September - Ocean Therapy
Updated: Oct 2, 2020
Ocean Therapy is one of the key elements of the Better Than I Used To Be programme!
This September, join us as we explore the unique perspective the Ocean offers, that nothing else in nature therapy can.
The Ocean provides perspective in a way that nothing else in nature therapy can. It is constantly changing and shifting right before your eyes, which is engaging from both a physical and psychological perspective. It forces us to learn to quickly adapt and take in new information as the environment changes before us.
Sea water is said to boost confidence, promote independent thinking, neutralise emotional trauma, brighten the spirit and fortify the nerves. It contains salts that replenish the circuitry of the brain with an influx of negative ions. It also contains lithium, an element said to be a mood stabiliser. If you find yourself in a dark mood, go to the beach, behold the waves and let the negatively charged ions spraying into the air wash away your bad (positively charged) mood!
Considering how dependent we have become on the ocean, how can we use its awesome power without abusing it? How can we utilise the wondrous natural systems that support us on so many levels without depleting them? If we can sense the connection we have with it as a living identity and if we can develop greater respect for the ocean, we can work synergistically with it in ways that benefit all interconnected beings.
Salt is said to symbolise life itself. Essentially, our basic physiological functions depend on a balance in the body between salts and liquids. When this balance is upset, disease may occur.
Scientific research has shown that all our senses are invigorated by the Ocean!
Firstly comes the color blue, which has been found by an overwhelming amount of people to be associated with feelings of calm and peace. Research states that staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.
Secondly, the smell of the ocean breeze contributes to our soothed state, which may have something to do with the negative ions in the air that you breathe in.
Third, the consistent ebbing and flowing you hear de-stimulates our brains.The noises, coupled with the visuals, activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for slowing us down and allowing us to relax and feel more engaged.
Finally, the physical sensation of putting your feet in warm sand causes people to relax!