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The benefits of artificial Dolphin Assisted Therapy


Studies have proven that encounters with dolphins can and do have a positive effect of those who have been fortunate enough to have had a good experience with them. However, there is some considerable concern that due to the fact that in the majority of cases the experience is rarely repeated, the therapy usually has no long term or prolonged benefit to the recipient.

It is a medical fact that the human body cannot remember sensation. Therefore, 24 hours after leaving a therapy program, the experience has become a fading memory, 7 days after leaving a therapy program the experience has become a distant memory. 1 month after leaving a therapy program the memory of the experience is so faded, it is as if you had never been there at all. Therefore, what positive benefit that may have been achieved at the time has very quickly become lost.

Dolphin therapy is not just swimming with or being in contact with dolphins, it can also be just being in their presence.

For most people when they see dolphins whether it be in the wild, in captivity, on television or even just looking at pictures of them, something inside of us glows and creates a warm comforting happy sensation. Generally, we smile even if it is not expressed outwardly, but something within our subconscious makes us feel happy, contented and safe even if it is only for a moment. There is no denying that the aesthetics of the dolphin is something we as humans find extremely pleasing. Throughout history, man has demonstrated they we have an emotional connection with the dolphin.

Researchers in the field of Psycho Neuro Immunology have clearly shown that the link between emotions & illness, especially the link between grief, depression, fear & extended sadness with the suppression of the immune system.

A healthy thymus gland plays an important role in the regulation of the immune response & most people as they age, develop atrophied thymus’s, diminishing their ability to fight disease. It is becoming clear that healthy emotions of the ‘heart’ ;( next to the thymus), love, compassion and joy are connected with a healthy thymus.

 

 

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