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Outdoor Therapy In Devon

Updated: Mar 14

Beneath the Healing Sky

Reconnect with Nature, Reconnect with Yourself
Sunlight on awoodland path
Outdoor Therapy Sessions with Jane Taylor

Leaving the Office Space

A deep yearning to integrate the transformative power of nature into the therapeutic process has blossomed this spring at Taylor Made Therapy. I'm thrilled to announce that all my therapy sessions will be offered exclusively outdoors in South Devon.

For almost four years, my therapy practice has thrived within the familiar walls of the cosy office overlooking Courtenay Park. However, something exciting has been brewing – a shift towards totally incorporating the natural world into the therapeutic process. This isn't just about a change of scenery; it's about aligning therapy with something core to my own philosophy and, potentially, yours too.

This decision wasn't taken lightly. It stems from a deep belief in the transformative power of nature and its profound impact on mental well-being. As many of you know, I'm a strong believer in the power of energy healing and shamanic practices, which emphasise the interconnectedness of all things, especially the profound impact of the natural world.

Why Embrace the Healing Power of Nature?

Studies consistently show that spending time in nature reduces stress, anxiety, and even symptoms of depression. My own experience following my chronic pain diagnosis confirms this. Immersing ourselves in nature activates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and a sense of calm.

In my case, nature became a refuge from the constant ache in my body. There was something incredibly therapeutic about sitting by a quiet stream, listening to the gurgling water and the chirping birds. The fresh air seemed to invigorate me, and the gentle breeze calmed my mind. I even found that short walks in nature helped me sleep better, which in turn, improved my pain management overall.

If you're struggling with chronic pain, I invite you to give nature a try. Even a small dose of fresh air and sunshine can make a big difference.

For some, therapy may conjure images of a particular style or type of place and while this traditional setting provides a valuable purpose, I've found that for some clients, particularly those drawn to holistic practices like myself, a different approach can be incredibly beneficial.

This is where outdoor therapy comes in. It's about removing the physical and sometimes even mental barriers of a traditional office and allowing the healing power of nature to become an integral part of the therapeutic process, to reconnect with ourselves and the world around us.

Aligning with Shamanic Practices and Energy Healing

As a therapist who incorporates shamanic practices and energy healing into my work, heading outdoors felt like a natural extension of those philosophies. Here’s why

  • Nature as a Healer: For centuries, different cultures have revered nature as a source of healing. From the calming effect of a babbling stream to the grounding presence of ancient trees, nature can soothe the mind, body soul and spirit.

  • Energy Flow: Shamanic practices often emphasise the importance of energy flow throughout the body and the environment. Being in nature allows us to tap into this flow more readily. Imagine the gentle breeze carrying away negative thoughts, or the sun's warmth rejuvenating our spirit.

  • Reconnection with Self: The busyness of modern life often disconnects us from our inner selves. Stepping outside allows us to quiet the mind, reconnect with nature's rhythm, and gain valuable insights into our own needs and desires.


Benefits of Outdoor Therapy

Beyond aligning with my own therapeutic approach, outdoor therapy has numerous benefits for clients

  • Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Studies have shown that spending time in nature can lower stress hormones and improve mood. The sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors create a calming and grounding experience.

  • Increased Focus and Clarity: Nature provides a natural escape from distractions. Removing ourselves from the constant stimulation of screens and technology allows for deeper reflection and clearer thinking.

  • Enhanced Sense of Well-being: Being outdoors allows us to connect with our physical bodies. Immersing ourselves in nature can boost our energy levels, improve sleep quality, and enhance overall well-being.

  • Deeper Connection with Therapy: Some clients find the traditional office setting can feel intimidating. The open-air environment of outdoor therapy can feel more relaxed and promote a sense of connection with the therapist.

Tailored Outdoor Sessions

Based on your own therapy goals and how you would like to work with me during your session we could include

  • Nature Walks with Intention: We can walk through parks, woodland trails or along the beach, focusing on specific intentions or themes relevant to your therapy session. This may involve incorporating elements of nature into your exploration, such as using the qualities of different trees, the flow of a stream, the way the sea has formed the sand on the beach as metaphors for your own journey.

  • Grounding Exercises: Grounding exercises help to connect you with the earth's energy. We can incorporate activities like sitting with your back against a tree, feeling the roots anchor you, or spending time barefoot on the grass during your session. This can be particularly powerful for those working on issues related to anxiety or feeling ungrounded.

  • Visualisation with Nature's Elements: Visualisation is a powerful tool in shamanic practices and energy healing. We can use natural elements like calming water sounds or the wind rustling through leaves to aid your visualisations, deepening their impact.

  • Connecting to Power Animals: Shamanic practices, which often involve rituals and connection with the natural world, emphasise the concept of "power animals." These spirit guides, believed to offer personal wisdom and strength, can be found in the forms of animals, plants, or even the elements themselves. Connecting with these energies in nature can be a powerful tool for self-discovery and healing.

What to Expect from an Outdoor Therapy Session

At Taylor Made Therapy I prioritise creating a safe and comfortable space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. Outdoor therapy sessions with me are designed to be a collaborative experience. Here's what you can expect.

  • Discovery Call: We'll discuss your individual needs and comfort level with outdoor sessions. This also allows us to determine if outdoor therapy is the most appropriate approach for your needs.

  • Creating a Sacred Space: We'll create a comfortable and sacred space for our work together.

  • The Session Unfolds: Our sessions will combine traditional talk therapy techniques with the power of the natural environment. We might use mindfulness exercises, guided visualisations based on the surroundings, or gentle body movement practices, energy healing and EFT practices.

  • Flexibility: Depending on the weather and your needs, we may adjust the session format. For example, we could sit on a bench, walk slowly on a woodland path, or even find a quiet spot to lie down and connect with the earth.

  • Respecting the Environment: We'll minimise our impact on the chosen location.

  • Weather: We'll closely monitor weather forecasts and have options for locations that offer some degree of shelter.

  • Physical Limitations: We'll work to find accessible locations and tailor sessions to your physical abilities.

  • Privacy: We'll ensure the chosen locations offer adequate privacy for our sessions.

  • Suitable clothing: We’ll also explore appropriate clothing and footwear for your session.

Who is Outdoor Therapy For?

This approach may not be for everyone, but it can be particularly beneficial for those who:

  • Feel a strong connection to nature

  • Are interested in exploring shamanic practices or energy healing

  • Struggle with traditional therapy settings

  • Find traditional therapy triggering or anxiety-provoking

  • Want to incorporate holistic practices into therapy

 A Natural Path to Wellness

Transitioning to outdoor therapy might seem like a leap, but it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. I will continue to offer the same level of personalised support and compassionate care you've come to expect from me at Taylor Made Therapy, just in a more natural setting.

Remember, therapy is a journey, and sometimes, the most empowering discoveries are made under the open sky. Are you ready to embark on this adventure with me?

Your Healing Journey in Nature's Embrace

Whether you've been a client of Taylor Made Therapy or are curious about exploring outdoor therapy for the first time, we'd love to hear from you! Contact us today to schedule a discovery call and discuss how I can help you achieve your wellness goals in the great outdoors.

Taylor Made Outdoor Therapy In South Devon

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