Beach & Ocean Therapy
The word therapy is scary for some people, usually due to the understanding of the word itself. Therapy is a form of treatment helping someone to feel better and grow stronger both mentally and psychologically. It supports with changing behaviours, resolving painful feelings, and to heal in general, giving you a safe environment to speak in. Connecting with the right person will help you cope with feelings in a natural and safe way, in an environment that you feel comfortable in.
Oceans and the beach go hand in hand, and the beach is the absolute perfect place to heal. This relaxing location will fight off feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. The sound of the rolling waves create a natural ‘white noise’ effect, add sunshine, and you will feel completely relaxed. Noise of the rolling waves is regularly used for sleep machines for this exact reason.
Many people treat a visit to the beach as a holiday, whilst others head there when needing some down time. Studies have shown that a trip to the beach is good for us all, with health benefits being reduced stress, and improved sleep. Beaches make us happier and more creative, which is why you will sometimes find an abundance of artists living in beachside locations.
Why The Beach
When you first step out onto the sand and take a deep breath, your brain will be receiving instant benefits. Negative ions (oxygen ions with an extra electron attached, produced via water molecules) in the ocean air can calm your brain. Sand is also a natural exfoliant, and with your body constantly getting rid of dead skin cells, exfoliation is so important. You then have the exercise part of your beach visit, and we all burn 20-50% more calories walking on a beach than you would on a hard surface.
Studies also show that people who live by the beach or visit regularly have greater well-being than those inland. Swimming in the ocean enhances the immune system, hydrates your skin, and boosts circulation. Magnesium in the sea water helps to induce your sleep and act as a muscle relaxant. Being in the water itself also helps your body to repair, as well as reduce swelling in the body.
Stress relief is the number one benefit of going to the beach
Salt water has unique antibacterial and anti fungal properties making it excellent for external infections.
Walking on the beach burns more calories than walking anywhere else.
Salt water detoxifies your skin, first the sun opens your pores, then the salt water goes in and pulls out any toxins.
Gentle exercise in the ocean is hugely beneficial for those with joint pain as the water offers resistance without the impact.
Individuals with any breathing difficulties will find it easier to breathe at the beach.
The ocean really is an amazing place, and provides over 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe and over 97 percent of the world’s water supply.