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Register in advance to obtain Zoom Class access details.

For security reasons we don’t post zoom ID and passcodes here, instead you need to click on the following link to register to attend the Monday classes:

An administrator will review and approve your access once they confirm you are a member of Parkinson’s Ireland.

This can take up to 24 hours so please register by midday on Friday if you intend joining the following Monday’s class.

Please note there will be No Mindfulness 1st of April or 8th of April 2024

Dee Daly has provided the following information highlighting the benefits of mindfulness.

The first question is to ask oneself, why mindfulness & relaxation, how can it help me?

The answer is that both Mindfulness & Relaxation combined can support the development of dopamine in the brain through a variety of biological mechanisms. In parkinsons disease the disorder is progressive and is caused by degeneration of nerve cells in the part of the brain called the substantia nigra, which controls movement. These nerve cells die or become impaired, losing the ability to produce dopamine. Dopamine is a very important neurotransmitter that is associated with pleasure, reward, and motivation, it plays an important role in many cognitive and behavioural processes that impact individuals who have parkinsons disease.

One way that mindfulness can support the development of dopamine is by reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. When we experience stress, our bodies release cortisol, a hormone that can damage dopamine neurons and reduce the availability of dopamine in the brain. Mindfulness practices such as meditation and deep breathing and relaxation reduces stress and cortisol levels, thereby supporting the healthy functioning of dopamine neurons and can promote the new development of these neurons. 

Another way that mindfulness can support dopamine development is by promoting positive emotions and behaviours, lessening impulsivity. Other bonuses experienced can be feelings of joy, gratitude, and contentment, which are associated with higher levels of dopamine in the brain. Additionally, mindfulness can help to improve executive functioning such as self-control and decision-making abilities, which are also associated with dopamine function.

Lots of good reasons to attend mindfulness session, so why wait.  However, commitment is required and practice to achieve the greatest good from the sessions. 

I am looking forward to seeing both old and new members, it’s a bit like the lotto, if you’re not in you can’t win, so come on Monday evenings between 7pm and 8pm.  We start at 7pm sharp and it is necessary to be there at the start of class to get settled in to the session  

Dee Daly

Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist 

Adult Educator & lecturer 

Any questions please call 01 8722234.

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