Nicoles reflections after 2 therapy session
Nicoles reflections after 2 therapy session

Beating a dead horse
or taiming a petrified mare

See her 1. post – due to her son she had to stop therapy – but now she is ready!

One week after second session with Lilian and the Hope Shortcut

“Haven’t I tried everything?”

The computer screen before me contains two rectangular boxes, side by side. One containing the smiling face of Lilian Sjoberg against a dramatic mountain background and the other containing my image, just a blank white wall behind me. There is something about this new virtual environment where I get to observe myself from this vantage point. I get to look into my own eyes and see the expressions on my face. It is very revealing. I am slightly slumped in my chair. My eyes are squinted into slits with my smile. The thought “Here we go again” crosses my mind. I feel a fool. Haven’t I tried this already? Haven’t I tried everything? I have tried so many things, so many therapies, programs, practitioners, doctors. Honestly, I have had enough. I feel like I am kicking a dead horse. But, I know that Lilian is onto something. She has observed the patterns and made the connections. Lilian is sure, determined, generous and for some reason she is steadfast in encouraging me. Some part of me must have hope, because here I am.

Lilian is appalled at my use of the phrase “beating a dead horse” which I try to explain is just an English turn of phrase.  It is actually quite a gruesome image. She suggests a more hopeful way of looking at things. Yes, the horse has been abused, but we can rehabilitate it. Like Black Beauty, it can trust and be free again. Belief, hope and a positive image is so important for healing. I can’t make much progress if I see my efforts to heal as beating a dead horse.

The dead horse is actually me: my poor abused body that I have been dragging around for years, decades actually, pushing it and forcing it against its will, ignoring it, applying all sorts of remedies, treatments and therapies trying to fix it, and medicating it. The horse understandably, doesn’t want to get up.

Traumatic events are stored in the body

The surviver is the person that react with fear and run away or use the freeze instinct often.

The relaxed person get eaten very fast by the saber tooth tiger.

In modern world the brain is operating in the dark and still collecting information on when to react to survive the next attack from a predator.

If you want to get better accept this biological fact and learn how to get out of your instinct stress

I have felt shifts and changes since I last worked with Lilian over a year ago. My physical condition has deteriorated but I have become so much more aware of the emotional connections to my physical symptoms. My medication is not working as well and my “off” periods have worsened significantly. An “off” is when the medication wears off, or fails and the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease break through. With my symptoms more prominent, I can actually feel what is going on in my body. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, when in full force so clearly feel like a full-body panic attack.  Well actually for me, it is mostly the left side of my body that feels the attack. My body is in fear for its life. It tries to stop me by freezing my muscles, stiff so I can’t move forward. My stomach tightens into knots, my throat closes, my eye gets wide dart from side to side. My jaw clenches, my body heats up, and my limbs begin to tremble. It is so clearly a deep terror, panic, all-encompassing fear, like the climax of a horror film when the victim lets out the blood-curdling scream. 

It has also become so 100% clear to me that often my physical symptoms are worsened, or are preceded by a fearful thought or an emotional response, even something seemingly benign, like my son making a mess in the kitchen, my inner critic judging me, or a perceived slight from my husband.  I have also talked to other people living with PD and some of them have confirmed their own experience that emotional upset can trigger an “off”. This not to say that I can control my symptoms, they still come and go on their own schedule holding me hostage for longer periods of time and leaving me with smaller and smaller windows of respite.

Interoception - the forgotten sense

Your skill to interpret what is going on in your body is together with balance and coordination very important skills.

We do not learn about them in school. But the ones that instictivly can feel and use their sence interoception are the ones that fast can do something fast and stop the decline in health.

The ones that understand the language of the body can avoid longterm stress and longlasting  stress symptoms

It is actually hard to really admit this observation. I feel so weak and frail. Is my constitution so fragile that the smallest upset can throw me into a frenzy of whole-body fear? Surely it is not that simple. There are layers of genetic and environmental factors that led to the damage in my brain that causes this intense reaction.  Lilian assures me that it is actually evolutionarily appropriate that survival of the fittest would have favored a heightened fear response. So, in fact, I am an evolutionary survivor. She assures me that this is not my fault.

It is difficult to accept the responsibility that my habitual thoughts, emotions and beliefs may be contributing to my illness that has kept me disabled for so many years. But this is an important starting point- to recognize that physical disease symptoms are linked to thoughts, beliefs and emotions.

