The aim for Box Positive is to offer an evidence based and effective service for people that have been directly affected by Parkinson’s and other neurological, mental and physical health conditions.
Currently Zoom sessions are offered to groups of people living with Parkinson's on Tuesday's and Saturday's at 10AM and on Thursday a strength and flexibility session is held at 6PM. 1-1 person specific sessions take place either in the comfort of your own home or at Droitwich Amateur boxing club at a time that no one else is at the club.
Exercises are tailored to combat symptoms, for example the fast punches that are delivered as part of a rhythmic combination targets both difficulties with initiating movement and slowed movements. It is recommended that people book in for a 1-1 initial session prior to joining the group. This allows time for a programme to be designed and tailored specifically to the person's needs.
People can learn in their own time in a welcoming, fun and supportive group environment, the exercises also require thinking skills and coordination although laughter is key! Parkinson's gets put on the ropes too and we get to take out our frustrations which is an added bonus!
Sessions involve assessment, followed by goal setting then exercises and activity specific to goals set with the aim of maximising people's independence and getting the best out of life.
As an Occupational Therapist Charles can give advice on compensatory strategies to help with performing tasks independently and advise on equipment where necessary. He can also help with fatigue management and sleep hygiene. Sessions also incorporate relaxation strategies and advice to help with motivation and reducing feelings of apathy.
Psychology, Mental Health and Counselling Diploma
Sport and Exercise Science Diploma
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Registered Exercise Professional (REPS)
Head Coach at Droitwich Amateur Boxing Club (ABAE Registered)
The first UK Qualified Counterpunch Parkinson's Coach
British Universities Champion
Senior ABA Midlands Champion
British Under 19 Champion
Junior ABA National Champion
Represented England on numerous occasions
Charles started boxing at the age of 14, Droitwich Amateur Boxing Club offered him a place of escape and for the first time he experienced a state of 'Occupational Flow'. At this early stage he recognised the importance of engaging in meaningful activity. Setting and working towards goals instilled a sense of purpose. This personal experience inspired him to coach and help young people in pupil referral units and community centres, initially whilst competing as a boxer himself at the age of 17.
Charles started competing for England at the same age and won a number of regional and national titles. In 2010 He was sparring partner for Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly - both later became world champions. At the time Charles took an avid interest in strength and conditioning and building his own explosiveness and strength. He has used the same principles whilst coaching competitive boxers and adapting these principles for use in healthcare.
There is a core belief at Box Positive, that believing you CAN will lead to positive outcomes. The evidence was there in Charles's own career and the evidence is clear with a number of clients stating they feel they have "put the effects of Parkinson's in reverse".
Charles has worked as an Occupational Therapist in various physical and mental health hospital settings and treated people with a range of neurological, neurodevelopmental, physical and neuropsychiatric conditions. Charles has experience of working in NHS settings and in private settings under case management.
Local doctors refer Parkinson's patients to Box Positive.
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