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Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain, auto-immune disorder that affects somewhere between six and twelve million people in the U.S.*—primarily women between the ages of 25 and 50. Often mistaken for other illnesses, fibromyalgia is characterized by muscle aches, pain and stiffness, general fatigue and problems sleeping. Symptoms may also include headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, painful periods, numbness or tingling in the legs or arms and hands, restless leg syndrome, and memory problems. With so many different symptoms, it can be difficult to obtain a diagnosis because no one knows what causes it, and there are no objective diagnostic tests.
In addition, it can be difficult to find an exercise program that will help a person with fibromyalgia to function with less pain or improve her overall health. Pilates, because it is gentle, highly individualized, and flexible to the needs of each person, is an ideal form of exercise. Pilates’ low impact approach to improving core strength and circulation can increase muscle relaxation, providing relief from muscle pain, as well as improving overall sense of well being.
In addition, Pilates emphasizes the mind-body connection, a particularly important component for those suffering from fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases, because of their strong tendency to disconnect from their bodies.
In a small pilot study conducted in 2009 by Lale Altan, MD, the researchers found that those who participated in a regular Pilates exercise program improved significantly in terms of pain reduction and reduced symptoms. The researchers concluded: “We suggest Pilates as an effective and safe method for people with FMS.”
Do you or does someone you know suffer from fibromyalgia or other chronic disease? Pilates exercise may help. Leave a comment or contact the studio for more information about designing an exercise program to meet your unique needs.
_______________________________* The National Fibromyalgia Association, Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)
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There are still four spaces available for the clinic on Saturday March 19th from 11:00-2:00
- If you belong to a gym and take a Pilates class and want to get more out of the class, this is the clinic for you.
- If you are training for a spring fun run or ride or a three-month long hike along the pacific coast trail! This is the class for you.
- If you are have chronic low back/ hip pain, this is the class for you.
- If you are a Pilates or Yoga instructor and want some attention! This is the class for you. (you know who you are!)
Each participant will come away with a brand new understanding of the why’s and how to of stabilization and Alignment.
Class is limited to 8 participants. After you register you will be sent a questionnaire. This is a clinic rather than a workshop and your goals and concerns will dictate the material that is addressed.
To register for the clinic: Send a check for $30.00 made out to Archers Pilates & Massage
497 Walnut st. Napa CA. 94558
A reminder, there is plenty of room in the Tuesday 10:00 fundamental of Pilates Mat.
Stay tuned for the April clinic which will be a clinic dedicated to REFORMER repetoire. Perfect for those of you who are considering the Open Studio classes on Monday night and Tuesday morning.