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Rimbala is an innovative falls-prevention program for seniors that combines movement and music in a new way.

 

Rather than using pre-recorded music as an accompaniment to repetitive exercises, Rimbala classes are led by a professional musician who improvises the music in real time, in order to create a wide variety of musical speeds, textures, styles and moods.

 

WHO should

enroll in

RIMBALA CLASSES?

Dr. Daniel Rubinoff playing the piano to accompany his students during a Rimbala lesson on movement.

This organic approach refines the participants’ abilities to adjust their gait and reaction time as they learn a variety of fun movement activities.

 

Guided by the instructor, the seniors are encouraged to invent their own gestures and gently expand and refine their range of movements. The classes are designed to help seniors better cope with the numerous movement challenges that they face in their day-to-day lives.

Photo of a Rimbala class participating in seated gesture pattern games,

Rimbala classes are fun with a sociable and highly interactive atmosphere. Participants enjoy many opportunities to interact with a partner or a small group. We have found that seniors assist one another and develop a camaraderie that lifts their spirits and alleviates personal struggles associated with ageing.

 

The program includes activities such as: seated gesture pattern games, walking refinement activities, start/stop physical controls, showing the musical beat as a memory game and passing a ball for improved mobility. The method targets balance, gait, posture and mobility, memory, mood, and social interaction.

The program draws upon recent European research on the effectiveness of music-based gait and balance training. Swiss researchers demonstrated an astonishing 54% reduction in falls among an elderly population who participated in a one-hour weekly class (see the article, “The Effect of Music-Based Multitask Training on Gait, Balance and Fall Risk in Elderly People,” Archives of Internal Medicine, 171/6,   (March, 2011), 525).

 

Music has been repeatedly shown to possess a significant therapeutic value in the cognitive and emotional domain. By stimulating parts of the brain associated with rhythm and movement, participants in Rimbala classes enjoy physical benefits, alongside cognitive and emotional ones. This holistic approach to improving the lives of the elderly is at the core of the Rimbala philosophy.

Senior scarf partners enjoying a mobility exercise.

What are the benefits of enrolling in RIMBALA CLASSES?

Balance

An improved sense of balance.

Gait

An increase in regularity of gait which helps to prevent falls.

Self
Awareness

An improved bodily self-awareness.

Self
Communication

A better communication between the body and the mind.

Social
Wellbeing

An improved sense of social well-being and rapport skills with others.

Movement

An increase in physical flexibility and movement choices.

Musicality

A deeper appreciation of music and its ability to arouse our emotions.  

What are you waiting for? Enroll today!

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