Dig in and eat the benefits: PCIT’s new Horticultural Therapy Programme

We’re thrilled to be nurturing a new kind of growth at the Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy – our exciting Horticultural Therapy Programme. This innovative initiative allows our members and their families to connect with nature, improve well-being and even cultivate some delicious homegrown potatoes!

This week, we kicked things off with a fantastic morning of planting. The atmosphere was buzzing as participants donned their gardening gloves and got their hands dirty in the best way possible! We learned about different potato varieties, the importance of proper planting techniques, and of course, the joy of working together towards a common goal.

The benefits of horticultural therapy go far beyond simply harvesting tasty potatoes. Studies have shown that gardening can significantly improve motor skills and dexterity for people with Parkinson’s disease. The act of digging, planting and tending to the potatoes provides a gentle form of exercise, promoting flexibility and balance.

There’s also a powerful mental and emotional boost that comes with nurturing life and witnessing the fruits (or, in this case, tubers!) of your labour. Being outdoors in nature has a well-documented calming effect, reducing stress and anxiety, which can be common in Parkinson’s.

Friends and family members are also welcome to take part in this new therapy which fosters a wonderful space for shared experiences and connection, creating a supportive network that extends beyond the garden.

Mark your calendars – in just 10 weeks, we’ll be harvesting our delicious potato bounty, come and join us!

If you’re interested in learning more about the PCIT’s Horticultural Therapy Programme, or joining us for future planting sessions, please get in touch.

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