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K9
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   Posted 1/24/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anybody tried this?

OK, so I bought this DVD called "Basic Pilates" about 3 years ago. Put it on once, and couldn't do any of the exercises so shoved it on a shelf. But since my rheumatologist suggested "gentle aerobic exercise - beginning gradually" I pulled it out and thought I'd try it. Well...it's been a MIRACLE for my aching body, headaches and such. I've done it every day this week. The first few days I could only do the breathing and some of the basic positions. I can't "sit up" with bent knees no matter what I do - let alone "roll up". There's this other thing called the "seal" where you roll up on your shoulders like a ball and roll back. I thought - ya right! But today I DID IT.

It's really helping to strengthen both my abs and back (at the same time) - which is the idea. And without stress on my arms or legs.

The second day I had sore muscles from guess what...BREATHING! lol. That's got to be the definition of "out of shape". Ya - my muscles of my diaphragm hurt from doing the deep breathing for 1/2 an hour.

Anyway...it's not a class (I'm too tired to go to those usually).

What's anyone else's experience with Pilates?
I have Fibromyalgia, and nothing else!
I take Lyrica 225 mg/day and Tramadol (150mg time-released) and amytriptilene 7.5mg


hurtinginaz
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   Posted 1/24/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! Im glad you were able to find some help from Pilates. I have been doing it for years before being diagnosed with fibro., and have recently not done it in a while, but it has helped me a ton, and i need to get back to doing it. I would also recommend windsor pilates. In those videos, they show you ways to alternate the positions if you have less range of motion or are just beginning. Those are the videos i first started with when i was first learning how to do pilates and it helps in teaching people new to pilates.
-kim

jewelrylady
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   Posted 1/24/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
K9, I am glad you started this thread.  I have been thinking of trying Pilates at home but was unsure if I could do it or if I would overdo it & flare.  Everything is about the "flare" lately.  How long do you exercise?  I am anxious to hear if you continue to receive benefits from it.  I hope so.  Hugs, Denise

 I have:  Fibromyalgia, CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, depression, TMJ

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PAlady
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   Posted 1/24/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I hope you don't mind me posting over here. I'm usually on the CP thread but saw a couple of the posts here relating to exercise and although I'm too tired right now to post much, I'd sure like to start to get some inspiration.

I have a Pilates machine I bought about 10 years ago on ebay! I have LOVED it over the years and I'm a couch potato type. It is the only exercise that I've done on a pretty consistent basis until I took a bad fall in 2004. Even then, it was slowly getting back on the Pilates (although I can't even do all the exercises on the basic video anymore) that helped me stay feeling somewhat strong. I did a lot before my back fusion surgery to strenthen my core, and I know it helped because I could use my legs to lift. However since my surgery over a year ago I've only used it a couple of times. I think some of it is plain fear, as things have changed since my fusion and I'm not sure how I work anymore, if that makes sense. So it sits here. I got on it a couple of times last week very briefly, and I was ok, so I think now it's easing back in.

I've also been putting on a lot of weight over the past couple of years, and it's emotional eating coupled with lack of activity. I have to do something before it really gets out of hand. I have a treadmill here but haven't used it since my fall, since I tore the ACL in my left knee when I fell (among other things) and it's hard for me to walk even around the block without screwing something up.

Anyway, hope I can jump in with you - now I just have to remember to hop over, if you all don't mind. I don't have fibro, but between all the pain from the fall and arthritis (worse with cold weather) somedays I'm not far off. If you'd prefer I start a thread over on the CP forum, I would understand!

PaLady

Post Edited (PAlady) : 1/24/2009 11:51:08 PM (GMT-7)


bektold
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   Posted 1/24/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Last year I took reformer classes, and they were a huge help.  (Reformers are the torture-device looking equipment.)  I found the classes very relaxing, and I think they did a lot to keep me limber.  As I got sicker I wasn't able to keep up with the classes and once I stopped I got even worse.  At the time I knew I had Crohn's and we thought all the joint pain was Crohn's related.  Now that I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and we've started treating it, I hope to work my way back up to taking those classes again.  Right now I might make it through a full 50 minute class, but I'd be worthless for a day or two after.  That's a good idea to do part of a dvd and work my way up.  I've got a Denise Austen pilates dvd that I've never really used.  I also have a Kathy Smith yoga video that I haven't looked at in years.  I should dust that one off, too.

patsie
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   Posted 1/25/2009 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I am going to give Pilates a try, great idea. Should I look for special dvd of just any basic? I joined a yoga class and just could not handle it, could not believe it but couldn't. Think if I go at my own pace it may just work.

Patsie

FibroBooBoo
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   Posted 1/25/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I LOVE pilates!! It took me a little while before I could do the entire DVD. I love Denise Austin. Her voice is soothing, yet she motivates me.

I also have the pilates performer machine. I LOVE it. I haven't done the pilates in a few years, but I am going to try my hardest to get back to it.
It really did help with my aches and pains..... and gave me a flat stomach!

