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How Stroke Survivors Benefit by Using Tango to Learn to Walk

Valley Medical Center hosts weekly TangoStride sessions which help stroke survivors relearn how to walk and improve mobility. Gabriela Condrea’s approach to teaching tango (Tango is About the Connection™) is based on her extensive experience with body mechanics and more than 20 years of teaching. She holds a Master’s in Education and is the author of the book WHEN 1+1=1: That “Impossible” Connection (2011). Read the Seattle Times article about TangoStride.

Benefits of tango following stroke:

  • Improve posture and confidence
  • Rebuild balance and stability
  • Heighten spatial awareness, proprioception and coordination
  • Enhance ability to initiate and stop momentum (especially for neurological conditions, like Parkinson’s)
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion in waist and torso
  • Reduce stress through positive touch
  • Improve neuroplasticity (the brain and body’s ability to heal itself) through improvised, collaborative movement

Learn more about Valley’s TangoStride sessions.


Originally Posted by Valley Communications

Date: July 05, 2017

in: Heart & Stroke, Wellness