Bellydance with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Many in the dance community are unaware I have lived with fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis (the more accurate term for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) for over 15 years. As the symptoms progressed, it was clear ballet, gymnastics, athletics and other high impact dance modalities simply were not possible without injury.

It is an ever-present challenge, waxing and waning. I have learnt to manage it, with a discipline of special diet, supplements, stress management, environmental control and, most importantly, energy rationing. I have had to taper down, and at times, put my dancing on hold, but I believe I would be much worse off without having continued to dance.

There are many ways in which stretching and a gentle, low impact dance practice such as bellydance is helpful for living with these sorts of conditions. As well as aiding the body physically, it helps with grounding and tuning in and feeling out our own limits. Keeping all parts of the body supple and mobile as bellydance does helps is a huge help. Plus, let’s be honest, just to dress up and do something fun is such a release when life is pared down to survival level.

Even a very basic practice (when possible) of yin- style yoga, basic strength and balance exercises and gentle dance makes a huge difference physically and emotionally.

I have started a dedicated blog for my health journey, The Tangled Path


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