5 OF THE BEST YOGA APPS…

YOGA WAKE UP...

Wake up to the sounds of yoga and meditation. The Yoga Wake Up app for iPhone delivers yoga audio sequences you can do from bed for an easier transition from dreamland. Find a variety of yoga routines from the world’s top yoga instructors and wellness warriors. Choose from Wakeups that feature slow, delicious morning stretches from the warmth of your covers or Wakeups that get you energized and out of bed. There are even mindful breathing meditations and Wakeups to do with kids.

Studies have consistently shown that traditional alarm clocks and snooze buttons not only disturb your sleeping patterns but can leave you feeling groggy for the rest of the day. Discover a new wakeup routine designed by renowned yogis and never have to hit that snooze button again. Wake up more peacefully with Yoga Wake Up.

YOGA STUDIO…

For a comprehensive collection of yoga classes, opt for Yoga Studio. They offer 15-, 20-, and 30-minute pre-made classes, plus allow you to make up your own class using their library of 280 yoga poses (they’ll suggest the sequence so it actually flows together). The other nice thing about this app is that you can download the workouts to use offline, or stream the classes on your Apple TV or laptop.

 

 

Yoga Studio includes 75+ ready-made classes; including Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga for Runners, our new Hip Hop Collection and many more! Choose your level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), duration (15, 30 or 60 minutes) and focus (strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance or combination) to find the perfect class for you. They think learning how to move from one pose to the next is important – just as important as learning the poses themselves. That’s why all their classes come with full HD video and teacher commentary that’s clear and easy to follow.

Vinyasa yoga might sound like a snooze, but this app makes it more interesting with three different class structures and accompanying playlists. Each time you use the app, Down Dog will mix up the workout so you never have to repeat a flow. (BTW, the free version is great, and you’re not missing much if you opt out of the pro membership.) Down Dog

The Down Dog App provides a studio-like yoga experience in the comfort of your home.

Each time you practice, Down Dog creates a brand new vinyasa yoga sequence so that you never run out of content. Clear vocal instruction and a matching playlist round out the experience for a true studio-quality class.

DAILY YOGA…

There are yoga workouts for all levels on this app, but if you’re just starting off you’ll find the set plans very helpful. The programs range from one week to 30 days long, and focus on a theme, like fitness or mindfulness. They even have specialised courses to help you learn to safely do a split or shoulder stand.

Daily Yoga inspires yogis worldwide with the largest yoga pose base. Enables you to practice yoga on all mobile devices and multiplatforms.

ASANA REBEL…

The yoga routines offered on this app combine interval training and traditional yoga to help you build strength, so be prepared to break a sweat and do lots of planks. There are distinct categories for the yoga flows (like strength, flexibility, and relaxation), so you can dial it up or down depending on your mood.

  • Hundreds of modern yoga workouts from fatburn to strength
  • Mini-sessions for busy schedules
  • High-quality programs designed by our experts

 

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WHY IS SLEEP SO IMPORTANT FOR FIBROMYALGIA SUFFERERS?…FREE E.BOOK DOWNLOAD…

This post is a guest post from Kathryn O’Hara at N:Rem Sleep System...

When we’re sleeping, our brains are actively working to process the information from the day in to our long-term and short-term memory. Good sleep not only helps our bodies and minds to rest and repair, it allows us to perform better too.

What happens when you sleep with Fibromyalgia?

Many Fibromyalgia sufferers say they feel lucky if they reach 5 hours’ sleep a night. Do you ever find yourself stuck in a vicious cycle? Pain makes it difficult to sleep, but sleep deprivation means the body can not repair itself – making the pain worse.

Lack of sleep also causes stress, lack of coordination and agility, weight gain and poor judgement. The last thing that a Fibromyalgia sufferer needs.

How to drift in to a restful slumber:

Resist the afternoon caffeine rush:

It will take your body up to 7 hours to process only half of the caffeine in your cup of coffee. We know it keeps us awake, so try to make your last caffeinated drink before 2pm to give your body chance to process it before you hit the hay.

Set a bedtime:

Train your body to feel tired and awake at the desired times by going to bed at the same time every night, even at the weekend. It will help you to fall asleep faster, sleep for longer, and wake feeling more refreshed.

Keep your cool:

When you sleep, your body temperature naturally drops. Keeping your bedroom cool (not cold) should help to ease you in to a deep sleep. The ideal temperature is between 18-21C.

Ditch the screens:

Your body will not produce enough melatonin (sleep hormone) to help you sleep if your brain is stimulated by the blue light emitted from your phones, laptops and TV screens. Stop using electronics at least an hour before bed. A good book and some soothing music is a far better option.

THE GOOD SLEEP MANUAL

A Guide to a better night’s sleep for Chronic Pain Suffers

We are proud to launch our very first E-book, which will be a collection of useful tips to help Chronic Pain sufferers sleep better, as pain and sleep unfortunately often constitute a vicious cycle.

