Therapy in a pleasant environment. Encounters with dolphins invoke a deep emotional response. It is believed that children are more responsive to therapy because they play in a pleasant environment, which motivates them to complete tasks. It has also been suggested that dolphins can sense areas of disability in the human body and they motivate children to use these parts.
Sound the healing principle is similar to that of sound therapy. Rhythm and vibration sound facilitate an altered mood. Swimming with dolphins can create physiological cell and tissue change in the body. Dolphins have a natural sonar, they admit ultrasound waves to localize things and to communicate. This process is called “echolocation”. Dolphins signal frequencies can have a profound effect on the human brain by modifying the brainwave activity.
It was also noted that both sides of the brain enter into synchronization, which means there is a far better communication between the left and right sides of the brain. This is an uncommon neurological state, which is typically associated with heightened awareness and increased learning ability.
The theory behind dolphin assisted therapy is based on two philosophies. One of these is that the unconditional love and support a dolphin has to offer can benefit children and mentally ill patients in many ways. A dolphin seems to have human-like emotions, so a deep trusting bond can develop between patient and mammal. Some proponents of dolphin assisted therapy claim that the compassion a dolphin displays increases the patient’s self-confidence, because the patient is never judged. Increased self-confidence can lead to better social skills and academic improvement.
The second part of the theory involves a more scientific approach. It involves echolocation (echolocation: a high-pitched sound sent out by the dolphin that bounces off an object and returns. The dolphin interprets the returning echo to determine the object’s shape, direction, distance, and texture). Some say that the dolphins’ use of sonar and echolocation produce changes in the body tissue and cell structure of patients who associate with them. Others believe that sound waves emitted by the dolphins in communication and echolocation stimulate healing. A diminishing of anxiety and depression, enhanced learning in handicapped children, and pain relief are all attributed, by some researchers, to dolphin echolocation.
Those persons who experienced the therapeutic exposure to dolphins consistently displayed brainwaves that transitioned from “beta waves” to “alpha waves” and even to “theta waves”. By way of explanation, “Beta waves” are often an indicator of “active, energized” brain activity, while “Alpha- Theta waves” are often displayed in a relaxed, meditative “state of mind” that can facilitate the possibility for improvement.