substitute" or occasional assistant teacher for these classes as needed.

Our focus will be on how AT can help PwP develop practical skills for self-management of motor symptoms affecting balance, gait and postural tone, including falls, freezing, forward neck posture and slowed movement, as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, low volume speech, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PwP hope and increase their confidence, independence, and overall quality of life. AT can help them chose optimal postural tone and improve their overall functioning during iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living). It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of PwP. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PwP when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The second half of the training day will be about the particular needs of care partners of PwP, and can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many situations, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. It will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to manage the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

We are reaching out to PwP and care partners from the community who we will be inviting to attend an informal workshop session during the training day so that training day participants may be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback. 

 

REGISTER HERE:  
Space is limited, so please book early!

www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-greensboro

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

AT workshop led by Monika Gross at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London, October 2016

 
Some of the topics we will cover:


  • Definition of Parkinson's and symptoms
     

  • Current research in AT for PD
     

  • Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for PD initiative and our targeted team presence at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR in September 2016 as well as our continued broad outreach across the US. There were 4500+ international delegates at the WPC in Portland and we want the AT community to feel well prepared to meet the demand when interest in AT is successfully generated amongst this population and more funding is in place for subsidizing programs
     

  • How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PwP, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PwP, particularly when there is cognitive decline.
     

  • Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers
     

  • The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PwP and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions to removing barriers to access
     

  • How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population

     

26) London - AT for PD Public Workhop - sitting.jpg
MONIKA GROSS is Executive Director of The Poise Project, a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and continuous personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT).  The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making AT available across socio-economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. It has received a $25,000 Parkinson's Foundation 2017 Moving Day® Community Grant to deliver AT-based classes to care partners of people living with Parkinson's disease at six sites across North Carolina.
Monika had her first AT lesson in 1976 and was certified in 1985 in Lydia Yohay's (ACAT) teacher training program in NYC. She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional AT teacher consortium Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Monika holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts. 
Monika is co-owner of Form Fitness & Functiona, and has a private AT practice in Asheville and in Charlotte NC. She also offers AT training via Skype or Zoom. 

Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org           
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)              
Skype: thepoiseproject
Dr_Maya_Katz.jpg
DR. MAYA KATZ is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center. She specializes in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Her research interests include identifying disease modification strategies and improving outcomes for patients treated with deep brain stimulation. She is also interested in developing multidisciplinary clinical approaches that incorporate palliative care principles. 

Dr. Katz obtained her medical degree at Cornell University. She completed her residency in Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She then completed her Movement Disorders Fellowship at UCSF in 2013. Dr. Katz is board certified in Neurology and is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
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ATI Annual Meeting, London UK
Oct
23
to Oct 27

ATI Annual Meeting, London UK

THE POISE PROJECT Executive Director, Monika Gross, will give a presentation about THE POISE PROJECT and our 2016 AT FOR PARKINSON'S initiative and a report on the results of our coordinated team presence at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR in September.

  • Materials will be available to give to your students and others who will support the success of THE POISE PROJECT, our 2016 AT FOR PARKINSON'S initiative, and our future initiatives on the way to our Ten Year Challenge to create jobs in new populations and industries for AT teachers and graduating trainees.
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Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop
Oct
15
2:00pm 2:00pm

Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop

This workshop is for People Living with Parkinson's (PLwP), as well as their broader care team of family and other partners, allied health professionals, research scientists ,and medical care providers.

It is designed to offer a new understanding of the relevance of Alexander technique (AT) based "active learning" interventions as part of the contemporary Team Approach for treatment of Parkinson's symptoms.

 

Cost:   
Self-determined Sliding Scale  ~   £20   £15   £10

Booking:
http://www.thepoiseproject.org/londonparkinsonsworkshop

 

You are invited to an interactive afternoon where as a Person Living with Parkinson's (PLwP) you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help improve your balance, alignment and movement, and prevent falls and "freezing." This workshop will introduce you to some basic AT principles that will help you improve your general functioning, and that can be applied during normal daily activities, as well as during any of your regular exercise programs.

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PLwP how to actively choose and use functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone, empowering them to manage their physical symptoms, increasing their independence and enhancing their overall quality of life. Non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and sleep interruption can also be addressed using AT principles.

 

Instructor:  Monika Gross

Monika Gross is the Executive Director of THE POISE PROJECT, an independent nonprofit created in 2016 in the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the principles of Alexander technique (AT) to a broader population. Our mission is maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life. Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop in August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic professional development model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT through targeted initiatives, with "AT for Parkinson's" being the first. Monika has taught AT postural integrity and performance skills for over thirty years. She had her first Alexander lesson in 1976 at age 19, and was certified in 1985, training with Lydia Yohay (ACAT). Monika taught in New York City for 25 years and in Asheville, NC since 2010.

Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org       
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)               
kype: thepoiseproject

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Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Partners
Oct
15
10:30am10:30am

Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Partners

Workshop for Teachers and Trainees:

Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Partners

The main objective of this course will be to learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PLwP) and to suggest ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. Our focus will be on how AT can help PLwP develop practical skills for self-management of motor symptoms such as balance, gait, falls and "freezing" as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety and sleep interruption, and increase their confidence and independence.

For PLwP, AT can greatly help them improve iADLs (instrumental activities of daily living) and provide hope by guiding them to an improved conscious control. It can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook to the spouses and other family members and care partners of a PLwP.

Booking:  Register online  http://www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-london

Some of the topics we will cover:

·      Definition of Parkinson's and symptoms

·      Current research in AT for PD

·      Report on THE POISE PROJECT AT for PD initiative and our recent targeted team presence at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR in September 2016. There were 4500+ international delegates at this Congress and we want the AT community to feel well prepared to meet the demand when interest in AT is successfully generated amongst this population.

·      How traditional AT educational methodology can be adapted for this population and some best practices as recommended by AT teachers with expertise in the field

·      How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PLwP, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances

·      Working with middle and late stage PLwP, particularly when there is cognitive decline.

·      Emotional and psychological considerations when working with individuals with a degenerative disease, both for participants and for teachers

·      The realities of financial concerns when delivering AT for PLwP and a discussion of how we can work together to find future solutions

·      How best to talk about AT to the medical care providers, allied health professionals, and research scientists that you may come in contact with in the field of Parkinson's disease and when advocating for AT for this population

 

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Monika Gross is the Executive Director of THE POISE PROJECT, an independent nonprofit created in 2016 in the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the principles of Alexander technique (AT) to a broader population. Our mission is maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life. Monika presented the model for THE POISE PROJECT in a workshop in August 2015 at the 10th International Congress of the FM Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her strategic professional development model draws on six years of research that grew out of her interest in facilitating broader access to the educational principles of AT through targeted initiatives, with "AT for Parkinson's" being the first. Monika has taught AT postural integrity and performance skills for over thirty years. She had her first Alexander lesson in 1976 at age 19, and was certified in 1985, training with Lydia Yohay (ACAT). Monika taught in New York City for 25 years and in Asheville, NC since 2010.

Email:  monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
           
Website:  thepoiseproject.org
Phone:  (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)              
Skype: thepoiseproject

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Activity-Based Learning: skills to help manage symptoms of Parkinson's using Alexander technique
Sep
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

Activity-Based Learning: skills to help manage symptoms of Parkinson's using Alexander technique

PUBLIC WORKSHOP

Activity-Based Learning:
Skills to help manage symptoms of Parkinson's using Alexander technique (AT)


An interactive afternoon for People Living With Parkinson's, their Families and Partners, Allied Health Professionals, Research Scientists and Medical Care Providers interested in symptom management for PD

Saturday, September 24

1pm-4:45pm


Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Portland


This is an integrative workshop designed for engaging PLWP as well as their broader care team of family and other partners, allied health professionals, research scientists and medical care providers in a new understanding of the relevance of AT-based interventions for PLWP.

You are invited to an interactive afternoon where as a Person Living with Parkinson's (PLWP) you can begin to learn how to apply Alexander-based strategies to help improve your balance, alignment and movement, and prevent falls and "freezing." This workshop will introduce you to some basic AT principles that will help you improve your general functioning, and that can be applied during normal daily activities, as well as during specific exercise programs.

The main objective of this workshop is to introduce the potential for Alexander technique (AT) to become an important part of the team approach for managing symptoms for People Living With Parkinson's.

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PLWP how to actively choose and use functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone, empowering them in managing their physical symptoms, increasing their independence and improving their quality of life.

Participants may wish to bring a mat along for the guided "Active Rest" section

 

REGISTER:
thepoiseproject.org/portland-workshop

Or visit us at Booth 807 at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland from Wed Sept 21-Friday Sept 23.

SYLLABUS:
Activity-Based Learning Workshop syllabus


QUESTIONS?
828-254-3102 or info@thepoiseproject.org

The Poise Project Team Member, AT teacher Robbin L Marcus working with a student on getting on and off the floor with grace and ease.

The Poise Project Team Member, AT teacher Robbin L Marcus working with a student on getting on and off the floor with grace and ease.

