SINGAPORE THE NEW PAPER Sat. August 21 2004
The Newpaper about learning clay classes able to help the brain injured person in mobility.
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This is pretty long, so don't feel bad if you don't want to read it all. Just know it works!
Last May I had a right sided stroke. It mostly effected my right hand and leg. My smart occupational therapist, seeing my interest in polymer clay, created a program for me using it for exercises. I rolled little "meatballs", snakes, and all kinds of shapes using just the effected hand. When that was mastered, she had me make small rings of clay from thick snakes, which I had to stretch and pull open with my extended fingers on the inside of the rings. To say I was motivated, would be a gross understatement. I HAD to get my hand working again, so I could not only work with pc again, but my wonderful brushes, as I'm a decorative artist and taught decorative art classes in my studio. Painting was my obsessive love, and has therapeutically helped me fight severe pain and 2 cancers. (I'm sure you have all experienced "losing" yourself for hours in a creative activity, it's the same with painting and polymer clay for me.)
Within 3 weeks, I didn't need any more OT, as I had regained full use of my right hand again. She has now developed a program integrating polymer clay for other patients who need hand therapy, and it's been very successful! The leg weakness was also improved with PT, and after 5 weeks I had full use of that too.
When I'm painting or claying, there is no pain in my world. So folks, if you know someone that needs to escape from pain, or needs hand therapy for some reason, encourage them to join you in some clay or painting fun! You will help them physically, mentally, and introduce them an activity they can enjoy for many years. Your reward will be to see them smile and have a safe harbor from pain and stress. You'll feel pride in their physical improvements. Your friendship will grow and you can't imagine the joy you'll feel as you see your friend improve.
Playing with clay is a form of excercise, both for our hand and for our mind. It will keep us mobile by kneading and conditioning the clay. Alert, when you are involve in thinking to create something out of clay.
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painting, drawing or claying it help to HEAL. Healing the mind
have a positive effect to any sickness and you are the example,
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thinking in life.