Fibromyalgia! Can anything help me?

Tai Chi can, by reducing pain and increasing your energy.

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How can Tai Chi help alleviate chronic pain and fatigue?

Tai Chi encourages mind-body awareness and lets you make subtle but important physiological changes to help you manage your fibromyalgia symptoms.

 

Wendy Sulphur, a member says:
“Fibro is most commonly described as chronic pain and fatigue (even by our dear NHS) yet it is so much more, i.e. Fibro fog, Balance issues, Sensory overload, Dizziness, Coordination issues, Slurred speech, Anxiety, and more. Often, these symptoms can be more debilitating than the pain and fatigue.

As someone, who never suffered from anxiety previously, it’s a difficult thing to adjust to. I was very anxious about joining your group, however receiving such a warm welcome from both you and the group, was a great comfort.

The balance / coordination / dizziness / slurred speech, can make you look and feel as if you’re drunk! Although the exercises cause additional pain, etc, I feel that they help strengthen my back and neck in particular, which is where a lot of the pain is centred.

The breathing exercises are key and don’t cause any additional dizziness.

Tai Chi helps with anxiety and balance / coordination more. I think that being part of such a warm, relaxed and welcoming group is great.

I’ve noticed the difference!”

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Tai Chi is perfect if you wish to start slowly and gradually, as it is very accessible and can be practiced totally at your own pace.

  • Pre-recorded sessions can be followed along with for as little as 5 minutes and up to whatever length of time you can manage.
  • Live video sessions last about 35 minutes but it’s OK to only do what you can do and many of the exercises and movements in Tai Chi can be done sitting down.

For many people who are living with Fibromyalgia this is a great way to start fighting chronic pain and fatigue. This is a new life skill you can enjoy and have fun too!

Non-drug approach To Fibromyalgia Therapeutic benefits through Tai Chi

Several clinical research programs have shown that Tai Chi mind-body exercise  is an excellent approach to helping Fibromyalgia sufferers.

Tai Chi is relaxed, slow, and mindful movement which is capable of being done where and when you want. No pressure just you and calmness.

If you attend the live video sessions (a free option) you will find that your instructors are very understanding of this condition and can help tailor your program to suit you.

Practice Tai ChiAnytime, AnywhereConvenient and at your own pace

Tai Chi can become part of your daily or bi-weekly or weekly routine where you spend that time and space to look after yourself.

It’s a life skill with long term benefits. It might seem contradictory, but putting gentle stress on your body through tai chi exercises can relieve pain and mental stress.

You could be learning Tai Chi in just minutes from now. Our program combines the best elements to allow you to benefit whenever and wherever you want. As long as you have an Internet connection you are good to go.

You will learn from pre-recorded courses containing written and video instruction along with – if you want them – three live video sessions a week (7 p.m. Tue, Wed, and Thu evenings).

we will give you all the knowledge and assistance you need to learn how to manage and maybe even defeat the ‘demons’ of pain, stress, fear, uncertainty, doubt, anxiety, and worry.

About your instructors

Master Instructor Robert Agar-Hutton started learning Tai Chi in the late 1970s and has been teaching since the early 90s. He has personally taught students in the UK, USA, Malaysia and other countries – and now, via his online program, he can teach you, wherever you are. He is aided by his wife Lee, who is also an expert Tai Chi instructor.

Lynne Simpson

“Tai chi classes with Robert and Lee are friendly and fun. They are excellent instructors who make the challenge of learning a new discipline very enjoyable”Lynne Simpson

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions answered which I hope you will find useful. If you have any other questions please do feel free to contact me directly.

Online learning questions

Your courses are only as far away as your internet connected PC or Smartphone.

Train every day, or once a week, or whenever you want. It's your choice.

With online training, YOU are in the driving seat. Do more of the things you enjoy and less (or none) of those you don't. Of course if you want to discuss your likes, dislikes, and progress, support is just an email away.

Being just an email away, we will absolutely do our best to answer your questions. In fact, often a member's question results in additional video material being added to a course to explain the question. So all students benefit.

Will learning Tai Chi be difficult

Almost certainly you are not too old. We have trained people into their 90s and regularly, people in their 70s and 80s. The simple thing to do is for you to give it go and see if you enjoy it and find it worthwhile.

