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Movement is essential to every human being. If you are dealing with a chronic illness such as endometriosis, I think it is even more essential.

Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition so anything we can do to help decrease whole body inflammation is going to be helpful. Research shows that as little as 20 – 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity, such as brisk walking or swimming, can have anti-inflammatory effects. 

With endometriosis, there is an issue with stagnation – something is not moving in your abdomen and pelvis that should be and that stagnation is contribution to your pain, fatigue, digestive upsets and painful sex.

Movement that encourages healthy blood flow to your uterus, ovaries and pelvis can improve your endometriosis related symptoms. 

So what exercise is good for women with endometriosis? 

My first choice would be Yoga Nashit. While Yoga has been practised for thousands of years and originates from India, Yoga Nashit takes the basics of yoga and adapts it to a woman’s body and the continuing changes that happen for her each month. And Yoga Nashit was developed right here in Israel by Mira Arzi Padan.  מירה ארצי פדן.

Yoga Nashit helps make those hormonal transitions in the menstrual cycle smoother, can improve hormonal health leading to better cycles and improved fertility and help you as you approach menopause. If you’re suffering from endometriosis, Yoga Nashit can help relieve pain, encourage good blood flow to all your reproductive organs and help calm your nervous system. Having participated regularly in Yoga Nashit for several years now, I recommend it to many of my clients. I find it really benefits the abdominal massage I do with Arvigo therapy.

You can search for a teacher near you here: www.yogaforwomen.co.il . 

You can find some videos of a Yoga Nashit session here with Mira: https://www.youtube.com/mirayoga/

Chi Kong

Chi-Kong is an ancient Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations designed to improve and enhance the body’s chi. Chi is the fundamental life energy responsible for health and vitality according to traditional Chinese philosophy. 

Kong means movement.

 When the flow of energy is blocked it results in pain or illness. The practice of Chi Kong increases your flow of energy and gives you vitality and longevity.

Chi-Kong: moving the energies, working with the life energy.

The movements are designed to encourage the flow of this energy in the body. This flow inspires self-healing processes. The exercises are accessible to all, the young, the old, able and less able. It can be used to increase energy and reduce stress. It also creates balance, increases the body’s energies and develops feelings of health, strength, and well being.

I have found the classes I have participated in to be very calming yet energising and although the movements are gentle, I felt a big shift in internal energy. Especially if you don’t feel like you have the energy for very active exercise, Chi Kong may be a good way of improving your energy and feeling better.

Walking

Don’t underestimate the power of walking. It’s cheap and accessible. All you need are some comfortable shoes and the desire to get started. You can walk with your partner, a friend or by yourself. Use the time to think or listen to music or a podcast.  You can motivate yourself by using a free app like Runkeeper to track your progress.  

Swimming

Adding more movement into your day is very beneficial for women with endometriosis. Many exercises can be adapted if you are experiencing pain and/or you are starting from a low fitness level. If you’re not sure, find a trained and reputable fitness trainer with experience working with women with chronic conditions to give you advice and support.