Knitting has long been associated with healing and connection. Its an ancient tradition that has been used over the centuries to bring comfort and unity between communities. Those invisible (and visible) threads that bind us all together.
In more recent years there has been more and more research into the health benefits of knitting. These include:
- knitting relaxes, the repetitive motion of knitting reduces your heart rate and helps your body to release the stress busting feel good hormone serotonin – which lifts mood and dulls pain, the effects are similar to yoga
- it reduces isolation and loneliness and brings a sense of community
- reduces the onset of dementia
- reduces blood pressure
- reduces anxiety – focus becomes the knitting
- reduces chronic pain – including that of arthritis
- brings a sense of pride, achievement
I have been a knitter since childhood, and have used it as a way of managing my stress, health and wellbeing over many years. It has brought me comfort and connection too. Knitting has been a consistent companion to me, helping me to navigate some difficult times. It also brings great joy, to see something created and then worn or used. Alongside my counselling practice, I have been actively involved in various knitting communities, setting up knitting groups, providing knitting tuition, supporting artists with knitting related shows and providing photographers with knitted items to use as photography props. I also write and publish knitting patterns for free, for charities and for purchase. Knitting is form me, a way of bringing stillness and calmness to my day, and this is why I know that bringing knitting into the therapy room can be hugely beneficial.
Would you like to be able to attend a therapy session knowing that you would be able to sit and knit with your therapist, and really connect with your knitting and also have that space to explore what is bringing you to therapy?
As you read this you may be thinking…
How do I follow the pattern and knit, and talk at the same time? I’m not expecting you to bring complex patterns or knitting to the sessions that require deep concentration. The suggestions I make will be simple knits, something that has rhythm and does not require you to count stitches or rows or follow complicated patterns.
What if I have always wanted to learn to knit, and like the idea of knitting during the therapy sessions, could I do both? I don’t offer knitting tuition during the sessions, but there will be knitting support available via my website for you to explore in your own time.
What if I am a knitter, but don’t feel like knitting during the session? thats absolutely fine, all my therapy sessions are non-directive, I will not be telling you what to do, its by invitation only. Sometimes we just don’t feel like knitting, and thats okay too, but bringing it along to the session and having it there can be therapeutic, for example, the feel of the yarn, the texture of the knitting.
Do you have patterns or knitting kits available to access while in therapy? I will have free downloadable patterns, techniques and projects that you will be able to access and use, whether or not you attend therapy sessions.