Because they are hyper-sensitive to vibrations, dolphins are touted by alternative healers as excellent therapists.
Essentially a swim in a tank with dolphins, dolphin therapy is believed to significantly impact on the physical, emotional, social and cognitive behavior of children especially.
Typically, the therapy occurs in dolphinariums and marine parks as a part of a guided program.
Children who undergo dolphin therapy engage in one-on-one sessions of individualized activities with a therapist, who monitors the child’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive response to the dolphins’ interactions.
Indications for dolphin therapy:
While adults can undergo dolphin therapy, children from the age of two years are the most responsive. The most important thing to look for when choosing a therapist is strong experience with small children.
Your child should also be able to experience being in water without being afraid. Make sure that your child wears a safety vest at all the times.
Dolphin therapy is based on:
The theory behind dolphin therapy is based on two philosophies. The first is that the unconditional support and love offered by the dolphin can greatly benefit children and mentally ill patients in various ways.
Supporters of dolphin therapy claim that the compassion the dolphin displays improves your self-confidence. The improved self-confidence can develop social and academic skills.
The second part of this therapy involves echolocation. Echolocation is a high-pitched sound sent out by dolphin that bounces off an object and returns.
The returning echo will be interpreted by the dolphin in order to find out the object’s shape, texture, direction and distance. While some experts say the use of echolocation changes your body tissues and cell structure, others believe that the sound waves emitted by the dolphin stimulate healing.
Dolphin echolocation helps to diminish anxiety and depression and enhances learning abilities in handicapped children as well as offering relief from pain. This increases your attention span, and develops better co-ordination and motor skills in your children.
Illnesses treated with dolphin therapy:
After examining your child’s medical history, the doctor will decide which therapy and treatment methods are the most beneficial for treating your child’s illness.
The following conditions can be treated with dolphin therapy:
- Brain paralysis
- Brain trauma
- Chronic tiredness syndrome
- Cephalgie or primary headache
- Depression excluding endangerous one
- Down syndrome
- Ecological non-adaptations
- Neurotic disorders
- Massive psychological and complex trauma
- Post comatose condition
- Pediatric neuroses such as Asthenia, Enuresis and Phobia
- Pediatric Cerebral paralysis
- Retarded mental development
- Retarded speech development
Dangers associated with dolphin therapy:
Because there is no scientific evidence that dolphins help relieve health problems, this therapy is controversial and carries a risk of viral, bacterial and fungal infections.