Parkinson en mouvement (PEM) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2007 which has developped dance-movement and voice training classes designed for people with Parkinson's.
Based on the most advanced research as to the positive effects of music and of certain types of movement for people with PD, PEM is a unique initiative which brings together the expertise of both dance and physiotherapy, as well as elements of ergonomics and voice training. The dances foster improvements in strength, balance, endurance, range of motion, gait and posture, and integrate movements useful in daily activities.
PEM maintains links with the movement clinics at the McGill & Université de Montréal Health Centres (MUHC & CHUM), with other rehabilitation centres (such as Lucie-Bruneau & Constance-Lethbridge), research institutes (the Neuro, BRAMS, Concordia's Arts Therapies & the Perform Centre). In association with the Grands Ballets' National Dance Therapy Centre, Parkinson en mouvement is designing a teaching template to train other dancers & therapists. It also remains in close contact with the Parkinson Society. The programme's participants have often danced at the society's fundraising events!