The Poise Project Team Member, AT teacher Candace Cox, teaching how to use Alexander-based principles for improving balance and stability

The Poise Project Team Member, AT teacher Candace Cox, teaching how to use Alexander-based principles for improving balance and stability

The Poise Project Team Member, AT teacher Morgan Rysdon, teaching the Alexander-based "Active Rest" process for self-management to reduce stressful overstimulation and restore natural poise

The Poise Project Team Member, AT teacher Morgan Rysdon, teaching the Alexander-based "Active Rest" process for self-management to reduce stressful overstimulation and restore natural poise

THE POISE PROJECT is an independent nonprofit organization with the mission of maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We have brought a team to Portland for the 4th World Parkinson's Congress to advocate for Alexander technique for managing symptoms of Parkinson's disease. We are hosting an exhibit booth, answering questions, offering interactive demonstrations, presenting highlights from ongoing research ranging from reduction of motor symptoms to improvements in sleep, mood and quality of life, and offering public workshops. thepoiseproject.org

Learn more about our "AT for Parkinson's" initiative:
www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons

Please support us with your donation! You are making it possible for Alexander-based skills to become a daily resource of support for the Parkinson's community.

www.thepoiseproject.org/donations

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Theater & Parkinson's: Creating Theater with People with Neurological Disorders
Sep
24
11:30am11:30am

Theater & Parkinson's: Creating Theater with People with Neurological Disorders

This is a participatory workshop designed for People Living With Parkinson's or other neurological or neuromuscular disorders, and their partners, and for Theater Professionals and others in the community interested in creating new performance


Instructor:  Anna Kapousizi


During our stay in Portland for the World Parkinson Congress, The Poise Project will host a very special experimental theater workshop led by Anna Kapousizi, the 2016-17 Fulbright Artist Scholar from Athens, Greece.

Anna has been working for the past six years with MDA HELLAS, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greece, in creating unique projects with people with neuromuscular and neurological conditions.

Kapousizi's workshop is for PLWP, or other neurological or neuromuscular disorders, and their partners, as well as local able-bodied actors and theater professionals and others in the community interested to learn and to share unique theater exercises she uses to create original works. At the end of the workshop, the group will present a short performance based on work generated in exercises done all together during the workshop.

Exercises that will be used are inspired by acting methods of Stanislavski, Artaud, Meyerhold and Grotowski.


QUESTIONS?
828-254-3102 or info@thepoiseproject.org


REGISTER
http://www.thepoiseproject.org/portland-workshop

 

SYLLABUS
Experimental Theater Workshop with Annita Capousizi

Anna Kapousizi with some of the MDA Hellas acting group of ARTimeleia Theater (April 2016)

Anna Kapousizi with some of the MDA Hellas acting group of ARTimeleia Theater (April 2016)

Anna writes:

"Theater has always been a means of bringing people together, pointing out a society’s particular characteristics, getting us all involved. It is the most direct way you can bring a society into awareness, and it has the potential to engage people at every aspect of social involvement. Theater should have this as an essential characteristic of its purpose.

Although, we have moved a long way from discrimination of many kinds, we still think there are some things that not all people can do. That’s because we tend to believe that some things, like acting, can be done only in one way. My work proves that wrong."

Production Photo from "Exemplar Murders" (Athens 2013)

Production Photo from "Exemplar Murders" (Athens 2013)

"Although some people might still say there are different ‘schools’ of acting methods, we may conclude by now that there is a clear line that runs through the acting methods, from Stanislavski and the more ‘psychological’ acting methods, to Grotowski and the more ‘somatic’ ones, with Meyerhold, Brecht and Artaud as significant stops on this course. In these methods, the actual body and voice of the actor became the center of acting procedure and brought us to new forms of theater and the development of the art of performance itself.

Can a non-abled body be considered a body ‘in performance’? Can it use a course of exercises, adapted to its possibilities, with an artistic result different than what we are used to, but fully and utterly artistically ‘competitive’? Can the undeniable social aspect of theater accept society in its wholeness?" 

Reherasal Photo: Using text from "Electra" to generate scenes for the play "Fragile About the Myth of Atreides" (Athens 2016) (Actress: Eva Lambara)

Reherasal Photo: Using text from "Electra" to generate scenes for the play "Fragile About the Myth of Atreides" (Athens 2016) (Actress: Eva Lambara)


 

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ANNA KAPOUSIZI is the 2016-2017 Fulbright Artist Scholar from Greece. From September 2016 - March 2017, Annita will be resident at the Carolinas Healthcare System Neurosciences Institute RENEW Carolinas program in Charlotte NC, leading actor training workshops in experimental theater techniques for People Living With Parkinson's. She will be collaborating with The Poise Project Executive Director, Monika Gross, who will be assisting her by using Alexander principles- which do not begin with a fixed definition of correct physical or vocal form - as a powerful means of creating an open and creative environment in the rehearsal room and on stage where actors of all physical abilities can meet. 

Anna has a BA in Greek Philology, Diploma in Acting, and MA in Theatre Studies. She works as an actress, director, and dramatist. For the past six years she has taught theater for MDA HELLAS, the central Greek institute for people with neuromuscular disorders, with whom she has directed numerous experimental productions in Athens, most recently "Fragile" in June 2016.