This creates a tricky balancing act. There is a fine line that you must walk between seeing the correlation between symptoms and thoughts as an avenue for hope and seeing it as a reason for self-blame. It is not so easy to say, “oh just think differently and your disease will go away”. It is not that simple. There are layers upon layers. It is beneath conscious awareness.

The horse within me perks her ears and opens an eye. She lets out a soft sigh. I am finally seeing her.

I am finally listening.

She is not getting up yet, but there is hope.

Lilian is an observer and a trouble-shooter. She has observed the patterns clearly. She has made the correlations. She has noticed that chronic illnesses are grouping of stress response symptoms, Parkinson’s disease being a particularly obvious one. The growing understanding in the world is that 90% of disease is stress related.

Lilian does not base her approach on foregone assumptions about the mechanics of Parkinson’s Disease. The rest of the PD treatment world relies on the assumption that PD is caused by a lack of dopamine and focuses on that. Lilian has looked beyond that. She looks at each person individually and looks at each symptom as an overactive symptom of stress. She has developed a multi-step program to begin to alleviate the symptoms of chronic disease. The beginning point is the recognition that there is hope.

Her method of healing involves several steps.

  1. Adopting a new belief system that the physical disease symptoms are linked to thoughts, beliefs and emotions. (HOPE)
  2. Catching stressful reactions (Observe symptoms)
  3. Other healing modalities that reduce stress.
    E.g. exercise and getting to the root cause of subconscious or habitual stressful triggers and solving them (Pacify stress)
  4. Adding power to your own journey  (Engage)


In my first session with Lilian over a year ago, she explained step 1. In that year (this is not a standard length of time between visits, it is normally one to two weeks), I have seen so clearly and experienced the correlation between thoughts, emotions and beliefs so acutely in my body. And so here I am and I begin again. Ready to look deeper, to see if I can address what is keeping my body in a perpetual danger response.

The horse within me perks her ears and opens an eye. She lets out a soft sigh. I am finally seeing her. I am finally listening. She is not getting up yet, but there is hope.

Change your beliefs

You need to have  supporting beliefs on your journey toward smaller symptoms:

Of course you can get better

Mind and body are connected and interact

If just one person in the world can get better, so can I

Here I am ready to look deeper, to see if I can address what is keeping my body in a perpetual danger response.


Nicole St. Arnaud
11. march 2021, Alberta Canada

See my first post here

This is the second of a series of blog posts on the progress in Lilian Sjoeberg’s Hope Shortcut program for chronic illness.

You can learn more about her program here

May Evers - Dancing
May Evers - Dancing

May Evers

“I was diagnosed in 2014.

Since then, I’ve been trying to come to terms with Parkinson’s. It annoys me that Parkinson’s and its symptoms are little known in the public and I am trying to change that.

I use a lot of time to find out how I can reduce my symptoms.”

Dance and reduce your symptoms
May found out that dancing 2x 30 minutes reduced symptoms.
She got diskinesia due to overmedication and have stepped down 30% in medication

Who is May

May here introduces herself and her way to smaller symptoms

  • She could feel she needed to move and start dancing 2×30 minutes a day.
  • Because of dancing she got diskinesia due to overmedication and reduced her medications by  30%
  • She has felt that needlework also calms her down. The monotonous work that needs your full attention is mindful.
  • Hiking is also the body’s natural way to a calm mind and body

Stiching helps as well

The many faces of Parkinson’s

A picture of hope May wants to make 185 embroidered portraits of people with Parkinson’s disease, put together, make a big face of hope. People are united by the hope of healing. What keeps them strong is the community.

“Take part in this adventure!

I am still missing a few photos of people with Parkinson’s so that I can reach my goal. I would be very happy if you would support me. Send a photo of you to, I will delete it immediately after processing.

Here you can see how many portraits I have finished, how many are currently in progress and how many I am still missing.”

Dance down in symptoms

May dance morning and after work.

Doing this natural movements help you to get out of your instincts.
If you are 100% calm you do not have symptoms.
Here you can see a video she has made about her dancing – an example.

The right belief

May try new therapies and excersises and listen carefully to her body to see what she can do to become more calm. This ability is called interoception and is an important sense of ours.

She understand that it take time every day to reduce stress.

