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puppylover
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   Posted 8/20/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
My sister sent me an article on a small study that was done about tai chi helping with fibro symptoms. It was a limited study but apparently promising. Does anyone do tai chi? The arthritis foundation where I live has classes and I wonder if it would be worth trying.
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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 8/20/2010 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Ive never tried it puppylover, but Im hoping some of the others will have. I would also be interested in knowing if it works.
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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/20/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
That's is something I've wanted to try for YEARS! If you have the opportunity - definitely go for it. It certainly can not hurt you - but it might bring you some surprisingly good benefits. Please let us know how you do?

(I should see if my library has a Tai Chi video for beginners! You've inspired me. Thanks.)
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

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   Posted 8/20/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Tai Chi has a lot to do with focusing on our bodies. You move from one foot to the other while making circular motions with your arms. It is constant slow movement. I think you would like it. Mind and body connection is awesome.

Good luck and let us know how it goes. I ordered a book on it, only I ordered tai ji instead, don't really understand it well. I hope that somebody comes along with more info for you.

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dc3886
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   Posted 8/26/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
When I force myself to move I really enjoy tai chi. Its very relaxing and its nice because my husband does it with me. Even though its slow movements you can still feel it in your muscles, but not so much that you are aching afterward. Another exercise I like to do is low impact yoga. They have yoga dvds specifically for fibromyalgia but I haven't bought any yet. I have a favorite yoga dvd that is low impact and its to help you sleep. Its very relaxing. I haven't done it in a while because I've been having bad flare ups this summer from all the humidity. When I find it in my stack of dvds I'll post the name.

MT Lady
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   Posted 8/26/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I just purchased a DVD for Tai Chi for beginners...haven't received it yet, ordered online, but I will let everyone know how it goes. It has been described to me as "meditation in motion"...sounds lovely!
I trained in Karate - Tai Kwon Do - for over years, went as far as my brown belt, one belt below black, when fibro struck and I had to quit training. All I know is I was in my best shape ever when training in karate...I'm hoping Tai Chi will be as helpful

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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/26/2010 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
dc3886 - I'd love to hear more when you can post about it - both the tai chi and yoga videos that you like. (Is it a tai chi vid that you use?)

MT Lady - Good for you! I think the Tai Chi could continue on with what you were doing. I was watching some youtube videos of Tai Chi masters (is that the right word?) from China - and was impressed with not only the healing side of the art, but the defensive training side of it that one can learn (if they choose.)

I only found one class for it locally - it will be at a retirement home in October I think. $30 for several sessions. The only catch is - they run it at 7:am!! OMG! I really can't figure out how I would get up at 5:am, slowly bathe, do my hair and dry it, eat breakfast and get all the way to the other side of my county by 7:am for ANYTHING. Maybe if I start training for the earliness now I could do it? If anyone loves their videos let me know - you'll save me $30 and a lot of pain getting up too early!

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Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

dc3886
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   Posted 8/26/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Two Tai Chi videos I like are Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for beginners. Both are by Dr. Paul Lam. You can get them on amazon. I'm not sure if they're cheaper on another website. It would be about $20 for each of them. The yoga is AM/PM Yoga For Beginners, I do the good nights sleep workout. I think that is available on amazon too but I bought mine at walmart.
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Statgeek
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   Posted 8/26/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
They offer Tai Chi at the fitness center at the university. I was thinking of taking it. I am only worried because it hurts to hold my arms up in the air and do not know if I could do it. I am sure it is at least worth a try.
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