Washington DC - Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Sep
24
to Dec 3

Washington DC - Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's

  • Grand Oaks Assisted Living (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES A NEW COURSE

FOR CARE PARTNERS of people living with Parkinson's disease

 

"PARTNERING WITH POISE"

an Alexander technique (AT) based course

 

Two Locations
 

Mondays, 2:00-3:30pm starting September 24, 2018

Grand Oaks Assisted Living

5901 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20016


Registration for this course: https://www.thepoiseproject.org/grand-oaks


 

Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:00pm starting October 2, 2018

Center for Family Well-being

5039 Connecticut Ave NW #7, Washington DC 20008 


Registration for this course: https://www.thepoiseproject.org/center-for-family-well-being

 


All Classes are free
 

Registration is required.

Please use the links above to register for the course of your choice.

 

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique (AT) to manage the many daily physical and emotional challenges that Parkinson's brings into your lives.

It is focused on the needs of the caregiver independent of their care receiver.

 

The program consists of a ten-week group class meeting for 90 minutes per week. It is understood that not all participants will be able to attend all classes.  Click here to download a flyer about the course.

This course is part of an ongoing IRB approved research study on caregiving through the University of Idaho. The study involves two 60-minute individually scheduled pre- and post-class evaluation sessions, two 45-minute pre- and post-class online surveys, and a brief post-course evaluation form.   Click here to download a flyer about the research study.    

Alexander technique (AT) is a well-established approach for skillfully managing stressful circumstances. AT training has also been found to be effective in reducing physical symptoms such as chronic neck and back pain—common complaints for caregivers. It has been demonstrated that AT training has long-term retention of benefits.

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Questions?
Please contact Monika Gross
Executive Director, The Poise Project

828-254-3102

info@thepoiseproject.org


 

Take Aways - San Jose - More unwound.jpg
TakeAwayLA.Even though I want to help others I need to pause and take care of myself too.jpg
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TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We design and deliver Alexander-based programs that give people living with Parkinson's greater confidence to manage their physical symptoms and increase their independence, confidence, and quality of life.

Our programs for care partners help them gain skills to manage the physical and emotional demands of long term caregiving, as well as to cue their loved ones for using the AT principles in their daily life, while also fostering a supportive community with one another.

To learn more about The Poise Project®, visit: thepoiseproject.org

 
  THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

To learn more about the Moving Day® events nationwide, visit: www.movingdaywalk.org/

For more information about the Parkinson's Foundation, visit: www.parkinson.org 

 

  ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

Learn more about the American Society for the Alexander Technique www.amsatonline.org

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Chevy Chase - Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Oct
2
to Dec 11

Chevy Chase - Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's

  • Center for Family Well-being (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Greensboro class photo.png

THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES A NEW COURSE

FOR CARE PARTNERS of people living with Parkinson's disease

 

"PARTNERING WITH POISE"

an Alexander technique (AT) based course

 

Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:00pm starting October 2, 2018

Center for Family Well-being

5039 Connecticut Ave NW #7, Washington DC 20008 


Registration for this course: https://www.thepoiseproject.org/center-for-family-well-being

 

 

We also have a second location,
if the Chevy Chase course doesn't fit your schedule:

Mondays, 2:00-3:30pm starting September 24

Grand Oaks Assisted Living

5901 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20016


Registration for this course: https://www.thepoiseproject.org/grand-oaks


 

 


All Classes are free
 

Registration is required.

Please use the links above to register for the course of your choice.

 

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique (AT) to manage the many daily physical and emotional challenges that Parkinson's brings into your lives.

It is focused on the needs of the caregiver independent of their care receiver.

 

The program consists of a ten-week group class meeting for 90 minutes per week. It is understood that not all participants will be able to attend all classes.  Click here to download a flyer about the course.

This course is part of an ongoing IRB approved research study on caregiving through the University of Idaho. The study involves two 60-minute individually scheduled pre- and post-class evaluation sessions, two 45-minute pre- and post-class online surveys, and a brief post-course evaluation form.   Click here to download a flyer about the research study.    

Alexander technique (AT) is a well-established approach for skillfully managing stressful circumstances. AT training has also been found to be effective in reducing physical symptoms such as chronic neck and back pain—common complaints for caregivers. It has been demonstrated that AT training has long-term retention of benefits.

Class on the floor 2.png

 

Questions?
Please contact Monika Gross
Executive Director, The Poise Project

828-254-3102

info@thepoiseproject.org


 

Take Aways - San Jose - More unwound.jpg
TakeAwayLA.Even though I want to help others I need to pause and take care of myself too.jpg
Debbie and Clarice.png
 
TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We design and deliver Alexander-based programs that give people living with Parkinson's greater confidence to manage their physical symptoms and increase their independence, confidence, and quality of life.

Our programs for care partners help them gain skills to manage the physical and emotional demands of long term caregiving, as well as to cue their loved ones for using the AT principles in their daily life, while also fostering a supportive community with one another.

To learn more about The Poise Project®, visit: thepoiseproject.org

 
  THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

To learn more about the Moving Day® events nationwide, visit: www.movingdaywalk.org/

For more information about the Parkinson's Foundation, visit: www.parkinson.org 

 

  ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

Learn more about the American Society for the Alexander Technique www.amsatonline.org

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Chicago - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Oct
13
3:30 PM15:30

Chicago - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles

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

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 3:30pm-5:15pm

LOCATION:  
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
355 East Erie
Chicago 60611

(Specific Information about room location, parking and public transportation will be sent to you.)

Workshop is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/chicago-parkinsons-workshop

 

 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 (PlwPD) 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 PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

Take Aways - San Jose - feeling lighter.jpg

 

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD 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 & local Alexander technique instructors

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 poise and personal growth 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

TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

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 poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using 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.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Chicago - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Oct
13
9:30 AM09:30

Chicago - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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Chicago!

Professional Development Training Day
for Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" Initiative:

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

 

DATE: Saturday, October 13, 2018

TIME:  9:30am-7:30pm (includes breaks, with an hour and a half for lunch)

LOCATION: Shirley Ryan Activity Lab, 355 East Erie Street, Chicago IL 60610.

Come to the Tenth Floor, Auditorium D

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    

The main objective of this training day:

To train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in expanding our ongoing AT4PD initiative, and launching new initiatives. Please consider joining our efforts! Even if your main interest may be with other populations, you will become part of our team effort to connect to regional communities by being trained in our Poise Project strategic model. And our training days are one of the ways that we are trying to be sustainable for the next eight years of this ten year project. Your participation supports financially all of our programs and outreach and research efforts.


The second objective:

To learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. We will introduce you to some of the best practices that we've been exploring and how they can be presented in group settings. Or if you are interested in working with PlwPD in your private practice, you will have in depth information about PD and about one-to-one AT applications for this population.
 

The training day will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project.

Included will be training sections videotaped of Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at University of California San Francisco, as well as videos from people living with Parkinson's and their care partners who have benefitted from AT and are advocating for it as part of our AT4PD initiative.

We are also reaching out to PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 90-minute workshop during the training day. In this way the training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback.

Participants in the training day will also be invited to be part of The Poise Project team at the Parkinson’s Foundation Chicago Moving Day® event the next day - Sunday, October 14. We will have a resource table, and offer “Poise Tune Ups” at the table, as well as have a “Poise Tune Up Station” the course during the walk. You can see photos from other Moving Day’s where we’ve offered this at this link. 

 The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Chicago team members, October 2017  See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this  LINK

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Chicago team members, October 2017

See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this LINK


The Poise Project administered a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD at eight sites in North Carolina in 2017-2018. We have received a second grant to expand this program into Washington DC for Fall 2018. We will also be working to initiate patient referral programs in partnership with area neurologists modeled on a program we have in place in the Bay Area in Northern California. And we are currently administering a third grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to design and deliver an new AT-based course for PlwPD at three sites in NC.

