Crochet

6 Stretches For Crocheters and Knitters

When I attended Paul Mitchell the School in Tampa, Florida I remember taking a class by a local hair artist who actually sculpted hair to replicate objects (flowers, shapes, even a ship!). This man also taught us the importance of caring for our hands and wrists, since they are what allow us to preform what we love. After years of styling in a salon I decided to take another route in my career and study personal training through American Council on Exercise. Through this course I learned even more stretches and exercises and have chosen 6 of my favorites to share with you! Although I am now a stay-at-home mom, I am also an avid crocheter and intend to keep up the health of my hands and wrists!

**I am not a doctor! If you feel any pain or discomfort do not continue and speak to your physician!**

Here are my 6 favorite stretches for crocheters and knitters:

1.Wrist rolls: Gently clasp your hands together and rolls your wrists in a figure 8 motion. Continue for 30-60 seconds.

2. Finger lift: With your hand flat on a table, gently lift one finger at a time, then lower it. You could also lift all fingers and thumb at once. Repeat 10 times on each hand.

3. Thumb Flex: With your hand in front of you, palm flat, extend your thumb away from your fingers then cross over your palm towards the bottom of your pinky finger. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 4 times on each hand.

4. Thumb touch: With your hand in front of you, wrist straight, touch your thumb to each fingertip. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat 4 times on each hand.

 

5. Praying Position Stretch: Place palms together in front of your face in a prayer position, elbows touching. Slowly spread elbows apart, lowering your hands to your waist. Hold stretch for 10 to 30 seconds. Repeat.

6. Extended Arm Stretch: Extend your arm at shoulder height, release your wrist so your fingers point downwards. Gently press your fingers down with your free hand hold for 10 to 30 seconds. To stretch the opposite way: Flex your wrist so your fingers are pointed upwards. Gently grasp your fingers and pull them back towards you. Hold for 10-30 seconds.

**I am not a doctor! If you feel any pain or discomfort do not continue and speak to your physician!**

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Hello, I'm Taylor! I'm an Army wife, boy mom and lover of all things crafty! I especially love crochet and anything pertaining to yarn :) I am excited to share my crochet patterns and other DIY tips here on Bodhi Life Creations!

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