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
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
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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.
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.
Phone: (USA) 1-828-254-3102 (EST)
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.