Ever notice how things tend to happen in clusters in your life? I saw a new client last week who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a couple of years ago. And sure enough, after seeing him, I get a call from another new client with the same diagnosis. It just seems to happen that way. And every time that it does, I have a chance to learn more about the body and about what options are available to people to ease their suffering. Over the years, I’ve established a solid network of smart folks who don’t mind talking about their expertise.
I am continuing my own education in Thai Medical Theory (that’s a big part of my network, as you can imagine) and how I approach clients is being refined. But no matter how much I learn about Thai Bodywork, I know that my work is part of a larger framework of health options. We all need many things to take care of ourselves – nutrition, movement, rest, community. When I know another resource for my clients, I’m happy to share it. So it was that I told this client about a program for intentional speech.
Losing one’s voice is common among people with Parkinson’s. How isolating. I watched my own grandfather simply get exhausted with the effort of repeating himself. Eventually, he would just shrug, as if to say, “never mind.” This program is preventing such issues.
I love the idea of speaking with intent. Shouldn’t we all be doing that? What it is you really want to say? What is the best way to say it? How will you make your voice heard? Feel free to ponder such questions. In the meantime, if you know anyone with Parkinson’s disease, please direct them to the Parkinson Voice Project.