We offer physical exercise and activities for working age people recovering from stroke. Here are some of the activities we are running at two venues.
Winkfield Centre, 33 Winkfield Road, Wood Green N22 5RP
Buses: W3, 144, 243, Wood Green Crown Court Bus stop (coming from West)
or Perth Road Bus stop (coming from East)
**Chi Kung** (Restarted July 2021) First 3 Wednesdays every Month 10.30-11.30. Stay on for tea and a chat **Physiotherapy Advice** First Wednesday in Month 11.30-12.30 **InterAct** Poetry Readings by InterAct actor, followed by quizzes and discussion Last Wednesday every Month 10.30-11.30. Stay on for tea and a chat
New River Sports Centre White Hart Lane N22 5QW
W3 Bus to New River Sports Centre Bus stop
**Exercise Classes** (Restarted July 2021) Every Tuesday 13.00-14.00 and 14.00-15.00
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Find out how to join a class and who they are suitable for.
Coralie Dufour, Exercise tutor
Tel 077 123 4567
Pat Walters, Chi Kung tutor
Tel 077 123 4567
It’s quite simple: if you have my number, phone me and I will tell you which days are busier at the moment. If you don’t have my number, just turn up — before 2pm, ask for Coralie. I have a volunteer called Alistair who is excellent who is helping me at the moment. If I am not there he will introduce you.
I will try to do a small assessment. It’s nice if you come with someone who can help you remember or write down any information you need. As long as you have the address and the days we are here — Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2pm. Just turn up! I have some forms I can give you to fill out at home.
If you enjoy the group then you’re part of the group — that’s all you have to do!
Anyone can attend. We have referrals from clinics and hospitals. Other people just see the website and come. People can come here, and enjoy the exercises.
We have people from different backgrounds — older and younger people; people that had been affected seven years ago and decide to do something, and people who have just been affected and have been referred by physics who can’t look after them anymore.
This type of activity is good socially. You can see people like you who are active outside of home. When we work in the gym we can develop a personal progressive exercise programme, since all strokes are different.
Certain machines are better for specific people than others. Because every stroke and level is different, we adjust repetitive work, mobility, stretches and advise on posture. We support people in the gym by setting things up with the right position and weights for each machine. It’s a progressive programme and people can see their recovery coming little by little.
The Tai Chi classes have been designed so people can join at any time. It’s a series of 12 designed classes which are repeated throughout the year. Depending on the group — who has joined or left, and where people are at in their personal development — we adjust the class.
There is a focus for each session that might be strength development, stamina, mobility of joints… We do exercises that directly target those areas. This allows us to go deeper into some exercises if that’s what the group wants. It also allows people to join at their own pace.
Learn more about the different types of exercise on offer and how they can be beneficial for stroke survivors.
The massage is really nice because it can work both on mobility as I massage their hands, but also in blood flow and stimulate the nervous system. When there is stiffness in areas like the shoulders, and the massage relaxed the muscle and reduces tightness, and allows me to see people’s range of movement. I like working with the hands, shoulders, and elbows — but also legs, from the knee to the toes. This allows us to see if additional service is needed to improve your life.
effect of massage on blood flow and nervous system?
Chi Kung exercises are really appropriate for people at any age and pretty much any physical condition. Because of their gentle nature and because the movements are repeated and because we use a lot of demonstration — sometimes we don’t even need words.
I try and support the class with different materials that might be appropriate to help their learning. Sometimes we use music or we have handouts. Most often you get a demonstration and you follow along at your own pace. It can be tailored to you specifically. I make a point of working one-to-one with people in every lesson, although most of the work is done in groups and occasionally in pairs.
Tai Chi was initially a martial art that came from buddhism originally — in it’s ancient sources. It has a spiritualness, which is following nature and going with the flow. There is the expression in Zen called Zen mind, or beginners mind, where you keep an open child-like curiosity.
For new people, you just come along and see how you like it. Come along and try it for a few times. See if it suits your nature to try out these exercises. There is a contemplative part where we sit quietly for a few minutes. Then there are moving and standing postures. People are drawn to different things, and we try to allow people to experience a good range of what’s available.
Find out more about the social events we arrange, aiming to be engaging and stimulating for stroke survivors of all kinds. This includes visits to theatres, cinemas, exhibitions, concerts, botanic gardens, and the seaside.
InterAct is a charity providing group readings from a library of diverse stories of varying lengths and genres. Great effort goes into provide reading material that will stimulate audiences from every walk of life and that will suit the current level of comprehension.
The readings are hosterd by trained actors, who use their professional skills to make the material -- be it stories, poems or jokes -- come alive. The most important thing for InterAct is to treat each patient as an individual and to provide immersive and interactive storytelling for stroke survivors.
Members with aphasia are encouraged to take part in the Aphasia Café at the Winkfield Centre on Monday mornings from 10:30 to 12:30.
In the photo, Professor Audrey Bowen, from University of Manchester, who spoke about psychology to our group in Spring 2016.
We regularly host talks by outside speakers, on topics such as stroke research including psychological issues, returning to work; diet and exercise; talks by other stroke survivors who have overcome adversity and who provide inspiration.