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Adaptive Dance & Fitness System

I am so excited to share with you my newly designed Adaptive Dance & Fitness System especially created for any age group with physical or mental limitations, and Assisted and Independent Living Facilities.

My specialized system incorporates line dancing, energy work, movement patterns, balance techniques, cardio, strength and flexibility training that not only work to strengthen the physical body, increase balance and coordination, and provide a greater degree of mobility, but more importantly enhance cognitive neural functions, increase energy, build new neuro - pathways, reduce depression, and slow down, prevent and even reverse memory loss, build confidence and provide a safe community to interact in a supportive community.

 

Some results I have seen:

  •  My regular students remember the music and patterns we use on a regular basis.

  •  They hear a particular song, and once they start moving their feet they catch the beat and their motor skills kick in as they move.

  •  Their balance is enhanced as we do specific patterns to facilitate a strong foundation and coordination through functional moves.

  •  Social interaction increases through group participation.

  • Depression is alieviated

  • Physical strength is increased

  • Cardio vascular capacity is increased

  • Flexibility is increased

  • Endurance is increased

  • Energy enhanced

  • One of my Parkinson’s residents has noticed less shaking and is more alert

  • My Adaptive Dance & Fitness System requires a strong core body presence. Our core is our main strength and is enhanced as we move through specific functional movement patterns that help us to maintain a stronger posture in our everyday activities thus helping to prevent injury.  

     My unique Adaptive Dance & Fitness System is a win-win for everyone as we implement all forms of fitness for a complete experience that enhances physical, mental and emotional health.

"Studies show that dancing improves mood and certain cognitive skills, such as visual recognition and decision-making. Other studies show that dance helps reduce stress, increases levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and helps develop new neural connections, especially in regions involved in executive function, long-term memory, and spatial recognition. Dance has been found to be therapeutic for patients with Parkinson’s disease." 

http://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/dancing-and-brain

As was noted in a 2003 study in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, dance has the ability to decidedly improve brain health. 

"The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The study wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity.  They discovered that some activities had a significant beneficial effect.  Other activities had none. 

One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia.  There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind.

There was one important exception:  the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing. 

  • Reading - 35% reduced risk of dementia

  • Bicycling and swimming - 0%

  • Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week - 47%

  • Playing golf - 0%

  • Dancing frequently - 76%. That was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.

https://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm

What others are saying...

"Line Dancing with Vickie has been so great for my ability to move and walk without my walker. It also helps in my balance. Vickie is a very caring, warm person and she inspires me to keep moving."

Helen L.

"Vickie’s Unique Adaptive Dance & Fitness System has improved my balance and I look forward to it. It has also improved my breathing. Vickie has a great talent for explaining the steps snd motivates us."

Shirley C.

"Recently I had the pleasure of observing Vickie teaching her newly designed Adaptive Dance & Fitness System to the seniors. She does such a wonderful job working with this population. She is patient, observant and definitely teaches to the level of the seniors. During her classes she is relating to them in a kind, gentle, yet effective manner, with lots of positive feedback and encouragement. She gets to know them on a personal level with total care and compassion. I have seen the respect and appreciation the class members show for Vickie." 

Laina Lee

Owner of Dance Lane

 

I would be honored to meet with you and discuss how we could work with your residents to improve their health and well-being.

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