Positive Movement Story
Barbara, Elaine, Kathleen and Irene, aged between 70 and 84, were just some of the hundreds of people who have experienced improvements in their health, mobility and quality of life as a result of a bespoke programme on offer locally and county-wide by the Centre for Healthy Living to older people, those with mobility problems, with long-term health conditions, who are at risk of falls and carers.
Barbara was recovering from cancer, Elaine has poor balance and has had several falls in the last few years, Kathleen has polymyalgia and Irene has recently had a new hip. They’d all had their lives changed by pain, hip or knee operations and were no longer able to do many of the things which had once brought them joy and fulfilment. Kathleen was no longer able to knit or walk much; Irene was restricted in what she could do for herself; Barbara had lost her formerly positive outlook and Elaine’s shortness of breath meant she walked very little.
After a course of Positive Movement –, knitting and even dancing was again possible for Kathleen; Barbara joined a choir and was more confident; Elaine breathes better and has been able to re-connect with former social groups and Irene reports she is moving better and able to put on her socks without using the hospital aids. They all said they had more energy because they’d learnt to breathe so as to allow more oxygen into their lungs. And they were more relaxed and all more positive about the future.
The classes – gentle movement drawn from an amalgam of the Alexander Technique, a simplified form of Yoga developed especially for people with mobility problems, and Mindfulness – are being run in Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock, Royston, St Albans and 12 other towns and villages in Hertfordshire and now in Bedfordshire.
Says Kathleen (aged 84): “Everything about the class is good. I feel more relaxed and I can breathe better which has helped me be more active. Since coming to Positive Movement I can walk further now and I even managed to dance at our last social evening.”