Uploaded on 18 Jul 2011 - It is important to be comfortable and have good posture when spinning.
This advice goes for all wheel types and manufacturers. It is also important to remember basic posture rules when using a spindle too. The key areas of focus when planning each spinning situation are;
- Do I have a good chair? The chair should be just the right height for you to comfortably reach the treadles of your wheel without over stretching, or sitting in a hunched position. The chair should also be comfortable and in a stable position. Use a cushion on hardwood chairs and do not use a chair where the seat swivels, or has moving feet.
- Am I in a good position/posture? Do I have the right space to spin? You should be able to reach the wheel easily to change bobbins and fix tensions. You should also have in reach all of your tools and wool you will need without having to over-stretch during spinning time. Posture is also very important; your back should be straight and untwisted, with your feet comfortably flat on the floor before each spin (this will mean your chair is the right height for you). Your arms should have the space to easily and naturally move about during spinning... tension in the shoulders and arms will lead to cramps.
- How long am I spinning for? Never try to spin for more than 30 minutes at a time without a break... get up and stretch your muscles before you sit again to spin. At the first sign of cramping in your hands, arms and legs you should stop for the day and take a day off as rest in between your next visits. Your body will show the effects over time of wear if you do not treat each spin with care. So if spinning is something you love, take care to avoid Arthritis, Carpel Tunnel and even consider joint supplements (always seek your doctor's advice) if you think they may be beneficial.
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