Local Resources & Support

Parkinson’s Resources in Minnesota

Please Note: Some classes may charge a fee.

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LSVT at Allina Health

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (CKRI), part of Allina Health, offers community exercise and speech classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. The group setting is led by therapists certified in the LSVT BIG and LOUD technique.

LSVT BIG – Many people with Parkinson’s develop a hunched or shrunken posture. Movement can be stiff and slow, and walking may be reduced to a shuffle. In BIG therapy, physical therapists help you use large, expressive movements to retrain your muscles and brain to move more normally. BIG therapy helps you walk faster, improves balance and increases your trunk rotation.

LSVT LOUD – Nearly 90 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease will suffer from speech and voice disorders. LOUD therapy can help dramatically improve volume and quality of speech. Speech-language pathologists will help you increase your speech volume, improve facial expressions, and reduce mumbling and swallowing difficulties.

LSVT classes are offered at:

United Hospital – For more information or to register at this location, call 651-241-8290.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital – For more information or to register at this location, call 612-863-1924.
Mercy Hospital – For more information or to register at this location, call 763-236-8910.
Unity Hospital – For more information or to register at this location, call 763-236-3000.
Courage Kenny St. Croix Fitness Center – For more information or to register at this location, call 651-241-3336.


Pool Exercise at Allina Health

Courage Kenny St. Croix Pool Exercise Class – New participants can call 651-241-3346 to schedule an orientation prior to attending the first class. For more information or to register for pool exercise at this location, call 651-241-3346.


Exercise at the Capistrant Center at Bethesda Hospital

The Capistrant Center offers four fitness classes designed to provide fitness opportunities for participants across the continuum of their PD. This exercise program emphasizes 4 key components: cardiovascular, stretching, strengthening, and balance. The class schedule varies by class level: Fitness 1, Fitness 2, Fitness 3, Fitness 4. Classes follow a circuit and highlight Parkinson’s-specific exercises from the PWR! Fitness training model. Prior to starting an exercise class, every new participant will meet with a physical therapist for a free assessment to determine appropriate class. New participants please call 651-326-2150 to schedule a free fitness assessment. For more information, call Jill at 651-232-2776.

The Capistrant Center also offers Nordic Walking. Using poles while walking has all of the benefits of walking, plus engaging the muscles of the upper back, shoulders, arms, and torso. The swinging arm motion of walking with poles is important for the balance and coordination of people with Parkinson’s. Call Tammy for information at 651-232-2776.

Tai Chi classes are available. Participants can be standing or seated. Call Jill for information at 651-232-2776.

Capistrant has an ongoing Yoga for Parkinson’s program taught by an instructor with PD experience.  Call Jill at 651-232-2166 to register.


Exercise at HealthPartners Neuroscience Center

Parkinson’s disease community exercise classes take place at the Regions Neuroscience Center Conference Room, 1st floor. To sign up, individuals must first complete a phone screen with Amanda Elliott at 651-495-6764. Please call Amanda for more information.


Exercise at the Struthers Parkinson’s Center

The Struthers Parkinson’s Center offers Tai Chi, yoga, and voice exercise classes. Please call 952-993-5495 for more information.


LSVT at Fairview

Fairview Clinics offer LSVT BIG and LOUD therapy at their Chisago City, Eagan, Milaca, North Branch, Zimmerman, Fairview Lakes, Princeton, Burnsville, Edina, Maple Grove, and University of Minnesota Clinics. Call 612-273-6228 for more information.

The following Fairview Parkinson’s disease support groups incorporate stretching (LSVT BIG) exercises after the educational component of the group.

Fairview Rehab
First Friday of the Month, 1 PM – 3 PM
2200 University Ave. W., Suite 140
St. Paul, MN 55114
612-672-2815

Fairview Rehab
Third Friday of the Month, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
3400 W. 66th St. Suite 300
Edina, MN 55435
952-914-1965

Fairview Rehab
Second Tuesday of the Month, 1 PM – 3 PM
14500 99th Ave. N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
763-898-1363


Boxing Exercise Programs

Title Boxing Club runs a fitness-based non-contact boxing program called Knock Out Parkinson’s for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Classes are available at the Coon Rapids, Lakeville/Apple Valley, Woodbury, and Arden Hills locations.

