Fibromyalgia relief with Hooping Exercises

Fibromyalgia relief is difficult because there is still not a ton of research on this dis-ease.

I have many students who use their exercise hoops and have significantly found respite from their ailments.

For people looking for fibromyalgia relief it is recommended that sufferers partake in moderate intensity aerobic training over a period of (at least) 3 months which may improve overall well‐being and physical abilities; although the aerobic training itself probably leads to few changes in pain or tender points.

Strength training, however, over a period of (at least) 3 months may result in large reductions in pain, tender points and depression, improvement in overall well‐being but may not help in physical function.

My conclusion is that a program designed with both of these in mind combined with the slow-impact properties of hooping, make the exercise hula hoop program a perfect solution for fibromyalgia relief.

Of course, if the exercisers experience increased symptoms, they should cut back until symptoms improve. One should always check with their health care professional.

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Memory describes how hooping has given her fibromyalgia relief

What is it and what can be done to help with fibromyalgia relief?

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of persistent widespread pain and tenderness. Individuals looking for fibromyalgia relief suffering from chronic pain may also experience a wide range of other symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, fatigue, stiffness, and depression. Symptoms may put people off exercising but studies show that the majority are able to exercise. Exercise training can include aerobics ; strengthening exercises or using resistance ; and stretching for flexibility.

Hooping combines moderate aerobic exercise with resistance provided from the hula hoop itself and the bodies contact points when used correctly. Strengthening and toning exercises are provided in this site to help you find some fibromyalgia relief.

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I find these moves very beneficial to aid in stress relief and body conditioning for those who suffer from chronic pain searching for fibromyalgia relief.

I found this testimony online here written in 2007:

As a person with Fibromyalgia and Arthritis, looking for fibromyalgia relief, it has been *very* hard for me to find forms of exercise that I could do without winding laid up in bed for at least a full day afterwards (sometimes two or three). I've had some success with yoga and pilates but they've been unable to hold my attention.

Well, for the past year I've been hoop dancing - that's right, dancing with professional adult-sized hula hoops - and it has been something that I can do without winding up in pain, it's low impact cardio and strength training, and it lifts my spirits like nothing else. I'm more toned, have more energy, am less depressed, sleep better, and concentrate better. Plus, it's fun! I thought some others here could benefit from some information on hoop dance and it's physical and mental benefits.

She cited this article which is beautifully written.I could not find the original source but the writer is with and describes hooping as healing which is accurate as to why hooping may bring fibromyalgia relief to sufferers of chronic pain:

Hoop Dance as a Healing Art Karen Spencer, LMT, CD, Maia Healing Arts

Hooping makes our bodies feel great. We know it instantly when we pick up our first hoola-hoop as a kid, and when we rediscover hooping with large handcrafted hoops as an adult. Spinning the hoop around our body and dancing with the hoop to music is fun, sensual, blissful, and creative. Hooping invokes laughter and smiles, and it improves health.

Hooping gently restores health and vitality through playful exploration of breath, movement, and awareness. Movement and breath coordinate to nurture the flexibility of our spine, strengthen the core musculature of the torso, and promote the integral functional of our organs. Optimal health is nurtured through hooping.

Movement is consciousness. The brain formulates a thought and sends that information via the nervous system through the body, where movement takes place. When the skin, the largest sense organ in the body, perceives touch, it transmits that information to the brain. There is no separation between mind and body, spirit and form. They are a continuum of the spiral of life.

Hooping reeducates the body in conscious movement through: spiraling movements, sacral rocking, abdominal massage, and rhythmic movement. Spiraling, rocking, massage, and rhythm are primal motions of human life, beginning in the womb. Adopting these motions through playful exercise invigorates the body and stimulates self-healing.

Spiraling Movements:

Vanda Scaravelli, yogini and author, writes in Awakening the Spine that “we have to avoid angular movements and adopt circular, spiral ones”. She refers to this movement as “spiral-circumpheric” and describes the gentle spiraling gestures of the body as a way to deepen yoga practice through healthful movement. She refers to a photo of a young girl hoola-hooping as “exercising her spine and skeleton playfully”.

The relationship between the head and the spine is of utmost importance for posture, movement, and ergonomics. Hooping creates spiraling movements with the head and spine which aligns the vertebrae and nurtures coordination of the body and mind. Hoola-hooping results in the embodied remembering of the natural movements of children free of neuromuscular restrictions.

Sacral Rocking:

When hooping, we rock the sacrum from front to back, tilting it gently anterior and posterior. Sacral rocking creates a wave-like motion in the spine and skeleton. The sacrum is the central bone of the pelvis located at the base of the spinal cord. The sacral bone is triangular in form and made of five fused vertebrae. The sacral plexus is a mass of nerves situated anterior to the sacrum; it is the origin of the nerves for the pelvic organs and legs.

Sacral rocking stimulates the sacral plexus and loosens energy blocks and fascial restrictions within the pelvis. It also releases restrictions in the fascia surrounding the cranio-sacral system, which is the closed hydraulic system containing cerebrospinal fluid, the spinal cord, and brain. “Sacrum” comes from the same root word as “sacred”. The sacrum is associated with the second chakra, the belly chakra, which governs sexuality, creativity, and emotions.

Abdominal Massage:

The abdomen is the core of the human being. The belly has been revered by cultures all over the world as the “seat of the soul”. The naval is where we first took in energy, from our mothers, through the umbilical cord in the rhythmic flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrition. This area continues to nourish us physically, emotionally, and energetically throughout our lives.

The belly is the center of gravity in the body. The web of fascia that binds together the organs, muscles, tissues, and skeleton of our body spirals out from the naval. Massage of the abdomen tones the muscles and fascia, increases blood and lymph circulation, realigns the organs, eases digestive problems, and nurtures our sexual health. When abdominal restrictions are released then we are free to experience deep belly laughs and feel our gut emotions.

Traditional Mayan healers believe that the energetic center of the body is the reproductive organs. They teach that a significant number of health problems are related to a prolapsed uterus or prostate which is caused by weak abdominal fascia and muscles. Toning the abdominal muscles can be achieved through exercise and massage to increase strength, flexibility, circulation, and balance.

Belly hooping gently massages the abdomen and low back with rhythmic movements and smooth pressure. The internal and external obliques, rectus abdominus, erector spinae, latissimus dorsi, and gluteal muscles are all toned by belly hooping. Including leg and arm hooping tones and massages muscles throughout the whole body. The integration of massage and movement in hooping makes hooping an excellent self-healing modality.


Rhythm is an essential element for the flow of energy. There is a rhythm to every system in our body and in nature; the heartbeat is essential to circulation as the tides are to the ocean. The rhythmic movement in hooping is created by the momentum of the hoop spiraling around our body. The rhythm is varied by the weight and size of the hoop and the speed of the body’s movements.

Paul Pearsall, PhD writes in The Heart’s Code: Tapping the Wisdom and Power of Our Heart Energy that “health happens when we are in rhythm within ourselves, synchronized with other living systems and moving to our preset beat rather than trying to respond to the driving beat of the stressful outside world”. Hooping assists us in centering ourselves, as when we are hooping we are always at the center of the hoop. When in this space, we discover our own rhythm and this becomes the pulse that facilitates the flow of energy in our lives.

This is a reason why hooping to music is so powerful, it allows us to discover more about the hoop and ourselves. If you are suffering from chronic pain and looking for fibromyalgia relief, pick up a weighted hula hoop and it may improve the quality of your life!

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