Small Steps to Health
Fibro Active is a support group for Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS sufferers and their carers. Fibro Active is also a positive and inclusive group that focuses on healthy lifestyles, light exercise, support and sharing information as well as educating members about their condition and help them move forward with the acceptance and management of illness.
Small Steps to Health
Fibro Active is a support group for people with Fibromyalgia (FM) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and their carers.
We are a positive and inclusive group that focuses on healthy lifestyle, light exercise, support and sharing information as well as educating members about their condition and help them move forward with their acceptance and management of the illness.
Kev and Julie launched Fibro Active and put on a 6-week programme
Members suggested a Tai Chi taster session
Kev travelled the lands of Erewash in search of the elusive Tai Chi instructor but no success!
Julie found a tai chi instructor!
Her own physio therapist!
Then one day...
Julie quickly booked a taster course with 5 group members
Julie was dependant on a mobility scooter
Jane was also hooked.
It was helping with her stress
After 12 weeks she started to have the strength to walk again
We applied for funding and brought Chris into the programme
One member was so weak that we thought he might fall. He was dependant on crutches.
He persevered and today he can demonstrate Tai Chi for Arthritis Parts 1 & 2
He attends our group walks with just a stick.
Chris saw the potential in Julie and Jane and suggested they trained as:
Sustaining the Tai Chi classes
Tai Chi for Health Instructors
The Thursday evening group meetings quickly evolved into open Tai Chi Classes
We launched the classes at the Spring into Action Event.
Jo Briggs funded us to open a class in the afternoon.
We had a fabulous turn out with over
20 people taking part
We created a second class
We qualified in part 2 of the course
A move to Petersham Hall in 2018 brought us back to familiar surroundings
Starting at 10am in the first time zone and moving as a wave around the world as 10am reaches each time zone
We organized a small gathering on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2019
Tai Chi in the Park
The last Saturday in the month
10am – 11am
March to October
Free practice sessions in the Floral Gardens, West Park.
We presented T-shirts and Certificates to students who had completed the
Tai Chi for Arthritis programme
August 2019 BBQ Presentation
Tai Chi is...
Challenging to learn so you have a sense of accomplishment
You can practice it anywhere
It’s an accessible way to improve health without medication
Uplifting of the spirit and greater relaxation
Improved muscle strength and joint flexibility
Pain relief and less stiffness
Improved balance and less falls
Improved ability to do daily tasks
Chris continues to volunteer his time at Fibro Active every fortnight
We refer students to each other’s classes
You might even see a panda or three
We are stronger together
Julie and Jane continue their CPD at Chris’ Thursday classes at Petersham Hall
Chris, Julie and Jane lead the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event
We meet to discuss development
We have extended our Monday classes. Students can drop in and access a range of coping skills to reduce stress.
Open Minds and Inspirative Arts rotate every 6 week to deliver:
Structured cuppa and chat
FM & CFS/ME can effect 1 in 20 of us
We bring isolated sufferers together
The income from the open classes help sustain our group meetings
In turn the community benefit from falls prevention and improving mental health
You have been watching us demonstrate
This form takes a year to learn and a lifetime to master
Tai Chi for Arthritis Parts 1 & 2
Active lives in Erewash 2020 Awards