Her job takes time from the most important thing to get better. But she is doing her best.
Now she use nearly 2 hours per day and 4-5 hours hiking in the weekent

Why not search for anything that helps and try it​

Tiphanie Gould-Gillespie
Tiphanie Gould-Gillespie

Artwork as way out of stress and symptoms

Tiphanie Gould-Gillespie is one good example of how Parkinson’s is NOT a devastating disease. She used her diagnosis as a transformation to a better life.

Not only are her symptoms reduced to 20%, but she also chose to come off her prescribed medication, and she instinctively knew that she had to change her lifestyle completely.
She drew a line in the sand on her old life entirely. She challenged her own imperfections and learned to live with them through her artwork.
She had never painted before, but during the last year has seen Tiphanie has seen her art develop to a place where she can start to exhibit her works for other people to admire.
What could your challenge be?
She found that painting was a way of reducing her stress and leading to a more mindful life, whilst her Parkinson’s symptoms reduced considerably.

Hobbywork - Painting
- a way to a symptom free life

My past - stress

My world was perfect. I had a fascinating but full-stress job.
I was a high performing speech therapist
I start to have Parkinson’s when I was in the middle of all this, but I covered up my symptoms.
When my Parkinson’s got worse, I have to step out of my job. I had so many significant side effects that I chose to step out of medication, which was very hard.
I now consume zero medication.

"I have made a challenge to see what happes if I painted full time for one year."

tiphanie gillespie
On pause due to Parkinsons

Reeinventing myself

I need to do something to reinvent myself.

I instinctively knew that I must do something radical.

I transformed from being an extroverted business girl to an introverted artist.

I have never painted before as I have many talented artists in my family. I saw the painting when they struggled in life.
Little did I know that making art gives you a break from stress.

Being 100% dedicated to my art has given me confidence as an artist selling my art.

Being a hermit in my house for the last year has been fantastic for my mind and learning new skills.

I only make 2 social arrangements per week.

No one understands this, but my symptoms have been reduced the big time by this calmer lifestyle.
What a difference a year makes

Thiphanie have started to sell her art on posters and t-shirts

When I could not wear high heels, I could paint high heels

I looked at my old wardrobe with lots of buttons and gorgeous-looking decorations that made the clothes difficult when getting dressed.
I left the fashion style and now wear practical clothes, no makeup, and a simple hairstyle. I needed to let go of so many of my previous habits for dressing. I let go of old standards for how I needed to look. I feel a lot calmer, not needing to be the perfect version anymore.


There is beauty in the broken.

I integrate the tremors in my art. When I have tremors and use the waves as an extra element.

Mental Health and the connection to Parkinsons

Mental Health must be truly understood for what it is.
Mental Health is literally at the core of all things mental, physical, spiritual, and political. Mental health is the core factor of every single choice as we move through the world. Every single interaction is shadowed by the state of our mental health.

Why not integrate your tremor into your hobby, and bend your definition of perfectionism

Qi Gong with Simon Clarke
Qi Gong with Simon Clarke

Who is Simon Clarke and Neuro Qi Gong

Simon is an excellent example of the HOPE Shortcut theory – of course, you can become a lot better. He is in the process of helping himself to relax and release from Fight Flight and Freezes by using Qi Gong. He finds this practice very beneficial and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. When we help others- we help ourselves.

Simon is a certified teacher in Qi Gong and runs practice sessions on Zoom (see the event calender). These can be done standing or sitting down. 

If you would like to join a session, please email Simon for more information.

I felt hope return
- back in the calm state again

Zhineng Qi Gong

I teach a form of QiGong called Zhineng which translates to wisdom healing. It was developed in China by Dr Pang Ming in the 1980’s based on his considerable experience and research into Western medicine, Chinese traditional medicine, Martial arts and various Eastern philosophies. On the surface this is very simple and can be practiced by anyone regardless of age or physical condition.

There are many benefits to the practice which work holistically to nourish body, mind and emotions through a form of gentle moving meditation
I have found myself to be calmer, more centred and balanced from practicing QiGong. It has allowed me to be hopeful that I can continue to live well.

I tried various healing modalities, but it was when I came across Qi Gong, I felt I had found something that could really help me to help myself.

The first class I attended was like coming home to my body.

