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Dolphins and their importance in human therapy in Portugal. Dolphins are unique. Since ever, dolphins have been fantastic creatures, creating a friendly relationship in people´s minds.
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Dolphins are unique Since ever, dolphins have been fantastic creatures, creating a friendly relationship in people´s minds. Scientists have been trying to unveil these creatures misteries for a long time, which involve complex communication and a higher level of intelligence when compared with the one of our ancestrals – the primates Dolphins are considered aquatic mammals, and are members of the Delphinidae family. Dolphins are able to produce very distinct vocal sounds. These sounds are also known as whistles, and can be heard on frequencies starting from 5 and up to 20KHz.
Curiosities The adult human brain weights around 1.450 grams. A dolphin´s brain weights around 1.700 grams (HEAVIER!!!). Dolphins can live between 20 and 80 years. They feed on a large variety of fish, squids and crustaceans. Dolphins never sleep, as they need to surface from time to time in order to breathe, even during night. Only half of their brain falls asleep, while the other half remains alert. We can find around 37 different dolphin species in the world.
Dolphins therapy around the world Dolphins therapy have been used around the world to heal a long list of diseases and simptoms, of which: -» Communication disorder;-» Learning disability;-» Attention deficit;-» Genetic disorders;-» Different sindromes such as: Angelman, Rettand Down's sindrome-» Depressions;-» Cerebral palsy;-» Autism.
Dolphins Theraphy around the world Results obtained in different countries such as Australia, USA, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Panama, Spain and more recently in Portugal, although not scientifically proved, have been very successful in the mentioned areas, with good perceived improvements. Countries using dolphins therapy
Dolphins & Portugal Dolphins have lived in the Portuguese maritime coast for a long time, and they can still be seen quite often nowadays, swimming next to the coast or even in some rivers estuaries. One of these special places is Sado´s river estuary (natural reserve), a special place where pollution and human influence still didn´t affect dolphins natural way of live. Sado´s river estuary
Dolphins & Portugal The most common dolphin species in this place is the “roaz corvineiro”, a long and robust species with a melon shaped nose. They can measure up to 4 meters and weight 350Kg. Taking all of this into consideration, and that dolphins are used to human presence in this place, this was the perfect spot to create a dolphins therapy center in Portugal. Roaz - Corvineiro
Therapy center – method description In the Portuguese center, dolphins therapy is used together with another type of treatment: the Craniosacral therapy (also called CST). CST is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, and chiropractors, and consists in gentle and specific movements and massages on the skull and spine of the patient. When used together, these two different types of therapies can create better results. Craniosacral Theraphy
Some therapy results • Unfortunately I was not able to find any testimonials regarding treatments made in the Portuguese dolphins therapy center. Despite this, there are plenty reported situations where patients: • Improved their personality, becoming more calmer and patient; • Started performing simple actions as eating a whole apple, which was not occuring in the past; • Started walking on their own; • Became more alert, understanding instructions and carrying them out
Dolphins therapy center location Map: Dolphin´s therapy center Contact:Dolphin Association of Tróia, Portugal-IrelandRua da Alfandega, No 32-12900 Setúbal Portugal Tel: (+351)265-525245Mobile: (+351)96-5694039
Technical References • There are many articles about this type of treatment: • Heres Health of January 1995 talks of Dolphin Reef in Eilat, Israel where there is an unusual clinic and the therapists are all Dolphins. • Dolphins and Healing by Russell A. Bourne, Jr, PhD , 1997, no longer in circulation but a 'must' readif you can find it • Massage Bodywork, October/November 2005, Aquatic Therapies an excellent article featuring a team of craniosacral therapists from the Upledger Institute (UI) in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. • Some additional References • Upledger J, Vredevoogd J. CranioSacral Therapy.Seattle: Eastland Press; 1983Cochrane A, Callen K. Dolphins and Their Power to Heal. Rochester, NY: Healing Arts Press; 1992.Cole D. Electroencephalography results in human-dolphin interaction: a sonophoresis model. Presented at the Second Annual International Symposium on Dolphin Assisted Therapy; Sept 5 - 8, 1996; Cancun, Mexico.Hunt V. Infinite Mind: The Science of Human Vibrations. Malibu, Calif: Malibu Publishing Co; 1995.Scott Taylor. Souls In The Sea-Dolphins, Whales, and Human Destiny.Frog, Ltd. Berkeley, California. 2003
By Margarida Penteado