Conductive education classes are held on Friday mornings at 10am at Amersham Community Centre Chiltern Avenue, Amersham HP6 5AH
You don’t have to be a member of Parkinson’s UK to come to Conductive Education – anyone in our area affected by Parkinson’s (including partners and carers) is welcome. For details contact Maria Heine on 01494 533610.
What is it and how and how does it help Parkinson’s?
Maria Heine, the ‘Conductor’, leads participants to achieve their full potential, educating them to control their movements better, by training the brain and body to work together. This helps people to overcome everyday problems, builds confidence and hence improves their quality of life.
Maria qualified at the Peto Institute in Hungary, where Conductive Education was originally developed by Professor Andras Peto, aimed at people with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions. She now manages ten clinics in South East England, including Amersham
Exercises involve rhythmic repetitive movements to promote mobility and dexterity. There are techniques to help with activities such as standing, walking, turning in bed and general coordination.
Participants pay a small weekly fee, but the class is subsidised by our branch. There is a positive atmosphere of mutual encouragement and a chance to chat over a drink and biscuits.
For more information see the ITI-UK website. There is also a Parkinson’s UK fact sheet on Conductive Education (FS41) which you can order by telephoning 01473 212115.
More about Conductive Education…
Conductive Education is a teaching methodology that encompasses learning and relearning motor skills. Through special programmes, it helps to transform the personality as a whole, by training the brain and body to work together in its emotional, as well as cognitive aspects, rather than simply teach physical exercise.
Conductive Education is neither a therapy nor a cure. It is educational, in that it teaches goals, values, and motivations, as well as skills. It is conductive because the teacher, the Conductor, leads the participant to ever-greater achievements by carefully fostering motivation, through continuous and joyous experience of success.
The clinical handicap of people with neurological disease or problems comes from multiple sources. All movements are affected: walking, talking, swallowing, rising from a chair, turning in bed, doing up buttons, etc. With progression, sufferers will develop problems in the control of posture and balance, and may suffer falls. Side effects of drugs may include abnormal involuntary movements or abnormal limb posturing, sometimes accompanied by painful cramps. Speech may become impaired, communication becomes difficult, with all the associated consequences of mental anguish, associated with communication failure. In addition to the motor symptoms, patients may suffer cognitive changes that range from subtle to profound, where mood and motivation may also be affected.
Conductive Education provides relief and respite for both sufferers and their carers.