Neuro QiGong introduction

QiGong is a Chinese form of moving meditation. Qi translated as energy and Gong as work or play. In QiGong terms, illness is a symptom of blocked energy or Qi. It is through gently practicing QiGong that these blockages can be opened. The body and mind relax, tension and stress are released, and healing can happen

The Nervous system

Now when I get stressed, I can feel symptoms increase and this is a signal for me to relax and come back into my body centre. Time for Qi Gong

Simons History with Parkinson's Disease

Simon tells about why he chose Qi Gong

8 years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Conventional wisdom is this condition is “incurable, progressive and degenerative”.

For a few years prior to diagnosis, I had felt that there was something wrong inside my body but did not know what it was and tried my best to ignore it. For the first year after diagnosis, I fought hard to continue living my life as I had. Then slowly I came to realise that I needed to change my life, take responsibility for my health, and take a more active role.

I realised that my body had become habituated to stress for many years. This stress had become trapped in my body and the Parkinson’s symptoms of stiffness, slowness and shaking were an external manifestation of an internal state. Much has been written about the “fight, flight or freeze” mechanism which served our ancestors so well when being pursued by hungry predators. However, it does not serve so well in modern life where we are constantly surrounded and bombarded by information and stimulation.

We do not allow ourselves time to relax and reset the nervous system through the “rest and recovery” cycle – this is here Qi Gong help me and I can help you .

Simon gives a solid Example of his training

Why not use 1000 of years of knowledge inherited from family to family

Kimi Sand
Kimi Sand

Kimi Sand

You wil find her in the hope shortcut online course where she gives a demonstration on what relaxation sound files can do to relax you.

Today, many people are nervous about trying hypnosis because they are afraid that something may happen that they are not in control of, that the hypnotherapist can make them do something they do not want to do. But it is a misunderstanding.

Ask her anything. She is not shy.

During the hypnosis, the client is just relaxed but can hear everything going on and can interrupt the session in case of anything unpleasant.

Send an email to  Kimi and she wil set up a free information zoom talk, to see if you are a good match

relationship and HOPE therapist
Everyone has the right to live a life with lots of quality in it!

You do not have to go through it alone.

If the relationship misses sparkle and glow, do not give up.


By building a bridge with good tools for communication and lots of fun and exciting exercises, you can breathe life into a relationship where the embers are about to go out. You may have had many years together, and there is a lot to build on, do not throw it away, but get help to breathe fire into the embers again.

Most relationships have periods where the desire for each other can be more or less gone. Still, by becoming aware of all the good reasons you have for working on the relationship, you can experience that your relationship becomes more robust than ever before. Then it will be easier to live with the fact that there must also be room for everyday life, where you may remember to enjoy all the little things you do for each other.


But communication can be difficult, especially if you have built trenches and go and pick on each other. Then it can be almost impossible to spot love, but I can help with that.

With the help of various tools, you can find your way back to mutual love or find a dignified way to separate if that is what you agree. It is not always best to stay together at any cost, even if you have children together

Do something about what you are unhappy with, take control

  • Family and relationship therapist 2017
  • Hypnotist and hypnotherapy 2017
  • A vaginal therapist from the School of Sexology 2016
  • The elastic pelvic floor 2015
  • Sexologist 2014
  • Child treatment KST 2002
  • Special training in the pelvic floor 2000
  • Reflexology 1989

Interview with
Kimi Sand

Any change of people with chronic diseases start with giving new HOPE

  • Nearly all unpleasant symptoms have related to stress. So that is why hypnotherapy works
  • By reducing any old trauma, you will feel safer and will slowly reduce the related symptoms

You can also become better by opening up to mind and body connected more than we believe today.


15 min. free Introduction talk via zoom to find out if I can help you and if we are a match.
write to with suggestions of typical timeslots you are available

See this page for information on services from HOPEshortcut under dig deep 1:1 sessions or the 10 session package.

Kimi Sand is part of this service and buying a therapy packet of 10 sessions will give you all the benefits in this package as well


“Kimi creates a good and safe atmosphere”

Talking to Kimi is a beneficial experience. Kimi creates a good and safe atmosphere and uses different treatments. I have greatly enjoyed the combination of conversation, and healing. I especially appreciate the direct and honest way she is and the advice I received. Thanks for the help.

