Programs

PARC Programs

PARC hosts several activities and offers a number of programs throughout the year. Programs include adaptive fitness and exercise programs, yoga, wheelchair ballroom dancing, wheelchair table tennis and RMT massages. Most of the programs are free of charge for PARC participants. Read on for detailed descriptions of the programs and activities:

Adaptive Boxing

Adaptive boxing class is a small group exercise program (up to 8 participants), which consists of a number of resistance exercises and boxing elements. The main focus of the class is to build muscle strength, raise endurance and enhance general cardiovascular fitness. The class runs in a fun, supporting, and motivating atmosphere, and takes place twice a week:

  • Wednesday 2:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Saturday 1:30pm – 2:30 pm

The number of spots is limited and they are filled on a first come first serve basis. For more information please contact Milly.

Adaptive Spin Class

Adaptive Spin Class is a group exercise program that provides an excellent form of aerobic exercise that benefits the cardiovascular system and strengthens the core. PARC offers adaptive spin classes twice a week:

  • Tuesday 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Thursday 1:30pm – 2:30pm

The number of spots is limited and they are filled on a first come first serve basis. For more information please contact Milly.

Adaptive Yoga

Adaptive yoga is a small specialized yoga class with a focus on the breathing techniques and yoga postures, designed to meet the needs of all participants. The class is part of a pilot study with a focus on evaluating the efficacy of therapeutic adaptive yoga for individuals living with SCI. Classes are facilitated by Bobbie Seale-Cobiskey from Yogability and run three times a week:

  • Wednesday 10:45am – 12:00pm (class for ambulatory individuals)
  • Wednesday 4:00pm – 5:00 pm (class for all levels of ability)
  • Friday 11:00am – 12:00pm (class for all levels of ability)

Classes are $15 each and run by 8 week terms. All PARC participants and community members are welcome! For more information please contact Milly or Bobbie.

Langara College RMT Massage

PARC has partnered with Langara College and their Registered Massage Therapy Program (RMT). Langara RMT students offer free 60-minute massages to PARC participants. Massage sessions are supervised by a qualified RMT instructor and help alleviate various muscle and joint issues. Massage sessions take place once a week (two sessions available):

  • Monday 1:30pm – 2:45pm
  • Monday 3:00pm – 4:15pm

You can sign up for massage sessions in PARC or by phone (604) 675-8814.

Wheelchair Table Tennis

PARC has two table tennis tables, which are available to all PARC participants twice a week:

  • Monday 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Paddles, balls and an adapted tool for picking up balls are provided.

Wheelchair dance

Wheelchair dancing fuses together wheelchair users and standing partners in dance. The social is hosted by Fuse Wheelchair Dance and takes place every week:

  • Saturday 11:00 – 1pm

No experience or partner is required and all abilities are welcome. Come out and learn wheelchair partner dancing. For more information please contact Milly or Fuse Wheelchair Dance.

Fitness classes

ICORD offers lunchtime fitness classes in the PARC multipurpose room. Classes are taught by certified Stott Pilates instructor Kayla Schibli and combine mat pilates and core strengthening with a variety of exercises targeting all parts of the body. Classes take place twice a week:

  • Tuesday 12:10pm – 1pm
  • Thursday 12:10pm – 1pm

Classes are designed for staff, but everyone is welcome to join. Mats and props provided. Very reasonable rates. Please email Cheryl if you are interested.

Community organizations

If you are interested in opportunities outside of ICORD and PARC, please consult Spinal Cord Injury BC’s Resource Centre.