Ronnie Gardiner Method - Public Lecture Thursday 5 December

Posted by on 19 November 2019

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Medical and Health Sciences

Ronnie Gardiner Method (RGM) sets the brain in motion!

Date: Thursday 5 December
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Venue: Lecture theatre 505-007,
85 Park Road, Grafton

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Join us at the public lecture of Ronnie Gardiner and Mariken Jaspers to learn about the Ronnie Gardiner Method (RGM).

RGM is a novel rhythm-and-music based rehabilitation method that has been used in Swedish health care and rehabilitation since 1993, with international dissemination from 2009.

The method is used to assist with Parkinson’s disease, MS, stroke, acquired brain injury, children with reading and learning difficulties, and also as an activity to enhance healthy aging. Practitioners are now being trained in New Zealand.


Ronnie Gardiner is a professional jazz drummer who lives in Stockholm, Sweden. In the late 1990’s, he decided to use his drumming talent for health care and over a period of 10 years he created the Ronnie Gardiner Method. He was the first American to be honored with the Swedish Saint Erik’s medal, and in May 2015 he received the Swedish Mensa award for the development of his method and contribution to healthcare.

Mariken Jaspers has more than 30 years of experience working as a neuro-physiotherapist and specialises in Parkinson’s disease (PD). She was trained by Ronnie Gardiner in London and became a master RGM-practitioner in 2013. Mariken uses RGM as a welcome and useful addition to the regular treatment of people with brain injury, PD, MS and early stages of dementia in both group and individual settings.

Thanks also to the other sponsors:

  • The HOPE Foundation for Research on Ageing
  • Giving Time
  • Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital
  • New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapy (NZSDRT) Inc
  • And supported by Age Concern NZ

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