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Boxing Training Gym Aids Parkinson's Patients
A boxing gym with a unique purpose opened a first-of-its-kind facility [in Indianapolis] over the weekend after five years as a growing underground movement in the fight against Parkinson's disease.

Rock Steady, a nonprofit foundation, was created by Scott Newman, a former Marion County prosecutor and public safety director, providing nontraditional therapy in the battle against the debilitating disease, 6News' Rick Hightower reported.

The program utilizes no-contact, therapeutic boxing training and techniques to improve brain activity. The gym is inside Peak Performance, a gym at East 62nd Street and Binford Boulevard.

The gym, which offers 10 sessions per week, is already working with dozens of Parkinson's patients who are seeking something more than medication and traditional therapy.
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And in Bellingham, Washington:

Dance class helps people with Parkinson's, MS try to move more freely

In the ballroom of the YWCA, 10 people sat in a circle and waited for choreographer Pam Kuntz to direct them in their next dance moves.

"Big expansive ... and small in," Kuntz said while sitting in a chair. She demonstrated by reaching up with her arms and stretching out with her legs, before curling into herself.

Sitting in their chairs, the students followed her movements in the dance class created for people with Parkinson's disease, multiple scleroris and other movement and neurological disorders.

It's the second time Kuntz has offered the nine-week course, which she started with Bellingham resident Rick Hermann, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1998.

Kuntz, 40, teaches modern-dance techniques and creative dance skills from sitting and standing positions. The classes last an hour.

In one exercise on a recent Thursday, Kuntz instructed students to move parts of their bodies in circles.

"Try tougher spots, ribs," she said while demonstrating. "Your ear, that's hilarious, try your ear, jaw."

Live guitar music accompanied her and the students, who included Hermann.

"They help me because they're fun, and they're challenging. Pam does a great job. I appreciate that she doesn't dumb it down, she's teaching a dance class," said Hermann, 59.

Doing the movements helps relieve his symptoms, he said, although he still has problems with balance.

"It does help," he said. "I tend to forget about my Parkinson's symptoms."

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