“ I needed a little push to get in the right direction - and I got it”

I sought out Kimi specifically because I had major challenges with pain in connection with intercourse. Kimi assured me that we could quickly get my problem solved and that I was not the only one with that kind of challenge. That gave me peace of mind. In my first conversation with Kimi, she gave me many tools/homework and a different approach than I had. Namely, that I should love towards myself, fill my cup and remember that I am the most critical person in my own life. Seeking out Kimi at this point was just right for me because I was ready to take on the tasks, perform them - and it has made a world of difference. I feel like I have rediscovered myself in my own company - and I thrive here!

Why not take a shortcut to better health and relationships via hypnosis

Nicoles reflections after 1. therapy session

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Stress

The author behind the blog shares her thoughts about life with Parkinson’s disease and about the
HOPE shortcut
The method where people with chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s can reduce their stress-related symptoms and, with persistent work, break free of their diagnosis

One week after first session with the Hope Shortcut therapy

“Life is bliss, but my brain is trying to convince me otherwise.”

I thought I knew it all about the impact of stress on the body and mind. I’ve studied this topic many times over the many years I’ve been searching for healing. I thought I had it dialed. I know that stress has real physical impacts on the body, that the stress response called Fight Flight or Freeze, can be triggered by the most subtle thoughts, and that society is totally hooked on stress. I know how to counteract stress through relaxation techniques. I know how to create new patterns in the brain.

This is what I wish everyone knew about stress

  1. Your thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions can be a source of stress.
  2. Stress has a real physiological impact on the body.
  3. Most of us are caught in a habitual state of chronic stress.
  4. Chronic stress can create disease states in the body and mind.
  5. A subconscious trigger can initiate the stress response.
  6. Counterbalancing the stress response in the body is essential to good health.
  7. What we do to “relax” may not actually be relaxing.
  8. Techniques like progressive relaxation, meditation, heart coherence, qigong, yoga, tai chi can create the relaxation response in the body and counteract the effects of stress.
  9. Exercise is beneficial because it burns up the excess cortisol and adrenaline in the body created by stress.

I know that my sensitive little nervous system seems to be highly attuned and highly responsive to even the smallest stressful triggers. I am aware of the common sources of unnecessary stress, and I have designed my life not to waste my precious energy on unnecessary stress triggers. I don’t watch the news. I don’t get involved in drama or gossip. I don’t have a packed schedule. I try not to worry about appearances or what other people might think of me. I no longer have a stressful career. I have a peaceful life, so I thought. I also thought I had already done the work to uncover unconscious stress responses. I thought I had mastered my internal critical dialogue. I had healed that aspect of myself that thought I had to do something extraordinary to earn love and acceptance.

I was wrong…

I recently met a Danish biologist named Lilian Sjoberg, who is helping people with Parkinson’s disease and other chronic illnesses reduce their symptoms by becoming aware of their stressful patterns and addressing the root cause. She has recognized that symptoms of Parkinson’s disease look a lot like an extreme Fight Flight or Freeze response.  I find this hypothesis quite accurate, and I started to recognize it in my own body.

Last summer, I was standing in knee-depth wading pool with my friend and our two-year-old sons.  We were looking up at a bird flying by, and I suddenly heard a splash. Her son had slipped and gone under the water. In a quick moment of mommy instinct, she grabbed him and yanked him back up. He came up sputtering, but he was ok. I held my son more tightly. Moments later, my Parkinson’s symptoms hit me with full force. Tremor, muscles freezing, movement slow, brain foggy. I realized that it felt like a full-body panic attack. After this incident, I became more aware of my symptoms related to fearful thoughts. Sometimes I would note an extremely subtle trigger in my thoughts, and sometimes I couldn’t tell what had made a sudden worsening of my symptoms.

I had offered to help Lilian to reach a wider audience with her important message. She asked me to go through her coaching process and write about it. I still thought I already knew what she had to offer from my previous studies on stress. I was wrong. On the healing journey, there is always more to discover.

The first thing Lilian asked me to do was to record my thoughts, emotions, and physical responses throughout a day. I was surprised how stressed out I still am.

Although I am retired from a stressful career, I am now recreating that stress and pressure in my home life. It’s because my brain got so used to stress and pressure that it is literally stuck. The hard-wired pathway in my brain for stress, pressure, and worry is like a superhighway. The one for peace and ease is like a rabbit trail through a dense forest. I am slowly making it more discernible through inconsistent practice.