Working with people with ‘body limits’ Anna has developed a process under which specific acting methods are used in a transformative way within the neurological limits of the disorders.

Anna is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and participated in the 2014 residency. 

 

THE POISE PROJECT is an independent nonprofit organization with the mission of maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We have brought a team to Portland for the 4th World Parkinson's Congress to advocate for Alexander technique for managing symptoms of Parkinson's disease. We are hosting an exhibit booth, answering questions, offering interactive demonstrations, presenting highlights from ongoing research ranging from reduction of motor symptoms to improvements in sleep, mood and quality of life, and offering public workshops. thepoiseproject.org

Learn more about our "AT for Parkinson's" initiative:
www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons

Please support us with your donation! You are making it possible for Alexander-based skills to become a daily resource of support for the Parkinson's community.

www.thepoiseproject.org/donations

 

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Teaching Alexander Technique to People Living With Parkinson's: Teacher Training Workshop with Candace Cox
Sep
24
10:00am10:00am

Teaching Alexander Technique to People Living With Parkinson's: Teacher Training Workshop with Candace Cox

This workshop is designed for Alexander technique teachers and trainees

As part of our initiative at the World Parkinson Congress - THE POISE PROJECT: Alexander Technique for Parkinson's - our team member CANDACE COX will lead a training workshop in best practices for specialized skills to adapt Alexander to the needs of People Living with Parkinson's:

"Fighting the Dragon - Parkinson's disease and Alexander technique instruction"


Candace will focus primarily on one-to-one teaching and will introduce concepts she has identified as foundational to working with PLWP based on her teaching experiences in Edmonton Alberta. This will be an active workshop, combining discussion, demonstration, and hands-on activities. 

 

In this workshop Candace will offer support to the Alexander technique (AT) teacher or trainee interested in working with this population. Knowing where to start, or even simply coming into direct contact with Parkinson's disease (PD), especially with a student who is "off" -- that is, when their medication is not in their system -- can be intimidating for any teacher, no matter how skillful or experienced. Candace will share tips and advice on how to bring AT work to bear on symptoms of PD based on her own trial and error during hundreds of private and group lessons with People Living With Parkinson's (PLWP), their partners, and families.

Many of the symptoms of PD, like those of other chronic illnesses affecting movement, from Scleroderma to Multiple Sclerosis, follow patterns that as AT teachers we see in our ‘everyday’ clients. What PD seems to do is hit fast-forward on ‘normal’ habits of imbalance and excess tension. This is, oddly, good news for PLWP as many of the symptoms they are seeking to manage can be related to their years of poor use prior to diagnosis, right up to the present moment – and we know that poor use can change.

Candace believes that adaptive AT-based work for PLWP can impact the progression of the disease. We may not be able to slay the dragon, but we can help hold it back. Tackling any illness is daunting for any student, however learning skills to manage their own ‘stuff’ becomes empowering. The same can be said of teaching students who are afflicted with this terrible illness: it is both daunting, and exhilarating.

Parkinson’s disease makes us ‘small’. From handwriting to speech to gait to personal confidence, a Person Living With Parkinson's is constantly being diminished, and is therefore continually urged by loved ones and caregivers to be ‘bigger’. The same advice may be given to AT teachers working with PLWP. 

 

REGISTER:
thepoiseproject.org/teacher-trainings

SYLLABUS:
Candace Cox Teacher Training Workshop

 

QUESTIONS?
828-254-3102 or info@thepoiseproject.org



PLEASE NOTE: Teachers and trainees who complete this workshop and/or Bill Connington's teacher training workshop on Thursday, September 22 will be invited to attend without cost our public workshop on Saturday, September 24, from 1pm-4:45-pm (directly following Candace's workshop): "Activity-Based Learning: skills to help manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease using Alexander technique - an interactive afternoon for health professionals, People Living with Parkinson's and their partners"

 

 

CANDACE COX completed training as an Alexander teacher with David Gorman in 1997, and has worked full-time as a teacher since then, first in England, then across Canada. She has taught and learned from people in all walks of life, particularly those in chronic pain. Candace has been working intensively with People Living with Parkinson's for the past three years and is a strong advocate for AT as a way of managing symptoms of Parkinson's. She is interested in research projects to test whether AT-based programs can help delay progress of the disease, and she presented a case study abstract/poster session on the Long-Term Impact of AT on PD at the 2013 3rd World Parkinson Congress in Montreal.  Candace is currently working with Parkinson Alberta to develop a regular program for PD patients at their Edmonton Buchanan Centre.

Candace originally trained and worked as an actor and continues to have a passion for the performing arts.  She has been on the Faculty of Opera Nuova for sixteen years, worked on the BFA Conservatory Acting program at the University of Alberta for a decade, and taught post-grad Movement for Opera at the University of Toronto from 2011-2015. Other institutions she has spent time with include: Queen’s University, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, the Regina Globe Theatre, and the Stratford Festival of Canada.

