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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Knitting Lowers Blood Pressure 

Lion Brand Yarn Company, America's oldest hand knitting yarn brand, is suggesting that the repetitive actions needed for knitting and crochet can bring the mind and body to a state called a "relaxation response" that is quite similar to what people experience with techniques such as repetitive prayer, yoga, meditation, tai chi, and other relaxation disciplines.

It seems researchers at the Harvard Medical School Mind/Body Institute have found that when an individual is knitting, their heart rate can drop 11 beats a minute and their blood pressure drops as well. Effects which can have significant health benefits for people who knit and crochet.

"Knitting benefits an individuals emotional and physical health. Knitting can reduce stress in an individual who is trying to manage the severity of their chronic illness. It can also help reduce stress in individuals who lead very hectic lifestyles."said Gary Scholar, Health & Wellness Consultant to the employees of the American Hospital Association.

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