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Relieve Fibromyalgia Symptoms with Aqua Classes

By Tracy Dye

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, the prospect of exercise can seem daunting or even impossible. The disorder (which affects approximately 5 million people in the United States each year) is characterized by severe, widespread pain, along with mood issues, cognitive problems, digestive issues and extreme fatigue, among other things. Fibromyalgia can be genetic or can develop as a result of injury or extreme psychological stress. Although the disorder is not life-threatening, it can severely inhibit functioning and overall quality of life.

You can work out while managing fibromyalgia without feeling completely spent when your regime includes the right activities, like swimming and stretching. Exercising in the pool can offer a variety of benefits. Water offers buoyancy and support, which limits any impact on joints and allows you to perform several different activities — such as jumping and running — without pain that may otherwise be experienced with high-impact, land-based exercises.

Aquatic exercises provide benefits for those dealing with chronic pain

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases touts exercise as being one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia. According to The Mayo Clinic, water-based exercises and stretching are good options for chronic pain.

Moreover, exercise can also relieve stress, which in turn reduces the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

At Haven on the Lake, several different aqua classes are available for all levels to help you feel and look your best.

Aqua Yoga and Aqua Tai Chi are both gentle class options for when you want to get moving but also seek relief. If you find yourself looking for something more upbeat, Aqua Spin (an underwater cycling class, Aqua Circuit (which includes an aquatic trampoline and punching bag, among other things) and a pool-based dance class known as LaBlast Splash are available to get your heartrate and mood soaring.

Another form of hydrotherapy available is Watsu. Watsu is a gentle and powerful form of mind body therapy performed in warm water by a certified Watsu practitioner. It combines elements of zen shiatsu, meditation, tai chi and yoga. During a session, you are continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched. For more information, click here or email HOL@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

The aforementioned are only a few options at Haven on the Lake that can help you heal your pain and improve your overall wellness.

For a complete schedule of aqua classes, click here or call 410-715-3020 for more information. Before beginning any program, be sure to consult with your general care practitioner.