Yoga for Fibromyalgia
- Shambhala Publications04/02/2012Pages: 128Size: 7 x 9ISBN: 9781930485167DetailsFibromyalgia 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.RelatedCheck items to add to the cart orAuthor Bio
Shoosh has been teaching yoga since 1974 and specializes in working with students with special needs, including those with MS, arthritis, Fibromyalgia Lymphedema, and cancer. She has a masters’ degree in Diagnostic Education. In 1994, while teaching for the National MS Society, she founded the production and distribution company Mobility Limited and wrote and produced the video Yoga for MS. She also wrote and produced Yoga for Arthritis in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation in 1997, and she produced and distributes the therapeutic dance video written by Sherry Lebed Davis, Focus on Healing through Movement & Dance for Breast Cancer Survivors. Shoosh has given workshops and made presentations on yoga and arthritis at international rheumatology conferences and is especially interested in working with lymphedema. She also has two YouTube videos: Lymphatic Flow Yoga Series and Yoga Seated Sun Exercises.
Shoosh was the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Enhancement, Inc., working with breast cancer survivors for fourteen years. While at Enhancement, one of her projects was the creation and administration of educational seminars for lymphedema therapists out of which grew Lymphedema Seminars, the company she now owns and runs. Lymphedema Seminars is a company that holds educational weekend seminars around the country, providing state-of-the-art training for PTs, OTs, RNs, and others working with lymphedema. She is one of many presenters at these seminars and gives presentations on yoga for lymphedema.
Shoosh began her yoga training in India in the 1970s and continued with Sivananda Yoga teachers in Los Angeles. She has a background in Iyengar-style yoga and has studied with Joel Kramer, Ganga White, and Tracey Rich, among many others. Shoosh loves to teach and has taught yoga at universities, public schools, yoga centers, health clubs, and privately throughout the country. She lives in Morro Bay, California with her husband, Colby, and has seven incredible grandchildren.Praise
"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 HealthySelected Reader Reviews