Multiple Sclerosis affects motion capability. It has been proven that physical activity benefits those with MS and helps to preserve and improve daily functional abilities. Exercise strengthens muscles and flexibility, improves disposition and cerebral health and lowers exhaustion levels.
According to researchers in the field, it is important that exercise for people with MS will challenge static and dynamic balance, improve the ability to initiate movement as well as movement timing. In addition, it is important that the exercise will emphasize rotation movements of the torso.
Paddling, as part of a general training program, meets all of these requirements. The nature of Dragon Boat activities can integrate ideally with treatment methods recommended for people with MS. In addition, Dragon Boat paddling combines physical ability and fitness development with acquiring team work values. The paddling is done on quiet waters and enables the participants to take part in a sporty, enriching experience in calm natural surroundings.
The MS Vikings group was established and managed by Ofer Paz, a physical therapist and the head of the Therapeutic Rowing department at the Daniel Rowing Centre, together with Eitan Weiss, also a physical therapist. The program was established in collaboration with MS Israel and includes a one hour weekly session, during which the participants train together in Dragon Boats on the Yarkon River in Tel-Aviv. The activity operates in accordance with strict safety regulations and is run by permanent, professional and experienced rowing instructors.
Tuesdays at 17:30, at the Daniel Rowing Centre, 2 Rokah Ave. Tel Aviv, free parking available. 1st time free – no commitment, then-after 250 ILS per month.
You’ll learn to paddle and control a traditional Chinese Dragon Boat. You’ll use most of your body muscles, and improve coordination. You’ll enjoy an uplifting nature outdoors team-sport experience. See you on the water!