Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative

MedStar Georgetown Movement Disorders Clinic & The Bender JCC of Greater Washington are registering Parkinson’s disease patients for the following 2019 winter classes.

Class Cost: $99 || Class Duration: 7 weeks

Mondays 2 – 3 PM
January 28 – March 25
Register for Monday Yoga

Chair Strength
Tuesdays 1 – 2 PM
January 29 – March 26
Register for Chair Strength

Support Group for Caregivers
Support Group is $60 per session. Limited financial assistance available on an as-needed base.
Tuesdays 1 – 2 PM
January 29 – March 27
Register for Support Group for Caregivers

Thursdays 1 – 2 PM
January 31 – March 29
Register for Thursday Yoga

Punch for Parkinson’s
Fridays 1:30 – 2:30 PM
February 1 – March 30
Register for Punch for Parkinson’s

**NEW PARTICIPANTS: Call 301-348-3710 for more information on how to get started.

Class Descriptions

Moving to Heal: Designed with the unifying theme of healing, Moving To Heal delivers therapeutic benefits through the Nia class experience. Combining dance, martial arts, and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life – body, mind, and soul.  The class is done in bare feet.

Chair Based Strength: builds strength while seated in a chair

Yoga: Participants engage in meditation, breathing exercises and stretches designed to stretch and strengthen muscles. Every class begins with a meditative exercise, followed by a head-to-toe warm up. We continue with seated and standing stretches and strengthening exercises. Class concludes with a seated meditation or breathing exercise.

Hybrid Fitness: Come join in for a mix of strength, yoga, Pilates and balance work geared to help you improve your movement quality and overall performance in everyday activities. The goal of this class is to improve flexibility while enhancing your state of mind.

Punch for Parkinson’s: This is a boxing and strength class designed to meet the changing needs of Parkinson’s patients. You will learn how to use defense tactics and martial arts moves as a way to strengthen your body and improve balance and coordination. Punch your way to fitness and fun!

Info for Current Participants

CURRENT PARTICIPANTS can register online by clicking on the registration buttons or in person by visiting the Bender JCC Membership Desk. For more information, contact Rachel Ossman by email at or 301-348-3710.

Info for New Participants

New participants are required to complete an intake interview that can be done over the phone. Once this has been completed and their neurologist has given clearance, their information will be sent to the program coordinator who will call them to register them for classes.

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