In relation to these programs, we are applying for funding for research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD as compared to exercise programs and other interventions.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs, as well as being part of the pool of AT professionals trained in our strategic model to assist in community outreach for all our future initiatives.

Our focus during this training day will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their 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 PlwPD 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 PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The second half of the training day will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, 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.

 

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited

www.thepoiseproject.org/chicago-registration

 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
     

  • 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
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, 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 PlwPD 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
     

  • 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 and internationally, including launching an "International AT for PD Year of Awareness" in February 2018 in London and Dublin. 
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances. Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner courses that have been delivered at eight sites across North Carolina funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and it's IRB research study through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.
     

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SCHEDULE

9:30am-2:00pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model & basic training for working with PlwPD (15 minute break included)

2:00pm-3:30pm  Lunch break

3:30pm-5:15pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

5:15pm-5:30pm Break

5:30pm - 6:15pm  Debriefing & Discussion re workshop

6:15pm-7:00pm    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

7:00pm-7:30pm    Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

 

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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. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

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 & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville 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

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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.

TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

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 poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using 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.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Boston - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Oct
11
3:30 PM15:30

Boston - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles

AT for PD BANNER.png

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

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 3:30pm-5:15pm

LOCATION:  
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115

In the Action Lab @ 425 Richards Hall, Fourth Floor

Workshop is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/boston-at-workshop

 

 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 (PlwPD) 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 PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

Take Aways - San Jose - feeling lighter.jpg

 

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD 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 & local Alexander technique instructors

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 poise and personal growth 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

TPP NEW table throw 2018 screenshot small.jpg

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 poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using 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.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Boston - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Oct
11
9:30 AM09:30

Boston - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

16) Graphic - AT for PD BANNER.png

Boston!

Professional Development Training Day
for Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" Initiative:

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

 

DATE: Thursday, October 11, 2018

TIME:  9:30am-7:30pm (includes breaks, with an hour and a half for lunch)

LOCATION:  

Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115

In the Action Lab @ 425 Richards Hall, Fourth Floor

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    

The main objective of this training day:

To train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in expanding our ongoing AT4PD initiative, and launching new initiatives. Please consider joining our efforts! Even if your main interest may be with other populations, you will become part of our team effort to connect to regional communities by being trained in our Poise Project strategic model. And our training days are one of the ways that we are trying to be sustainable for the next eight years of this ten year project. Your participation supports financially all of our programs and outreach and research efforts.


The second objective:

To learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. We will introduce you to some of the best practices that we've been exploring and how they can be presented in group settings. Or if you are interested in working with PlwPD in your private practice, you will have in depth information about PD and about one-to-one AT applications for this population.
 

The training day will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project.

Included will be training sections videotaped of Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at University of California San Francisco, as well as videos from people living with Parkinson's and their care partners who have benefitted from AT and are advocating for it as part of our AT4PD initiative.

We are also reaching out to PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 90-minute workshop during the training day. In this way the training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback.

Participants in the workshop will also be invited to be part of The Poise Project team at the Parkinson’s Foundation Boston Moving Day® event that Saturday, October 13. We will have a resource table, and offer “Poise Tune Ups” at the table, as well as have a “Poise Tune Up Station” the course during the walk. You can see photos from other Moving Day’s where we’ve offered this at this link.

 The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Boston team members, October 2017  See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this  LINK

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Boston team members, October 2017

See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this LINK


The Poise Project administered a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD at eight sites in North Carolina in 2017-2018. We have received a second grant to expand this program into Washington DC for Fall 2018. We will also be working to initiate patient referral programs in partnership with area neurologists modeled on a program we have in place in the Bay Area in Northern California. And we are currently administering a third grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to design and deliver an new AT-based course for PlwPD at three sites in NC.

In relation to these programs, we are applying for funding for research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD as compared to exercise programs and other interventions.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs, as well as being part of the pool of AT professionals trained in our strategic model to assist in community outreach for all our future initiatives.

Our focus during this training day will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their 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 PlwPD 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 PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The second half of the training day will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, 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.

 

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited

www.thepoiseproject.org/boston-registration 

 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
     

  • 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
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, 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 PlwPD 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
     

  • 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 and internationally, including launching an "International AT for PD Year of Awareness" in February 2018 in London and Dublin. 
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances. Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner courses that have been delivered at eight sites across North Carolina funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and it's IRB research study through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.
     

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SCHEDULE

9:30am-2:00pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model & basic training for working with PlwPD (15 minute break included)

2:00pm-3:30pm  Lunch break

3:30pm-5:15pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

5:15pm-5:30pm Break

5:30pm - 6:15pm  Debriefing & Discussion re workshop

6:15pm-7:00pm    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

7:00pm-7:30pm    Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

 

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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. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.

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 & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville 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

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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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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 poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using 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.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Washington DC (Sibley Hospital) - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Sep
5
2:00 PM14:00

Washington DC (Sibley Hospital) - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles

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

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 2:00pm-4:00pm

LOCATION:  
Sibley Medical Building - Building A
5215 Loughboro Road N.W.
Washington DC 20016
(Conference Room 1)

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
AS SPACE IS LIMITED

TO REGISTER, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/sibley-public-workshop

 

 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 (PlwPD) 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 PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

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Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD 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.

We will also be recruiting for participants for a course for care partners of PlwPD that is launching at two sites in Greater DC starting the week of September 24, 2018. The course is free to participants and is paid for by a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

 DC Alexander technique (AT) specialist Diana Bradley offers an AT "Tune Up" at the DC Moving Day® walk, June 2018

DC Alexander technique (AT) specialist Diana Bradley offers an AT "Tune Up" at the DC Moving Day® walk, June 2018

Instructor:  Monika Gross & local Alexander technique instructors

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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 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

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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 poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using 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.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Washington DC (Chevy Chase) - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Sep
4
10:30 AM10:30

Washington DC (Chevy Chase) - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles

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

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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 10:30am-12:00pm

LOCATION:  
The Center for Family Well-Being
5039 Connecticut Avenue, NW #7
Washington, DC 20008 (MAP)

THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
AS SPACE IS LIMITED

TO REGISTER, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/chevy-chase-public-workshop

 

 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 (PlwPD) 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 PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

Take Aways - San Jose - feeling lighter.jpg

 

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD 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.

We will also be recruiting for participants for a course for care partners of PlwPD that is launching at two sites in Greater DC starting the week of September 24, 2018. The course is free to participants and is paid for by a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

Instructor:  Monika Gross & local Alexander technique instructors

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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 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 poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using 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.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Silver Spring MD - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles
Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

Silver Spring MD - Free Workshop: Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles

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

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

Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 3:00pm-4:30pm

LOCATION:  
Crossings Healing & Wellness
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 300
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (MAP)

Workshop is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited

TO REGISTER, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/silver-spring-md-at-for-parkinsons-public-workshop

 

 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 (PlwPD) 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 PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

Take Aways - San Jose - feeling lighter.jpg

 

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD 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.

We will also be recruiting for participants for a course for care partners of PlwPD that is launching at two sites in Greater DC starting the week of September 24, 2018. The course is free to participants and is paid for by a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

Instructor:  Monika Gross & local Alexander technique instructors

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 poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using 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.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Washington DC - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Sep
1
9:30 AM09:30

Washington DC - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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Washington DC

Professional Development Training Day
for
Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" Initiative:

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

 

DATE: Saturday, September 1, 2018

TIME:  9:30am-7:30pm (includes breaks, with an hour for lunch)

LOCATION:  Crossings Healing & Wellness
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 300
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (MAP)

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    

The main objective of this training day will be to learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. If you are interested in working with PlwPD in your practice, please join this training day.

