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A Clinical Workshop: Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery (DNI™) for Enhancing Motor Performance in People with Parkinson’s Disease

A Clinical Workshop: Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery (DNI™) for Enhancing Motor Performance in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Taught by: Dr. Amit Abraham, PhD, MAPhty, BPT

Guest Teacher: Mr. Eric Franklin, Franklin Method Founder

Date: May 22nd 2017, 9AM-4PM

Location: “Arts on Site,” 12 ST MARKS PLACE, NYC, New York

Register before May 10th for early bird price: $150, $180 after May 10th

Register Here: FranklinMethod.com

People with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) experience motor disturbances in their everyday tasks that adversely affect their functional mobility and quality of life. Common challenges include rigidity, slowness or absence of voluntary movements, postural instability, and decreased coordination. Tools and strategies for addressing these challenges and allowing safe navigation within changing environments are limited. Developing and applying new treatment approaches can therefore be of tremendous benefit to those affected by PD.

Imagery training is a recommended approach to improve motor function in people with PD. Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery (DNI™) (also known as “The Franklin Method”) is an imagery-based codified method for movement and postural control retraining. Therefore, DNI™ is a particularly promising imagery-based training approach for people with PD. DNI™ uses movement exercises combined with imagery to draw participants’ attention to their own body structure and function. Doing so, participants increase their self-awareness and kinesthetic sense, allowing them to take advantage of their available movement potential, and thereby facilitating a higher level of function, an improved quality of life, and a minimized risk of falls and injuries.

This clinical workshop is for physical therapists, dance and movement therapists, and other clinicians or instructors working with people with PD, as well as those who are interested in movement.

This workshop will provide participants with:

  1. A background on motor and non-motor aspects of PD
  2. Scientific underpinnings of imagery and DNI™ interventions for people with PD
  3. Insights regarding the clinical applications of DNI™ training for people with PD
  4. Practical, “hands-on” experience embedding DNI™ techniques and exercises within clinical practice and PD rehabilitation. Attendees will also participate in a full DNI™ class designed to improve gait and balance in people with PD, led by Mr. Eric Franklin.

Schedule

08:30-09:00: Registration

09:00-09:30: Welcome & introduction

09:30-10:30: DNI™ warm-up (movement session)

10:30-11:00: Motor and non-motor deficits in PD

11:00-11:30: Evidence of beneficial effects from imagery-based interventions on motor and non-motor performance in people with PD

11:30-11:45: Imagery characteristics of people with PD

11:45-12:15: Guidelines and safety measures for designing imagery interventions for people with PD

12:15-13:00: DNI™ for improving pelvic mobility and balance in people with PD—Part I (movement session)

13:00-14:00: Lunch break

14:00-15:00: DNI™ training for improving pelvic mobility and balance in people with PD—Part II

(movement session)

15:00-16:00: DNI™ class for enhancing balance and gait in PD (movement session)

        

Lecturers:

Dr. Amit Abraham, PhD, MAPhty, BPT          

Dr. Abraham is a musculoskeletal physical therapist specializing in imagery training, dance injuries, and rehabilitation. He is a research fellow at the Division of Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology, Emory School of Medicine, and a lecturer at the Department of Kinesiology, The University of Georgia. Dr. Abrahamʼs research focuses on the effects of DNI™ training on motor and non-motor (i.e., cognitive, psychological) aspects of performance in people with PD and in dancers. Dr. Abraham was formerly the physical therapist of “Bat-Shevaˮ Dance Company.

Mr. Eric Franklin  

Eric Franklin is the founder and director of the Franklin Method. He created Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery (DNI™) & the Franklin Method over 25 years ago, first teaching in Switzerland, Germany and Austria and further in the USA, China, Japan and many other countries. He earned his BS from the University of Zurich and his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Eric teaches at universities and schools throughout the world including the Juilliard School in New York, Rutgers University, the University of Vienna, the Royal Ballet School and the Laban Center in London. He has taught Beyonce’s & Celine Dion’s world tour dance companies.  In 1998 he introduced the first dance conditioning methodology to mainland China.

Eric presents his work at numerous conferences, such as the World Congress for Lower Back and Pelvic Pain, the Pilates Method Alliance and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Eric Franklin is author 21 books, including of Dynamic Alignment through Imagery (2012), Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance (2013), Relax your Neck – Liberate your Shoulders (2002), Pelvic Power (2003), Inner Focus, Outer Strength (2006) and Beautiful Body, Beautiful Mind (2009). Eric Franklin’s books have been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, French, Czech, Chinese and Korean

Date: May 22nd 2017, 9am-4pm

Register before May 10th for early bird price: $150, $180 after May 10th

Register Here: FranklinMethod.com

Location Name: Arts on Site
Investment: $150 Early Bird (by May 1st), $180 after May 1st
Taught by: Taught by: Dr. Amit Abraham, PhD, MAPhty, BPT Guest Teacher: Mr. Eric Franklin, Franklin Method Founder
Coordinator:Dr. Amit Abram
Contact Info: amitabr@gmail.com
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