Exercise Classes

Vermont Exercise Classes for People with Parkinson’s

Coping with Parkinson’s disease can have its set of challenges. There is growing evidence that exercise can help keep Parkinson’s symptoms at bay. Exercise also can help you feel better mentally and emotionally. If motivation is a problem, joining a class can help you stay on track and become connected within the Parkinson’s disease community within Vermont.

Movement for PD Groups

All groups are facilitated by Sara McMahon, MA. She has been involved in the research, education, and performance of dance/movement for over 35 years. She currently teaches at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Community College of Vermont, and at her studio in Richmond. She conducts individual and group classes that explore the science and kinetic expression of movement. She has extensive training in Body/Mind/Somatic therapies, Functional Anatomy, Dance for PD™, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Sara is available for individual sessions focusing on alignment, postural stability, and effective movement functioning. In addition to her movement work, she maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Burlington, VT.

If you would like information regarding starting a Movement for Parkinson’s class in your community and/or information any of the current Movement for PD classes listed below, please contact Sara directly at saramcm28@gmail.com or (802) 881-9673.

Burlington – Wednesdays 10:00-11:30, Flynn Arts, Registration Encouraged at (802) 652-4537 www.flynncenter.org

Burlington – Every other Monday 10:00-11:15, Cathedral Square, Non-residents welcome

Montpelier – Thursdays 10:00-11:30, Montpelier Senior Activity Center

Saint Albans – 3rd Fridays 10:00-11:15, Homestead at Pillsbury Manor

Keep Moving with Parkinson’s at Dee Physical Therapy

The Dee Physical Therapy Wellness Program is excited to provide an exercise class designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Students will be led through exercises for balance, strength and flexibility in sitting and standing positions, accompanied by music selections to help students employ skills in rhythm and coordination. Participants may bring along one guest such as a significant other, family member or caregiver to join. Class will be taught by Laurel Lakey, a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with a BFA in Dance.

Advanced registration is requested. For questions and to register, please call Dee Physical Therapy in Shelburne at (802) 985-4440 and ask for Laurel Lakey, or email her at laurellakey@deept.com

When:  Thursday’s 1-2pm, running 4 weeks October 26th – November 16th

Where: Aerobics Room in the Shelburne Field House,

166 Athletic Drive, Shelburne, VT 05445

Cost:    $40.00 for 4 classes (covers you plus one guest)

PT 360

PT360 offers a wide variety of rehabilitation options for people suffering from any number of neurological issues.  In addition to Parkinson’s disease they also treat the following: radiculopathy, carpal tunnel, Multiple Sclerosis, neuropathies and stroke, to name a few. Treatments focus on restoring function so the patient can gain independence with activities of daily living.  Their 18x30ft therapy pool provides 4ft of 92degree salt water for patients to address deficits.  Private treatment rooms can be utilized for appropriate manual techniques.  PT360 provides a nurturing environment for patients to rehabilitate from their neurological injury or disease. www.pt360coop.com


Exercise and movement in water offers a unique approach to rehabilitation. There are unseen forces in this environment that support your body and facilitate movement when it is difficult on land. It facilitates improved flexibility, strength, and stamina and is unparalleled in addressing balance issues.  Aquatic therapy is the best holistic approach to improving your function by addressing the whole body at one time and can be easily continued once you have established independence for long term fitness results. Please contact Edie Bernhardt, PT for more information. (802) 860-4360.


Vermont Sports Medicine Center is staffed with doctorate level physical therapists who understand the unique challenges of those with Parkinson’s disease. At VSMC, an individual with Parkinson’s disease will get a personalized evaluation, and specifically designed exercise program based on their specific needs and current level of function. Our exercise programs will help you maintain balance, mobility and enhance your ability to function safely for activities of daily living. Your program can be tailored to the exercise environment that is best for you, which may be a land based exercise program or an exercise program in a therapeutic pool.

Group exercise programs for Parkinson’s patients are now offered, which also serve as a support group for people with similar concerns and needs related to consistent exercise opportunities in a safe environment with knowledgeable staff.

VSMC has four convenient locations in Rutland, Killington, Castleton and Brandon Vermont. Please contact Maureen Gibeault, PT to register at (802) 775-1300.


Supported by the Frederick C. Binter Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at UVM Medical Center, this program provides a quality, supportive, and individualized exercise program for persons with PD. It is a collaborative effort with rehabilitation professionals and students in UVM’s physical therapy doctoral program and exercise science program and functions as an important adjunct to existing community programs. Participants in the program need medical clearance and must sign an informed consent prior to program initiation. An individualized exercise program will be developed based on the participant’s interests, abilities and needs as well as assessments and referral information. Space in this program is extremely limited. Please contact Charlotte Gowen at (802) 847-3366 for more information or to be placed on the waiting list.

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