Rock Steady punches Parkinson’s

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, A.R. - Good Samaritan Hot Springs Village has offered the Rock Steady Boxing Program for approximately 2 years. Results for these measured boxing movements have proved to enhance the quality of daily life for people with Parkinson’s disease.

“My class is like a close family. We started this at Good Samaritan in September 2019 and it continues to grow in members and volunteers. I feel very passionate about this particular program and how it brings strength and flexibility as the exercise helps better the Dopamine Agonists medication circulation in the body,” said Misty Richens, certified physical trainer, wellness director and rock steady boxing coach.

Since joining these classes, I’ve approved my motion, flexibility, gait, balance, strength and hand-eye coordination. It is not just about boxing. Everyone in the class is very supportive of each other. It is an intense and fun place. You can shake rattle and roll with your buddies. I cannot say enough about Misty Richens, our coach/instructor. She give you tough love with compassion and a goal for you to reach your maximum potential,” said resident Jim Albright.

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