Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia


A non curable medical condition/syndrome that causes chronic musculoskeletal pain and fatigue in the muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms & Effects

  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibro Fog (common name for the brain fog that sufferers experience)
  • Lack of energy
  • Muscle twitching, soreness & weakness
  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Problem with balance
  • Anxiety, stress, depression
  • Disturbed sleep

How Tai Chi can help Fibromyalgia

  • Help strengthen muscles through low impact bodyweight exercises
  • Increase mobility & flexibility with gentle movements
  • Help manage chronic pain
  • Nourish the joints through gentle expansion and compression
  • Help strengthen bone density
  • Help mental clarity
  • Lessen fatigue & gain new energy
  • Improve all body systems; circulation, oxygen in the blood, organ health, lymph,
  • Reduce stress & anxiety & aid depression through deep breathing & meditative movement (activation of the parasympathetic nervous system)

The practices of Tai Chi and Qigong are gentle ways to approach exercise when living with fibromyalgia. The movements can be adapted to the ebb and flow of each student’s health baseline, from lying down to seated and standing. Students will learn what makes the Classical Chinese movement arts both powerful and relaxing. A high importance is placed on a correctly aligned posture relating to life long physiological health. There is a difference between good and bad pain which Tai Chi and Qigong help to teach, so the students can exercise in a healthy and appropriate way. When learning the movements, students also learn about pain as an observation tool and how to pace and manage fatigue.


Here is a good resource for fibromyalgia

Read this article on “Tai Chi Beat Stretching in Fibromyalgia Study”

Another good review here; “Tai Chi may Benefit Patients with Fibromyalgia”

Tai Chi Has Similar or Greater Benefits Than Aerobic Exercise for Fibromyalgia, Study Shows

Tai chi recommended to fight fibromyalgia 

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Improve with Tai Chi Mind Body Exercises

Live Online Tuition – “From My Home to Yours”

Instructor Nicola is passionate about sharing Tai Chi and Qigong with her students. She provides live online private tuition using Skype and/or Facebook video call. Teaching you ancient Taoist movements that will help you towards a regular qigong practice. Your online class is one-to-one private tuition that is set to your pace, style of learning, needs and experience, all from the comfort of your home.

“Hibernating Bear Tai Chi” comes from instructor Nicola‘s ethos to make authentic Tai Chi and Qigong online training available to all abilities. In this online lesson the content is tailored to the student, where Nicola passes on her unique insight into training the Classical Chinese arts when living with chronic and degenerative health, during injury recovery and/or living with a different baseline from the norm. Visit the Hibernating Bear lessons in the webstore.

Please note that the Taoist practices are not a replacement for conventional medical treatment. Please seek advice from your GP before commencing any movement or stillness practices.

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