Lilian’s exercise allowed me to see the direct physical effects on my body as the stress accumulated in the day.

Observe your symptoms

In the process of learning the HOPE shortcut you learn how to keep a diary that helps you to connect symptoms and stress in your life.

Initially the reason is to give you a new belief about the disease

Later it becomes an important tool to reduce your symptoms one by one

This is an excerpt of what I recorded in only one morning (B is my 3 year old son):

9:00 am: B. asks to watch a show.

My thoughts: “But shows are bad for his brain. I shouldn’t let him watch shows. I should engage him in enriching activities. What a failure I am as a mother…”

My body: My stomach tightens.

10:15 am: B. slouched in the car seat and staring out the window blankly.

“OMG. Is there something wrong with him? Does he have the coronavirus? Is he going to die? I feel so helpless. Should I drive straight to the hospital?”

My body: My left hamstring cramps and spasms. My stomach is in knots.

10:20 am: B. says he is hungry

“I forgot the snack in the fridge. OMG. Why can’t I get it together? How do other moms seem to be able to do this, and I can’t. I need help.”

My body: My jaw and facial muscles on the left side tighten.

10:30 am, I do not have B.’s indoor shoes for the babysitting room.

“I forgot B.’s indoor shoes. Oh no. Maybe the babysitter won’t notice. They have to let him in. What if they don’t let him in? Why can’t I get it together?’”

My body: My leg is fully dragging now. My tremor has begun. I am having trouble focusing.

I obviously have a body that is extremely sensitive and at its maximum capacity for handling stress already. Would these symptoms still have come on without my constant barrage of worrisome and self-critical thoughts? I don’t know. I did notice that my thoughts have me in a constant state of self-criticism and stress.

In my first coaching session with Lilian, she recognized that the habitual worrisome thoughts and pressure that I put on myself is a subconscious habit that I picked up in childhood. We work through using different techniques.

Since my session with Lilian on Monday morning, I am feeling a new sense of peace

I had a better day with B. today, putting less pressure on myself and becoming more aware of my stressful thoughts before they get out of hand. I am feeling more confident that I can take a little bit of power back from my roller coaster of unpredictable symptoms by recognizing my internal stressors and using relaxation techniques when they arise.

The research is now very strong that certain specific techniques that counteract the stress response and change the internal state of the body can result in significant health improvements.

I wish everyone understood the impacts of stress on the body: that thoughts can create stress, that the brain becomes habituated to stress and will seek out more, and that there are things you can do about it.

Nicole St. Arnaud
2. march 2020, Alberta Canada

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Stepping stones Heath and wellbeing
Stepping stones Heath and wellbeing

Stephanie Wallis

She has embraced a wide range of diseases. Because it is the same range of things that works on most diseases.

She has specialised in exercise classes for anyone living with, breast cancer, prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease. 
Improve your holistic health through body and mind rehabilitation with Stepping Stones Health & Well-being, where we believe that exercise is an essential part of a person’s rehabilitation journey. Our specialist classes are tailored to provide exercise for people recovering

Your Journey to Better Health and Recovery Begins Here
We believe in the crucial role of exercise in improving the physical and mental well-being of recovering individuals. We take on the challenge of enhancing our classes driven by our goal of helping clients reach even the smallest milestones in their health recovery journey.

Our Promise

The entire Stepping Stones team is dedicated to leading clients in their rehabilitation journey to a healthier and happier lifestyle. We are committed to providing professional customer-focused service at all times. Our specialist exercise classes, a combination of professionally approved active exercises and a relaxing supportive environment, help recovery at a faster pace for all our clients.

We vow to get you moving in comfortable ways adapted to your needs and limitations while ensuring steady rehabilitation progress. It’s time to bring back the better and healthier you.


Exercise class for medical conditions

As far as the benefits go, you will 100% notice changes in your overall strength, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and even your mental health! Fitness really does change multiple aspects of your life, and we see it in here all of the time. Our exercises are designed to move you along without injury, which is going to allow you to do this for a longer time. The longer you stick with it, the more benefit you’ll see over time.

Less stress, less weight, better health, and better mental clarity are all things our class will provide you with. You just show up and move at your own pace!

Meet people with the same disease as you

 Our specialist classes are tailored to provide exercise for people recovering from breast cancer, Prostate cancer , Parkinson’s disease, and those with limited mobility

Have you been advised to become more active due to your medical condition?