In 2011, Candace and her family changed home base from Edmonton, Alberta to an historic grist mill property in Castleton, Ontario, east of Toronto. They are developing an intimate performance space and studio setting where performers can collaborate, develop, and experiment in a supportive atmosphere and pastoral setting. Candace takes regular teaching trips back to the West and is currently working on a novel about an AT teacher working with People Living with Parkinson's.

 

 

 

THE POISE PROJECT is an independent nonprofit organization with the mission of maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We have brought a team to Portland for the 4th World Parkinson's Congress to advocate for Alexander technique for managing symptoms of Parkinson's disease. We are hosting an exhibit booth, answering questions, offering interactive demonstrations, presenting highlights from ongoing research ranging from reduction of motor symptoms to improvements in sleep, mood and quality of life, and offering public workshops. thepoiseproject.org

Learn more about our "AT for Parkinson's" initiative:
www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons

Please support us with your donation! You are making it possible for Alexander-based skills to become a daily resource of support for the Parkinson's community.

www.thepoiseproject.org/donations

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Teaching Alexander Technique to People Living With Parkinson's: Teacher Training Workshop with Bill Connington
Sep
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Teaching Alexander Technique to People Living With Parkinson's: Teacher Training Workshop with Bill Connington

  • DoubleTree by Hilton - "Adams" Meeting Room (map)
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This workshop is designed for Alexander technique teachers and trainees

As part of our initiative at the World Parkinson Congress - THE POISE PROJECT: Alexander Technique for Parkinson's - our team member, Senior AT teacher BILL CONNINGTON, will lead a training class in best practices for specialized skills to adapt Alexander to the needs of People Living with Parkinson's.

He will include protocols he developed for a codified movement sequence that can be used in group classes geared for this population.

Join Bill Connington in this special workshop on applying the Alexander Technique to working with People Living With Parkinson's. A pioneer in the field, Bill brings 30 years of experience to this workshop. He ran a group class that was sponsored by NYU Langone Hospital and the Jewish Community Center in New York. Over six and a half years Bill developed a series of mind-body protocols for People Living with Parkinson's to help improve balance, alignment and movement, prevent falls, and prevent "freezing." The main objective of the class is to help participants improve ADLs (activities of daily living) and to provide hope through guiding people to improved conscious control.  Learn Bill's protocols so that you can teach small group classes for people with Parkinson's with confidence, effectiveness and compassion. 

                  Bill Connington teaching an Alexander technique workshop

                  Bill Connington teaching an Alexander technique workshop

 

REGISTER:
thepoiseproject.org/teacher-trainings

Or visit us at Booth 807 at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland from Wed Sept 21-Friday Sept 23.
 

SYLLABUS:
Bill Connington Teacher Training Workshop

 

QUESTIONS?
Call 828-254-3102 or email info@thepoiseproject.org



PLEASE NOTE: Teachers and trainees who complete this workshop and/or Candace Cox's teacher training workshop on Saturday, September 24 will be invited to attend without cost our public workshop on Saturday, September 24, from 1pm-4:45-pm: "Activity-Based Learning: skills to help manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease using Alexander technique - an interactive afternoon for health professionals, People Living with Parkinson's and their partners"

 

BILL CONNINGTON is a recognized pioneer in using Alexander technique to help People Living With Parkinson's when he developed mind-body protocols during the six and half years he worked in a landmark program -- an alliance between NYU/Langone Hospital and the Jewish Community Center. Bill has codified movement sequences that can be taught -- with the objectives of improving balance and gait, fall prevention, improved iADLS (instrumental activities of daily living) and ADLs (activities of daily living), as well as clearer speech, more flexible movement and stopping "freezing." He is currently developing a DVD that will be available for People Living With Parkinson's, their caregivers, and medical professionals.

Bill is the former Chairman of the Board for the American Center for the Alexander Technique, co-author of "The Alexander Technique" (HarperCollins) and author of "Physical Expression on Stage and Screen: Using the Alexander Technique to Create Unforgettable Performances" (Bloomsbury). He has taught at the Juilliard School, NYU, The Actors Studio Drama School, Mannes School of Music, and is currently a Lecturer in acting at Yale School of Drama. He worked at Spine Options, a medical facility providing non-surgical care for those with neck and back pain.

Whether working with performers, people with neck or back pain, or those living with Parkinson's, Bill takes a humanistic, individualized approach, seeking to support and encourage mind-body integration and holistic executive functioning.