This is an issue we are hoping to solve, through some easy steps to follow around health, lifestyle and diet, to ease you into a better night’s sleep.

We have been fortunate enough to get some valuable help from 2 contributors who suffer themselves from Chronic Pain and have been keen to share their tips and personal journey towards a comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep.

Head over to the N:Rem Sleep System website to download your free ebook here.

Kathryn O’Hara 

HOW TO TRAVEL WITH FIBROMYALGIA..

I found this very interesting pin on Pinterest from The Viking Abroad blog who has written down her tips on how to travel with Fibromyalgia.

The writer Vibeke who is a travel writer and photographer is also a Fibromyalgia sufferer and so has to plan carefully for her trips around the world.

She comments that good shoes are the key which of course is essential. The latest ones that I have seen which are ideal for travel are Joya shoes. The positive effect of a soft, springy surface on the locomotive system has been put to good use by physiotherapist for a long time now and is a highly topical subject in the fields of prevention/rehabilitation. The Joya brand has developed a shoe which makes use of this principle. The soft, supple material of the patented Joya sole means the load on the sole of your feet is ideally distributed as you walk and stand instead of being concentrated only on certain spots.

Walk more in readiness for your holiday, and that means pounding the streets a bit with the correct shoes on to see how far you can walk without pain. Try and increase it a little every day as you would be surprised at how much more walking you do when you are away on holiday.

Sleep and rest enough ready for the travel which can drain you if it’s long haul.

Plan your first 24 hours so that you give yourself time to get over the travel which will then help you to enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Research your destination IN FULL.  Look if there are any steps and how many there are to get from a to be. Find out how far away you are from any of the amenities that are available.

One of the most important things to remember before you go away is to make sure you have enough of your medication for the whole trip. I once forgot to pack my Tramadol and was on a cruise and the medic on board could only give me it to me in drops format which frightened me to death as it was so easy to overdose. I have NEVER forgotten them since.

Finally some things to remember for while you travel include your travel pillow, memory foam or whatever suits you best, your flight socks if you are flying to your holiday destination,  and of course your lumber cushion, the latest

 Sciatica Pain Relief Cushion was launched at the recent Back Pain Show in Birmingham with rave reviews.

 

BACK PAIN SHOW 2017 – ONLY 48 HOURS TO GO…

With the Back Pain Show 2017 only 48 hours away keep your eyes on their twitter page which is full to the brim of all the exhibitors and activities and talks (which are selling out fast) going on over the two day event.

From Teacher Training and Yoga Foundation Courses on offer at the show to finding out about Natural pain relief, the Back Pain Show has it all for any back pain sufferer. I am really disappointed that I will be in hospital for my surgery and unable to attend this event which I was really looking forward to going to.

TOP EXHIBITORS AT THE 2017 BACK PAIN SHOW ON THE 19th – 20th MAY…

Joya Shoes are a must visit at this years Back Pain Show. As all back pain sufferers know footwear can have a much bigger effect on back health than many people realize. But the Joya brand has developed a shoe which makes use of this principle. The soft, supple material of the patented Joya sole means the load on the sole of your feet is ideally distributed as you walk and stand instead of being concentrated only on certain spots.

 

The new Sciatica Pain Relief Cushion which is being launched at the Back Pain Show is certainly something anyone with sciatica or low back pain should be given a try.  This unique product designed by Ian Garside who is a Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist and also a 5th dan Shotokan Karate instructor and has been studying and instructing for over 40 years.

Through a combination of Ian’s knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and his engineering design skills he developed the first prototype for a sciatic pain relief device. From this prototype with the specialist knowledge of his co-directors, and patient feedback, he has developed the Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion.

There is a great video which Ian has put together about the Sciatica Pain Relief Cushion.

The The N:rem sleep systems which I have written about before are exhibiting at the show and explain that everybody experiences pain differently. We know that it moves and affects different parts of the body at different times. That’s why a basic mattress doesn’t offer a comfortable solution to a good night’s sleep.

The N:rem Sleep System is a completely customisable mattress that’s been designed especially for chronic pain sufferers who struggle to get comfortable at night. The interchangeable foam tablets in soft, medium and firm allow you to tailor your own comfort and support to get the right set-up that’s unique to you – and you can swap them around whenever your pain moves.

The show will be an ideal way for you to not only experience the mattress but for staff to explain in full how their sleep system works.

BackCare (the National Back Pain Association) was the brainchild of a local businessman Stanley Grundy. He established the charity in August 1968 after his own back injury caused by a sailing accident mainly due to the lack of information and support for back pain sufferers during the time. For nearly 50 years the charity has been dedicated towards educating the public in ways of preventing and alleviating back pain.

BackCare aims to significantly reduce the burden of back pain by providing information and advice to all people and organisations affected by back pain.  They fund scientific research into the causes, prevention and management of back pain. They believe that by working together with other organisations, we can help prevent back and neck pain, which has a significant impact on more than 80% of the UK population. Yet another great exhibitor at the Back Pain Show.