  • Are you looking for something to improve your health that is gentle and relaxed?
  • Have you been prescribed by your general practitioner or social prescriber to be more active?
  • Maybe you just want to ease into fitness with something light?

If this is you, then you’re in the right place! The My Pace Fitness Class is designed to provide you with these solutions. We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel, we’re simply providing you with a solution that is gentle, relaxed, and allows for adaptations for all your needs.

You’ve stepped into a gym before and been intimidated by all of the intense things going on. Weights being dropped, people yelling, and the person half passed out. We get it, you don’t want that. You want something that is going to make you feel better, but in a more casual and relaxing way.

You just want to work on improving things such as blood pressure, depression, anxiety, stress, diabetes, osteoarthritis, or even weight loss. In our classes you can accomplish just that without all of the intimidation.


“Innovative zoom classes”

Stephanie has continued to run zoom classes for the group on a weekly basis. She has organised the sessions using many innovative ideas to address the limitations of exercising from home. The sessions are very enjoyable and Stephanie is very supportive and constantly checks on the well-being of the group. I strongly recommend you to participate in one of her classes. I find the classes are well thought out to include the important muscle groups in a balanced way with different options for ones individual ability. Clear explanation and varied exercises make the classes fun and valuable for anyone who prefers to avoid high impact. Well done Stephanie, good exercise for wellbeing.

“Just the right level for me”

I have recently joined the My Pace Fitness Class and find that Stephanie is a brilliant instructor. She understands my joint limitations and is always careful to ensure that there are variations to any exercises that might cause me problems. I have been very aware that I need to do some low impact exercises to help with my rheumatoid arthritis and to strengthen muscles in order to protect tendons and ligaments around my joints. Stephanie's class has proved to be just the right level for me and I am looking forward to continuing with the classes.

Why not take one step at a time

Jacob Kidney – Yoga and Bike
Jacob Kidney – Yoga and Bike

Who is Jacob Kidney

Hello everyone!

My name is Jacob Kidney. I have had essential tremors since I was eight years old, my mother has cervical dystonia, my stepfather has early-onset Parkinson’s, and my father has had Parkinson’s for more than 25 years.

Come join my free weekly classes and get moving!

Contact me:

Be in the Moment and Discover what Movement is Essential for you


Biking helps me get rid of adrenaline ad is an important part of my dayly activities. By joining my bikink class i can help you with the same. You only need an indoor bike and a computer in front of you to join.


Yoga has helped me immensely to find more balance for my movement disorder. So much so that I decided to become a yoga teacher because I think it is something that can be very beneficial to many people with movement disorders.

Just Breathe

 I have my 200 hour yoga teacher training certification and also I have an additional certification which specializes me in teaching yoga for people with Parkinson’s. I was trained by a yoga therapist by the name of Theresa Conroy who has been doing yoga for the Parkinson’s foundation for more than 10 years. I am in the process of creating a free exercise program for people with movement disorders.

William Blake

“To see the world in a grain of sand

and heaven in a wildflower
hold infinity in the palm of your hands
and eternity in an hour.”


The current schedule is as follows:

  • virtual cycling every Tuesday evening 7-8pm EST.
  • Gentle Yoga every Thursday evening 8-9pm EST.

I will be opening more classes in the near future as interest grows. Also, I offer private one on one classes for a charge.

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“it’s gentle enough that anyone can do it”

I really enjoy taking yoga classes with Jacob. With my physical limitations it has helped me with focusing on my breathing and taking breaks or stretching as needed. Also, I like the fact that it’s gentle enough that anyone can do it and if you can’t do a certain move you can modify it to what you can do. I’m so grateful that you are doing these classes ~ Thank you​
Liz Lewis

“For me, inactivity can also lead to pain and discomfort”

I’ve been attending Jake’s virtual cycling class for a little over a month now. I like cycling because it puts little pressure on my joints but is an extremely effective exercise. Virtual cycling is even better than doing it on my own, it adds a social aspect (we chat while stretching before cycling) and also adds accountability. Both things I need, especially during covid times. I had greatly decreased my activeness due to covid. For me, inactivity can also lead to joint pain and discomfort from my rheumatoid arthritis. Jake is a great teacher and has incorporated stretches into our routine tailored for each persons’ mobility.
Caitlin Trimble.