 

 

THE POISE PROJECT is an independent nonprofit organization with the mission of maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We have brought a team to Portland for the 4th World Parkinson's Congress to advocate for Alexander technique for managing symptoms of Parkinson's disease. We are hosting an exhibit booth, answering questions, offering interactive demonstrations, presenting highlights from ongoing research ranging from reduction of motor symptoms to improvements in sleep, mood and quality of life, and offering public workshops. thepoiseproject.org

Learn more about our "AT for Parkinson's" initiative:
www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons

Please support us with your donation! You are making it possible for Alexander-based skills to become a daily resource of support for the Parkinson's community.

www.thepoiseproject.org/donations

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Abstract Poster Presentations at 2016 World Parkinson Congress
Sep
21
to Sep 23

Abstract Poster Presentations at 2016 World Parkinson Congress

The Poise Project:
Alexander Technique for Parkinson's Initiative
@ the 2016 World Parkinson Congress
 

Our team will be presenting seven abstract POSTER PRESENTATION SESSIONS at the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR, on Thursday, September 22 & Friday, September 23 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. At these times, the Presenting Author will be present to explain, discuss & answer questions about their project.

We will also be presenting four of our posters as part of the POSTER TOURS on Thursday, September 22 from 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM. At these times, participants on the "tours" will get a special 10 minute explanation about the project from the Presenting Author.

All POSTER PRESENTATION and POSTER TOUR Locations & Times are listed below.

All ABSTRACTS are downloadable PDFs using their title links.

All POSTERS are downloadable PDFs using the poster links.

All Posters are on display during the WPC from Wednesday, Sept 21 @ 1:30 PM until Friday, Sept 23 @ 1:30 PM


SCIENTIFIC TOPICS
 

  • ABSTRACT #1000

Thinking in action:  Alexander technique for Parkinson's disease

PRESENTING AUTHOR:
Candace Cox, BFA, ATI, STAT
Big Sky Alexander Studio, Castleton ON Canada
Team Member, The Poise Project: Alexander Technique for Parkinson's @ WPC
 

TOPIC:  Comprehensive Care
CC 11.  Self-management, empowerment, coping strategies

LOCATION:  Exhibit Hall B, Level 1.  Poster Board #P21.05

POSTER TOUR:  Poster Tour 17.  
Thursday, Sept 22 @ 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

POSTER PRESENTATION:  Poster Session 2.  
Thursday, Sept 22 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

 

  • ABSTRACT #1055

Alexander Technique for Parkinson's:  An initiative of The Poise Project

PRESENTING AUTHOR:  
Monika Gross, BFA, ATI, RSME, RSMT
Executive Director, The Poise Project, Asheville NC
 

TOPIC:  Comprehensive Care
CC 11.  Self-management, empowerment, coping strategies

LOCATION:  Exhibit Hall B, Level 1.  Poster Board #P21.08

POSTER TOUR:  Poster Tour 17.  
Thursday, Sept 22 @ 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

POSTER PRESENTATION:  Poster Session 2.  
Friday, Sept 23 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

 

  • ABSTRACT #1113

Experimental theater program integrating people living with Parkinson's and able-bodied performers in Carolinas Healthcare systems Neurosciences Institute community-based RENEW Carolinas program

PRESENTING AUTHOR:
Anna Kapousizi, BA, MA
MDA Hellas Drama Program Director, Athens Greece
Resident Fulbright Artist Scholar at RENEW Carolinas, Charlotte NC
Team Member, The Poise Project: Alexander Technique for Parkinson's @ WPC
 

TOPIC:  Comprehensive Care
CC 3.  Creativity & alternative or complementary therapies

LOCATION:  Exhibit Hall B, Level 1.  Poster Board #P14.10

POSTER PRESENTATION:  Poster Session 1. 
Thursday, Sept 22 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

 

  • ABSTRACT #1195

Gait, balance and mobility in Parkinson's disease:  Improvements after use of a DVD providing training in Alexander technique

PRESENTING AUTHOR:
Bill Connington, AmSAT, LAMDA diploma
Lecturer, Yale University, New Haven CT
Former Faculty, The Edmond J Safra Parkinson's Wellness Program
        - JCC/NYU Langone Hospital, NYC
Team Member: The Poise Project: Alexander Technique for Parkinson's @ WPC
 

TOPIC:  Comprehensive Care
CC 11.  Self-management, empowerment, coping strategies

LOCATION:  Exhibit Hall B, Level 1.  Poster Board #P21.03

POSTER TOUR:  Poster Tour 17.  
Thursday, Sept 22 @ 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

POSTER PRESENTATION:  Poster Session 1.  
Thursday, Sept 22 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

 

LIVING WITH PARKINSON'S TOPICS
 

  • ABSTRACT #1220

Community-based Alexander technique programming designed and delivered by Parkinson's patient

PRESENTING AUTHOR:
Paul Recker, AmSAT
Person With Parkinson's, Ellington CT
Team Member, The Poise Project: Alexander Technique for Parkinson's @ WPC
 

