Adventure Therapy – wishful thinking or a reality?

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Overlooking Tunkalilla Beach
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking – Frederick Nietzsche

 

Popular wisdom has it that being immersed in nature is good for us but did you know that there is now a scientific basis to support that claim?

Professor David Strayer, a cognitive psychologist from the University of Utah has found that after a few days off grid surrounded by nature our brains show a significant functional improvement in tasks such as problem solving.

Our digital lifestyle constantly taxes and over-stimulates the pre-frontal cortex of our brain which deals with problem solving.  This often leads to fatigue and so it’s no surprise then that a few days with nature improves our capacity to think clearly.

 

Walkers overlooking West Island
In awe and blissfully relaxed after a few days with nature

 

It was Nietzsche who said that “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking”

By measuring brain waves of participants who had been in beautiful natural surroundings for 3 days Prof Strayer was able to demonstrate that different neuronal networks became active when out in nature that are suppressed in our urban environment (the “3-day effect”).

 

Deep Creek Waterfall
The soothing sound of cascading water

 

After a few days the senses re-calibrate and you start to smell and hear things you didn’t before, producing a transformational change.

So it’s official; being surrounded by natural environments is not just incredibly enjoyable and rewarding, it’s actually good for your physical and mental well-being.  Surely that is an offer too good to refuse!

 

Waitpinga Beach - Southern Ocean Walk
Can you think of a better way to re-calibrate the senses?

 

 If you feel like some adventure therapy why not join us on the Southern Ocean Walk.

 

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