Blue Health is a term that spans a range of research into the benefits of being in, near, on and under water… Whether that is:
- Natural water: lakes rivers streams the ocean – experiencing a range of sporting or leisure pursuits
- Structured contexts: such as hydrotherapy, floatation tanks, aquariums etc
- Virtual reality: using digital simulations of the visual and auditory elements of water to evoke feelings or changes in physiology (an area I have personally researched in collaboration with Plymouth University)
- Art: The inclusion of water in poetry, metaphor, music, photography, painting and performance art
- Spirituality: Mindfulness practices encompassing visualisations incorporating the creation of mental models and an embodied sense of H2O
- Even the design of cities and the impact of water upon real estate prices has not been overlooked when it comes to studying the water effect
The use of water as medicine and the scientific evidence that our emotional connection with water really does impact measurably upon our wellbeing is becoming accepted by the mainstream and it is a field I have been delighted to champion, since beginning coastal coaching practice in 2009…
My intuitive practice became far more science led when meeting a kindred spirit and now deeply valued compadre and mentor Wallace J Nichols back in 2014. I was fascinated to learn that much of what we water lovers intuitively know to be true, could now be proven scientifically… Great news for the doubters!
J has curated a cross-disciplinary social experiment spanning nearly a decade in the form of Blue Mind Summits and Experiences, changing conversations within academic circles to ensure the emotional value of blue space is not excluded… and leading to the book Blue Mind.
Blue Mind has evolved into a movement with a strong following and I am honoured to be a part of the advocacy team that proactively promote Vitamin Blue. Whilst there are more and more scientists beginning to dive beneath the surface of blue health, Blue Mind can be evidenced though intuitive and academic sources and awareness of the Blue Mind phenomenon transcends the boundaries of individual fields…
I guess much like water it doesn’t like to be contained… Blue Mind encompasses and invites formal and informal inquiry into the emotional, social, physical, psychological, cognitive and spiritual benefits we each experience when we build our relationship with water. And the aims are pretty simple too…
1 We have a free health resource let’s work with it to foster collective wellbeing and create healthy communities.
2 People protect what they love – as we get to know our water sources our sense of guardianship grows and on a planet that is bombarded with human created pollutants, taking care of our ocean is becoming higher and higher priority.
The term neuro-conservation sums up the blend of environmental psychology, neuroscience, conservation, behavioural modelling, and social sciences and arts… But Blue Mind is definitely a felt sense.
Blue Mind research insights permeate all I do, a proportion of profits of US Going Coastal Courses go directly to support the continuation of this work with various other support initiatives such as social media led campaigns, championing #100DaysofBlue and bringing Blue Marbles to the UK. Every action we can each take to promote this free health resource matters. So get involved.