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 and chronic fatigue
- Muscle twitching, soreness & weakness
- Acute and chronic pain
- Difficulty with balance
- Anxiety, stress, frustration, depression (psychological impact of living with chronic health)
- Disturbed sleep and insomnia
How Tai Chi and Qigong can aid the symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Help strengthen the muscles gently through low impact bodyweight exercises
- Increase mobility & flexibility through a gentle approach to movement
- Help manage chronic pain and release physical tension
- Nourish the joints through gentle expansion and compression
- By working with varying health baselines, everyone is individual and exercises to their own ability
- Learning through method not mimic
- Working with your posture in a safe and stable range of motion
- Supports knee health
- Help strengthen bone density
- Increase mental clarity and focus
- Learning the importance of physical symmetry
- Understanding the mind and body connection
- Helps with motivation and challenges.
- Fall prevention, balance and grounding
- Lessen fatigue & gain new energy
- Boost mood and serotonin levels through gentle exercise
- Increase the function and efficiency of the internal organs
- Improve all body systems; circulation, digestion, hormone, lymph etc.
- Reduce stress, anxiety and the symptoms of depression through deep breathing & slow movement (activation of the parasympathetic nervous system and slowing down of the central 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. The Classical Chinese movement arts are 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 chronic 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”
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.