TOPIC:  Living Well With Parkinson' Disease
LW P1.  Public education or awareness programs

LOCATION:  Exhibit Hall B, Level 1.  Poster Board #P38.11

POSTER TOUR:  Poster Tour 25.  
Thursday, Sept 22 @ 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

POSTER PRESENTATION:  Poster Session 1.  
Thursday, Sept 22 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

 

  • ABSTRACT #1224

Using video to explain Alexander technique to my doctors: An example of patient self-advocacy

PRESENTING AUTHOR:
Robert Davis, BA Hon.
Person With Parkinson's, Toronto ON Canada
On Health Leave - Public Consultation Supervisor, City of Toronto
Board Member, Dancing With Parkinson's Canada
Team Member, The Poise Project, Alexander Technique for Parkinson's @ WPC
 

TOPIC:  Living Well With Parkinson's Disease
LW P3.  Living well with PD

LOCATION:  Exhibit Hall B, Level 1.  Poster Board #P40.08

POSTER PRESENTATION:  Poster Session 2.  
Friday, Sept 23 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Download POSTER

 

  • ABSTRACT #1339

Long-term effectiveness of Alexander technique lessons for managing symptoms of Parkinson's disease: Case studies

PRESENTING AUTHOR:
Robbin L Marcus, MME, ATI
Team Member, The Poise Project: Alexander Technique for Parkinson's @ WPC
 

TOPIC:  Living Well With PD
LW P1.  Public education or awareness programs

LOCATION:  Exhibit Hall B, Level 1.  Poster Board #P40.20

POSTER PRESENTATION:  Poster Session 1.  
Thursday, Sept 22 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 

 

THE POISE PROJECT is an independent nonprofit organization with the mission of maintaining natural poise throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We have brought a team to Portland for the 4th World Parkinson's Congress to advocate for Alexander technique for managing symptoms of Parkinson's disease. We are hosting an exhibit booth, answering questions, offering interactive demonstrations, presenting highlights from ongoing research ranging from reduction of motor symptoms to improvements in sleep, mood and quality of life, and offering public workshops. thepoiseproject.org

Learn more about our "AT for Parkinson's" initiative:
www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons

Please support us with your donation! You are making it possible for Alexander-based skills to become a daily resource of support for the Parkinson's community.

www.thepoiseproject.org/donations

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4th World Parkinson Congress
Sep
20
to Sep 24

4th World Parkinson Congress

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THE POISE PROJECT:
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE FOR PARKINSON'S

We will be hosting an exhibit booth at the upcoming 4th World Parkinson Congress.


Please come visit us at Exhibit Booth #807!

Our team of Alexander practitioners and People Living With Parkinson's will answer questions and offer interactive demonstrations on how Alexander can help PLWP manage their symptoms.



ABSTRACT POSTER PRESENTATIONS & POSTER TOURS
from WEDNESDAY, SEPT 21 @ 1:30pm - FRIDAY, SEPT 23 @ 1:30pm

 

We will be presenting highlights from ongoing Alexander and PD related research, ranging from reduction of motor symptoms to improvement in sleep, mood and quality of life illustrating how Alexander technique can be a important part of a partnership "team approach" for Parkinson's care.
 

FOR LOCATIONS & TIMES and downloadable PDFs of each Abstract and Poster:  http://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2016/9/22/abstract-poster-sessions 

 

ALEXANDER-BASED ACTIVE-LEARNING WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 from 1:00pm-4:45pm
@ The DoubleTree by Hilton

 

We will be leading an introductory public workshop in how Alexander technique (AT) can help manage symptoms of Parkinsons. The workshop is designed for People Living With Parkinson's, their partners and families, and related health professionals. 

We will focus on teaching practical applications of AT to manage motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's, with strategies taught to improve vocal volume, balance and gait as well as handle anxiety and manage stress, with our overall emphasis being on applying these strategies in everyday activities.

 

WORKSHOP INFORMATION
http://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2016/7/11/at-for-parkinsons-workshop



REGISTER at our booth, or online at this link: thepoiseproject.org/portland-workshop



EXPERIMENTAL THEATER WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 FROM 11:30AM-1:00PM
@ The DoubleTree by Hilton

We will host a very special experimental theater workshop led by the 2016-17 Fulbright Artist Scholar from Athens, Greece, Annita Capousizi. Annita has been working for the past three years with MDA HELLAS, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greece, in creating unique projects with people with neuromuscular and neurological conditions.

Her workshop is for PLWP as well as local able-bodied actors and theater professionals to share unique theater exercises she uses to create original works. At the end of the workshop, the group will present a short performance based on work generated during the workshop.

