Mindful Movement

“The miracle medicine that works across every disease state is called exercise.”

Dr. Jordan Metzl, The Exercise Cure

Physical activity is the only thing that continually and consistently beats the pain of fibromyalgia, improves mood and has no adverse side effects. But just like any drug, you have to select the right kind of activity and take it in the right dose at the proper time. I’ve been burned enough times to know that high intensity exercise (even over stretching) and total rest are not the answer.

The most difficult thing about exercising with fibromyalgia is that you don’t know that you’ve overdone it until AFTER the damage is done.  Sometimes you feel so good in the moment that you push it a little too far.  Once the high wears off, the pain and fatigue set in and you’re down for the count.

Mindful Movement is any physical activity that is performed with awareness and purpose. 

To get the benefits of any physical activity, attention must be paid to your breath, your body and your personal strengths & weaknesses.  Movement of any kind helps fibromyalgia pain simply because it brings fresh oxygen to your muscles.  Insufficient oxygen in muscle cells causes pain. This is why I include meditation and breathing under the category of “mindful movement.”

“Breathing deeply and releasing fear will help you get where you want to be.”          -Iyanla Vanzant

Breathing is the ONLY involuntary process in the human body which you can willfully control if you choose to.  It is therefore the gateway into the nervous system.  By breathing fully into all areas of the lungs (especially the lower lobes), you can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to help your body relax and repair itself.  Breathing with focused attention (aka. meditation) will help you gain mastery over the “monkey mind”and reduce anxiety.

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“Nose breathing drives oxygen more efficiently into the lower lobes of the lungs rather than staying in the upper lobes, as with mouth breathing.”                                                                 – Dr. John Douillard, Life Spa

Check out this link to read more about the 15 benefits of nose breathing.