Mindfulness-based Intervention for Parkinson’s(MBIP)
Date: Wednesday 5th June – Wednesday 24th July 2019
Time: 3.15pm – 5.15pm
Venue: Dublin Physiotherapy Clinic
Facilitator: Martin Towey, Neurological Physiotherapist and Qualified Mindfulness Teacher
Course Type: 8 Week Mindfulness-based Intervention (based on MBSR adapted for Parkinson’s)
There is a growing body of research which indicates that Mindfulness meditation can help to alleviate some of the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. People living with the condition often report how symptoms such as tremor and freezing can worsen in stressful situations. Stress can also exacerbate non-motor features of the condition, such as depression and anxiety. These symptoms all have a detrimental effect on an individual’s physical function and quality of life.
Mindfulness which teaches us to bring awareness to our immediate experience with a gentle and kind attitude, helps the person living with Parkinson’s to manage stressful situations by learning skills to notice what happens in the body, mind and emotions in such situations. In this way, we learn with practice to take care of ourselves in such moments, shifting from more reactive to a more responsive relationship with stress.
Research linking Mindfulness and Parkinson’s is relatively new but studies carried out to date are encouraging. One recent research group document improvements in both motor features (20.05% decrease in UPDRS motor score) and non-motor features (reduced symptoms of depression)following attendance at an 8-week mindfulness course (Pickut et al. 2015).
The course which is facilitated by a qualified Neurological Physiotherapist and Mindfulness teacher is based on Mindfulness-based Stress Reductioncurriculum designed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn. It has been tailored to the specific needs of the person living with Parkinson’s, with a focus on awareness of the body, regulation of attention and emotions. Such awareness can be extremely helpful in terms of manging the motor (tremor, freezing) and non-motor (stress, anxiety, depression) features familiar to those living with the condition.
A course booklet and CDs/downloads are provided, with weekly sessions building one upon the other. Session typically include both formal and informal meditation practice, education around stress management and self-care as well as group exercises and exploration.
Note: Individual one-to-one sessions available also if unable to attend 8-week course