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[back] Conductorise Therapy at the Parkinson Center Sara Lew - 31 July 2010

Conductorcise Therapy at Parkinson Center

31st July 2010 - Members comprising people with Parkinson's, their caregivers and supporters converged at the Parkinson Center to experience a fitness and music appreciation programme called Conductorcise. This programme was founded by an American conductor, clarinetist, and educator, David Dworkin in 2002 who sees it as "an invigorating upper-body workout, learn basic conducting techniques, improve listening skills, and finding out about the lives and work of great composers".

The session was conducted free by Isaiah Chng, Director of PROAGE from Singapore under the programme called ConductorciseAsiaź which is specially tailored for Asia; a mix of the best components of the US programme and the medical fitness and wellness expertise of PROAGE.

Response from the members during the hour-long session was enthusiastic. They thoroughly enjoyed the session as they got the chance to pretend to be a conductor waving a baton as they moved to the sound of classical music of Mozart, Johann Strauss and other types of music.

Conductorcise can be effective for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers. Listening to the music, waving the baton, and moving the body in rhythm with the music help brings down their affective barrier and stimulates self-expression. For people with Parkinson's who suffer from body stiffness and slowness in movement, Conductorcise bridges the rhythmic and melodic component of music with the motor and emotional responses of their body to invoke a sense of mental relaxation and well-being. In short, Conductorcise is a "sound workout for the mind, body and soul". It is a therapy for people for all walks of life.

We like to take this opportunity to thank Isaiah Chng and his team for taking time off their busy schedule, and touching the lives of people with Parkinson's, and their family members with Conductorcise. May they be blessed always.

Isaiah Chng, Director of PROAGE, Singapore

The three conductor wannabes: Lock Kuan Hun, Manaf and Sivaraman