Staying active is crucial for those with Parkinson’s and dancing has been shown to improve flexibility, as well as lifting the mood.

Fighting Fit is delighted that Rebecca Jackson has agreed to lead the dancing session which is an integral part of the residential weekend programme.

Rebecca is a physiotherapist and former British National Professional Ballroom Dancing finalist.

Dance teachers have been working with people with Parkinson’s for more than a decade in the US however, interest has been growing in the UK in the past few years. “It started as a way to combine music and exercise with social interaction. It’s a real ice-breaking activity which encourages people to talk to one another” says Rebecca.

She added “Group dance sessions help to improve balance, muscle strength, range of movement, coordination, exercise tolerance, and mood”.

New research shows that dance is a great form of exercise and is a good alternative to normal physiotherapy. Rebecca says “It’s a great way to get people engaged in their therapy and enjoying themselves at the same time”.

Fighting Fit is an innovative residential weekend programme for younger and working-age people with Parkinson’s that encourages self-management. The aim is to provide information and sign-posting, to share experiences and discuss the practical and emotional impact of living and working with Parkinson’s.

If you want to find out more, you can either contact us, or sign up to our newsletter which will provide you with updates and news about this exciting opportunity.

Fighting Fit is an innovative residential weekend programme for younger and working-age people with Parkinson’s that encourages self-management. The aim is to provide information and sign-posting, to share experiences and discuss the practical and emotional impact of living and working with Parkinson’s.

If you want to find out more, you can either contact us, or sign up to our newsletter which will provide you with updates and news about this exciting opportunity.