KNITTING THERAPY FOR ANXIETY AND PAIN…

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Knitting has become so popular that Simple Knitting weekends are available in Cornwall.

Knitting, has proved a perfect way to switch off and relax, even better than meditation which some people find hard to practice.

The courses are run by knitting expert Erika Knight at the Bethruthn Steps Hotel in Pawgan Porth.

Knitting groups are also popping up all over the country where you can meet up with fellow knitters and catch up on all the gossip while knitting.

They say that knitting has many health benefits including reducing stress and anxiety, and alleviating depression and some pain. A physiotherapist (Betsan Corkhill) is so convinced of it that she has set up a knitting group in the Chronic Pain Unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and founded http://www.stitchlinks.com which aims to provide support and friendship through knitting and stitching worldwide.

Experts feel that there’s a neurochemical effect on the brain which undoubtedly changes brain chemistry for the better, possibly by decreasing stress hormones and increasing feel-good seontonin and dopanine, while knitting.

For more details on the weekend’s of knitting see http://www.bedruthan.com/breaks

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