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Crafting Therapy References
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Why Craft for Therapy
Life can be hard when it comes to the balancing every situation that comes our way. It has been recorded that crafting is therapeutic for children and adults alike.
For this reason we are sharing the many forms of crafting available through our hand picked videos, article references and classes. If you don't see the classes in my Etsy Store Ad, all that means is that I am busy creating them and they will be available soon.
Any form of creativity is a healthy and relaxing outlet.
Creativity engages a number of mental processes, such as problem solving, idea generation, and comprehension. Making something from raw material also comes with considerable personal rewards and a sense of accomplishment.
One of the most important developmental phases for children is that time when they begin to master basic motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Learning to use fingers and hands deftly is an ongoing process which can be helped along through a variety of activities, including crafting. (R1)
Creative actions serve to increase self-awareness and promote self-acknowledgement.
"Betsan Corkhill, a former NHS physiotherapist, realised that even maximum doses of medication were relatively ineffective if the core issues of loneliness, low self-esteem, anxiety and “an unoccupied mind left to ruminate on problems” were not provided for.
Disheartened by the lack of interest in these problems, Betsan left the NHS in 2002 and went to work on craft magazines. To her surprise she discovered “huge amounts” of emails and letters extolling the health benefits of cross-stitching and knitting, saying they had help alleviate even suicidal depression and had allowed people to reduce some pain medication. Fascinated and inspired Betsan started to research the therapeutic effects of knitting and stitching.
Knitting has a neurochemical effect
Findings to date suggest that knitting has a neurochemical effect on the brain. Monica Baird, pain specialist at the Royal United Hospital Bath states “It changes brain chemistry for the better, possibly by decreasing stress hormones and increasing feel-good serotonin and dopamine.”
It seems that knitting could be a cheap and accessible intervention that functions as an effective, informal, pain-management aid." (R2)
All classes come with a step by step checklist to ensure the clarity of the process on how to create the project in full detail, along with either, or both video and step by step images.
Some classes will be available online and also by mail.
The ones on-line will contain a list of supplies needed. The classes sent by mail will contain all the supplies listed in the listing.
Be sure to check back often as we plan to add classes for therapeutic benefits often.