FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT Lisa Gombinsky Roach down under From a report in Make Lemonade: Positive New Zealand News Lisa will be speaking on benefits of boxing-fitness for older people with Parkinson’s at the 11th annual exercise industry conference, Fitex, in Auckland on 23-24 November More than 800 people will attend the event, with more than 60 speakers and 100 sessions. ' Gombinsky Roach has worked in rehabilitation in New Zealand and also in Australia, Norway, Canada, and England She set up Counterpunch Parkinson’s several years ago on the North Shore along with former New Zealand boxing champion Shane Cameron. Counterpunch Parkinson’s has now accredited sixty coaches around New Zealand and two overseas Lisa says – '...Robust research supports the benefits of exercise for people with virtually every diagnosis 'I tell people who have a disease such as Parkinson’s not to let an old person move into their body. The advice to slow down and be careful and avoid fatigue is no longer considered best practice and will often do more harm than good 'In our classes we just hit boxing bags and focus pads and do exercise that improves balance and works on fall prevention so arguably we are helping people protect their brains 'Boxing is fun and engaging and allows us to address the motor issues of conditions like Parkinson’s such as balance, stiffness, slowness, tremor and strength 'We give people a way to release the frustrations of the disease. We give them hope, make them feel positive and feel better instead of leaving them to despair as they sit back and accept that they are getting worse 'Parkinson’s doesn’t kill people, but it can isolate them, it can frustrate them, it can cause apathy, depression and anxiety. Socialising at a box fit class is better for people. We say when life gives you Parkinson’s, then Counterpunch 'There is considerable literature that supports exercise for all neurological conditions, which suggests that being sedentary adds secondary complications'. From the FITEX event programme – 'Lisa is a senior conductive educator – a talented and experienced teacher that specializes in teaching movement strategies and skills to people with motor disorders. She has been working in this field for over 20 years in various group and private rehabilitation settings in countries including NZ, Australia, Norway, Canada, and England. Lisa is also a personal trainer, working exclusively with people with disabilities in clinical and mainstream fitness settings. Lisa is the Head Coach and Founding Director of Counterpunch Parkinson’s, an organization that is bringing boxing-based exercise programs lead by accredited coaches to people living with Parkinson’s all over New Zealand and beyond. 'Lisa aspires to help as many people with neurological conditions as possible learn to live better and to move better, to develop community based services that are accessible to people with disabilities and that encourage exercise and mobility over a lifetime, to liaise between health and fitness professionals and people with disabilities. She strives to always be developing and learning so that she remains passionate, relevant, capable, and worthy of serving this amazing group of humans in light of most current research and best practice.' https://ift.tt/2nUzQAY Reference Brook, K. (2018) Boxing classes better for people with brain diseases, Make Lemonade: Pisitive Ne Zealand News, 15 August https://ift.tt/2KT9GYo Make lemonade? 'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade' 'We write news releases that attract mainstream media attention. We promote news that is of benefit to the New Zealand public and only support organisations, people and companies that positively impact our community.... At Make Lemonade NZ we always look to the positive side of life. What we enjoy the most is helping people or organisations that have hit a brick wall when it comes to getting their word out. We are not marketers or advertisers; our passion is content and the tools that help drive the right message through to the right audiences.' https://ift.tt/2MJT8HG You can't say Kiwier than that..
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