Introduction of SFA program
We show you an easy way to make a floral arrangement.
"Very easy! You can create beautiful flower work."
Cut flowers are inserted at each mark. Here, yellow gerberas are inserted into circles and orange cosmoses are inserted into triangles.Movie digest ver.（1m30s） Movie full-length（22m）
Our arrangement procedure is a useful method of cognitive training.
The training is called the Structured Floral Arrangement (SFA) program.
How to run an SFA program
- For each SFA session, previously prepared materials are used, and arrangements are made twice with the same plant materials.
- In the first trial, participants make an arrangement by following the step-by-step instructions provided by an assistant. At each step, the assistant points out any errors and prompts the participants to try again.
- In the second trial, the participants are asked to work alone by referring to an instruction sheet. The assistant doesn't give hints, just encourages the participants to complete the work alone. If participants give up, the assistant supports their work by giving appropriate instructions.
- Participants are expected to improve their arranging skills through repeated training. You can record the time required to complete an arrangement in the second trial of each session or take a photo of the work. You can then assess improvements by comparing times or photos.
- Start with the basic design (M), and move on to the advanced ones later.
Movie of an SFA session with the basic design (M)
Watch the movie（9m41s）
Benefits of SFA program
We compared neuropsychological scores between 16 SFA-treated and 11 untreated patients with a neurocognitive disorder due to stroke or traumatic brain injury. Recall scores in the Rey-Osterrieth complex figure test improved significantly during 1-month treatment only in the SFA-treated group.
- Mochizuki-Kawai H., Kotani I., Mochizuki S., Yamakawa Y. (2018) The Impact of a Structured Floral Arrangement (SFA) Program on Caregivers' Mental Health: A Pilot Study, Trends in Medicine, 18, 1-4, doi: 10.15761/TiM.1000165.
- Mochizuki-Kawai H., Kotani I., Mochizuki S., Yamakawa Y. (2018) Structured Floral Arrangement Program Benefits in Patients with Neurocognitive Disorder, Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1328, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01328.
- Mochizuki-Kawai H. (2016) Structured floral arrangement program developed for cognitive rehabilitation and mental health care. Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly. 50, 39-44.
- Mochizuki-Kawai H, Yamakawa Y, Mochizuki S, Anzai S, Arai M (2010) Structured floral arrangement program for improving the visuospatial working memory in schizophrenia, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Vol. 20, 624-636.
- Mochizuki-Kawai H, Kawamura M, Hasegawa Y, Mochizuki S, Oeda R, Yamanaka K, Tagaya H (2004) Deficits in long-term retention of learned motor skills in patients with cortical or subcortical degeneration, Neuropsychologia, Vol. 42, 1858-1863
Floral foam comes in many shapes to suit different types of floral designs.
Basic design (M)
Advanced Design (L)
Advanced Design (W)
Simple design (S)
The simplest design in the SFA kit uses three floral materials.
Movie of a bedside SFA program with a simple design (S)
Watch the movie（2m28s）