“I am so pleased”

I am so pleased to be participating in the Virtual Yoga Class with Jacob Kidney.
This class is especially for people with movement disorders, with participants from around the world. He has shown himself to be a very caring & genuine person, who focuses on the student’s needs & abilities. He checks in prior to the class, to let us know what his plan for the class is, and if we have any concerns in being able to perform the planned activities. He is very concerned about each individual, finding that perfect balance between not pushing too far…but still challenging us to do what we are able. I enjoy the flow of the class. Starting out with a brief “how are you” & “meet other group participants”. Then class begins with relaxation breathing, yoga exercises, & some free-style movements. He plays a variety of music, has an encouraging & calming presence, while providing very clear instructions, stressing safety & modified ways to perform the movements. After class he asks how we are feeling, if we had any particularly difficult exercises, and reviews exercises we can do throughout the week. Love this class! ​
Aneice Farrer

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Veronique Mead
Veronique Mead

Veronique Mead

has a huge blog about science and diseases in a perspective that relate to HOPE Shortcut
She is Trauma and chronic diseases speaker

I’m a primary care doctor who left medicine because I felt I was causing harm and wanted to find a better way.

I retrained and specialized as a trauma therapist and started discovering large bodies of highly respected research that I’d never heard of in medical school.

I blog so those with chronic illness, like me, as well as other health care professionals, can get the facts without having to wait for medical care to catch up.

I have been testing the science and tools for healing trauma with my own debilitating illness. I’ve seen it help clients, colleagues, readers and others too. It is the most powerful tool I’ve found when other things don’t wor

Adversity Shapes Health
The science is catching up to what we know from personal experience, which is that trauma affects our biology, our physiology, our bodies and minds. These effects are not psychological or from “negative thinking.”

Cell Danger Response​

Adversity and support influence threat responses in cells. This strengthens or weakens defense pathways over time. Cell danger responses can get stuck & recover.


Life experiences in babyhood, childhood, adulthood and previous generations turn our own genes on and off. This occurs through the epigenetics. It can be reversible.

The Nervous system

Life events weaken or strengthen defense pathways for survival. Nervous systems can get caught in threat responses to cause chronic illness. Healing can happen over time

Let’s Improve Health – and Health Care

My passion is to share the research I never knew in my medical career with others, including health care professionals.

  • I want people with chronic illness to know about the research explaining how symptoms and disease may not be as incurable as we’ve thought. That the science is discovering it’s about more than the genes we inherit and cannot change.
  • I want you to realize there are helpful tools that can make a difference. That you don’t have to wait until medicine figures it out or catches up with the science.
  • I want you to know it’s not you fault, not because you are weak, and not because you are “wanting attention.”
  • I want to stop the blame and the judgement and the trauma that medical care often causes.
  • I also want to help inform medicine and medical schools. My long term vision is for people with symptoms and their clinicians to work together to find better solutions, as a team.

We need to incorporate the new science in training for all health care professionals, and to incorporate it in education for everyone at all ages. This is how we can start to prevent and decrease the suffering.

Why not use science to break old beliefs about diseases

Richard Underwood
Richard Underwood

Who is Richard Underwood

Volunteer Parkinson’s Speaker and Advocate Richard, the founder of Rickety Warrior, has brought together a community of exercise Instructors, wellbeing, and lifestyle coaches to manage their Parkinson’s condition more effectively. Rickety Warrior has participated in several research projects worldwide, which will enable Parkinson’s people to have a better life with the disease. The group is there to support, educate and empower people to lead a better life living with the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Rickety Warrior lives by its motto ‘Resolute, Positivity, Determination’ in everything it undertakes.

Richard explaining the HOPE shortcut concept

Richard has himself suffered from the problems it is getting a diagnosis. Neurologists and doctors do provide medication, but there is a lot more information and help.
To ensure that people always can get help he is now helping to push the HOPEshorcut out globally via all his connections and networking.
See this video where he explains more

Rickety Warrior

The expertise within the group has enabled us to be keynote speakers at conferences and educational days around the world. Rickety Warrior has been invited onto BBC radio and television and presented on several global radio and television stations.


Richard is in many groups and knows what is going on around the world.

Richard Uses Nordic poles to facilitate longer walks

  • Helps your balance
  • Excersice arms as well
  • Give a more secure trip and more pleasure


Why not walk and see where it brings you

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