While massage and yoga may seem a little bit too "alternative" to some readers, these two books make a very good case for their use in care homes. They both put forward simple and unthreatening exercises that can be led by staff at any level. I would recommend starting any such program (massage or yoga) by getting staff to learn and appreciate the techniques by practicing on each other - a good way to begin a team meeting.
The Midwest Book Review
Chair Yoga: seated exercises for health and wellbeing provides some 90 easy exercises that have been specially developed to include those with limited mobility, helping this stand out from the crowd of exercise guides that assume full functioning. Clear directions offer keys to routines that don't require prior knowledge of yoga or exercise, with movements accompanied by explanations of their benefits. Yoga teachers who want to bend chair yoga into their classes as well as those who want an at-home problem accommodating limited mobility will find this a top pick from a qualified yoga teacher.
Barbara Currie, yoga expert and creator of numerous yoga dvds and books
Chair Yoga is a welcome addition to our yoga library... it will be a boon to our aging population who are often worried about starting yoga in case they are too stiff to keep up with the rest of the class. This is the book that I have been waiting for. I will now be able to help so many more people who require a more gentle approach to yoga. I am going to recommend it to all my pupils with mobility problems.
Annette Wellings, Pilates instructor and author of Curves, Twists and Bends: A Practical Guide to Pilates for Scoliosis
A perfect guide to yoga for people with limited mobility. The clearly explained, gentle chair exercises promote strength and flexibility, and open the benefits of yoga to all. Chair Yoga keeps muscles strong, joints flexible, minds alert, and improves balance...Beautifully written and accessible, this is a gem of a book.