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MINDFUL MOVEMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA

Thursday, November 08, 2012



This week I received a wonderful gift. My daughter discovered that a local group is sponsoring free exercise classes especially designed for people with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that results in chronic pain. People with fibromyalgia have widespread pain, aches and stiffness in muscles and joints throughout the body along with unusual tiredness. If you want to know more about it here is a link to a Spark health article: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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When you are already experiencing ongoing pain it can be hard to even consider doing traditional exercise. Moving your body may be the last thing you feel like doing but I have already found that it really does help. When you have chronic pain it is easy to over-do any activity. The good thing about gentle movement is that it increases your awareness of how your body is feeling as you move, thus helping you to avoid injury.

In fact, using a gentle way to stretch and relax the muscles has helped me become more active than I have been for years. So far, I’ve been pretty much on my own, experimenting to find what works best for me. So the good news about this class is that for the first time I can learn more about mindful movement with a group and have the encouragement that comes with working out with others.

I attended my first class on Tuesday and found a knowledgeable, well-qualified instructor and a group of supportive participants. We began with general warm-up exercises and then did gentle stretches to increase range-of-motion to painful muscles and joints. Afterwards I felt more energetic with no increase in pain. Yay!



The Low-Impact Aerobics class meets on Thursdays. Strength and Balance is the focus on Saturdays. Each session closes with a cool-down relaxation set that is very important to reduce any post-exercise soreness.

I'm feeling very hopeful and grateful that I have this new resource. And I'm looking forward to reporting my progress.


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JUSTLLAMA 11/19/2012 3:32AM

    Awesome!

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VIMVIGOR 11/11/2012 5:12PM

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SIOBHANKNITS 11/11/2012 2:38PM

    This sounds like a true gift for you. I'm so glad you found it! Just having a group of people who understand one another's condition and challenges would seem to me to be valuable, but to also add the movement as well, that's just fantastic. I hope you experience the increased quality of life this seems to promise.

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BEFIT014 11/9/2012 10:51PM

    That's GREAT! My husbands' daughter has fibromyelgia, too. She said her doctor told her that NO exercise is best(we know that not to be true, tho). As a result, she has practically no 'good' days.

I'm glad you're finding these classes to be helpful!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 11/9/2012 2:48PM

    That's awesome! I have fibromyalgia and can use any tips you might want to share.

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JAMER123 11/8/2012 11:44PM

    I will have to keep my eyes open for a class like this! I find massage therapy to be my best stretching. My therapist does deep tissue muscle/fascia release and that is my way of additional stretching! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 11/8/2012 10:28PM

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LOSINGLINNDY 11/8/2012 9:34PM

    How wonderful for yo emoticon u.

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NPA4LOSS 11/8/2012 9:22PM

    emoticon I think it is great that you have found the support! emoticon

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BARBIE176 11/8/2012 8:50PM

    emoticon so happy that you have found this. It sounds like a really great opportunity for you. So happy you live in an area that has so much to offer to you. emoticon emoticon

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AMBER783 11/8/2012 7:57PM

    emoticon It's wonderful you found an exercise group! I have chronic back pain and I've noticed that when I am more active it helps with the pain.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/8/2012 6:37PM

    That's great ...what she did for you.

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BIGPAWSUP 11/8/2012 2:44PM

    Sounds wonderful! I'm so happy you found a group that knows what they are doing and appears to be helping. Awesome!

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JEANNE229 11/8/2012 1:59PM

    Fibromyalgia is a tough one. I have a daughter in law with it, and it is very hard to live normally with it. Glad you found something to help.

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SPEEDY143 11/8/2012 1:44PM

    emoticon I'm glad you found a class you like. I'll be interested in your progress.... I'm in the same boat and am getting very discouraged from the constant pain emoticon emoticon for sharing CJ... gentle emoticon emoticon

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WINNINGBATTLE 11/8/2012 10:38AM

    emoticon that is always nice you getting stuff to help your condition, fibromylagia has no real cure, but with simple exercises it will help you through, awesome! emoticon

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ESILBO 11/8/2012 9:09AM

    emoticon FOR SHARING.
DEALING WITH THAT FOR ABOUT 30 YEARS. AT TIMES; COPING, REVOLTING, HOPING, DEPRESSIONS AND DISABILITY, I KNOW NOW THAT EXERCISE IN THE WATER IS MY BEST FRIEND. IT STILL DIFFICULT TO DO THE DAYS WHEN YOU HAVE NO ENERGY BUT NOW, BEING RETIRED, I CAN TAKE IT ONE DAY AT THE TIME AND NOT FREAK OUT ABOUT IT.
WISH YOU ALL THE BEST
GENTLE HUGS
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IZZYBEBOP 11/8/2012 8:29AM

    That's awesome! what a great gift that was for Stephanie to find that for you. I know you will benefit from it greatly.

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ASHAIXIM 11/8/2012 7:35AM

    WOW that is super cool!! I wish they had that in my area!! emoticon

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NEW_PARADIGM 11/8/2012 7:33AM

    What a wonderful, hopeful blog. My friend TravelGrrl sent me the link to your blog knowing I, too, am learning to find my best life with fibromyalgia. So happy for you to have found such a supportive resource!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/8/2012 6:55AM

    I'm so happy for you! From another Sparkfriend I'm learning what an affliction fibromyalgia is. I'm glad you've found something that may help. emoticon

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