Ready, set, box

Rock, Steady, Boxing program participants Pam West, Mimi Morgan and Michelle Mendes. (Damjan Janevski) 416593_04

Breath Move Relax (BMR), in collaboration with Parkando, is launching an innovative approach to the health and wellbeing of people with Parkinson’s.

The Rock, Steady, Boxing program is a non-contact boxing-style fitness program that can help improve the movement, flexibility, posture, gait, balance, and strength of people with Parkinson’s disease.

BMR owner Kimberley Peden said these exercises can improve physical fitness, boost confidence, and improve participants’ overall quality of life.

“Anyone with Parkinson’s at any stage of the condition, as the program exercise will be adapted for all levels of fitness,” Ms Peden said.

Ms Peden was inspired to run this program by her volunteer experience at a Parkinson’s retreat in Arizona, where she witnessed the positive impact of boxing on participants.

The pilot program, supported by a Hobsons Bay council grant, will take place at 2/15 Bentley Street, Williamstown North.

With a capacity of 15 participants per group, the program’s success relies heavily on the support of volunteers, including carers, paid support workers, and friends of the participants.

The pilot program is offered at a subsidised cost of $60 for the entire six weeks.


Anne Parisianne