Medical qigong for fibromyalgia
This specifically designed Medical Qigong for Fibromyalgia 10 week program is aimed for patients dealing with mild to serious Fibromyalgia. Patients can participate by either standing, sitting or both depending on their ability and needs.
The intention of this program is to guide participants to develop a daily exercise practice that is enjoyable and can be integrated into everyday life from the base of one’s home, using traditional Medical Qigong as the basis of the practice. No equipment or special clothing is required.
Medical Qigong is the synchronised practice of breathing, mindfulness and movement. Medical Qigong is both ‘External' in the way it builds muscle strength, tendon suppleness, fascia elasticity and joint mobility, and ‘Internal' as it optimises organ health and the neuroendocrine system. Medical Qigong works through the Acupuncture Meridians, Limbic and Central Nervous System.
The cradle of the program is learning how to breathe correctly, using the diaphragm. Throughout the 10 weeks the breathing practice is developed to massage the internal organs, each of which are intrinsically linked to our emotions. Fibromyalgia is difficult to treat and those who suffer from it have a multitude of different symptoms, saying this there are commonly recognised symptoms and related conditions such as :
Pain and tender points
Concentration and memory problems, known as “fibro-fog"
Anxiety or depression
Numbness, and tingling in the hands, arms, feet, and legs
The trained movements consist of soft to dynamic, to accomplish ‘active relaxation’. The soft elements will initiate the ‘relaxation response’ to aid quality sleep and the more dynamic elements will promote a moderate, achievable whole-body exercise to manage pain. The mindfulness element is a constant visualisation practice with each movement that promotes a meditative effect. This meditation component of Medical Qigong is an example of the psychoneuroimmunological process that affects physical health and well-being of the participant. The moving meditation of Medical Qigong lowers stress, strengthens the immune system, reduces chronic inflammation, and improves cellular metabolism.
Participants will be encouraged to develop a positive-exercise-habit over the 10 weeks, and beyond. Starting off with just a few minutes every day, and building to a twenty-minute daily practice.
There is no expectation on the participant to continue with classes after the program, however, this is encouraged to continue to develop self-discipline and avoid poor practices.
Our experience suggests that positive emotions, robust social connections, and physical health influence one another in a self-sustaining upward spiral dynamic and feedback loop that promotes physical and psychological well-being.