Tai Chi moves are all natural but many of them require you to move your body in ways that are unusual to a beginning student (like stepping sideways). Like any new thing, some students take to it quickly and some take longer. The really great thing about learning Tai Chi is that it is an individual pursuit. So you will take as long to learn it as you need to and that is just fine.

The rest of your life and then a long time more 🙂

Seriously, Tai Chi is an enormous field of study. One that you could spend all day every day studying and still only know a relatively little about it. There are different styles and different sub-styles and much much more to learn if you wanted to.

So perhaps a better question is 'How long will it take me to learn enough Tai Chi so that I start to get some benefit from it?' The answer to that is much kinder. You should start to derive some benefit from your first session onwards, and within a few months be able to see that there are changes in the way you utilise your body. You should find that normal movement should start to feel more relaxed and 'smoother'. If you are subject to stress then once you have learned even the first beginners form (Eight Move One Step Form) then you should be able to practice and perform that and find that it helps reduce stress. There is much more, but a chat with Robert Agar-Hutton is probably the most efficient way to answer additional questions.

Health questions related to Tai Chi

Yes of course you can (I bet you weren't expecting that answer) - you can injure yourself doing ANYTHING, even just sleep the wrong way and you can wake up with a sore neck!!! However, in general Tai Chi is VERY safe and you will be instructed in how to perform the movements and exercises in a safe way. Tai Chi is safer than many forms of exercise as so much of it is done deliberately and slowly.

I have arthritis in my left foot and it can be darn painful at times!!! But yes people with arthritis, even quite severe cases can and do practice Tai Chi. It may or may not alleviate the pain but it will probably teach you how to relax the muscles that tend to tense up, so you may extend your range of movement. Obviously, talk to your doctor as you should before starting any new exercise regime.

You have a medical condition and you are wondering if you can learn Tai Chi. Obviously first speak to your doctor. Then as an informed adult decide if you want to give it a go.

Over the many years we have been teaching we have trained people with a wide range of minor and serious ailments both physical and neurological. Will Tai Chi help you? I don't know, but give it a go and see what happens.

This is a GREAT question. It's great because the answer is so complex that many, many books could be written about it. (And as I have authored a few books, that looks like a bit of an opportunity to me). However, I want to give you a quick and concise answer, so here goes...

NO and YES.

Maybe I should explain, there is not much likelihood of Tai Chi directly curing any ailment, however one of the benefits of practicing Tai Chi is increased mental and physical relaxation. Physical relaxation gives the body time to heal itself (and the body is capable of some amazing things) and mental relaxation reduces the amount of stress that you suffer from - being stressed inhibits the body's immune system, so being more relaxed allows the immune system to act more effectively.

Aspects of ‘Tai Chi’

It is gentle like some forms of Yoga are but it is more relaxed and uses the body in a different way. Also the origins of Tai Chi were as a means of self protection and it still has those capabilities. Yoga was never intended for fighting.

This is an interesting and somewhat complex issue. There are multiple layers to ‘meditation’ from simple relaxation through more intense practices that will put you into a deep state of relaxation and all the way to deep religious and spiritual practices. We do NOT teach the religious and spiritual side of meditation because that depends on what religion you belong to.

We DO teach meditation through movement, the forms in Tai Chi can be used, in and of themselves, to help you relax. And we teach Qigong exercises, combining breathing techniques with either specific physical movements or certain static postures to allow you to bring about a meditative state.

Tai Chi comprises many different aspects. One of these are movements that are put together into fixed sequences called 'forms'. A form is a learning aid so that you can remember what to do; a repository of knowledge in movement for the self defence aspects of the art, and it is the means of training the body in the particular Tai Chi way of movement that helps you to gain the fitness and health benefits of the art.

Forms are prearranged movements in a specific order they range from 8 move forms all the way up to (and past) 108 move forms.

A lot of people considering Tai Chi, will see someone performing a form (maybe on TV) and think 'That looks easy, I'll be able to do that' and then when they start training they are appalled at how difficult it seems to be. I always explain to new students that nothing in Tai Chi is unnatural but the moves are new (to them) and unusual. So it will take time to learn them and that time will vary from person to person.

Taking as long as you need to learn a form is exactly as it should be. Tai Chi is not a race, it is a process of gentle and continual development.

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Before starting any exercise program you should consult with your GP to see if it is suitable for you.