Craft therapy, is a relaxing therapeutic approach to creating the much needed head space that we all may not know we need. Life can be hectic, chaotic and stressful and crafting allows anyone, young or old, expert or beginner to harnesses the power of artistic activities to improve mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. Through crafting, individuals can process and communicate their thoughts, emotions, and experiences that might be difficult to express verbally.
Engaging in craft therapy offers a range of benefits, including stress reduction, enhanced self-esteem, and improved emotional resilience. It promotes mindfulness, and allows participants to reach the ‘flow state’ very easily, this is a state of being ‘in the zone’ allowing participants to stay in the present moment, while also fostering a sense of accomplishment as they create tangible, personal works of art.
Crafting offers a multitude of benefits for both mental and physical health:
Stress Reduction: Engaging in creative activities can lower stress levels and promote relaxation.
Improved Mood: Crafting releases endorphins, which can elevate mood and combat symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Enhanced Self-Esteem: Completing a craft project can boost self-confidence and provide a sense of accomplishment. (It feels great to complete something!)
Emotional Expression: Crafting allows individuals to express and process complex emotions in a non-verbal way. (Sometimes where are just no words.)
Mindfulness: Crafting encourages staying in the present moment and helps to enter the flow state, promoting mindfulness and reducing rumination.
Distraction and Coping: Crafting can serve as a healthy distraction from negative thoughts or challenging situations.
Social Connection: Participating in group craft activities fosters social interaction and reduces feelings of isolation.
Fine Motor Skills: Crafting often involves intricate hand movements, which can help maintain and improve fine motor skills.
Cognitive Stimulation: Crafting challenges the brain and promotes cognitive function, especially in problem-solving and spatial awareness.
Pain Management: The creative process can serve as a form of pain management and distraction for those dealing with chronic pain.
Sensory Stimulation: Crafting can engage multiple senses, providing sensory stimulation and therapeutic benefits.
Improved Coordination: Many crafts require hand-eye coordination, leading to improved physical coordination.
Relaxation and Sleep: Engaging in creative activities can lead to a sense of relaxation, potentially improving sleep quality.
Endurance and Strength: Some crafts, such as woodworking or pottery, can provide a mild form of exercise, enhancing physical strength and endurance.
The holistic nature of crafting makes it a valuable tool for maintaining and enhancing overall well-being. Whether for mental or physical health, the act of creating can bring joy, meaning, and a profound sense of fulfillment into one's life.
Craft therapy is not scientifically proven (yet!) but there is countless evidence to show that it can be an evidence-based therapeutic approach. While it may not be applicable to all mental health issues or physical conditions, it is widely known to be effective in improving the well-being of individuals facing various challenges. Many mental health charities hold crafting events such as craftathons and crafternoons cementing the idea that crafting is great for you!
Crafting could be a wonderful compliment to any professional therapy a person may be receiving.
People often feel good after crafting for several reasons:
Sense of Accomplishment: Completing a craft project provides a sense of achievement and satisfaction, boosting self-esteem and confidence.
Creative Expression: Crafting allows individuals to express themselves creatively, which can be emotionally fulfilling and serve as an outlet for self-expression.
Mindfulness: Engaging in a creative process encourages mindfulness, promoting a focus on the present moment and reducing stress and anxiety.
Stress Reduction: The act of crafting can be soothing and relaxing, reducing stress and calming the nervous system.
Dopamine Release: Crafting triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward, which can elevate mood and create a sense of happiness.
Distraction: Craft projects can serve as a healthy distraction from negative thoughts or challenging life situations, offering a break from stressors.
Social Connection: Crafting with others, such as in group workshops, fosters social interaction and a sense of belonging, which can improve mood.
Brain Stimulation: The creative process stimulates the brain, promoting cognitive function and problem-solving skills, which can be mentally rewarding.
Self-Care: Taking the time to engage in crafting is a form of self-care, which is important for overall well-being.
Personalized and Meaningful: Craft projects often have personal significance, as individuals can create items with special meaning, such as gifts or keepsakes.
In essence, crafting is a multi-faceted activity that offers emotional, psychological, and even physical benefits. It taps into the innate human need for self-expression, creativity, and the satisfaction of seeing tangible results, contributing to an overall sense of well-being and contentment.
Crafty Corporate Workshops
& Crafty Parties
Elevate your corporate events with our Art and Craft Workshops! Say farewell to dull team-building exercises and hello to creative bonding and stress relief. Choose from a range of activities, from clay, weaving and flower hammering to needle felting and more. All guided by expert artists and crafters. Customisable and fun, our workshops and parties encourage friendly competition and imaginative expression, ensuring a memorable experience.
We also host Crafty Hen parties and more! Embrace the vibrant world of Arts, Crafts, Colours, Creativity and Camaraderie with us today!
People are our passion and we work hard to give every single student the help they need to make some truly remarkable things. Here are just some of the things our students have said about the Inner Canvas.
"Nadia really does jam a lot in this course! I was struggling to find a hobby that resonated with me and wanted a course where I could try a bit of everything. The informal relaxed setting was a warm nurturing environment where I could taste-test crafts that I liked. The course is well-structured, catering to both beginners and those with prior experience. Every session was so exciting and I won’t hesitate to book on again."
"The Inner Canvas 6 Week Art and Craft course exceeded all my expectations. As a busy professional, I was seeking a creative outlet to de-stress and unwind. This course provided that and more! Nadia is not only a skilled artist but also a fantastic teacher. Each craft was broken down into manageable steps, making the learning process do-able and therefore enjoyable. I have a new found confidence after this course and fully appreciate the need to ‘create and play’ - it isn’t just for children! I now find joy in Arts and Crafts that I never thought possible. This course has enriched my life in ways beyond Arts and Crafts."
"I can't thank Nadia enough for running the Inner Canvas 6 week Art and Craft course for unlocking my creative potential! Before enrolling, I was convinced that I lacked any artistic ability. However, under her guidance, I discovered a whole new world of colours, styles, and techniques. From Plater Casting to Clay, Acrylic Pouring to Mandala dotting, every session was a delightful journey of self-expression. This course not only enhanced my artistic skills but also boosted my confidence. I also made some lovely friends! I am truly grateful for this enriching experience!"
West Reading, Berkshire
I love it! I look forward to my box every month! I can learn a new skill and the designs are actually very suited to my taste! I find the designs modern & abstract - and would be proud to have them in my home or to give them as gifts!