The second objective is to train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in expanding our ongoing AT4PD initiative. Please consider joining our efforts. Even if your main interest may be with other populations, you will become part of our team effort to connect to regional communities by being trained in our Poise Project strategic model.
 

The training day will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project.

Included will be training sections videotaped of Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at University of California San Francisco, as well as videos from people living with Parkinson's and their care partners who have benefitted from AT and are advocating for it as part of our AT4PD initiative.

We are also reaching out to PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 90-minute workshop during the training day. In this way the training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback. 

 The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® DC teacher team, June 2018  See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this  LINK

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® DC teacher team, June 2018

See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this LINK


The Poise Project administered a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver an AT-based course for care partners of PlwPD at eight sites in North Carolina in 2017-2018. We have received a second grant to expand this program into Washington DC for Fall 2018. We will also be working to initiate patient referral programs in partnership with area neurologists modeled on a program we have in place in the Bay Area in Northern California. And we are currently administering a third grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to design and deliver an new AT-based course for PlwPD at three sites in NC.

In relation to these programs, we are applying for funding for research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD as compared to exercise programs and other interventions.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs, as well as being part of the pool of AT professionals trained in our strategic model to assist in community outreach for all our future initiatives.

 

Our focus during this training day will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their 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 PlwPD 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 PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The second half of the training day will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, 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.

 

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited, so please book early!

https://www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-dc

 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
     

  • 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
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, 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 PlwPD 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
     

  • 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 and internationally, including launching an "International AT for PD Year of Awareness" in February 2018 in London and Dublin. 
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances. Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner courses that have been delivered at eight sites across North Carolina funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and it's IRB research study through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.
     

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SCHEDULE

9:30am-2:00pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model & basic training for working with PlwPD

2:00pm-3:00pm  Lunch break

3:00pm-4:30pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

4:30pm-5:30pm  Debriefing Discussion re workshop

5:30pm-6:45pm    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

6:45pm-7:30pm    Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

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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. As of Fall 2018, it has received three Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grants to deliver AT-based classes to people in the Parkinson's community in North Carolina and in Washington DC. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.
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 & Function, and has a private AT practice in Asheville 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
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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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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 poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using 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.

We have received three grants from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based programs for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners in North Carolina and the Washington DC Greater Metro Area.

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Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care
May
16
8:30 AM08:30

Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care

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Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care

Target Audience

Medical and allied health professionals, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, mental health professionals, clinicians, health and human service practitioners, and other health care professionals, as well as exercise professionals and athletic trainers.

Description

The Alexander technique (AT) is a tool for patient self-management. AT is an educational approach to improving functional patterns of posture and movement during everyday activities. Training in AT principles helps patients develop a better self-orienting way of thinking that is then combined with whatever they are doing in their daily lives. Adaptive Alexander-based programs show clients how to choose functional patterns that promote optimal postural tone. This helps them increase motor self-management and enhances their independence and overall quality of life. Training in AT principles fundamentally develops the individual's overall ability to make mindful choices about how to respond to the stressors of life, whether they are psychological or physiological in origin. 

This workshop will clarify the role of the AT specialist in enhancing a patient's ability to be a more active, skilled partner in both preventative and rehabilitative care while increasing the potential for increased benefit from all care team interventions.


Speaker
Monika Gross
mAmSAT, mATI, RSME, BFA

Objectives

  • Identify the history and development of Alexander technique (AT) as an embodied mindfulness approach.
  • Summarize AT principles and how they relate to human functioning, agency, self-regulation, and overall retention of Self.
  • Describe the role of the AT specialist in patient care and the specialized training necessary for certification.
  • Identify the benefits for patients in training in AT principles.
  • Discuss existing research indicating the benefits of AT principles to particular target populations.
  • Recognize the methods used by AT specialists to train individuals in the AT principles in a variety of delivery settings.
  • Offer participants the opportunity to learn by experiencing a small sampling of these training methods.
  • Apply ways to cue and support patients in reinforcing their new AT-based orientation.

Registration

Introduction to Alexander technique (AT) in Patient Care
May 16, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
 

Contact

Susan Walker, 704-512-6516

*Registration payment includes Credit Cards and Interfund Transfers only.

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San Diego - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop (FULL)
Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

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

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

 

Our Workshop has filled to capacity, so unfortunately we can no longer take reservations. However, we will be organizing more Alexander technique (AT)-based workshops and classes for the Parkinson's community in San Diego! We also will be able to connect you to local AT specialists.

If you would like us to keep you informed, please click on the link below and fill out the form and we will contact you about any future AT lessons, workshops or classes in the San Diego area!

https://www.thepoiseproject.org/san-diego-future-programming

 

We are also having a similar workshop in North Los Angeles on Friday, April 27, 2018, and we do have spaces in that at this time. If you would like to register for that one, or you know someone who would like to attend there, please go to this link for more information: 
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/north-los-angeles-workshop

 

 AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

AT for Parkinson's Active Learning Workshop in London UK

"AT for Parkinson's" is an initiative of The Poise Project®

 

Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD 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.

  • As a Person Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) 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 PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

 

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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 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

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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 Diego - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Apr
29
9:30 AM09:30

San Diego - Professional Development Training Day for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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San Diego

Professional Development Training Day
for
Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" Initiative:

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

 

DATE: Sunday, April 29, 2018

TIME:  9:30am-7:30pm (includes breaks, with an hour for lunch)

LOCATION:  
County of San Diego
Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA)
Health Services Complex
Public Health Services Administration
3851 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92101-311            (MAP)

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    

The main objective of this training day will be to learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. 

The second objective is to train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in our ongoing AT4PD initiative.
 

The training day will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project.

Included will be training sections videotaped of Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at University of California San Francisco, as well as videos from people living with Parkinson's and their care partners who have benefitted from AT and are advocating for it as part of our AT4PD initiative.

We are reaching out to PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 90-minute workshop during the training day. In this way the training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback. 

 The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® LA teacher team, October 2017  See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this  LINK

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® LA teacher team, October 2017

See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this LINK


The Poise Project has a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver classes for care partners of PlwPD at eight sites in North Carolina in 2017-2018. We have received a second grant to expand this program into Washington DC in 2018-2019. We will be working to expand this and other programs into Southern California. We will also be working to initiate patient referral programs in partnership with area neurologists, as we have in place now in the Bay Area.

In relation to these programs, we are applying for funding for research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD as compared to exercise programs and other interventions.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs.

Our focus during this training day will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their 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 PlwPD 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 PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The second half of the training day will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, 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.

 

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited, so please book early!


https://www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-san-diego

 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
     

  • 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
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, 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 PlwPD 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
     

  • 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 and internationally, including launching an "International AT for PD Year of Awareness" in February 2018 in London and Dublin. 
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances. Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner courses that have been delivered at eight sites across North Carolina funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and it's IRB research study through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.
     

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SCHEDULE

9:30am-2:00pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model & basic training for working with PlwPD

2:00pm-3:00pm  Lunch break

3:00pm-4:30pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

4:30pm-5:30pm  Debriefing Discussion re workshop

5:30pm-6:45pm    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

6:45pm-7:30pm    Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

 

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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. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.
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
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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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North Los Angeles - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop
Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

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

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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 (PlwPD), as well as their broader Care Partner Team of spouses and other family members.
 

Friday, April 27, 2018 from 3:00pm-4:30pm

LOCATION:  
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
23845 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355   (MAP)

 

WORKSHOP IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited

TO REGISTER, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
https://www.thepoiseproject.org/north-los-angeles-workshop

 

 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 (PlwPD) 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 PlwPD you can learn how to begin applying Alexander-based strategies to help meet the day-to-day physical and emotional stresses of caregiving.

