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Arthritis - Hydrotherapy Course

This 10 week hydrotherapy course is for those who suffer from all forms of Arthritis and is supervised by physiotherapists from SportsMed. There are three courses delivered each year, with a limit of 20 participants per class. Contact the course administrator to get your name on the waiting list. Time: Tuesday and Thursday (must be able to attend both days) 4.30pm - 5.30pm. Cost: No cost as the course is funded by the Canterbury District Health Board, however a full commitment to attendance required. Location: Burwood Hospital. Good to know: You must be over 18 and able to complete a medical clearance form (provided by Arthritis NZ), and you are only able to complete 1 course every 2 years.

Rochelle Molloy - Christchurch Administrator

Arthritis - Hydrotherapy Support Group

These classes are led by volunteers and designed to help manage pain and improve mobility. Times: Monday (two class options) and Saturday (two class options). Each class runs for an hour. Cost: $3 per class. Location: Burwood Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool. Good to know: GP approval required but can you can self-refer (Yvonne can help with the process).


Arthritis - Mobility Action Programme for Osteoarthritis

The mobility action programme (MAP) is a free 8-week programme for people with osteoarthritis that affects their hip or knee. It's been shown to help people move more easily and be able to do more in their everyday lives. Times and Locations: Mobility action programmes start regularly throughout the year and are held during the day or evening at various places in Canterbury. Each weekly session lasts two hours and includes: an interactive education session, a five-to-10 minute break, physical activity, and a short theory session followed by a practical session. Cost: The Canterbury DHB funds MAP so there's no cost for you to attend. Ask your GP or an allied health professional if the mobility action programme is right for you. They can refer you to the MAP coordinator who will contact you to enrol you in a programme. Good to know: Online sessions are also available.

Ask your GP or an allied health professional

Better Breathing - Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme

The Canterbury Better Breathing Programme offers an 8-week pulmonary rehabilitation programme for people with long-term chest conditions. If you have a breathing problem, this programme can help you to improve your breathing and fitness. The programme consists of a two-hour session twice a week, and participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. Each session includes an hour of exercise followed by an hour of education by various local experts. Note: There are entry requirements for this programme. Times/Locations: Vary (check website for details). Cost: Free. Good to know: You will have an assessment about a month before starting the programme.

Catherine Harrison

Cancer - "Prost-FIT"

This class is for men living with prostate cancer, at any stage of diagnosis and treatment. The class includes elements of cardio, resistance, ball activities, brain training and other modalities to improve strength, balance and stamina. Plus there is coffee afterwards! The class is fully funded for men to attend FREE OF CHARGE for 40 weeks a year. Time: Wednesday, 1.00pm. Location: YMCA Bishopdale. Good to know: Please contact Tim prior to attending.

Tim Webster

Cardiac Bounce Back

Bounce Back is a recovery and maintenance programme designed for people who have had a cardiac event. The programme is delivered by Exercise as Medicine NZ with specialists who are qualified in Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation. Time: Tuesday, 11am-12pm. Location: Hale Compound HQ, 27 Osbourne Street, Waltham. Cost: $12.00 per session. Good to know: Please contact Tim before attending your first class.

Tim Webster
021 0228 2551

Cardiac Companions

Medically supervised exercise classes (gym, pool, walking) and social events for cardiac patients and their associates. Membership is open to anybody who has had a heart condition. Times: Monday and Wednesday, 7.00pm-8.30pm and Friday, 10.00am-11.00am. Locations: Burwood Hospital's Gymnasium/Pool and Avonhead Baptist Church Hall. Good to know: The group can provide assistance to heart patients who do not have enough income for essential transport or for such things such as visits to their doctor.

Rudi van den Brink
03 359 5517

Diabetes - Armchair Exercise Group

Gentle sitting exercises for people with diabetes. Everyone most welcome, tea and coffee provided. Great social and interactive fun group, plus easy accessibility and parking. Time: Friday at 10:15am-11:30am. Cost:$4.00. Location: Diabetes Centre. Good to know: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.

Karen Marshall

Move It! Exercise Group

The Amberley Medical Centre offers this exercise programme in partnership with the Amberley Fitness Centre. A friendly and non-intimidating exercise group for people with long term health conditions. The circuit-based sessions are held twice a week. Sessions are supervised by a Personal Trainer and tailored to suit your ability. Time: Wednesday and Friday, 11.15am-12.15pm. Location: Amberley Fitness Centre. Good to know: Everyone is welcome.

Katie Croft

Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson’s - Exercise Classes

The Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury (Inc) provides professional support and services to people with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. They offer gym sessions and exercise classes. Times: Throughout the week. Cost: Classes are $10 per casual session, $68 for an 8-session concession card, or $127.50 for a 15-session concession card. Click on the website link for more information and class timetable. Location: BrainTree Wellness Centre. Good to know: If you haven't attended a class for 6 months or you have any questions regarding the suitability of classes, please email or phone using the details below.

Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Canterbury
03 366 2857

Parkinson's - Amplitude Class

This is an advanced movement-based class for functional Parkinson’s people who want to stay that way. Featuring activities from sport, dance and gym, the class focuses on the key issues underpinning Parkinson’s: big movement, big voice, balance, coordination, intensity, complexity, power and cognition. No two classes are the same and having fun is highly desirable. Time: Wednesday 11.15am-12.15pm. Cost: $12.00 per session. Location: YMCA Bishopdale. Support people/helpers are very welcome. Good to know: Please contact Tim before attending your first class.

Tim Webster

Stroke - "Survive & Thrive"

This programme is for those who are recovering from a stroke. The programme works on an open-gym basis, which means that you can attend at any time on Mondays and Thursdays between 10.30am - 2.30pm. Location: Concrete Health and Fitness, 325 Brougham Street. Good to know: Please contact Tim before attending a session to discuss your specific needs.

Tim Webster
021 0228 2551

Stroke - Circuit Class

A circuit class that caters for different abilities and allows everyone to work at their own pace. Prerequisite: You can go independently to the toilet (or with help of your carer – who is prepared to stay for the class). Location: Gym, 300 Colombo Street, Sydenham. Contact Physical Sense for times and more information.

Physical Sense team