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Movement for Special Populations

Healing Motion for Life™: All Ages, All Stages

Inspired by the Dance for PD® program designed by the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY, this class, which specializes in adaptive movement for individuals with neuromuscular disorders, is built on the fundamental premise that professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know about the power of dance to concentrate mind, body and emotion on movement because they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears and touch to control their bodies every day. In Dance for PD®, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.

Susanne Liebich's class, Healing Movement to Music for Parkinson's was recently featured in a Boston Globe article. Click to read the article, In Concord, dance therapist takes on Parkinson’s Disease.

The benefits of Healing Motion for Life® are:
  • Dance develops flexibility and instills confidence
  • Dance invokes imagery of graceful movement
  • Dance breaks isolation
  • The essence of dance is joy

“Susanne, we feel that we have been a part of something very special these past six weeks. You have given us the gift of dance. You are a superb teacher, leading by example and helping us to do things we never thought were possible. You have always encouraged and never judged. The grace of your movements has been a constant inspiration and delight. Your concern for each of us as individuals is both touching and gratifying. Many of us are sure that our mobility has improved measurably as a result of your efforts. Above all, you have given us optimism that pleasure and happiness are possible and will remain possible even in the face of a crippling disease. We thank you and wish you continued success in all that you do.”
— Participants in Emerson Hospital Dance for PD class®

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Movement for Balance, Rhythm, and Core

This class focuses on body awareness, conditioning the core and balance by learning how to move the body in a healthy way in order to strengthen, avoid injury,and reinforce proper movement principles. The class uses a diverse selection of music and integrates rhythm and sequencing fusing mind and body while exercising.

Benefits of Movement for Rhythm:

  • Expressive movement enhances agility, fluidity and musicality.
  • Dance enhances self esteem , self-confidence and pleasure in one’s body.
  • Communal dance instills joy.

“I love this class for its spirit and sense of fun. Susanne helps us move rhythmically and freely, with an emphasis on balance, rhythm, and range of motion, to an eclectic variety of music. It's very freeing; we feel good for the rest of the week.”
— MG, a senior student, 2015

Movement to Music for Memory

This class combines music, movement, and multisensory learning to engage individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia, stimulating new neuropathways and accessing long term memory, encouraging physicality, expression and connection. Creative movement forms an enjoyable, expressive and uplifting gentle exercise class. 

Moving to Heal©: A Nia Technique

This class is an adaptive version of Nia, geared to those coming back from injury or surgery, recovering from treatment, or struggling with a neuromuscular disorder. Movement provides healing with gentle stimulation of the lymphatic system.

Pilates in a Chair

Chair Pilates translates Stott Pilates® principles into modified exercises utilizing the chair and props. This class is very useful for individuals with mobility issues.

  • Pilates principles for core strength
  • Increased body awareness
  • Enhanced agility and mobility

Relaxation through Gentle Movement and Guided Imagery

This class provides relaxation through breathwork, modified yoga and stretching and guided imagery thereby relaxing the central nervous system and enhancing circulation.

Social Dancing adapted for Seniors

Social Dancing takes the work out of exercise and allows individuals to enjoy movement through music and communal dancing.

  • Improved body awareness
  • Dance styles include foxtrot, Latin, swing, cha cha
  • Rhythmic movement for fluidity of motion and cardiovascular workout
  • Welcoming environment

Gentle Stretch and Relaxation

Gentle Stretch and Relaxation integrates yoga postures and stretching exercises to improve circulation, relaxation and flexibility.

  • Improved flexibility increases range of motion
  • Increased body awareness
  • Enhanced mobility for reduced injury and more confidence of movement.

Lifestyle Exercise

Lifestyle Exercise combines a variety of exercise disciplines to learn body awareness, strengthen core muscles, and optimize movement potential so everyday activity can be performed with more ease and agility.
  • Yoga postures for flexibility, alignment and inner strength
  • Stott Pilates workout exercises for core strength, spinal articulation and posture
  • Rhythmic movement for fluidity of motion and cardiovascular workout
  • Combinations of various disciplines reduce injuries and increase overall physical health

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