Ocean Therapy – What the ocean does to your brain

by Kayla Magazine


Summer is associated with the sea when you walk along the shore and play with the waves. Blue skies, sun, fragrant flowers, warm winds and rain, as you walk barefoot under the grass. With white dunes when the soles fall into the sand. Berries for breakfast, lunch and dinner, homemade ice cream and ripe tomatoes, from which you eat cold tomato soup. It’s all about summer, but I’m not writing about it. You will learn about sea or ocean therapy.


According to scientists, living or spending time by the ocean has a positive effect on our physical and psychological health. Several scientific journals claim that those who live near water are in a healthier, better emotional state compared to those who live far from water. Study participants living in homes with ocean views said they feel calmer, in a better mood. Hawaii has been named the happiest U.S. state seven times since 2008 in the annual Gallup poll. Is this a coincidence?



According to psychologists, blue color is associated with relaxation and a sense of inner peace. Watching the ocean changes the frequency of our brain waves and elevates us to an easy meditative state.

A study published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s journal even found that blue is associated with a boost of creativity. The rustling of the waves we hear lying on white sand stimulates our brain. The soothing rumble you hear while near the sea and the sound of the waves washing ashore stimulates our brains. Noise along with images activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for our ability to relax. It calms our body, slows down heartbeat, regulates blood glucose. As I walk through the dunes, I smell the sea. It is in the air – different mood, peace. When I come to the sea, I take a deep breath and sigh easily, inside I feel good, calm. The wind stings the hair, the feeling of happiness floods. It has to do with the negative ions in the air we breathe. They are located near waterfalls, sea and ocean, in forests. Studies by Columbia University show that in people with depression, negative ions inhibit the disease as much as antidepressants.


Ions are molecules that have gained or lost electric charge. Negative ions are created and charged by nature. From sunlight, moving water. Lots of negative ions are produced during thunderstorms, rain storms, so don’t forget to open the windows when it’s raining or just take a walk in the rain. Plants also secrete negative oxygen ions as part of their growth process. Trees use groundwater and disperse it in the air. Negative ions are odorless, tasteless and invisible molecules that we inhale profusely near waterfalls or at the seaside. Once in our bloodstream, negative ions cause biochemical reactions that increase serotonin levels. Negatively charged ions, especially if there are many of them, create conditions for the human body to heal and regenerate. They enter the human body through the respiratory tract, skin, cornea of ​​the eye. Negatively charged ions reach the lungs and release their charge into the bloodstream. It has a positive effect on the properties of the blood and the whole human body. Electrical devices can emit positive ions. Positive ions negatively affect our health.


Negative ions increase oxygen flow to the brain, resulting in increased alertness, decreased drowsiness and more mental energy. Protects against microbes in the air. Improves breathing, sleep quality, mood, increases energy, reduces stress, helps to rest, recover faster, strengthens immunity system.


On the beach – 10,000

In the forest – 3000

By the lake – 900

Outdoors in the city – 700

In the office where is air conditioning – 50

When measuring the air outside, the negative ions are mostly in the morning, decrease at noon, and gradually begin to increase in the evening (7 pm to 11 pm). Least found in spring, mostly in summer and autumn.



After learning about the ions, let’s return to the ocean. Tell me how you feel when you touch the sand, when you take it in your hand and it falls through your fingers. I feel freedom. Touching the sand makes us feel free. When I walk through the sand on my feet I feel warmth, I relax.

Not everyone has opportunities to live in a home with ocean view. The most important thing is to pay attention and focus on where you are, here and now – the sea, the waves, the sun and the wind. Stay with you. Close your eyes and listen to the sea as the waves breaks, spills ashore and comes back. Leave your phone at home, turn off the internet. Make the most of every minute. Take time for yourself. Your mood and emotional background will change. The stress and tension that preceded will evaporate and the problems won’t seem that big. If you receive messages or hear sounds from your phone, the effect of ocean therapy will not be as effective, the tension will not ease. Relax, focus on what you are feeling.

Feel the moment when you are good, when you breathe deeply and smell the sea. After rest, build a sand castle. Sit back where the waves crash ashore and enjoy warm sea massage. Go to the sea and experience this therapy. Happy holidays, good wind and happy feelings!





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