Coon Rapids – Call 763-323-0100 for more information or to register.
Lakeville/Apple Valley – Call 952-300-6800 for more information or to register.
Woodbury – Call 651-200-3871 for more information or to register.
Arden Hills – Call 651-204-0560 for more information or to register.

Upper Cut Boxing offers the Rock Steady Boxing program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Participants must schedule an assessment and have a note from their doctor in order to participate. Call 612-822-1964 for more information.

Fitness Evolution offers the Rock Steady Boxing program for people with Parkinson’s disease in Monticello, MN. Call 763-516-7219 for more information or email fitnessevolution@rbsaffiliate.com.


Yoga Exercise Programs

The Mind Body Solutions yoga studio offers adaptive and traditional yoga classes that are Parkinson’s-inclusive. Adaptive yoga classes are appropriate for individuals who use wheelchairs. Students at all levels of ability and yoga experience are welcome. Class schedules can be viewed online at www.mindbodysolutions.org.

Call Amy Samson-Burke, yoga instructor and Director of Programs, to learn more or talk about getting started, at 952-473-3700.


Pilates Exercise Programs

The Pilates MN studio offers Pilates Reformer for Parkinson’s, a class designed especially for people with Parkinson’s. Pilates Reformer exercises assist clients in movement so they can acquire flexibility, strength, joint mobility and core stabilization. Call 952-476-0304 or e-mail pamela.h@pilatesmn.com for more information.


Delay the Disease Exercise Class

Delay the Disease is an evidence-based exercise program designed to empower those living with Parkinson’s disease. Heidi Weinberg is a personal trainer and health coach certified in Delay the Disease. She specializes in Parkinson’s disease, as well as other age-related issues including knee and hip issues, balance issues, weakness and other neurological issues. Heidi works with clients one on one or in a small group setting. Call Heidi at 612-360-7479 or email weinbergheidi@gmail.com for more information.


Exercise at the Twin Cities YMCA Locations

YMCA facilities in the Twin Cities offer a number of classes that are Parkinson’s-inclusive. Parkinson’s-inclusive classes are not exclusively for people with PD, but are inclusive of all seniors at different health levels and physical abilities. Twin Cities YMCAs offer classes including Tai Chi, therapeutic water exercise and other forms of pool exercise, chair yoga and standing yoga, cycling, Silver Sneakers, and more.

Andover YMCA – Call 763-230-9622 for information and class schedules.
Blaisdell YMCA (Minneapolis) – Call 612-827-5401 for information and class schedules.
Burnsville YMCA – Call 952-898-9622 for information and class schedules.
Cora McCorvey YMCA (Minneapolis) – Call 612-230-3987 for information and class schedules.
Dayton at Gaviidae YMCA (Downtown Minneapolis) – Call 612-371-9622 for information and class schedules.
Eagan YMCA – Call 651-456-9622 for information and class schedules.
Elk River YMCA – Call 763-230-2800 for information and class schedules.
Emma B. Howe YMCA (Coon Rapids) – Call 763-785-7882 for information and class schedules.
Forest Lake YMCA – Call 651-259-2133 for information and class schedules.
Hastings YMCA – Call 651-480-8887 for information and class schedules.
Hudson YMCA – Call 715-386-1616 for information and class schedules.
Lino Lakes YMCA – Call 651-795-9622 for information and class schedules.
Maplewood YMCA – Call 651-747-0922 for information and class schedules.
Mounds View YMCA – Call 763-717-4040 for information and class schedules.
New Hope YMCA – Call 763-535-4800 for information and class schedules.
North Community YMCA (Minneapolis) – Call 612-58-9484 for information and class schedules.
Ridgedale YMCA (Minnetonka) – Call 952-54407708 for information and class schedules.
River Valley – Prior Lake YMCA – Call 952-239-9622 for information and class schedules.
Shoreview YMCA – Call 651-483-2671 for information and class schedules.
Southdale YMCA (Edina) – Call 952-835-2567 for information and class schedules.
Downtown St. Paul YMCA – Call 651-292-4143 for information and class schedules.
St. Paul Eastside YMCA – Call 651-771-8881 for information and class schedules.
St. Paul Midway YMCA – Call 651-646-4557 for information and class schedules.
West St. Paul YMCA – Call 651-457-0048 for information and class schedules.
White Bear Lake YMCA – Call 651-777-8103 for information and class schedules.
Woodbury YMCA – Call 651-731-9507 for information and class schedules.


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