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Our goal is to demonstrate how adaptive Alexander-based programs can show PlwPD 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 & local Alexander technique instructors

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

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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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North LA - Professional Development Training Day:  Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

North LA - Professional Development Training Day: Adapting AT for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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North Los Angeles

Professional Development Training Day
for
Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

The Poise Project's "AT for Parkinson's" Initiative:

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

 

DATE: Friday, April 27, 2018

TIME:  9:30am-7:30pm (includes breaks, with an hour for lunch)

LOCATION:  Stevensons Ranch Library, 25950 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381  (MAP)

$195 AT Teachers    $150 AT Trainees  
    

The main objective of this training day will be to learn about the particular needs of People Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) and their care partners, and to suggest the most successful ways to apply Alexander principles when working with this population. 

The second objective is to train participants in the mission and strategic model of The Poise Project so that they can become part of regional teams involved in our ongoing AT4PD initiative.
 

The training day will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project.

Included will be training sections videotaped of Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at University of California San Francisco, as well as videos from people living with Parkinson's and their care partners who have benefitted from AT and are advocating for it as part of our AT4PD initiative.

We are reaching out to PlwPD and care partners from the local community who we will be invited to attend an informal 90-minute workshop during the training day. In this way the training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback. 

 The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® LA teacher team, October 2017  See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this  LINK

The Poise Project Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® LA teacher team, October 2017

See more photos from our Poise TuneUP! stations at Moving Day's across the country at this LINK


The Poise Project has a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver classes for care partners of PlwPD at eight sites in North Carolina in 2017-2018. We have received a second grant to expand this program into Washington DC in 2018-2019. We will be working to expand this and other programs into Southern California. We will also be working to initiate patient referral programs in partnership with area neurologists, as we have in place now in the Bay Area.

In relation to these programs, we are applying for funding for research projects to measure the efficacy and long term retention of AT training for PlwPD as compared to exercise programs and other interventions.

Teachers who participate in this day of training will be considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our future class programming and research projects for PlwPD and care partners as new classes are created and regional expansion occurs.

Our focus during this training day will be on how AT can help PlwPD develop practical skills for more independent self-management of motor symptoms affecting their 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 PlwPD 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 PlwPD and greatly reduce caregiver burden and burnout. Training their care partners at the same time helps them learn how to cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is often a later stage aspect of PD.

The second half of the training day will include a focus on the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD, 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.

 

REGISTRATION LINK
Space is limited, so please book early!

https://www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-los-angeles
 

 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
     

  • 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
     

  • Working with middle and late stage PlwPD, 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 PlwPD 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
     

  • 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 and internationally, including launching an "International AT for PD Year of Awareness" in February 2018 in London and Dublin. 
     

  • How to include care partners to support learning and increase retention of AT principles for PlwPD, as well as to give them self-management skills to address the serious stresses of their own circumstances. Report on THE POISE PROJECT "Partnering with Poise" care partner courses that have been delivered at eight sites across North Carolina funded by the Parkinson's Foundation, and it's IRB research study through the University of Idaho managed by AT teacher and research scientist, Dr. Rajal Cohen.

 

SCHEDULE

9:30am-2:00pm    Briefing on The Poise Project mission and strategic model & basic training for working with PlwPD

2:00pm-3:00pm  Lunch break

3:00pm-4:30pm    An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners invited from the local Parkinson's community

4:30pm-5:30pm  Debriefing Discussion re workshop

5:30pm-6:45pm    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

6:45pm-7:30pm    Questions, Sharing and Next Steps

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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. She has conducted this AT or Parkinson's teacher training and established a patient referral program in the Bay Area in partnership with Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF.
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
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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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"Partnering with Poise" - Winston-Salem NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Apr
9
to Jun 11

"Partnering with Poise" - Winston-Salem NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's

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THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES A NEW COURSE

FOR CARE PARTNERS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE


"Partnering with Poise"
 

Ten week Alexander technique based course
 

Winston-Salem NC:  April 9 - June 11, 2018

Mondays from 3:00pm-4:30pm

All Classes are free
Funding for respite care is available

Registration is required

 

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique to manage the daily physical and emotional challenges that Parkinson's brings into your lives.

It is focused on the needs of the caregiver independent of their care receiver.

 

The program consists of a ten-week group class meeting for 90 minutes per week, plus a research study that involves two 60-minute individually scheduled sessions for pre- and post-class evaluations and two 60-minute pre- and post-class written surveys.

Some funding for respite care for the care recipients of participants is available.  Evaluation forms will be collected from participants to measure outcomes.            

Alexander technique (AT) is a well-established approach for skillfully managing stressful circumstances. AT training has also been found to be effective in reducing physical symptoms such as chronic neck and back pain—common complaints for caregivers. It has been demonstrated that AT training has long-term retention of benefits.

 

To participate in this program,
please contact Monika Gross at:

828-254-3102 or 212-327-2978 or info@thepoiseproject.org


 

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  THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

  ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY   FOR   THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)    

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY
FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

 

The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We design and deliver Alexander-based programs that give people living with Parkinson's greater confidence to manage their physical symptoms and increase their independence, confidence, and quality of life.

Our programs for care partners help them gain skills to manage the physical and emotional demands of long term caregiving, as well as to cue their loved ones for using the AT principles in their daily life, while also fostering a supportive community with one another.

To learn more about The Poise Project®, visit: thepoiseproject.org

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"Partnering with Poise" - Boone NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Mar
27
to Jun 5

"Partnering with Poise" - Boone NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's

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THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES A NEW COURSE

FOR CARE PARTNERS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE


"Partnering with Poise"
 

Ten week Alexander technique based course
 

Boone NC:  March 27 - June 6 2018

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm

All Classes are free
Funding for respite care is available

Registration is required

 

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique to manage the daily physical and emotional challenges that Parkinson's brings into your lives.

It is focused on the needs of the caregiver independent of their care receiver.

 

The program consists of a ten-week group class meeting for 90 minutes per week, plus a research study that involves two 60-minute individually scheduled sessions for pre- and post-class evaluations and two 60-minute pre- and post-class written surveys.

Some funding for respite care for the care recipients of participants is available.  Evaluation forms will be collected from participants to measure outcomes.            

Alexander technique (AT) is a well-established approach for skillfully managing stressful circumstances. AT training has also been found to be effective in reducing physical symptoms such as chronic neck and back pain—common complaints for caregivers. It has been demonstrated that AT training has long-term retention of benefits.

 

To participate in this program,
please contact Monika Gross at:

828-254-3102 or 212-327-2978 or info@thepoiseproject.org

 
 

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  THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

  ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY   FOR   THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)    

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY
FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

 

The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We design and deliver Alexander-based programs that give people living with Parkinson's greater confidence to manage their physical symptoms and increase their independence, confidence, and quality of life.

Our programs for care partners help them gain skills to manage the physical and emotional demands of long term caregiving, as well as to cue their loved ones for using the AT principles in their daily life, while also fostering a supportive community with one another.

To learn more about The Poise Project®, visit: thepoiseproject.org

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"Partnering with Poise" - Asheville NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Mar
27
to May 29

"Partnering with Poise" - Asheville NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's

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THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES A NEW COURSE

FOR CARE PARTNERS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE


"Partnering with Poise"
 

Ten week Alexander technique based course
 

 Asheville NC:  March 27 - May 29 2018
 

All Classes are free
Funding for respite care is available

Registration is required

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique to manage the daily physical and emotional challenges that Parkinson's brings into your lives.

It is focused on the needs of the caregiver independent of their care receiver.

