Recently, I showed how, by playing with a basketball, I had discovered some profoundly interesting potentials for movement recovery from Parkinson's Disease:
I noted that the heaviness and feel of this type of ball mattered a lot in terms of how easy movement came with play. Based on this, a friend of mine suggested that I should evaluate the other extreme and try playing with balloons. So I did, and experimented with the type of movement that balloon play might help unlock. The results speak for themselves and I recorded what happened in three videos. [One caveat I have on this is that most balloons are latex based and since allergic reactions and sensitivities can impact heavily on the symptoms of Parkinson's, some caution - or cotton gloves - may be prudent].
In the first video, at the top of this post, you can see me, starting in an "off" state, go at the balloons fast and furious. I can tell you that there was much joy in unlocking this amount of movement.
In the next video below, I moved outside to show some of the large range movements I can access, even though I am noticeably stiff, through the interaction with the balloons. Unfortunately, this was short lived as balloons and the outside environment don't mix!
In the third video, I reveal how the balloon play helped me re-discover much more slow, fluid and graceful movement. I believe that this type of controlled movement exercise could be very beneficial and hence that balloon play may be even more important than the curiosity driven exercises with balls.