Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative, neurological disorder that affects the cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a chemical that helps initiate and control movement. The primary symptoms of Parkinson’s include the following:

  • Tremor, or trembling, in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Rigidity or stiffness
  • Bradykinesia, or slowness of movement
  • Postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination

Other associated symptoms can include:

  • Depression, anxiety and other emotional changes
  • Difficulty in swallowing, chewing and speaking
  • Problems sleeping
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Low blood pressure

There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s. Treatments for the disease can help to alleviate the symptoms, but the disease continues to progress and symptoms can worsen. Treatments for the disease often work to increase or replace dopamine in the brain.

While the average age at onset is 60, Parkinson’s can occur in longer people. About one million people are living with Parkinson’s in the U.S. Parkinson’s affects everyone differently. The types and severity of symptoms and the rates of progression differ from person to person, making it incredibly important for patients to seek specific treatments for their own individual needs. 

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I have been taking QiGong classes with Sifu Robyn for several months now and can feel the beneficial effects in my body and mind. I always feel better after every class. Sometimes, during the class I think this is so simple and slow, how can it be helpful? I feel the meditative benefits of the movements with the deep focused breath work. I feel improvements with my balance and strength. I had a goal of being able to play Pickleball and I am now doing it! I'm very grateful for this experience.


I have really enjoyed the Qi Gong class you offer. What I love about the class:
- getting grounded
- movement - muscles I don't use every day
- massaging my internal organs
- getting healthier, stronger, better balance
- the pace is perfect for me at this time.
Many of the movements we do are similar and reinforce my P.T. exercises.
Thank you so much for offering us this opportunity
~ Kelly


As I age, Qigong is the perfect class for me. Anyone at any age or physical ability can learn and practice it. No special equipment or clothing is needed. It meets me where I am on any given day.
The in-person class setting with time for questions, explanations and demonstrations is very helpful.
As a result of the class I have noticed an increase in my energy level. I am less stressed. I feel physically and emotionally stronger and more flexible. The benefits are subtle yet profound which reflect my opinion of the actual practice as well.
~ Susan

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