Last week I went swimming in North Wales. It was my first wild swim of the year and it felt amazing. Just walking barefoot on the sand felt very healing but when I entered the water, all the stresses and strains of everyday life just drained away.
Swimming in the sea for me is like a spiritual experience. There is no electro magnetic, mobile phone or wifi pollution to interfere with the natural energy of the ocean and it feels invigorating and wonderfully connecting. The sound of the waves and the feeling of the salt water on my skin is cleansing, balancing and uplifting. It’s the best feeling in the world.
There are so many benefits to swimming in the sea. It’s good for your soul and it’s good for your general health. It was Hippocrates who first used the word thalassotherapy to describe the healing effects of seawater.
If you have dry and itchy skin, swimming in salt water will benefit you a great deal because it will help to keep your skin hydrated. Salt water also helps in treating skin disorders like acne, eczema and psoriasis. But beauty is not just skin deep. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and when it feels renewed your whole body automatically feels revitalized and healthy.
Swimming in seawater opens the pores in the skin to allow the absorption of sea minerals, trace elements, amino acids, vitamins and living microorganisms that can produce antibiotic and antibacterial effects to help promote a healthy immune system. Salt water also contains bromide and this mineral helps in alleviating muscle pains and soreness and inhaling a sea mist will boost your immune system.
Salt water also helps in the restoration of the body’s natural balance and promotes natural self healing.
Our modern day living is a long way from the world we used to live in. As humans we used to live close to the natural world and connecting with nature and living with the rhythms held in the earth was second nature to us. When I have the opportunity to do any wild swimming whether it is in the sea, lake or river I feel myself connecting to this ancient awareness. I feel totally at one with everything around me and it feels like a homecoming.
Next time you are near a stream, river, lake or sea, take a paddle and reconnect with the wilderness. Become aware of the rhythms of the earth, connect with nature and dare to find that ancient awareness within.
For more information about wild swimming go to http://www.wildswimming.co.uk/