 

The program consists of a ten-week group class meeting for 90 minutes per week, plus a research study that involves two 60-minute individually scheduled sessions for pre- and post-class evaluations and two 60-minute pre- and post-class written surveys.

Some funding for respite care for the care recipients of participants is available.  Evaluation forms will be collected from participants to measure outcomes.            

Alexander technique (AT) is a well-established approach for skillfully managing stressful circumstances. AT training has also been found to be effective in reducing physical symptoms such as chronic neck and back pain—common complaints for caregivers. It has been demonstrated that AT training has long-term retention of benefits.

To learn more about participation in this program, contact Monika Gross at:

828-254-3102 or 212-327-2978 or info@thepoiseproject.org
 

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  THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

  ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY   FOR   THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)    

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY
FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

 

The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We design and deliver Alexander-based programs that give people living with Parkinson's greater confidence to manage their physical symptoms and increase their independence, confidence, and quality of life.

Our programs for care partners help them gain skills to manage the physical and emotional demands of long term caregiving, as well as to cue their loved ones for using the AT principles in their daily life, while also fostering a supportive community with one another.

To learn more about The Poise Project®, visit: thepoiseproject.org

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"Partnering with Poise" - Charlotte NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Mar
14
to May 16

"Partnering with Poise" - Charlotte NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's

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THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES A NEW COURSE

FOR CARE PARTNERS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE


"Partnering with Poise"
 

Ten week Alexander technique based course
 

Charlotte NC:  March 14 - May 16, 2018

Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

All Classes are free
Funding for respite care is available

Registration is required

 

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique to manage the daily physical and emotional challenges that Parkinson's brings into your lives.

It is focused on the needs of the caregiver independent of their care receiver.

 

The program consists of a ten-week group class meeting for 90 minutes per week, plus a research study that involves two 60-minute individually scheduled sessions for pre- and post-class evaluations and two 60-minute pre- and post-class written surveys.

Some funding for respite care for the care recipients of participants is available.  Evaluation forms will be collected from participants to measure outcomes.            

Alexander technique (AT) is a well-established approach for skillfully managing stressful circumstances. AT training has also been found to be effective in reducing physical symptoms such as chronic neck and back pain—common complaints for caregivers. It has been demonstrated that AT training has long-term retention of benefits.

 

To participate in this program,
please contact Monika Gross at:

828-254-3102 or 212-327-2978 or info@thepoiseproject.org

 

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  THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

  ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY   FOR   THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)    

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY
FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

 

The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We design and deliver Alexander-based programs that give people living with Parkinson's greater confidence to manage their physical symptoms and increase their independence, confidence, and quality of life.

Our programs for care partners help them gain skills to manage the physical and emotional demands of long term caregiving, as well as to cue their loved ones for using the AT principles in their daily life, while also fostering a supportive community with one another.

To learn more about The Poise Project®, visit: thepoiseproject.org

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"Partnering with Poise" - Burlington NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's
Feb
20
to Apr 24

"Partnering with Poise" - Burlington NC Course for Care Partners of people living with Parkinson's

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THE POISE PROJECT® ANNOUNCES A NEW COURSE

FOR CARE PARTNERS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE


"Partnering with Poise"
 

Ten week Alexander technique based course
 

Burlington NC:  February 20 - April 24, 2018

Tuesdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm

All Classes are free
Funding for respite care is available

Registration is required

 

This course offers a supportive group setting to learn skills and strategies based on Alexander technique to manage the daily physical and emotional challenges that Parkinson's brings into your lives.

It is focused on the needs of the caregiver independent of their care receiver.

 

The program consists of a ten-week group class meeting for 90 minutes per week, plus a research study that involves two 60-minute individually scheduled sessions for pre- and post-class evaluations and two 60-minute pre- and post-class written surveys.

Some funding for respite care for the care recipients of participants is available.  Evaluation forms will be collected from participants to measure outcomes.            

Alexander technique (AT) is a well-established approach for skillfully managing stressful circumstances. AT training has also been found to be effective in reducing physical symptoms such as chronic neck and back pain—common complaints for caregivers. It has been demonstrated that AT training has long-term retention of benefits.

To participate in this program, contact Monika Gross at:

828-254-3102 or 212-327-2978 or info@thepoiseproject.org 
 

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  THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

THIS PROGRM IS FUNDED BY A MOVING DAY® NC TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

  ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY   FOR   THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)    

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR RESEARCH STUDY COMES FROM
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY
FOR THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE (AmSAT)

 

The Poise Project® is a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining natural poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life through the principles of Alexander technique (AT). We design and deliver Alexander-based programs that give people living with Parkinson's greater confidence to manage their physical symptoms and increase their independence, confidence, and quality of life.

Our programs for care partners help them gain skills to manage the physical and emotional demands of long term caregiving, as well as to cue their loved ones for using the AT principles in their daily life, while also fostering a supportive community with one another.

To learn more about The Poise Project®, visit: thepoiseproject.org

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Dublin - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partners Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active Learning Workshop
Feb
6
2:30 PM14:30

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

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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.

 

We regret that this 6 Februrary 2018 workshop is now at capacity. 

However, we will be organising other workshops over the next few months.

If you would like to be notified when they are scheduled please CLICK ON THIS LINK 
where you can fill in a workshop notification form.

We very much look forward to introducing you to the benefits of Alexander technique for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners!

For more information about AT for Parkinson's, go to: http://www.thepoiseproject.org/alexander-technique-for-parkinsons/

 

 

 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 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.

Questions?
Contact Monika Gross at monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org
 

 

Workshop Leaders:  Monika Gross & Glenna Batson

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

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GLENNA BATSON, ScD., MA, M.AmSAT, M.ISATT is a Research Consultant for The Poise Project. Glenna is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical University in Physical Therapy. She holds a Masters in dance education and received her doctorate in clinical neurology in 2006. Glenna certified as an Alexander technique instructor in 1989. For twenty-two years, she was a professor of physiotherapy (Masters and Doctor of Science) in America for the North Carolina State University system, where she pioneered a number of research projects in integrative medicine, studying the effects on balance of these different complementary approaches: Alexander Technique and motor imagery for the community elderly and elite dancers, and improvisational dance for Parkinson’s disease. She is Professor Emeritus at Winston-Salem State University and Research Associate Professor in Health & Exercise Science at Wake Forest University.  A Fulbright Senior Specialist, Glenna completed residencies in dance science and Somatics at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and the Universities of Tallinn and Tartu in Estonia. Her career has taken her down four intertwined paths: dance, body-mind education (Somatics), human movement science, and rehabilitation medicine. Seeing the art in science and the science in the arts, Glenna has written many articles to unify concepts from these distant disciplines as to ignite interest in the crossing tributaries of knowledge. In 2014, two of her books were published: Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation and (as co-editor and contributor) Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. Glenna has advocated for Alexander technique work for many years and has taught in over 13 countries worldwide. In 2015, she co-directed the 10th World Congress for the Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in 2015. Glenna lives with her husband in Newbridge, Co. Kildaire, Ireland

Email:  glenna.batson@gmail.com
Phone: +353 085 2549010 (GMT)
Website: http://glennabatson.com/
CV: https://tinyurl.com/ya7xfbyr
Publications: http://glennabatson.com/articles/

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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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Dublin - Alexander Technique Teacher Training: Working with People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Feb
6
9:00 AM09:00

Dublin - Alexander Technique Teacher Training: Working with People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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Dublin
Continuing Ed Training Day
for
Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

AT for Parkinson's:
Working with People living with Parkinson's disease (PlwPD) and their Carers

 

Date: Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Time:  9:00am-5:00pm with an hour break for lunch (Teachers/trainees participants are advised to bring lunch with them if possible)

Who: AT Teachers and Trainees

Led by: Monika Gross & Glenna Batson

Where:  Rua Red, South Dublin Art Centre, County Hall,Belgard Square North, Dublin 24

Directions: http://www.ruared.ie/about-us/visit-us

Cost:  €120 Teachers; €90 Trainees.  
    