 

INFORMATION
http://www.thepoiseproject.org/events/2016/8/28/theater-workshop-creating-theater-with-people-with-neurological-disorders


REGISTER at our booth, or online at this link:
 thepoiseproject.org/portland-workshop


 

WORLD PARKINSON CONGRESS RENEWAL ROOM:
ALEXANDER WORKSHOP FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARKINSON'S
Friday, September 23, from 1:15-2:15pm.

Led by Morgan Rysdon and Candace Cox.

Morgan teaches the Alexander class in NYC at the JCC Manhattan in partnership with the
Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program.

Candace has been teaching and initiating pilot studies on Alexander for PD in Edmonton Canada and developing a partnership for AT work with Parkinson Alberta. 

More Information & Registration:

 http://www.wpc2016.org/?page=2016Renewal#Friday

 

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What can People with Parkinson's Do For Themselves Besides Taking Their Medication?: Exploring Alexander technique (AT) for managing symptoms of Parkinson's
Jul
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

What can People with Parkinson's Do For Themselves Besides Taking Their Medication?: Exploring Alexander technique (AT) for managing symptoms of Parkinson's

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An Introductory Workshop for
People with Parkinson's, Care Partners,
and
PD Service Professionals


Led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project
Alexander technique for Parkinson's initiative

For more info or to confirm attendance please contact:
thepoiseproject2016@gmail.com or 828-254-3102

Suggested donation:  $10

Alexander technique (AT) is a way of managing symptoms for people with Parkinson's.

While dance or exercise programs offer satisfying and necessary periods of choreographed, aerobic or strengthening movement, AT works directly with cognition to teach new ways of thinking about organizing movement while carrying out exercise or during daily activities away from class.

Learn about this practical self-management method to improve and, as much as possible, restore functional movement patterns.  

Learn how people with Parkinson’s can gain expertise to carry out activities with greater confidence and minimal interference from PD symptoms.

Family members and other care partners can benefit themselves from these stress management skills, as well as serve as supportive partners in their loved ones’ continued application of these principles.

AT classes are an integral part of the Edmund J Safra Parkinsons Wellness Program in NYC administered through the JCC/Langone Hospital.

AT is being adopted by Parkinsons Alberta in Edmonton Canada as a one-to-one and group intervention for people with Parkinson's.

Learn more about current programs, research and applications of AT for Parkinson’s at:
http://www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons-research/

and

http://www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons/

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What can People with Parkinson's Do For Themselves Besides Taking Their Medication?: Exploring Alexander technique (AT) for managing symptoms of Parkinson's
Jul
14
10:00am10:00am

What can People with Parkinson's Do For Themselves Besides Taking Their Medication?: Exploring Alexander technique (AT) for managing symptoms of Parkinson's

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An Introductory Workshop for
People with Parkinson's, Care Partners,
and
PD Service Professionals


Led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project
Alexander technique for Parkinson's initiative

For more info or to confirm attendance please contact:
thepoiseproject2016@gmail.com or 828-254-3102

Suggested donation:  $10

 

Alexander technique (AT) is a way of managing symptoms for people with Parkinson's.

While dance or exercise programs offer satisfying and necessary periods of choreographed, aerobic or strengthening movement, AT works directly with cognition to teach new ways of thinking about organizing movement while carrying out exercise or during daily activities away from class.

Learn about this practical self-management method to improve and, as much as possible, restore functional movement patterns.  

Learn how people with Parkinson’s can gain expertise to carry out activities with greater confidence and minimal interference from PD symptoms.

Family members and other care partners can benefit themselves from these stress management skills, as well as serve as supportive partners in their loved ones’ continued application of these principles.

AT classes are an integral part of the Edmund J Safra Parkinsons Wellness Program in NYC administered through the JCC/Langone Hospital.

AT is being adopted by Parkinsons Alberta in Edmonton Canada as a one-to-one and group intervention for people with Parkinson's.

Learn more about current programs, research and applications of AT for Parkinson’s at:
http://www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons-research/

and

http://www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons/

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AmSAT Annual Conference & General Meeting, Minneapolis MN, USA
Jun
8
to Jun 12

AmSAT Annual Conference & General Meeting, Minneapolis MN, USA

 

THE POISE PROJECT team members Lindsay Newitter and Rajal Cohen will be presenting information about our AT public promotion efforts, our scientific research initiatives, and our organization for our exhibit booth at the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland OR in September.

Other POISE PROJECT team members and advocates will be at the AmSAT ACGM, including Ruth Rootberg, Brooke Lieb, Marco Beghin and Laurel Podulke-Smith,. They can answer questions for you.

  • Learn about our AT AND PARKINSON'S CASE STUDIES project from our poster in the research poster area.
  • Pick up a handful of our fundraising postcards to give to your students and others who will support the launching of THE POISE PROJECT and our 2016 AT FOR PARKINSON'S initiative.
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