Your hobby shouldn’t get you down and it definitely shouldn’t wear you down but since getting back into the game recently I’ve noticed some tingling in the hands and a bit of shoulder stiffness. This is no good. Digging around here I decided to rethink my situation and get with the times. While I’ve had a high table for a while I didn’t fully commit to it… until now. The table is back in the bead room and I now stand on a cushy little mat while I bead. I’ve also added extra lighting for my peepers!
Here’s a quick synopsis of how it all went down:
Phase one: “This is really awkward, but nobody is watching so who cares, right?”
Phase two: “Okay, seems normal… the word posture has made it’s way back into my vocabulary.”
For all you crafty types out there: It may take a little adjustment, but don’t give up what makes you happy (unless the things that make you happy could also get you arrested – we can discuss limits next time).
I particularly found Rolfing useful for that holistic symmetry, my favorite Rolfer, Amy Iadarola, summed it up nicely,
“Rolfing can release the flexor retinaculum, a fibrous structure that enwraps your wrist and can compress the tunnel through which your carpal nerve runs. Rolfing can also address any muscle/tissue imbalances in your arm, shoulder, and neck if they are contributing to the nerve irritation. Rolfing is similar to massage but works with the deeper connective tissues of the body. It can be particularly helpful for correcting poor posture and addressing repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.”
Get back to enjoying your hobby (and sit up straight)!