I must admit that I am a trendy girl! I often fall victim to the latest trends and believe all the hype. Hence, I recently found myself at Michael’s, at 7 pm on a Tuesday stocking up on the latest coloring books. If you have not heard of the adult coloring craze by now. You have definitely been living under a rock! It is supposed to clear your mind and relieve stress. It is all the rage, but did not work for me. I found myself getting worked up about coloring an instagram worthy page, rather than using it as a tool to calm down. For me, adult coloring is a creative outlet rather than a stress reliever. This is why, when I came across the Mandalynths booth at AOTA16 my curiosity was peaked. Mandalynths are Celtic Art focus tools you trace with a stylus. Basically, you trace over a colorful beautiful pattern. In tracing as opposed to coloring, there are no decisions for you to make. Making the experience quite relaxing. I have enjoyed tracing these Mandalynths while I listen to guided meditations. Having something to focus on while doing breathing exercises has definitely helped me clear my mind. An aspect of meditating I used to struggle with. I recommend this product for personal use and as a therapeutic tool as well.
As occupational therapists we often work with our clients to practice mindfulness. This would be a great tool to use in our practice. Everyone from children to adults with different cognitive levels can work with these patterns. Mandalynths are also useful to work on figure-ground, visual perceptual, and eye-hand coordination skills.
There are currently 3 different types of Mandalynths:
Open Mandalynths are relaxing to trace. They are best for stress, anxiety, anger an panic attacks.
Medium Mandalynths are slightly engaging to trace. They are best for attention issues, autism, or relaxing mental challenge.
Tight Mandalynths are difficult to trace. They are not relaxing. Instead, they are very challenging. Great for intense mental involvement.
If you are interested in learning more about Mandalynths and celtic art products click on over to the Celtic Art Store and check them out. For Mandalynths on the go, download the app available on google play or apple store. Tracing is the new coloring!
**I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.