Support & Wellness Programs

The Cedar Rapids Parkinson’s Support Group meets the Third Thursday of each month at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall 120 5th St NW
Join us at 6:30pm for information, support, friendship, and refreshments! Contact John Krumbholz for more information   319-396-7290  krummy1968@gmail.com

If you are in the Iowa City area, the Iowa City Support Group meets at 6pm on the Third Tuesday of each month at Mercy Iowa City-Medical Plaza Lower Level  540 E. Jefferson Street. Contact Dottie Armens  319-512-1193  d_armens@hotmail.com

Whether you have PD, or you are a Caregiver, take care of yourself with a massage! Massage Therapy isn’t just for relaxation! Here are just a few benefits of Massage:

  • Massage can help to enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Massage therapy with Missy Wagner, LMT is offered BY APPOINTMENT.  Contact Melissa at 319-721-7171
*Full Body Therapeutic Massage $60
*Half Hour Massage $40
*Pregnancy Massage $60
*Ear Candling $40

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Moving with Parkinson’s-LEVEL 1: 45-minute class designed for those who are new to the program, as well as those who have limited mobility or need assistance from a caregiver. Exercises as performed at a slower pace and consist of range of motion, strength, flexibility, postural stability, cognitive, and balance. Exercises are mostly performed from a chair. Instructor: Kris Cameron, BS, Certified Personal Trainer, Parkinson’s Exercise Specialist, Older Adult Fitness Specialist

Moving with Parkinson’s: 60-minute class designed for those who have been exercising and have more mobility. Participants must be able to stand independently from a chair and walk independently or assisted by a walker or cane. Exercises consist of range of motion, strength, flexibility, postural stability, cognitive, balance, and gait. Instructor: Kris Cameron

FIGHTING PD Boxing: This is a 60 minute, intermediate to advanced level class consisting of non-contact boxing using bags and mitts, as well as exercise drills. Cardiovascular, strength exercises, cognitive exercises, and balance are included. Instructor: Kris Cameron

PD MOVES DANCE: 60-minute dance program for People with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partner. The class utilizes technical elements from various dance styles including Jazz, Swing, Salsa, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Argentine Tango.Instructors: Tallis Strub and Suzanne Palmer – Choreographers & Professional Dance Instructors

PARKINSINGERS: Parkinsingers is a 45-minute singing group for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. There are MANY benefits to singing! These include: improving volume and clarity when speaking, strengthening muscles involved in swallowing and breathing, increasing mood, providing opportunities for self-expression, and of course having fun! Each class we begin with vocal warm ups and then sing through favorite songs. No previous singing experience required, and all are welcome! Instructor: Ashley Gayton MA, MT-BC Board Certified-music therapist

CHAIR YOGA: Yoga has been shown to improve overall health when practiced regularly. As with many forms of exercise, it can be modified for people of varying abilities. Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be done sitting on a chair or standing on the ground while using the chair for support. It is beneficial for people with limited mobility and for those who want to practice yoga at their workplace. Instructor: Patricia Vahanian, Certified Yoga Instructor