Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Try Origami for Your Health or for a Good Time

Origami 101 (for teens and adults)
Saturday, June 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Central Library, 2100 Park Place
Reservations required; call 226-3670

Rainbow Origami Crane Troops by smilingpanda
Origami, the art of paper folding, is more than a cheap way to amuse yourself and the kids on a rainy day. It also has proven health benefits that are more fun (and less expensive) than going to physical therapy or lying on the psychiatrist’s couch. And you’ll have something tangible to show for your efforts.

For many people, origami is a way to relax; a way to forget the day’s stresses. But health professionals have increasingly discovered that folding paper can help those with medical conditions. For patients who have injured their hands or have had hand surgery, folding paper helps improve hand dexterity and builds muscles. And it’s more enjoyable than most traditional physical therapy techniques.

Some mental health professionals “prescribe” origami to those suffering from conditions such as anxiety, ADHD, and depression. Also, people who have an addiction find that origami gives them a way to focus their energies.

On Saturday, June 18, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., the library is offering a free basic origami workshop for teens and adults at the downtown Birmingham Public Library in the Story Castle on the second floor. So come and see for yourself if origami is beneficial for you. Or just come for a good time. 

The library has many origami resources for all levels of skill. Here's a sampling:

Origami & Other Paper Creations / Ghylenn Descamps
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-Folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away / Chris Alexander

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