Dolphin therapy action mechanisms
We know that dolphins produce substantial effect on humans, which can be observed not only at the cellular level but also at the level of emotions and overall mental health. This information was gathered over the course of many years of scientific research, which studied various reactions of humans to dolphin therapy. According to scientists, the effect from dolphin therapy can be divided into physiological and psychological mechanisms.
Physiological mechanisms of dolphin therapy action include:
- the dolphin’s ultrasound effect
- vibro-acoustic effect
- hydro massage
Analysis of the patient’s encephalogram before and after dolphin therapy reveals the increasing number of endorphins, produced by the dolphin’s ultrasound effect. It creates relaxation effect, boosts abstract thinking and ability to learn, and produces calming and pain soothing effect. In addition, ultrasound generates the inflow of sodium and calcium, which also manifests itself in pain relieving effect.
On top of that, dolphins produce reflexological effect on humans. By touching the child’s biologically active spots on arms and legs with its rostrum, the dolphin stimulates reflexogenous zones of the nervous system, thus providing boost to self-recovery systems.
When the dolphin emits ultrasonic oscillations and sounds within the hearing range, micro-vibrations penetrate tissues, thus producing vibro-acoustic effect. It not only increases blood flow and lymphatic flow, but also helps improve cellular environment. Vibro-acoustic therapy becomes more effective when disorders in vascular control are more expressive.
Another effect of dolphin therapy is hydro massage of internal organs and skin. When moving, dolphins create turbulence areas: multidirectional flows of water modulated by the animal’s flukes.
Water environment relieves pressure on joints and simultaneously creates optimal conditions for muscle training in the cases of movement disorders.
Normalization of the human’s emotional health is an important aspect of dolphin therapy. Contact with dolphins is a powerful psychotherapeutic and psycho-correctional remedy.
That’s why, psychological action mechanisms are distinguished.
Communication and playing are the key factors producing effect on the patient. The dolphin displays friendliness and interest in the child. It helps children, especially those with psycho-neurological diseases, developmental disorders or various mental traumas, establish positive contact with others. For a child, this form of nonverbal communication makes interaction a natural process.
Strong emotional side of communication with a dolphin helps increase activity, improve mood and general condition of patients. It also stimulates development of psychomotor sphere and cognitive processes, helping the child handle game tasks faster and more efficiently.
The psychotherapist selects individual complex of exercises and uses methods of behavioral, game, body-oriented and art therapy. The aquatic part of a session featuring bodily contact with a dolphin and performance of certain motoric tasks helps the child better cognize his own body, improves orientation in space and sensorimotor correction.
Positive emotions from communication with a dolphin help substantially stimulate mental, speech and physical development of children.
As a result of dolphin therapy sessions, your child will expand his horizons, gain new communication experience and receive huge positive charge that would make his life more animated, creative and bright.