I too can not do yoga... it's too hard!!

Yes, I think I will pop the Denise Austin DVD in and give it a go today!! :)
{{{hugs}}}
Tina

Diagnosed in 1999, SSD 2000, Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Tendonitis, Arhtritis,
Hiatial Hernia, Acid Reflux, GERD, Hypoglycemic, Allergies... and the list goes on. My Doctor says
I am an enigma LOL.

Meds: Wellbutrin XL, Flexeril, Prilosec, Tramadol, Mobic, Zyrtec, Tylenol


PAlady
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   Posted 1/25/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, good, maybe I've found some people to help motivate me! I don't think I could do the Pilates without the home reformer machine. It helps keep my body in the right position, plus there's some cushioning under you and to me at least it makes it all much easier. And you can do whatever exercises help, and not do the others.

I don't know if this will help anyone else here, but I have arthritis pretty bad in my hands (worse in winter) so I would notice the morning after I used the hand pulls on the Pilates my hands were really bad. So I went to a sporting goods store and tried on a bunch of the gloves weight lifters use for protection and found a pair that wasn't too thick but was thicker than golf gloves and I put them on whenever I do my Pilates. Helps tremendously. My hands are no worse the next morning than they usually are!

BTW if you look for a used Pilates machiine you can sometimes find them easier than you think. I got mine on ebay - was from a woman who lives about a half hour away so I was able to go see it, try it out and then just have it loaded into my car. Another friend found hers at a garage sale for $50. You might try looking in the ads in your local paper for used ones.

PaLady

patsie
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   Posted 1/25/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a lot to learn, do you have to have a machine to do Pilates??? The Denise Austin sounds good. I used to be able to kick you know what with her.

Patsie

PAlady
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   Posted 1/25/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Patsie,
No you don't need a machine. You can learn the exercises without one. I just find it easier for me, and a little more comfortable.

I used to use Denise Austin's walking tapes years ago. I think she's great. But I've never seen her Pilates. There's so many forms out there now! I wish more physical therapists would learn it so they could help us integrate exactly what would work for each of us, and what moves might be harmful. I think a few PT's do know it, but none in my area.

It's the only exercise I've actually LOVED doing. Everything else has been something I felt I should or needed to do. It's a big difference!'

I love this thread and hope those of you with fibro don't mind me sticking my nose in.

PaLady

patsie
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   Posted 1/25/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks PaLady,

I so miss dancing so maybe this will help me. I know what you mean about certain things hurting us. I went to a recommended Yoga class and the course nearly killed me. I became so very discouraged b/c I thought Yoga would be great. I'm sure the right class might be.

At least this post is helping me get moving....Patsie

Carnissa
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   Posted 1/25/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
i find that doing pilates with a ball is much easier for me i have the windsor pilates too but havent done them in forever

i even got a mini stepper so that i can do more cardio exercises and i don't have the impact from jogging... which helps on the knees and ankles
Diagnosed - fibromyalgia 2001
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Dagger
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   Posted 1/25/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I find that pilates kills my neck. I hurt my neck in a head on collision about 25 years ago and certain things really aggravate it. I took a class and really took it easy and then couldn't turn my head for over a week. I really wanted to try it because it strengthens your core and I keep getting abdominal hernias.

I tried it again a few years ago. It was a beginning pilates class. I spoke to the instructor before class and we discussed my condition. She told me she'd let me know what moves I should skip. I was so excited because she made it sound like I would benefit from the class. She allowed me to participate in about 5 minutes of a 45 minute class!

I've had more success with yoga, it's easier on my neck. The right class, pilates or yoga, makes all the difference.

Sometimes, the classes for senior citizens or people with arthritis work out much better. They are actually for beginners. Many studios call it a beginner class but it's way tooooo hard for even a healthy beginner. My healthy, slim, athletic teenage daughter took a beginning yoga class with me and dropped out after the second class - she couldn't keep up and was too sore the next day.

bektold
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   Posted 1/25/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I had some problems with neck pain after the reformer classes, too.  I finally figured out that I was pushing my head back into the pad (when laying on my back on the carriage) to stabilize my body, rather than using my abs like I should.  When I started using my abs more, the neck pain was reduced.  And suddenly, the class was much harder!  Funny how doing an exercise the right way is so much tougher!
 
I didn't pull out that dvd today like I'd planned.  I think I over did it yesterday.  Today was the worst day I've had since I was diagnosed and went on Lyrica.  In fact, I think I hurt worse today than I did over New Year's, and that was bad indeed.  Tomorrow will be better.  Live in hope!

PAlady
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   Posted 1/25/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had neck problems for over 20 years. I think that's why using the machine is so important to me because I can rest my head on the tiled head rest, and the round little pillars (not sure how to describe them) keep my shoulders in the right position. If I was trying to hold my neck like in the Pilates without the machine I believe I'd have a really difficult time.

PaLady
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