I like to describe our work as ‘evidence-based and creatively minded’ although when I really think about it it’s all about connectivity; a concept that seems to become lost or may fail to happen at all.
Right from day one we begin to make a connection to ‘self’, then a connection to others and then connections to world around us.
We find our just right fit by knowing who we are and what we enjoy through meaningful activities, our senses respond … we connect.
At the core of who we are lies our values and our beliefs, yet so many of us struggle to tune in or pay attention to this….. we disconnect.
Research is gaining momentum in confirming the necessity of connecting ones self to nature for the benefit of health and well-being and yet we still see an increasing amount of disconnection.
Natural spaces are often sought for solace or reflection and provide the perfect platform for improving attention to ‘self’ and in doing so connecting with internal values. Being in nature provides a calming stimulus for exploring thoughts and emotions and provides an open space and enough distance to step back and view personal issues, thoughts and complexities from a safe place.
For many, taking therapy sessions actively outdoors is an effective way of lowering stress levels. Sitting by the trickling waterfall after a gentle bush walk has an almost immediate impact upon reducing cortisol, lowering blood pressure and slowing the pulse rate and sympathetic nerve activity.
Venturing outside the office walls for therapy can seem daunting and sometimes needs to happen slowly, over time, however, the combined benefits of direct contact with nature and being away from the daily distractions are significant and even the minor distractions such as noticing the look, the smell, the feel of the weather can awaken the senses and shift the thinking… the connection begins.