Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks dopamine-producing cells in the substantia-nigra. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that facilitates the conduction of chemical messages from the basal ganglia to the motor cortex; less dopamine means those messages don’t get through as well, which leads to the poverty of movement typically seen with Parkinson’s.

The good news is that if we can get to Parkinson’s people early enough with the right exercise programme, there’s a good chance we can slow down the symptoms of the disease. A neuroplastic exercise programme involves intensity, amplitude (big movements), complexity, balance, coordination, salience, specificity and repetition.

Bottom line: There is no cure for Parkinson’s yet but, if you are prepared to work hard, there’s a good chance you can tame it.

Play for Parkinson’s:  Wednesday 11.15-12.15  at The Kind Foundation (previously YMCA, Bishopdale). Support people/helpers are very welcome.   

The cost is $15 per class.

This is a movement-based class for functional Parkinson’s people who want to stay that way. Featuring activities from sport, dance and gym, the class focuses on the key issues underpinning Parkinson’s: big movement, big voice, balance, coordination, intensity, complexity, power and cognition. No two classes are the same and having fun is highly desirable.

High Performance Parkinson’s: Tuesday 12.15 – 1.15 at Hale Compound Conditioning, Waltham. Cost is $25 per class.

This high-intensity programme has been developed to cater for Parkinson’s people who want to challenge themselves physically and mentally. The programme draws from sport, dance and gym and harnesses the power of high-intensity exercise to drive neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to rewire itself – and slow down the progression of Parkinson’s.

Here is a brief video showing footage from both classes: 

Please contact Tim before attending your first class: or 021 0228 2551