Presentation: Simple self-maintenance for the serious crafts person!

April 27th, 2009 by Fiona

This presentation covers tips and tricks for reducing pain and discomfort in hands and arms.

Presentation duration: 45 minutes to one hour

Fiona Hammond ran a successful natural therapies clinic in Goulburn, NSW, for 12 years prior to turning full-time to teaching the crafts she has been so passionate about all her life. Besides her teaching qualifications, she holds diplomas in Remedial Massage and Aromatherapy. She also ran her own aromatherapy college, where she taught Diploma of Aromatherapy courses for 5 years.

Fiona is keen to share her expertise in self-treatment for muscular aches and pains with her fellow crafts people.

Most crafts involve repetitive movements and stationary postures which often result in aching hands, fingers, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, back and legs. In many cases such pain and discomfort can be alleviated by self-massage techniques, stretches, heat packs and improved posture.

Fiona will describe and demonstrate a number of simple and safe methods for reducing the aches and pains often experienced by crafts people. She will then guide those who are interested through several self-massage techniques, and some simple stretches. However, participation in the practical section of the presentation is not a mandatory exercise for all audience members.

Topics covered in the presentation:

  • Brief overview of how muscles work and what causes them to experience pain
  • How to improve posture during craft activities
  • Simple stretches for arms, legs and neck
  • Using heat packs to ease aches resulting from chronic muscle tension
  • Simple techniques for reducing shoulder tension
  • Self-massage for hands and arms

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