Our GROUPS help people maximize their brain health, reduce their metabolic age, and take action against progressive disorders like Parkinson Disease or impairments from normal aging.
We offer in-person classes and we also continue to offer many web-based classes on ZOOM.
Boxing IN-PERSON* and Online!
Here our our guidelines to participate in-person:
Capacity limits - Currently, 12/class at the gym; 15/class at the church
Registration - Must register online BEFORE class - check your email or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the sign-up link
South Paws Boxing Club is a research-based, non-contact boxing program designed by physical therapists. specifically intended to use principles of neuroplasticity and postural contral in an effort to improve or maintain function and quality of life for persons with Parkinson Disease.
Note: Research on our program has been published in the Journal of Neurorehabilitation and highlighted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at national conferences in 2021, 2022, and 2023 as well as by the International Parkinson & Movement Disorders Society (MDS) at the World Congress in 2020 showing improvements in reactive balance, gait mechanics, strength, functional mobility (rising from the floor), reaction times, and more!
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Balance, Core, & More
A 60 minute, moderate-intensity class, modified to suit all fitness levels. This class will work on strengthening your core and improving your balance through functional movements.
TAI CHI CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Reduce fall risk and improve balance with Tai Chi!
Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art. Focused on slow and meditative forms, Tai Chi is known to help people improve their balance and posture along with many other healthful benefits. Each class is instructed by an expert teacher and licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, Dr. Michael Braitsch PT, DPT. He is also a black sash instructor of Tien Shan Pai Kung Fu and Internal Arts as well as an internationally recognized expert and former champion.
The Peak Performers scale heights for Parkinson's Disease. They also walk to keep their walking mechanics working well! This hiking group encourages use of trekking poles, a "can do" spirit to work on gait mechanics, and is also here for fun! Anyone can join!
Find out more about the next hike and join the Peak Performers.
Care Partner Groups
Subscribe to our Recorded Sessions
Can't make it to an in-person class? Visit our site and subscribe to watch our pre-recorded classes from the comfort of your home.
Sample Class Videos
Videos below are links to recorded sample classes that Dr. Mike created in January 2023 at the request of the Parkinson Foundation to be featured in their "Fitness Fridays" series.
For more information on Fitness Fridays or on the Parkinson Foundation see www.parkinson.org