Regular exercise is essential for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Overall, exercise can improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s, and it may help some of the most difficult motor and non-motor symptoms of the disease. Many studies suggest exercise may improve how the brain uses and protects remaining cells that produce dopamine. 

Exercise can benefit people who have Parkinson’s in the following important ways:

  • Symptom Management: Research has shown that exercise can improve motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, including flexibility, balance, coordination, agility, gait and strength.
  • Non-motor Symptoms: Exercise may positively impact non-motor functions, including depression, apathy, cognition and sleep difficulties, common in Parkinson’s.
  • Delay Mobility Decline: Studies suggest that exercise may slow the progression of symptoms.

According to the Brian Grant Foundation, Parkinson’s patients enrolled in exercise programs for longer than six months, regardless of intensity, have shown significant gains in function. However, greater intensity reaps greater benefits for people with Parkinson’s. That’s why experts recommend that people with Parkinson’s, particularly those in early stages, exercise with as much intensity as safely as possible, for as long as possible. For best results, people with Parkinson’s should consistently exercise almost daily for about an hour. The exercise sessions should be challenging, requiring focus and effort. 

Research indicates that exercising at 80-85% of  maximum heart rate show more benefit on Parkinson’s symptoms that exercising at 60-65 % of the maximum heart rate, for people in the early stages of the disease. That's why classes with Sifu Robyn are designed to move your whole body and get that heart pumping. Here's what you can expect:

  • Big movements with full, functional sequences
  • Reciprocal arm and leg movements that require planning and decision making
  • Torso rotations
  • Strong voices
  • Erect postural alignment exercises
  • Controlled slow and quick movements with balance and stability exercises
  • Strengthening of extensor muscles and stretching of flexor muscles
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Dual tasks (performing multiple tasks simultaneously) that include physical and cognitive tasks
  • Whole body movement with progressive complexity of movements by varying contexts
  • Social connection

That last one is important. Dragon Crane classes promise to be fun and enjoyable with plenty of time for connecting!

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What People Say


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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