Pressing need for ironing therapy

I recommend ironing treatment to all my friends‘  > So said one of our clients, which resulted in some embarrassment.

Our Tonic therapist thought she was talking about ironing as a therapy. In fact she was referring to the nickname for thermage, which is the face ironing anti-wrinkle treatment so loved by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Having ironed out that communication problem, it is worth noting that chore therapy is becoming a fashionable way to chill. Judging by our photo below, even the famous are getting in on the act.

Ironing is therapeutic. Fact!” said one happy ironer. “It is like having a hobby. I’m not doing it because I have to, as I find it immensely therapeutic“. What makes this view even more startling is that it is being said by a male*, and he is not alone.

Chore therapy is a discipline of mindfulness, where the philosophy is that if you have to do a job anyway, at least get some fulfilment out of it. A mindful attitude lets you find meaning all the time, not just in the moments you consider worthy.

Also doing mundane tasks is well-suited to this style of relaxation.  It is easier to focus all your attention on something that is simple, than on something that is complex.

There is plenty of research to back up such a theory. For example, researchers at Florida State University examined the benefits of dishwashing therapy (there must be more productive ways to get a degree!).  It was found that the mindful dishwashers experienced a more positive state of mind after the experiment.

It was speculated that by being mindful of only the task at hand, the dishwashers were less likely to be distracted by the mental chatter of daily life that can lead to stress and worry.

What a load of pseudo-intellectual codswallop! But hey-ho, in helter-skelter world it is worth giving anything a try to find a little peace.

So today, instead of phoning Tonic, pick up an iron and press away your pressures. The alternative is to increase your stress levels with some extreme ironing therapy.

Footnote > * Sorry ladies, but this miracle man is married and not available for hire. In consolation, it is worth noting that a chores phobia is called ergophobia or ergasiophobia, which is best defined as a persistent fear of work. Oikophobia, ecophobia and domatophobia are all words to describe the fear of houses, being in a house, home surroundings and certain items in a house. 


11 thoughts on “Pressing need for ironing therapy

  1. Betty (your Chepstow caller) says:

    PLEASE tell your chore-mad therapist that I am really pretty and he is welcome at my home anytime. But seriously, doing brainless things is a great way to switch off. I put an old film on the TV and iron away. It also warms me up on a cold day – though I would still rather have your therapist do that for me!

  2. I thought this was going to be a self-help Posting to help people with a chore phobia. But instead you want me to do more. Weird people.

    • Even weirder is that most women want men to leave the household chores to them. The average woman spends more than nine years of her adult waking life cleaning and tidying. But well over half would have it no other way and told researchers that “cleaning makes them feel in control of their lives”, while the majority said they found it “mentally therapeutic”.

      • Randy Mandy says:

        I read that same survey. It also said that one-third of all women claimed cleaning gives them more satisfaction than sex. Doesn’t say much for their sex lives!

    • Joe King says:

      In order to support you during your therapy, can I send you my ironing. I would like thew Tonic community to note my sacrifice in making this offer.

  3. Tim Rice says:

    Of course doing housework is a positive activity and form of exercise can relieve stress. In fact, in some cultures, cleaning the house is a valued and important activity. In Japan,for example, it’s called oosouji, which means to clean thoroughly. Cleaning and organising is a means of catharsis – a way to get rid of things you don’t need anymore.

  4. Jim Roe says:

    Buddhists considers cleaning to be a form of meditation that you can do every day. Buddhist monks consider housework to be a spiritual exercise through which to cultivate and purify your mind, soul and life.

  5. Harriot says:

    Making crumples disappear so that my clothes and bed linen look neat is really satisfiing and,indeed, I can do it without thinking. I also use scented water in my iron which adds to the chill-out experience. Far cheaper than seeing an aromatherapist! The only negative thing about ironing therapy is getting the board out as it always seems to fight back.

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