Yoga for Fibromyalgia

Yoga for Fibromyalgia

Move, Breathe, and Relax to Improve Your Quality of Life
By Shoosh Lettick Crotzer
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Shambhala Publications
Pages: 128
Size: 7 x 9
ISBN: 9781930485167
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Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain in muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points (places on the body where slight pressure causes pain). Although mainstream medicine has yet to devise a successful plan for treating fibromyalgia, yoga offers sensible strategies for managing—and sometimes overcoming—the pain. Written by a yoga teacher and suitable for both yoga novices and veterans, this book is grounded in simple movements, breathing techniques, and guided visualization and relaxation sessions. Readers learn to reduce stress and manage fibromyalgia through eight sequences: four for pain relief, one to diminish fatigue and improve sleep, and three for maintaining body awareness and general flexibility. The author's simple, supportive language and mixture of theory, practice, and the latest scientific data offer hope for one of today's most challenging health conditions.
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"Shoosh Lettick Crotzer has written a wonderful guide for women with fibromyalgia. It is not only clear that she understands the benefits of empowering women to take charge of their health. I love the emphasis on how to apply principles of yoga to everyday life. This book is packed with practical advice, and I will recommend it to my patients." —Leslie J. Crawford, MD, University of Kentucky, Gloria J. Singletary Professor; Chief, Division of Rheumatology and Women's Health; Director, Center for the Advancement of Women's Health

"Shoosh is a healer. She shares techniques and gifted insights honed and focused for a lifetime. In Yoga for Fibrmyalgia, she gives practical ways to relive pain, improve mobility, and restore health. Share it with a loved one in need." —Ganga White, author of Yoga Beyond Belief

"This book offers clear and relevant yoga and lifestyle information to those suffering from fibromyalgia. But it offers something even more important: hope that things can get better. Highly recommended for yoga teachers, for experienced yoga students, and for those people just beginning to practice." —Judith Hanson LAsater, PhD, PT, author of 30 Essential Yoga Poses

"Shoosh Lettick Crotzer understands that most people with fibrolmyalgia can benefit from a gentle approach to yoga. In this book, she teaches a variety of helpful poses and visualization techniques; suggests practice routines to meet your changing needs; and, most important for healing, guides you toward making yoga part of your everyday life." —Timothy McCall, MD, editor of Yoga Journal, author of Yoga as Medicine

"This book is an inviting introduction to yoga for fibromyalgia sufferers. With a well-considered series of gentle stretches and breathing and relaxation exercises, this program is beneficial even for more debilitated beginners and forms a foundation for those students ready to move on to other active yoga poses." —Julie Gudmestad, PT, director of the Gudmestad Yoga Studio, Portland, OR and author of Yoga Journal's "Anatomy" column

"Ms. Crotzer's breathing and awareness techniques are excellent for increasing focus and mental clarity, which facilitate coping not only with fibromyalgia but also with general stress. She has done a terrific job of adapting traditional yoga poses, somem of which can be done in a chair. And the book's instructions and photos make the poses easy to follow. I particularly like the sections called "Everyday Yoga," which give examples of how to use the poses throughout the day. Her yoga sequences can clearly help people with fibromyalgia in a way that is gentle and does not cause pain." —Jeanne Melvin, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, author of Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Getting Healthy

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