Movement and Energy:
Joe Lee Griffin, Ph.D.
Milton Trager, MD, developed this approach more than seventy years ago. It uses gentle movement, either self generated or created by a trained practitioner, to balance needed tension and release unneeded tension. This adjustment happens automatically when sensory information is provided to the functional mind.
I sometimes say
that my job, as a Trager person, is to improve the relationship you have
with yourself and your body. Part of improving that relationship is reminding
people of what feeling good feels like. If your body feels good, it tends
to work well. If it works well, it feels good. This is a most useful,
sometimes neglected, functional signal.
loss of balance,
Holding a monkey stick (a newspaper section rolled, covered, and taped to make a one-foot stick) in both hands connects two sides for back and forth, up and down, breath opening or figure eight movements.
Holding a secure support while pouring weight from one foot to the other, feeling foot pressures and their changes, improves the sense of balance. Repeat often.
For those insecure standing, weight shift can focus on the seatbones or even on pouring weight across the spine while lying on the back.
Movements that may feel more secure than running or jumping are gliding, shifting, pouring, and spiraling. The shimmy, wiggle, and woogle are also useful.
Movement is most effective when gently focused in the now, not in the past, which is gone, or the future, not here yet. It limits useful awareness to do as some in gyms do, work the body while reading something or watching TV.
(Imagining the feeling) can be most useful if one side is painful or limited.
Once when Milton and his brother Sam were on the beach, doing gymnastics, Sam asked, "Who can leap the highest?"
After a bit, Milton
said "Who can land the softest?" This different question is
an open question. Some open questions that are useful while creating movement
Michael J. Fox
I like her book. Why? She wrote it after living well with Parkinson's for ten years. She's been there, done that! I know about movement reeducation and how to teach and promote it, but I've not experienced Parkinson's myself. She uses her personal story to convey general principles of importance.
From Chapter 2, It's Not Fair (only 5 pages), she moves to Coping with Frustration and Practical Suggestions (Chapter 3). Chapter 4, on nutrition, may need updating since it was written in '91.
Chapter 6, Exercise, the Means to an Active Life. p47 "The more I sit, the more I want to sit. The more I walk, the more I want to walk. The more I exercise, the more I want to exercise." p47 "Parkinson's disease does not destroy muscles; immobility and lack of use does." She has used active and passive exercise, yoga, dancing to music, making faces, movements focused on using the small muscles, and more.
Atwood also has chapters on the importance of attitude (it is important), relating to doctors, medications, family, and other subjects, which I recommend.