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VR therapies a new social enterprise

Innovative, immersive and a full sensory experience

The latest medical and therapeutic advances are inaccessible to the very children and adults they are designed for, despite the amazing benefits. Medical VR therapies should not be just for those already in hospital, or the rich, or physically able. We want to change this.

Our goal is to bring VR therapies to those who would benefit most but are least likely to access it. We are the first social enterprise who provide VR therapies for kids with special needs and adults with disabilities. Medical VR is already available in hospitals and has shown amazing results. From supporting children through chemotherapy or physiotherapy, to improving social and behavioural difficulties in autism - as well as reducing levels of pain, stress, depression and anxiety!

Therapies are available for individuals, families, groups such as charities or care homes, and - well, there's something for everyone! See which sessions are best for you or book a free consultation now.

This year we have introduced a new full clinical therapy program for specific mental health issues. All environments are based on a bibliographic review of validated studies and the clinical experience of mental health professionals. Please see all our clinical therapies.

We arent stopping there though. In 2019 we will be combining virtual reality with hydrotherapy, which becomes an incredibly innovative & immersive therapy - such as swimming with dolphins. We are raising money to open new premises next year which will be fully accessible to everyone, allowing us all to explore this multisensory, holistic and marvellous new world. Have a look at the video below and see what it's like to swim with dolphins!

VR therapy sessions are available to book now or via email. Keep up to date by joining our newsletter or on Facebook and Twitter

Experience swimming with dolphins

Become an astronaut, swim with dolphins, travel to tranquillity and experience a new sense of wonder and peace.

VR therapies are now available and our new premises will be open in 2019.

Footage and underwater headset developed by the Dolphin Swim Club, a non-profit in the Netherlands.

PICK YOUR VR SESSION

Please contact us for last minute availabilities! Payment will be arranged following booking. Multiple bookings get 10% off or businesses may donate a day of VR therapy to their chosen charity.

Individual Sessions

Experience virtual reality therapy today.
£40 per hour. Book 5 sessions for 25% off.

Individual sessions, regardless of age or ability. All therapies are provided by a fully trained VR therapist and qualified Nurse. Sessions are tailored to the individual with a focus on person-centred and holistic support. A full introduction and demonstration will be provided. Please download this file for a full list of all therapies available. We have also recently introduced optional add-ons, such as aromatherapy massages during the relaxation therapies, therapy toys for children and your own VR headsets you can use with mobile phones.

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Children Sessions

Combining play therapy with physiotherapy, musical stories encouraging hand-eye coordination and relaxing experiences. Prices vary depending on requirements and circumstances.
£25 per hour. Book 5 sessions for 25% off.

As every parent knows, play therapy is a crucial part of coping with medical conditions and hospital visits. Children may not vocalise anxiety but through play therapy it allows them to cope with difficult times or stressful situations. Also available is a range of games which encourage movement and physiotherapy through a fun and stimulating environment. Sessions suitable for ages 3+ with a variety of therapies to suit each age. From magical tales to some play therapy with zombies. Especially ideal for those too unwell to mobilise or are in hospital. All therapies are provided by a fully trained VR therapist and qualified Nurse. Sessions are tailored to the individual and their goals, with a focus on person-centred and holistic support. Please download this file for a full list of all therapies available.

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Group Sessions

Ideal for day centres, care homes and charities.
£100 per 1.5 hours for private businesses, £75 per 1.5 hours for charities. Book 5 sessions for £50 each.

Group sessions can be a combination of structures - free flow or guided, with multiple kits and a fully accessible and immersive setting. Ideal for day centres, care homes and businesses. All therapies are provided by a fully trained VR therapist and qualified Nurse. A full introduction and demonstration will be provided. Please download this file for a full list of all therapies available.

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Pop up & Drop in

Our pop up & drop in service is one of our most popular services, especially for businesses looking for a stress-buster! Price varies depending on requirements.

We can come and provide a pop-up drop-in service for a few hours or the day. This relaxed approach puts not pressure on individuals to engage and allows them to go at their own pace, dropping in and out as they would like to. Ideal for day centres and businesses. All therapies are provided by a fully trained VR therapist and qualified Nurse. Please download this file for a full list of all therapies available.

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VIRTUAL REALITY - the future is here

Virtual reality (VR) is an interactive computer-generated experience taking place within a simulated environment, that incorporates mainly auditory and visual, but also other types of sensory feedback like haptic. This immersive environment can be similar to the real world or it can be fantastical, creating an experience that is not possible in ordinary physical reality.

