GENTLE EXERCISES FOR CHRONIC FATIGUE AND CHRONIC PAIN WITH RABEA
MOVEMENT SERIES FOR CHRONIC FATIGUE AND CHRONIC PAIN
(CFS/ ME, FIBROMYALGIA, LYME DISEASE, BURNOUT)
(Read about the video series, general guidelines, and the teacher’s bio below!)
1. Grounding exercise to remove stagnation in the body and enhance blood, lymph, and energy flow
This exercise and self-massage can be done as shown in the video clip, on the mat, leaning against the wall, on the edge of a chair, or even standing. It’s about tapping down and up the meridians or energy lines of the body with a loose fist. This exercise helps to activate the skin, warm up the muscles, remove stagnation such as pain – and, if done from head to toe – bring the energy down from the head into the body and effectively ground you.
2. Balancing and deeply calming exercise for anxiety and back pain
This especially calming exercise focuses on deep breathing, gently activating the area of the back with its big back muscles along the spine, the fascia layers of the back, and Urinary Bladder Meridian (running along the left and right side of the spine). It can help calm down anxiety, promote restful sleep, and enhance a feeling of physical comfort.
3. Deeply calming exercise to enhance sleep and relaxation
This exercise gently massages the inside of the arms and effectively stimulates the Heart, Pericardium, and Lung Meridian. Please feel free to experiment with the pressure of your hand while moving it over the arm. The light brush mainly stimulated the lymph system and the meridians, and can be used when the skin feels painful and too sensitive to touch. Firmer touch massages and warms the muscles and moves the upper layer of the fascia and stimulates the meridians.
4. Energy-boosting wall exercises to relieve back and neck pain
These wall exercises are great energy boosters, they take off the weight of the body – you can rest on the mat and still exercise passively, activating the back of the legs, opening the hips and the groin, stretching the glutes and releasing back pain, while the neck stretch is an amazing exercise to effectively release neck, shoulder, and upper back tension and to relieve headaches/ migraines.
5. Gentle movement exercise to activate the spine and the upper body
This wonderful movement exercise will bring you gently in contact with your body by carefully stimulating your spine and the upper body. It also stimulates the Urinary Bladder meridian, the Gallbladder meridian, the hip area, beautifully opens up the chest and invites deeper breathing.
6. Grounding and dynamic chest and back stimulation to regain new energy
This exercise allows you to try out something more energetic but still keeping you grounded and stable. Please check your energy level before trying out this exercise. Rolling the spine up and down, when connected to a long deep breath, relieves back and neck tension, promotes deep breathing and deep relaxation. The gentle side twists activate the back of the legs (Urinary Bladder Meridian) and the sides of the body (Gallbladder Meridian).They help with back pain, shoulder and neck pain.
ABOUT THE VIDEO SERIES AND GENERAL GUIDELINES:
Each video is designed specifically to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enhances the relaxation and restoration of the mind, the body, and its functions. These exercises also gently stimulate energy in the body. Opening and stretching the fascia enhances the lymph and blood flow, which also helps to release muscle tension and soreness in the body, and increase your range of motion and flexibility.
Each part of the sequence can be exercised as a separate movement or as a whole sequence. Each movement/ sequence can be practiced in a gentle or in a more dynamic way. You can play with the quality and the pace of movement according to your current level of energy. Please be mindful before and during each exercise, pause in between, for example, in a short Savasana pose (1-2 min) or child’s pose (1-2 min) in order to listen and to observe any signs of exhaustion, etc. The process of slowing down together with your mindfulness can become a real teacher on a journey of healing and coming home to the body.
ABOUT THE TEACHER:
Rabea is a Yin Yoga and Qigong instructor and of what she calls QiYinFusion. She is also a certified classical homeopath and herbalist and is currently working and teaching in the North of Germany.
For more than ten years, Rabea has been following her passion for learning about and working with the body and the mind. She integrates approaches like Traditional Chinese Medicine, Gestalt Therapy, Inner Child Work, Non-Violent Communication, and Somatic Experiencing into her work.
Rabea studied Yin Yoga with well-known teachers like Sarah Powers (USA), Paul Grilley (USA), and Bernie Clark (Canada), and she has completed her 330 hours certified teacher training course.
During her training as a CAM practitioner, she also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine for three years and spent almost ten years studying and practicing Qi Gong in Germany, Scotland, Thailand, and China.
In her work as an international teacher and CAM practitioner, she focuses particularly on “illnesses” like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease, and chronic pain issues.
For more info about Rabea and contact check out the following: FB: Qi Yinfusion; website: www.qiyinfusion.wordpress.com