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

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 PlwPD 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 speech volume, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PlwPD 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).

For the second part of the training day, you will learn about the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD. AT can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook for the spouses and other family members and care partners of PlwPD. Training care partners at the same time as their care receivers helps them be able to better cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is a late stage aspect of PD. This training will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to better take care of themselves as they navigate the special physical and emotional demands of caregiving. This training can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many other caring situations as well, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. Outcomes will be shared from The Poise Project's current research study on "Partnering with Poise," an AT-based course for care partners that is being funded by the Parkinson's Foundation.

All participants will have the opportunity to practice working with people living with Parkinson's and their care partners during this Tuesday training day.  Individuals from the local Parkinson's community are being invited to attend an hour and a half workshop with us during the training day. This will give teacher participants the opportunity to practice both one-to-one and group interactions and share and receive feedback from workshop participants.

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The training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, along with Glenna Batson ScD., PT and Research Consultant for The Poise Project. We will also be viewing two training videos of Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF, who is a collaborator in our teacher trainings in the US. The first covers basic information about all the stages and symptoms of Parkinson's and the areas that she feels AT can be of particular help. It will include illustrative video clips of particular patient cases. The second covers the special needs of care partners in the Parkinson's setting.

The Poise Project has partnered with Dr. Katz to set up a patient referral program for PlwPD to work with AT teachers in the Bay Area. Teachers who participate in this Dublin training day will be considered to be trained to become part of a pool of teachers we will draw from for any similar patient referral projects and future AT-based group class programming that we are able to establish in Ireland moving forward.

The purpose of this training day in Dublin is to offer AT teachers and trainees in Ireland a specialized training in basic information about working with PlwPD and their carers, both for their private practice enrichment, but more importantly as part of The Poise Project's AT for Parkinson's initiative. We will use the funds from the training fees for administration to help develop future programming in Ireland.

The Poise Project has been developing specific programming for PlwPD and their carers in the US, including patient referral programs, funded group courses and short term workshops. We have received two grants so far from the Parkinson's Foundation to deliver AT-based courses specifically for care partners. Over the next year we will be working to initiate similar programming in other countries.

Monies collected for this training day will assist in making this possible in Ireland. Monika will share the structures created for successful workshops The Poise Project hosted in the US that gathered together the greater Parkinson's community for learning together about AT, including PlwPD and their care partners, as well as medical and allied health professionals, research scientists, exercise trainers, and leaders in local Parkinson's communities.

 

PLEASE REGISTER BY GOING TO THIS LINK

thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-dublin

Space is very limited, so please book early!

 

 Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Chicago participant shares his AT "Take Away" in October 2017

Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Chicago participant shares his AT "Take Away" in October 2017

 Diana Glenn gives an AT "Tune Up" to a care partner at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Boston in October 2017

Diana Glenn gives an AT "Tune Up" to a care partner at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Boston in October 2017

SCHEDULE FOR TRAINING DAY

9:00am-10:00pm  

Introductions and background on The Poise Project & the AT for Parkinson's initiative in the US, UK and internationally

10:00pm-12:30pm

Basic training for working with PlwPD

12:30pm-1:30pm

Basic training for working with Care Partners (Not only specifically carers of PlwPD, but also the common physical and emotional demands on carers, especially in cases where care receivers have physical and cognitive decline)

1:30pm-2:30pm: Lunch break

2:30pm-4:00pm

Working with small group of invited PlwPD and their carers

4:00pm-5:00pm

Debriefing/sharing about what was observed when working with the PlwPD; Questions & Answers time; Looking towards the future

 

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

 

 The Poise Project teacher team at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® NC Triangle

The Poise Project teacher team at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® NC Triangle

 The Poise Project teacher team at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Chicago

The Poise Project teacher team at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Chicago

 

Your participation in this training day in Dublin is part of the launch of a year-long international project: AT4PD - Alexander Technique for Parkinson's Awareness Initiative. Dan Shepherd, a trainee in Anthony Kingsley's teacher training program in London, reached out to Monika a few months ago to see if The Poise Project could join him in creating a series of "AT for Parkinson's Disease Awareness" (AT4PD) events for media promotion. Together they are leading a teacher training day in London on Saturday, 3 February followed by a 4.5 hour public workshop on Sunday, 4 February.

Beyond this weekend of events in London and Dublin, the longterm goal is to see 2018 as a year for increasing the international awareness of, and access to, AT services for PlwPD and their care partners. If you are interested in supporting Dan's AT4PD project, please contact Dan Shepherd directly by phone in London at  +447714465170  or by email at danielshaershepherd@gmail.com

To learn more about The Poise Project® and our current and future initiatives to bring AT to broader socio-economic groups and new populations and industries, go to thepoiseproject.org or contact Monika Gross at 1-828-254-3102 (EST GMT -5) or by email at monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org

 

Questions about the training day?

Dublin Contacts: 

Richard Kinsella
richardkinsella2001@yahoo.co.uk 

Tina Kiely 083 1223919  
tinakiely8@gmail.com
 

 Monika Gross leading workshop for PlwPD and their carers. Constructive Teaching Centre, London. October 2016.

Monika Gross leading workshop for PlwPD and their carers.
Constructive Teaching Centre, London. October 2016.

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 received a $25,000 Parkinson's Foundation 2017 Moving Day® Community Grant to deliver "Partnering with Poise," an AT-based course for care partners of people living with Parkinson's disease, at six sites across North Carolina. We have just been awarded a second Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grant for $10,000 to expand our "Partnering with Poise" care partner course to the Washington DC area in Fall 2018.

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

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GLENNA BATSON, ScD., MA, M.AmSAT, M.ISATT is a Research Consultant for The Poise Project. Glenna is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical University in Physical Therapy. She holds a Masters in dance education and received her doctorate in clinical neurology in 2006. Glenna certified as an Alexander technique instructor in 1989. For twenty-two years, she was a professor of physiotherapy (Masters and Doctor of Science) in America for the North Carolina State University system, where she pioneered a number of research projects in integrative medicine, studying the effects on balance of these different complementary approaches: Alexander Technique and motor imagery for the community elderly and elite dancers, and improvisational dance for Parkinson’s disease. She is Professor Emeritus at Winston-Salem State University and Research Associate Professor in Health & Exercise Science at Wake Forest University.  A Fulbright Senior Specialist, Glenna completed residencies in dance science and Somatics at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and the Universities of Tallinn and Tartu in Estonia. Her career has taken her down four intertwined paths: dance, body-mind education (Somatics), human movement science, and rehabilitation medicine. Seeing the art in science and the science in the arts, Glenna has written many articles to unify concepts from these distant disciplines as to ignite interest in the crossing tributaries of knowledge. In 2014, two of her books were published: Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation and (as co-editor and contributor) Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. Glenna has advocated for Alexander technique work for many years and has taught in over 13 countries worldwide. In 2015, she co-directed the 10th World Congress for the Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in 2015. Glenna lives with her husband in Newbridge, Co. Kildaire, Ireland

Email:  glenna.batson@gmail.com
Phone: +353 085 2549010 (GMT)
Website: http://glennabatson.com/
CV: https://tinyurl.com/ya7xfbyr
Publications: http://glennabatson.com/articles/

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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.
 

