Stroke patients practise ancient Himalayan art in Romford
PUBLISHED: 12:30 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 22:39 03 April 2017
A practitioner of an ancient Himalayan art gave the borough's first singing bowls demonstration.
27-year-old Niina, from Estonia, delivered the session at the Trinity Methodist Church, in Angel Way, Romford, for the Havering Stroke Association last week.
Himalayan singing bowls are often used for mediation, yoga and music therapy and 63-year-old Stewart St Clair Pearce, from Romford, credits the ancient practice for the improvement in his health since his stroke a few years ago.
“Last year I went for an assessment with the NHS and they said, ‘as you are now is how you will be for the rest of your life’. I have pins and needles 24/7 and my body seizes up on my right hand side.
“Niina contacted me and said you should try this and after three sessions the pins and needles and the pain started to diminish - at first I thought I was imagining it.
“10 sessions forward and the pain in my leg is virtually gone and my arm is much better.”
The members of the stroke association clearly enjoyed the session - which ended with a round of applause for Niina.
“She was delighted, she wished she could have done it for longer,” said Stewart. “Everybody was fascinated, they didn’t realise they could make bowls sing - they never heard that before.
“I can safely say for the demonstration there were a lot of big smiles on faces and half the audience gave her a standing ovation.”