Laban/Bartenieff- based Exercise Program to Improve Physical Function and Quality of Life Measures for People with Parkinson’s

research, functional movement, expressive movement, Bartenieff Fundamentals, activities of daily living, Beck Anxiety Inventory

Janet gave her permission to print the following presentation made by her at this symposium, which was part of the Global Celebration and the Anniversary of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, New York, 30th November 15, 2008.

The 10 week pilot study, Improvements in Daily Functioning and Walking Ability with the Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson’s Exercise Program: was presented at the 12th International Movement Disorder Society Congress Chicago. Co-researcher’s were Alicia Ann Clair and Kelly Lyons, University of Kansas. It comprised of a seated exercise program weekly in class and twice each week at home using a DVD or videotape, and showed statistically significant improvements in several measures. The movements in Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson’s (the DVD) are based on the principles developed by movement theorist Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) and his protégé Irmgard Bartenieff (1900-1981). (pp 19-20)

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