NOTICE: HAPS in-person groups and classes are beginning to reopen with precautionary measures in place. We continue to monitor the local COVID-19 situation and have implemented protocol that we feel is in the best interest of our participants, instructors, volunteers, and donated facilities. All participants must register or re-register and be pre-enrolled in order to attend in-person sessions. Contact the HAPS office for details. Stay connected to HAPS by checking our calendar of events or checking our Facebook page for the latest updates. 

Exercise and Support

home 1HAPS exercise programs provides individuals with Parkinson's disease and related disorders with over 40 weekly water or land exercise, speech and music therapy sessions, under the supervision of licensed, physical, occupational, speech and neurological music therapists. We also offer yoga, tai chi, dance, singing, tango and non-contact boxing classes in 32 different Houston locations.

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Exercise benefits the physical and psychological well-being of individuals with Parkinson's disease. Because Parkinson's disease affects a person's ability to move, exercise helps to keep muscles strong and can improve flexibility and mobility.

Dance for Parkinson's Houston Ballet Foundation and HAPS have an amazing and exciting partnership. HAPS and Houston Ballet continue their partnership to offer an innovative, collaborative dance program for people with Parkinson’s in the Houston community.

There are many benefits of practicing yoga in relation to Parkinson's disease, including possible improved respiratory functions, posture, muscle mobility, cognitive functions, mood and balance and movement. Since 2012, HAPS has offered yoga classes which focus on utilizing breathing techniques with controlled movements to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson's. 

Communication is a critical part of everyday life. Studies show 50-89% of people diagnosed with Parkinson's experience speech and voice disorders as a result of the disease. HAPS speech classes offer a group setting which provides a supportive environment within which to practice and carry over communication skills.

Inspired by the research done at Washington University School of Medicine, which focused on the benefits of tango for individuals with Parkinson's disease, HAPS conducted its own pilot project with a weekly tango class in Fall 2008. The project was so successful that HAPS continued the tango class as an ongoing HAPS program.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and health benefits. It is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching connecting mind and body. Tai chi involves performing a series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner.

Water exercise allows freedom of movement, which promotes improved range of motion and increased functional strength. It provides buoyancy and weightlessness, which creates an environment for fewer falls, less risk of injury and greater opportunity for muscles to relax, lengthen, reduce stiffness and build endurance.

Live music is created and used throughout this session to facilitate the exercises by providing auditory cues that instruct the brain and body how to move in space, time, and with how much force - all based on the Neurologic Music Therapy protocol.

HAPS provides support groups under the supervision of two licensed Master's level social workers designed to help individuals and their caregivers find peer support in dealing with the daily challenges of living with Parkinson's disease. If you or someone you know could benefit from a Parkinson's support group, contact the HAPS office and we will help you find a group appropriate to your needs.