NEWS
Earth therapy: Here's why doctors are prescribing nature
POSTED 07 Jan 2019 . BY Andrew Manns
Feeling unwell? A cure might be closer than you think. Doctors in the UK now have the authority to prescribe "nature" as a treatment for certain ailments.

Medical practitioners since the days of Ancient Greece have recommended nature-based therapies, such as visits to thermal springs and pilgrimages to remote groves and sanctuaries.

The practice, however, appears to be coming back into fashion with modern-day physicians in Scotland. The reason for the resurgence seems to stem from an overwhelming amount of evidence attesting to the psychological and physical benefits of such therapies.

For example, in a study published in 2003 in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, researchers demonstrated that trees and woodlands can have a healing effect on the mind.

Similarly, a report released in 2010 by scientists at the University of Essex’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Environment and Society found that regular nature walks can improve mental wellness.

Another article – published in 2015 with the American Academy of the Sciences – even went so far as to call natural areas "vital for mental health" in an increasingly urbanised world.

Finally, NHS Forest, a collaborative project which explores the empirical links between health and the environment, has also stressed the nature's well-being benefits.

"The health of patients, staff and local communities," the group said in a statement, "can be dramatically improved by providing opportunities to exercise outdoors and access green spaces including woodlands."

Given the mounting evidence, it's no surprise that the UK is not the only country taking steps to reemphasise the importance of Mother Nature for human health. As recently reported in The Guardian and Quartz, Canada and the US are also investing in comparable programmes.
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Spa Business - Earth therapy: Here's why doctors are prescribing nature ...
20 May 2019 Spa Business: uniting the world of wellness
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

07 Jan 2019

Earth therapy: Here's why doctors are prescribing nature
BY Andrew Manns

Extensive research suggests that outdoor activities can help to relieve various psychological and physiological ailments.

Extensive research suggests that outdoor activities can help to relieve various psychological and physiological ailments.
photo: Courtesy of Shuttershock

Feeling unwell? A cure might be closer than you think. Doctors in the UK now have the authority to prescribe "nature" as a treatment for certain ailments.

Medical practitioners since the days of Ancient Greece have recommended nature-based therapies, such as visits to thermal springs and pilgrimages to remote groves and sanctuaries.

The practice, however, appears to be coming back into fashion with modern-day physicians in Scotland. The reason for the resurgence seems to stem from an overwhelming amount of evidence attesting to the psychological and physical benefits of such therapies.

For example, in a study published in 2003 in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, researchers demonstrated that trees and woodlands can have a healing effect on the mind.

Similarly, a report released in 2010 by scientists at the University of Essex’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Environment and Society found that regular nature walks can improve mental wellness.

Another article – published in 2015 with the American Academy of the Sciences – even went so far as to call natural areas "vital for mental health" in an increasingly urbanised world.

Finally, NHS Forest, a collaborative project which explores the empirical links between health and the environment, has also stressed the nature's well-being benefits.

"The health of patients, staff and local communities," the group said in a statement, "can be dramatically improved by providing opportunities to exercise outdoors and access green spaces including woodlands."

Given the mounting evidence, it's no surprise that the UK is not the only country taking steps to reemphasise the importance of Mother Nature for human health. As recently reported in The Guardian and Quartz, Canada and the US are also investing in comparable programmes.



Connect with
Spa Business
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
UK’s The Massage Company expands into India, with plans for 50 franchise locations
UK’s The Massage Company expands into India, with plans for 50 franchise locations   20 May 2019

UK-based The Massage Company (TMC) has signed a deal with FranGlobal, Asia’s largest franchise reseller, to open 50 massage centres across India, .... more>>
Rosewood Ningbo set for ‘new green landmark’ in the heart of ancient Chinese city
Rosewood Ningbo set for ‘new green landmark’ in the heart of ancient Chinese city   19 May 2019

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is continuing its strategic growth in China with the announcement of Rosewood Ningbo, set to open in 2024. This latest .... more>>
Sangha Retreat names Alan Navarrette spa director
 Sangha Retreat names Alan Navarrette spa director   17 May 2019

Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute has appointed Alan Navarrete as spa director. First opened in 2017, Sangha is a holistic wellness retreat .... more>>
GWS to focus on the future of workplace wellness
GWS to focus on the future of workplace wellness   17 May 2019

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced a new topic for the event: how purpose needs to be at the very heart of corporate culture and how .... more>>
Heavily processed foods cause overeating and weight gain, study finds
Heavily processed foods cause overeating and weight gain, study finds   17 May 2019

People eating ultra-processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when they ate a minimally processed diet, according to results from .... more>>
Company profile


Spa Bureau

United by a common philosophy, vision, and values, we provide practical business solutions for the spa and wellness industries.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Fashionizer Spa creates bespoke uniforms

Fashionizer Spa creates bespoke uniforms

Fashionizer Spa offers a complete service for customers wishing to create an exclusive look for their spa, salon, clinic or product brand. More>>




in this issue

• Leeds: first to lower childhood obesity
• PayAsUGym rebrands as Hussle
• Construction set to begin on Scottish tapestry attraction



Spa jobs




Healthy Lifestyle Referral Specialist
Salary: £19,644.04
Location: Bristol, UK
Company: Circadian Leisure Trust
Spa Therapist
Salary: Competitive
Location: Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland
Company: The K Club
Head of Department Roles
Salary: Competitive
Location: Europe
Company: Aspria
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




19-22 May 2019

SPATEC Spring North America

JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa, Miami, United States


21 May 2019

Meet IAAPA - North America

Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington, United States



Spa Business magazine 2019 issue 2
Spa Business
2019 issue 2

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  First-person: Vana
Susie Ellis explains what made her stay at Indian health and wellness retreat Vana so “astonishing” More>>
  Family spa: Multi-story
With the rise in multi-generational tourism, family spas are growing in popularity. Jane Kitchen reports More>>


Spa Business magazine 2019 issue 1

Spa Business
2019 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Promotional feature: Vital Tech
Infrared technology is growing in popularity, Vital Tech’s Alexandra Gavsevitch and Serge Parienti explain how it works More>>
  Everyone’s talking about: Single-use plastics
Is it time for spas to look at their use of plastic? Kath Hudson investigates More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd