Our free water dolphin therapy
Rehabilitation Centre Kas / Turkey is located on the coast, surrounded by lush
vegetation. The beautiful country-side has been spared the stress of
mass-tourism. Our Centre provides Dolphin Therapy for handicapped children, and
adults, carried out by a team of very experienced doctors. Therapy for older
patients is decided upon by the doctors according to the patient’s medical
more than thirty years Russian doctors and scientists have
been leading the world in research in animal assisted
therapy using dolphins under the state
research programme at the Research Institute for
“Paediatric Health and Physiotherapy” in Ukraine.
Using a special therapy programme methods are used to
progressively reactivate the patients, to stimulate them
and ease tension, in cases such as Cerebral paralysis,
Autism, Downs syndrome and mental disablement. The Therapy
Centre has at present dolphins
in a large area of azure blue clear seawater, bordered
with nets, in a protected and remote bay near Kas.
a few hold dolphins in seawater as they should. It is
scientifically proved that in concrete bordered pools the
sonar frequency of the sea mammals, that is so important
for the therapy, is disturbed.
climate on the south coast of Turkey is ideal for our type
of work. Situated in a green and almost untouched coastal
landscape, the freewater dolphinarium and the nearby
romantic fishing village of Kas provide the optimal
atmosphere for families and patients to benefit in full
from the dolphin
therapy. The water temperatures are in
April 18°C, from May to June
25°C, from July to September 30°C, and from October to
December sinking to 24°C.
Course comprises of
10 Therapy sessions, 45 minutes each, over 14 days.
Direct Dolphin contact is guaranteed. The Doctor’s
Supervision and treatment is supported by the Dolphin
trainer and family members. During the Therapy sessions
the dolphinarium is off limits to everyone not taking
carried out with children
from the age of one
year. The doctors have particular experience with young
children. A requirement is the ability to be in water
without being afraid, without this ability the course of
therapy is lengthened. At all times the child wears a
safety vest but no neoprene suit as this would act as a
barrier against sonic waves.
Illnesses / Disabilities
• Downs Syndrome
• Depression, also for adults (except Endegenous
deficit Hyperactivity disorder)
• Neurotic disorders
• Brain trauma, if no Cramp Syndrome present
• Brain paralysis, if no Cramp Syndrome present
• Paediatric Cerebral paralysis
• Ecological non-adaptations
• Post comatose condition
• Primary headache (Cephalgie)
• Chronic tiredness syndrome
• Retarded speech development
• Retarded mental development
• Massive psychological and complex Trauma
• Paediatric Neurosis (Phobia, Enuresis, Asthenia)
The illnesses listed above have all been successfully treated with dolphin
therapy. After an examination of the child’s medical history and the
questionnaire the doctors will decide which therapy and methods of treatment
will be the most beneficial.
Acute respiratory illnesses
Oncologically ill children
General contraindications for rehabilitation courses within
the scope of the health resort circumstances.
Therapeutic swimming with dolphin
Psychotherapy, also with parents
Binaural psychic stimulation
of the course
with direct dolphin
contact, Doctor and trainer, over 14 days.
The therapeutic method is based upon a system of medical-psychological
Rehabilitation for the child. The physical contact of the child with the dolphin
in the water is most important as it promotes the mental and physical
development of the handicapped child.
The Rehabilitation comprises 10 intensive Therapy sessions
14 days. If
necessary, or if so wished, the parents may also take part and/or other
therapeutic treatments may be undertaken. e.g. Talasso therapy, Kinesotherapy,
Psychotherapy with a communicative aspect, Physiotherapy, Ultrasonic therapy
(using the natural Sonar effect of the dolphin).
The Russian specialists call the following a ‚Therapeutic Metaphor’: One should
imagine the dolphin as a ‚needle’ that can pass through all pathological and
mental barriers of a child, pulling with it a ‚thread’, the ‚thread’ being other
types of therapeutic treatment that are now enabled to work effectively.
Effects and Results of Dolphin
Therapy modifies and corrects patterns of behaviour; this motivates the
patient and leads to a great improvement of cognition. This Effect has made it
to one of the most successful methods used in complex rehabilitation. Dolphin
Therapy acts as a strong catalyst which enables other forms of therapeutic
treatment to work effectively
The Dolphin Therapy enables mentally or physically handicapped
children to find new ways to health.
have been developed after much research with dolphins that create contact with specially trained
dolphins. Under the supervision of doctors and a swimming
instructor the animals can make
contact with the patient which opens possibilities that
no medication can provide. It is most probable that the
dolphins can feel the vibrations of a malfunctioning organ
through their probing with ultrasonic waves. Stress, fear
and tension are lessened through contact with a dolphin.
One receives positive energy and is freed from negative
emotions. In ten sessions the course of the complete therapy
is individually specified, according to the grade of the
mental or physical handicap. The results of the work between
patient and dolphin, and because of this the altered clinical
symptoms, are assessed through psycho/physical tests and
an analysis of the heart rhythm.
best results can be obtained in the treatment of handicapped
children using a combination of Physiotherapy, methodical
healing processes from experienced doctors and the dolphin
therapy. This can be ideally combined in a holiday-seminar.
doctors and therapists progress carefully with a made-to-measure
programme for the patient without creating any strain
or stress for the child.
Dolphin Therapy enables children with mental or physical
handicaps to find new ways to health.Through the therapeutic
game with the dolphins the little patients suddenly do
things that have never occurred in other therapy. They
laugh for the first time, speak their first words or they
have moved easily where before they were cramped.
One of the methods the Russian specialists
use is the‚ Reward method’. When the patient has mastered
the task set by the therapist, the patient is rewarded
with a swim with the dolphin. This is a variant of the
therapy where the doctor plays on the vanity of the child.
Autistic children, but also some children with other ailments,
are strongly introverted and can register their environment
only in part, or not at all, so a catalyst is required;
this is where the dolphins play their part. The Russian
doctors use a therapy based on close contact with the
dolphin. The child, the doctor, the dolphin and the trainer
all together in the water provides the ideal basis for
Dolphin Therapy in general.
A Dolphin-assisted therapy together with specially trained
marine biological psychologists enable children with mental or physical
handicaps to find new ways to health.
Techniques have been developed for the dolphin-assisted therapy that build-up
contact to specially trained dolphins. Under the supervision of the doctors and
a dolphin trainer the dolphins understand that they should make contact with the
patient. This opens possibilities that no medication or doctor could provide. It
is most probable that the dolphins can feel the vibrations of a malfunctioning
organ through their probing with ultrasonic waves (is being researched).
Moreover it has been proved that through the sonic waves the spine and brain
come into a resonance that stimulates the production of substances in the
nervous system that in turn improve the functioning of the nervous system as a
whole. Stress, fear and tension are lessened through contact with a dolphin. One
receives positive energy and is freed from negative emotions. In ten sessions
the course of the complete therapy is individually specified, according to the
grade of the mental or physical handicap.
The appraisals are reached through a discussion between the parents, the patient
and the doctors, before and after the therapy. After each therapy session the
positive emotions and sensations of the patient are checked together with the
The interactions of intensive physiotherapy, logopaedic and homeopathic
treatment from experienced doctors, together with the dolphin therapy enable an
optimal compact holiday course with consultations and counsel, and the best
possible health improvement for handicapped children.
Experienced doctors and therapists progress carefully with a made-to-measure
programme for the patient without creating too much strain or stress for the
Former therapies cannot nearly match the prodigious improvements in health that
are induced by playing with the dolphins. Children suddenly can laugh or move
freely that they have not been able to do before. They can speak their first
words, awake laughing out of their half coma or they can do things that they
failed to accomplish in previous therapies.