I have had some lovely comments this week from my pupils and all of them follow a theme.
One of these ladies is recovering from an injury, another is a week overdue with her 1st baby (you can probably guess who)! and another is studying incredibly hard and under a lot of pressure at the moment. All of them are smiling and laughing in this shot and every one of them left the studio full of the joys of spring after a spot of group therapy!
On a more serious note, there is actually plenty of research to show that crafts can form a huge part in any persons recovery plan from short or long term illness of both a physical and mental nature. Not only that but they can also go some way towards helping reduce addictions such as smoking. One of my pupils regular visits me to spend a couple of hours doing Decopatch. She finds the repetitive process very therapeutic and during the time she is with me does not think once about popping out for a crafty ciggie!
Here are some comments I received this week on my Facebook page:
Obviously they all relate to crochet, but pretty much all crafts are relaxing and enjoyable and I'm sure you can find something to suit you.
If you fancy dabbling in something new and socialising with a small group of fellow crafty people (max 6) in a relaxing environment, then why not come to open of our taster sessions. We run 'Crafty Cuppas' (morning), 'Crafternoons' (afternoons) and 'Crafterwork' (evening) sessions every month. Visit the website to see what's on offer at www.clairemackanes.com/adultclasses.html there are also plenty of more structured classes available all week long.
I'd be interested to know how you use craft as a therapy as I am planning a news article in the near future. Do feel free to leave your comments on this post.