Email: Maya.Katz@ucsf.edu
Phone: 917-374-7649 (PST GMT -8)
Fax: 415-353-9060
CV:  https://tinyurl.com/yanjpkjj
Research and Publications: https://www.ucsfhealth.org/maya.katz

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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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London Symposium - Alexander Technique for Parkinson's
Feb
4
12:00 PM12:00

London Symposium - Alexander Technique for Parkinson's

PUBLIC WORKSHOP

London Symposium

Alexander Technique for Parkinson's

Skills for People living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) to help manage motor and non-motor symptoms and for Care Partners to manage the daily challenges of caregiving using AT Principles

An interactive afternoon for People Living With Parkinson's, their Families and Partners, Allied Health Professionals, Research Scientists, or other Medical Care Providers, Exercise Scientists & Exercise Trainers, Somatic Practitioners or members of the local or regional Parkinson's support community.

This workshop will clarify the relevance of Alexander technique (AT) based "active learning" interventions as part of a contemporary Care Team approach for treatment of Parkinson's motor and non-motor symptoms.

 

DATE: Sunday, 4 February 2018

TIME: 12:00PM-5:00PM

LOCATION: Central London near Regents Park
(You will receive directions to the venue after your registration is confirmed)



LED BY:
Monika Gross
     Executive Director, The Poise Project
Glenna Batson, Sc.D., PT
     Research Consultant, The Poise Project
Daniel Shepherd
     Founder AT4PD
 

You are invited to an interactive afternoon where:

  • As a Person Living with Parkinson's (PlwPD) 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 PlwPD 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.

The main objective of this workshop is to introduce the potential for Alexander technique (AT) to become an important part of the care 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.

 

DONATIONS ARE SUGGESTED
This workshop is free, but tax-deductible contributions of any amount will be gratefully collected as a fundraiser for the Alexander Technique charity, The Walter Carrington Educational Trust and their AT for Parkinson's Project . The funds will be used for subsidising AT-based programming for PlwPD and their care partners.

You may make a donation at the event,
or donate now at this link. 

(Please write in "AT for Parkinson's Project" in the "Personalise Your Donation" box.)

 

 

 

REGISTER
www.thepoiseproject.org/london-symposium-at4pd-awareness-day

 

PLEASE NOTE
This symposium is a media event and will be videotaped. By attending you are giving your permission for photos and video images recorded of you at this event to be used for educational and promotional purposes by The Poise Project® and AT4PD.

 


QUESTIONS?
Please contact Daniel Shepherd danielshaershepherd@gmail.com or +447714465170

 


DETAILED SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
Please wear loose clothing that allows you to move in a relaxed way. No need for exercise clothing! You may wish to bring a mat, blanket or towel for the Active Rest time, which is usually carried out lying on the floor. You may also easily do this activity sitting in a chair if you prefer.

12:15PM - 12:40PM
Checking In & Collecting Suggested Donations

12:40PM - 12:55PM  Introductions

AT4PD - Daniel Shepherd
The Poise Project®' - Monika Gross, Executive Director                                               

12:55PM - 1:10PM    
AT for PD Research and Medical Perspectives - Glenna Batson, ScD, PT, MA, Physical Therapist and Independent Scholar and Researcher, Dublin Ireland

1:10PM - 1:25PM      
AT for PD: Teacher insights - AT teachers share ways of working with PlwPD

1:25PM - 1:40PM     
AT for PD: Living with PD - PlwPD and Carers sharing how AT has helped them

1:40PM - 1:45PM      
Chose activities and divide into groups

1:45PM - 2:35PM       Breakout Sessions

Choose One Breakout:
1)  Active Learning: Balance and Gait
2) Active Learning: Undoing Stress and Anxiety
3) Q & A Presentation: An Overview of Related Research on AT for PD  

2:35PM - 2:45PM       10-MINUTE BREAK

2:45PM - 3:05PM      
Group Active Learning Session - Guided Active Rest for Everyone

3:05PM - 3:55PM       Breakout Sessions       

Choose One Breakout:
1)  Active Learning: Vocal Volume
2) Active Learning: AT and Exercise
3) Q & A Presentation: AT for PD in the Patient Setting
"A New Member of the Interdisciplinary Care Team: The Skilled Patient - Alexander Technique training for Patient Self-regulation with Long-term Retention of Benefits"         

3:55PM - 4:30PM       Group Sharing: "What I Learned" - Discussion & Questions

4:30PM - 4:45PM       Final Active Learning Session
Transitioning AT into Daily Life:   
We will invite a few interested participants to suggest daily activities to try out using what they have been learning, with AT reminders and guidance from a teacher

4:45PM-5:00PM         Looking Ahead: The Future of AT for Parkinson's

 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 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 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

 
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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.


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

 
 The Poise Project® Executive Director, Monika Gross, teaching some ease of sitting balance at workshop at the Constructive Teaching Centre, London, October 2016.

The Poise Project® Executive Director, Monika Gross, teaching some ease of sitting balance at workshop at the Constructive Teaching Centre, London, October 2016.

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 received a $25,000 Parkinson's Foundation 2017 Moving Day® Community Grant to deliver "Partnering with Poise," an AT-based course for care partners of people living with Parkinson's disease, at six sites across North Carolina. We have just been awarded a second Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grant for $10,000 to expand our "Partnering with Poise" care partner course to the Washington DC area in Fall 2018.

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)              
CV: https://tinyurl.com/y9yajdd6

 
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GLENNA BATSON, ScD., MA, M.AmSAT, M.ISATT is a Research Consultant for The Poise Project. Glenna is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical University in Physical Therapy. She holds a Masters in dance education and received her doctorate in clinical neurology in 2006. Glenna certified as an Alexander technique instructor in 1989. For twenty-two years, she was a professor of physiotherapy (Masters and Doctor of Science) in America for the North Carolina State University system, where she pioneered a number of research projects in integrative medicine, studying the effects on balance of these different complementary approaches: Alexander Technique and motor imagery for the community elderly and elite dancers, and improvisational dance for Parkinson’s disease. She is Professor Emeritus at Winston-Salem State University and Research Associate Professor in Health & Exercise Science at Wake Forest University.  A Fulbright Senior Specialist, Glenna completed residencies in dance science and Somatics at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and the Universities of Tallinn and Tartu in Estonia. Her career has taken her down four intertwined paths: dance, body-mind education (Somatics), human movement science, and rehabilitation medicine. Seeing the art in science and the science in the arts, Glenna has written many articles to unify concepts from these distant disciplines as to ignite interest in the crossing tributaries of knowledge. In 2014, two of her books were published: Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation and (as co-editor and contributor) Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. Glenna has advocated for Alexander technique work for many years and has taught in over 13 countries worldwide. In 2015, she co-directed the 10th World Congress for the Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in 2015. Glenna lives with her husband in Newbridge, Co. Kildaire, Ireland

Email:  glenna.batson@gmail.com
Phone: +353 085 2549010 (GMT)
Website: http://glennabatson.com/
CV: https://tinyurl.com/ya7xfbyr
Publications: http://glennabatson.com/articles/

 
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DANIEL SHEPHERD is the founder of AT4PD - Alexander Technique for Parkinson's. He is currently in a three-year training to become a certified a Alexander technique instructor in Anthony Kingsley's training program in Mayfair. You can learn more about the AT4PD initiative by joining our Facebook page:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/192909304602112/

EMAIL: danielshaershepherd@gmail.com
PHONE: +447714465170 (GMT)

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London - Alexander Technique Teacher Training:  Working with People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

London - Alexander Technique Teacher Training: Working with People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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

London Continuing Ed Training Day
for Alexander Technique Teachers & Trainees

 

DATE: Saturday , 3 February 2018

TIME: 9:00AM -5:00pm

LOCATION: St John’s Wood Church, Lord’s Roundabout, St John’s Wood, London NW8 7NE

Closest Tube: St. John's Wood Station ~ Jubilee line
Next closest: Baker Street Station ~ Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Bakerloo, Jubilee


COST:         £135  AT teachers     £100 AT trainees

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Space is very limited. 

www.thepoiseproject.org/teacher-training-london

 

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

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 PlwPD 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 speech volume, swallowing, and sleep interruption.

