Parkinson's New Zealand

Relaxation ??

What a wonderful idea this is, what better way to share our views, frustrations and support,

in this lonely journey we share.

Does anyone have any ideas for relaxing a tense tired body and mind -

So often when i really would like to be relaxed and calm i am an anxious tense mess.

Would be great to have some way of taking myself away for a few minutes and be able

to really relax.

take care!!

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I always enjoy a massage which helps me relax. Even a walk on the flat can help. My daughter is encouraging me to do yoga.....


thanks yes massage is wonderful for me it must be gentle and i do walk but

like a lot of people especially women get into chores around the house and

garden first which takes my strength, so must learn to balance!!

good wishes


I would also agree that massage helps.

I go to yoga twice a week and this is a good place to learn relaxation. Choose a class that is not too strenuous and tell the instructor about your condition.


Yes you are right - thanks and very best wishes


I find a hot swim or spa can be relaxing.



I don't like to introduce the M word but here goes. If all else fails you could consider medication. I'm certainly not advocating it, i think the ideas above are certainly preferable but I say this only because from my reading anxiety in Parkinson's has a physiological basis just as depression does.

This from an article " Anxiety disorders, particularly generalized anxiety, panic, and social phobia, occur in up to 40% of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). This rate is higher than in normal or other disease comparison populations. Current evidence suggests that anxiety may not be a psychological reaction to the illness but rather may be linked to specific neurobiologic processes accompanying PD"

I think meditation could also be beneficial. All the best.


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massages are the best .ive gone to sleep on the table several times..

they cost $ 60 plus.

the best natural relaxant on earth is illegal .but if you can get hold of some

try cannabis.


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