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.

The tremendously popular non-contact boxing empowers those living with a diagnosis an opportunity to fight back against Parkinson’s disease. Boxing is a full-body workout program designed to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson's. 

This weekly one-mile walk is a great way to start yourThis weekly one-mile walk is a great way to start yourday. Not only can you work in some much-neededexercise, you can connect with HAPS staff and otherfriends from the Parkinson’s community. 

Yoga is a discipline that is based on integration of mind, body, and spirit. There are many benefits of practicing yoga in relation to Parkinson's disease, including improved respiratory functions, posture, muscle mobility, cognitive functions, mood and balance and movement. 

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.

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.

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.