(Image of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, working on a mosaic via South Bank Mosaics)
We all know that doing various crafts can be fun. We know they give us individual fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment. Many of us find crafting relaxing, too. Crafting can add beauty to our lives and homes.
But it’s also good for us, both physically and mentally.
According to this article by Sara Gormley, OTS, College of Saint Mary, crafts can be an important part of recuperative therapy:
A simple mosaic craft activity that includes pre-cut tiles and all items prepared and set up for the patient provides illustration for the benefit and appropriate application of the use of this craft for treatment of either a physical or cognitive disability. While creation of a mosaic tile may appear to be a simple leisure activity, this task places demands on the patient. The patient needs to understand and remember the instructions, attend to task and maintain body position. Selection of and picking up the tiles requires oculomotor control, visual discrimination and specific movements of muscles and joints. These include, but are not limited to: scapular protraction and retraction while reaching for materials and finger flexion, extension and thumb flexion and opposition when manipulating the craft tiles. Applying this craft in a group setting would provide the opportunity to address social and communication skills as well.