The magic of dance is to bypass mere thought and speak directly to the heart! And nowhere is this more true than the Argentine Tango. In its birthplace of Buenos Aires, the dance is proving a boon to patients with symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.
On a small dark dance floor in Buenos Aires, a group of men and women are showing it's never too late to Tango.
But dance is never just about the moves. Tango is wonderfully therapeutic in addressing the symptoms of Parkinson's - which can include tremors, problems with balance, and cognitive decline.The magic of dance is to bypass mere thought and speak directly to the heart! And nowhere is this more true than the Argentine Tango.
In its birthplace of Buenos Aires, the dance is proving a boon to patients with symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.The Foundation for Argentine Tango runs these free weekly workshops, and patients are delighted with their progress. Juan Roberto Lopez is 77 years-old."It helps people who have Parkinson's like me. It helps maintain balance. Everything is about balance in Tango," said Juan Roberto Lopez, Parkinson's disease patient.
59-year-old Patricia Ida Frola, a dermatologist with Parkinson's disease, says she's conducted her own research on how the dance can reduce the common symptom of body stiffness.
"What happens to the brain? It decodes. The first stimulus goes to the heart, changes the heart rate, and sends a stimulus back to the brain. From there, it modifies the metrics of the electrical muscle stimulation. I am then filled with joy," said Patricia Ida Frola, Parkinson's disease patient.
This month, Buenos Aires hosted a conference to discuss how the dance can be used therapeutically - this following clinical studies in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. that show dance classes help with Parkinson's.
So here's to the health of El Tango Argentino!