Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic disease with many symptoms. It makes you feel tired and sore all the time. You don’t sleep well and you may also suffer from headaches, food allergies and irritable bowel. In addition, you may have fibro-fog a symptom that affects your ability to think. The research is mounting to support practicing qigong to relieve symptoms and two people have been cured by practicing qigong. Several studies were examined in this review. Here are the findings from the studies: Practicing Qigong can improve: pain sleep fatigue physical and mental function These improvements were achieved in many of the studies – even though the studies were very different. The time spent practicing and type of qigong practiced was different in the studies. The authors of this research focus on 4 random controlled trials (considered the gold standard for research) to make recommendations. They highlight that practicing qigong 30-45 minutes daily for 6 to 8 weeks consistently produces results. These benefits were constant after 4 to 6 weeks. In addition, study participants continue to practice Qigong! It is interesting to note that it does not matter what kind of qigong you practice. This validates what many of my teachers have said, bad qigong is better than no qigong. What is important is that you do it, and you do it every day. I teach some of the qigong that was mentioned in the studies. I have introduced qigong to my fibromyalgia clients who take an aqua-fitness class with me. The class is 60 minutes long. The first 10 minutes is range of motion exercises followed by 20 minutes of gentle cardio. We then practice qigong for 30 minutes. The ladies love the class, [...]
I love the water and have been an aquafitness instructor/trainer for 25 years. While studying qigong I asked one of my teachers what he thought about practicing Qigong in the water. He told me that water is an excellent medium for Qigong because water magnifies the benefits of Qigong. Many years ago I went to an aquatic therapy conference in Washington D.C., while there I learned about Tai chi in the water and later became certified to teach Ai Chi. Ai Chi is a set of Tai chi movements designed for the water. Both Tai chi and Qigong are perfect for the water. When you watch someone do Qigong and Tai chi it looks like they are in the water. Water supports the slow flowing movements and helps the learner achieve success early. Fluid Zen is a combination of Ai Chi and many forms of Qigong done in a warm pool (90 degrees). I begin and end each class with a few movements of Ai Chi, followed by several qigong poses from the different styles I have learned. Currently, I incorporate the 18 Luohan hands and the five yin organ routine. In September 2018 I will be adding Shibashi. Shibashi is beautiful flowing form and will be perfect in the water! Practicing in the water allows for more freedom of movement. You can get more range of motion in the water, sink deeper into the poses and the warm water assists with relaxation. Come and try a class! I am so excited to be teaching at two pools in Oakville! Click here to see where you can experience Fluid Zen.