Living With Arthritis: Helpful Hints to Reconnect with Delicious Movement

May 25, 2010

Satin Sheets! You heard me. I said, “Satin sheets”. I know, you’re asking what satin sheets have to do with learning to live with arthritis? It’s actually not an indulgence it’s a very practical answer to a challenging problem. For you and many people living with arthritis, pain caused from movement may be the greatest challenge you face during the day and movement at night can be even more of a trial because you have to fight with the bedding as well as trying to turn without feeling like your body is going to shatter from the pain and discomfort.

Just think, if you didn’t have to deal with the friction caused from rough surfaces trying to move against each other you might be more willing to move during the night—no more “night fights”. Now isn’t that just the best idea? If you’ve been practicing the Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lesson for rolling over in bed that I suggested in my last posting (click here for that lesson) AND have satin sheets to alleviate the friction of rough surfaces moving against each other it may make all the difference in the world. What an elegant solution—I’d say it borders on the “illusive obvious” (which by the way is the title of a book written by Moshe Feldenkrais—if you’re interested click here to check it out in my bookstore).


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