AT can offer PlwPD 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).

For the second part of the training day, you will learn about the particular needs of care partners of PlwPD. AT can also give tremendous support and a more positive outlook for the spouses and other family members and care partners of PlwPD. Training care partners at the same time as their care receivers helps them be able to better cue PlwPD when cognitive decline may be present, which is a late stage aspect of PD. This training will focus on how to deliver AT in a way that gives practical ongoing skills for care partners to better take care of themselves as they navigate the special physical and emotional demands of caregiving. This training can be generalized to how AT can support care partners in many other caring situations as well, especially when the care receivers have cognitive decline. Outcomes will be shared from The Poise Project's current research study on "Partnering with Poise," an AT-based course for care partners that is being funded by the Parkinson's Foundation.

All training day participants will have the opportunity to practice with people living with Parkinson's and their care partners as part of this Saturday training day.  Individuals from the local Parkinson's community are being invited to attend an hour and a half workshop with us during the training day. This will give teacher participants the opportunity to practice both one-to-one and group interactions and share and receive feedback from workshop participants.

As many training day certified teacher participants as we can accommodate will also be invited to take part as volunteer teachers in the public workshop the following day, on Sunday, 4 February, 2018, that Dan Shepherd and Monika Gross have organized as part of an international Alexander Technique for Parkinson's (AT4P) Awareness Day. Donations raised will go to The Walter Carrington Educational Trust for their AT for Parkinson's program.

For more information about the Sunday, 4 February 2018 public event, please contact Dan Shepherd by email at:  danielshaershepherd@gmail.com

Please share this training day event on Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1779528865676821/?active_tab=about

 
 Constance Clare-Newman gives a tune up to a PlwPD at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Los Angeles in October 2017

Constance Clare-Newman gives a tune up to a PlwPD at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Los Angeles in October 2017

 Diana Glenn gives an AT tune up to a care partner at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Boston in October 2017

Diana Glenn gives an AT tune up to a care partner at the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Boston in October 2017

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The training will be led by Monika Gross, Executive Director of The Poise Project, along with Glenna Batson ScD., PT and Research Consultant for The Poise Project. Daniel Shepherd will also speak about the AT4PD - Alexander Technique for Parkinson's International Awareness project.

We will be viewing two training videos of Dr. Maya Katz, a movement disorder specialist at UCSF, who is a collaborator in our teacher trainings in the US. The first covers basic information about all the stages and symptoms of Parkinson's and the areas that she feels AT can be of particular help. It will include illustrative video clips of particular patient cases. The second covers the special needs of care partners in the Parkinson's setting.

The Poise Project has partnered with Dr. Katz to set up a patient referral program for PlwPD to work with AT teachers in the Bay Area. Teachers who participate in this London training day will be considered to be trained to become part of a pool of teachers we will draw from for any similar patient referral projects and future AT-based group class programming that we are able to establish in the UK moving forward.

 

SCHEDULE: Saturday, 3 February 2018

9:00am-9:45am   
Introductions
Background on The Poise Project (Monika Gross) and AT4P (Daniel Shepherd)

9:45am-12:15pm
Basic training for working with PlwPD

12:15pm-1:30pm
Basic training for working with Care Partners

(Not only specifically of PlwPD, but also the common physical and emotional demands on carers, especially in cases where care receivers have physical and cognitive decline)

1:30pm-2:30pm  
Lunch break

2:30pm-4:00pm    
An AT workshop for PlwPD and their care partners, where you will have an opportunity to work with local members of the Parkinson's community

4:00pm-5:00pm  
Post-workshop debriefing discussion.
Questions & practice time.
Sharing of learning outcomes for the day
 

 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 received a $25,000 Parkinson's Foundation 2017 Moving Day® Community Grant to deliver "Partnering with Poise," an AT-based course for care partners of people living with Parkinson's disease, at six sites across North Carolina. We have just been awarded a second Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day® Community Grant for $10,000 to expand our "Partnering with Poise" care partner course to the Washington DC area in Fall 2018.

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

 
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GLENNA BATSON, ScD., MA, M.AmSAT, M.ISATT is a Research Consultant for The Poise Project. Glenna is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical University in Physical Therapy. She holds a Masters in dance education and received her doctorate in clinical neurology in 2006. Glenna certified as an Alexander technique instructor in 1989. For twenty-two years, she was a professor of physiotherapy (Masters and Doctor of Science) in America for the North Carolina State University system, where she pioneered a number of research projects in integrative medicine, studying the effects on balance of these different complementary approaches: Alexander Technique and motor imagery for the community elderly and elite dancers, and improvisational dance for Parkinson’s disease. She is Professor Emeritus at Winston-Salem State University and Research Associate Professor in Health & Exercise Science at Wake Forest University.  A Fulbright Senior Specialist, Glenna completed residencies in dance science and Somatics at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and the Universities of Tallinn and Tartu in Estonia. Her career has taken her down four intertwined paths: dance, body-mind education (Somatics), human movement science, and rehabilitation medicine. Seeing the art in science and the science in the arts, Glenna has written many articles to unify concepts from these distant disciplines as to ignite interest in the crossing tributaries of knowledge. In 2014, two of her books were published: Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation and (as co-editor and contributor) Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. Glenna has advocated for Alexander technique work for many years and has taught in over 13 countries worldwide. In 2015, she co-directed the 10th World Congress for the Alexander Technique at the University of Limerick in 2015. Glenna lives with her husband in Newbridge, Co. Kildaire, Ireland.

Email:  glenna.batson@gmail.com
Phone: +353 085 2549010 (GMT)
Website: http://glennabatson.com/
CV: https://tinyurl.com/ya7xfbyr
Publications: http://glennabatson.com/articles/

 
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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.
 

Email: Maya.Katz@ucsf.edu
Phone: 917-374-7649 (PST GMT -8)
Fax: 415-353-9060
CV:  https://tinyurl.com/yanjpkjj
Research and Publications: https://www.ucsfhealth.org/maya.katz

 
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DANIEL SHEPHERD is the founder of AT4PD - Alexander Technique for Parkinson's. He is currently in a three-year training to become a certified a Alexander technique instructor in Anthony Kingsley's training program in Mayfair. You can learn more about the AT4PD initiative by joining our Facebook page:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/192909304602112/

EMAIL: danielshaershepherd@gmail.com
PHONE: +447714465170 (GMT

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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 - Manage Symptoms of Parkinson's & Care Partner Challenges Using Alexander Technique (AT) Principles: An Active-Learning Workshop
Nov
19
2:30 PM14:30

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

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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
 

Thank you for your interest in this Alexander Technique for Parkinson's program
This workshop is now full.

Please join our newsletter to be informed of future programs:
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 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

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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 - Continuing Ed Training for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners
Nov
19
9:30 AM09:30

Greensboro NC - Continuing Ed Training for Alexander Technique Teachers and Trainees: Adapting Alexander Technique for People Living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners

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Continuing Ed Training 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.

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 will also be initiating patient referral programs in partnership with neurologists in regions around the country.

In relation to these programs, we plan to develop 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 considered part of the pool of teachers we will draw from for our 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 during this training day 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 hour and a half informal workshop session during the training day so that training day participants will be able to have the opportunity to work with them and receive their feedback. 

 

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

Training day will include two hour-long breaks for lunch and for dinner

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 Mon