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The Gentle Art of Healing 2

Interviewer asked: Why Knitting ( crochet, needlework)?

All of these are important.

The brain,has the capacity to process many things at a time, but if the brain is concentrating on doing a cross body task then it has less opportunity or capacity to concentrate on other things like problems or pain for example. There was a study done that showed repetitive movement causes the release of Serotonin in the brain. The rhythmic movement is just as important as the repetitiveness. It takes sort of control over their thought process. And with the movement,and the mood they are in, it is instantaneously soothing and relaxing.

Most of the stories received by the study have mentioned the repetitive movement as facilitating meditative lactate. They say it’s like Meditation, “Zen”.prayer, zoning out, like going to a sanctuary of that peaceful mind.

Rhythmic

  • Repetitive
    • Calming/ Self Soothing
      • Gives a Sense of Control

The Interviewer asked: What else can Knitting(crochet,needlework, ect.) do?

A study was done of people with clinical depression, out of most of our replies, 81% have a happier affinity, 54% happy or very happy, 1% didn’t care.

Then, there are lots of stories of it creating kind of like a barrier, of increased personal space. The way you hold your arms out with your knitting in front of you. It stops the rest of the world from entering your personal space, decreasing anxiety, panic, stress. They can use it as a way to help them socialize, or on public transport.


In fact there are quite a few people who wouldn’t be able to use public transport, without their knitting, because of the way it creates a personal space around them. There are a lot of activities that these people are able to participate in, due to the perceived increase in personal space created by this cross body movement in front of them. They can socialize with other people while having this notion of space, join knitting groups. If they are feeling safe, they can interact with the others. If they are feeling particularly vulnerable they can just sit and knit, just listening to the people around them, giving them the choice of interacting with the others or just sit quietly and knit.


Some describe it as giving their mind a break, especially people with anxiety, continuously worrying about it in their minds. It’s a way of breaking into those thought patterns, again there’s a way of renumerating thinking. A sort of backward loops way of thinking about things, they are very difficult to break once they get established but perhaps it’s the automatic nature of knitting that’s doing that, because automatic movement can effect your subconscious too.

People can forget what it feels like to be relaxed, because if your stressed or anxious for a long period of time, it can affect the muscles, your jaw might be clenched, your posture might be poor, so the brain kind of recognizes this as being you,and you can forget what it feels like to be truly relaxed. So what the professional tries to do, is to get the person to remember how to relax, what it feels like. Its very difficult to get someone to relax if they’ve forgotten what it feels like to be relaxed. So if you give them something like knitting, it can help them to remember what it feels like, get them to recall that feeling, even when they haven’t got their knitting at hand. A daily dose of knitting to help them in terms of managing stress.

This stuff can be a little dry, but I haven’t received any comments telling me to stop. I haven’t received any comments at all. Is anybody out there? Anyway, we will go on to discuss a little more about stress and then on to color theory!

Happy day everyone!

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