Current VR technology most commonly uses virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments, sometimes in combination with physical environments or props, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user's physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. A person using virtual reality equipment is able to "look around" the artificial world, move around in it, and interact with virtual features or items.

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A NEW THERAPY - and the future is amazing.

Virtual reality therapy is the use of virtual reality technology for psychological and/or physical therapy. Those receiving virtual reality therapy navigate through digitally created environments. They can incorporate specially designed tasks tailored to treat a specific ailment or simply provide a relaxing and therapeutic environment.

The environment can be anything from the middle of the ocean to different galaxies or worlds. It is only limited by our imagination. Technology also can range from a simple PC and keyboard setup, to a modern virtual reality headset with accessories. The latest and most exciting technology is the waterproof headsets, which leads us onto...

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VR Diver - underwater, therapeutic VR

VRDiver developed an underwater VR system which allows to turn almost any pool into a boundless virtual ocean, where it is possible to swim and dive in any direction and experience exciting adventures together with healthy and realistic swimming experience.

VRDiver patented underwater tracking system is the world's first solution for full 6DoF diving freedom, and VRDiver full-face underwater headset is one of the most comfortable up to date - it features interchangeable IPD (58-70mm) and focal distance.

The VRDiver team is currently exploring Hydrotherapy and have developed our underwater headsets. Water environment makes it easier and less painful to move. But motivation still remains an important question - especially for kids. And that’s where VRDiver's technology helps - it creates a strong motivation to move.

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VR THERAPIES - specialised support and therapy for a variety of conditions

• Learning disabilities • Special Needs • Long-term and chronic health conditions • Sensory impairments • Physical disabilities • Stroke • Dementia • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) • Stress • Brain injury rehabilitation • Cerebral Palsy • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) • Mood Disorders (Major Depression and Dysthymia) • Insomnia • Social and Communication Skills Training • Autism • Agoraphobia • Alcohol and Drug Addiction • Health Anxiety • Physiotherapy • Art therapy • Pain Reduction, Oncologic Patients • Specific Phobias such as public speaking, fear of the dark etc.

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Used in over 150 hospitals and healthcare institutions.


A new drug-free medicine without side-effects for patients, or the dolphins who would normally be held in captivity.

PTSD and pain reduction

Dr. Difede, is a Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Medicine, an Attending Psychologist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS). She is internationally recognized for her pioneering work using virtual reality technology in the treatment of PTSD consequent to the WTC attack of September 11, 2001, and more recently in the treatment of combat-related PTSD. Dr. Difede currently uses the Dolphin footage during a study where people undergoing treatment for burning wounds.

Cancer

Thanks to the Norwegian Cancer Society cancer treatment for young Norwegians in need of a bone marrow transplant is a little less harsh. Post operative recovery entails isolation in a sterile tent for up to six weeks. Since late 2016 a set of VR Goggles and the 360° VR movie of the Dolphin Swim Club helps them to cope. Virtual wild dolphins don't just help them to escape reality. They help them to live in it.

Learning Disabilities and Autism

Clients of Dutch healthcare facility Heeren Loo (10,000 residents) can enjoy virtual reality in specially developed relaxation rooms. A study took place with a group of 55 residents with learning disabilities who were also suffering from very high-stress levels. 82% showed and reported a considerable improvement after experiencing the Dolphin Swim Club VR on a regular base. One man no longer experienced the chronic pains he continuously had in his arm. A girl with autism almost didn't sleep for 4 years, but now she swims-with-the-dolphins before bedtime and redeveloped a healthy sleep pattern.

Children with heart disease and anxiety in hospitals

In March 2017 doctors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford started a pilot study called "Project Braveheart" researching the effect of VR on anxiety and stress levels. 40 patients, youngsters in the age of 8 to 25, with congenital heart diseases take part. Using VR goggles patients can follow a tour guiding them along the exact path that will take place on the day of their procedure. Throughout the tour, patients can access relaxation programs like "Swimming with Wild Dolphins" the 360 VR movie by the Dolphin Swim Club.

Vulnerable children and adults in hospital

Voluntechies, a non profit organisation based in Spain, is convinced we can improve people's lives by using new technologies. Volunteers visit hospitalized children, disabled and elderly people, showing them the latest in Virtual Reality and other technologies. They take participants "outside" reality and let them discover the relaxing, healing environment of the wild dolphins swimming and playing along.

This is just the beginning

There are so many uses and benefits already - it's time to bring this to the UK!

But what exactly is Hydrotherapy?

Scroll down to learn about the benefits and more...

Tale as old as time

Naturally occurring hot springs are the first known hot tubs on record. As far back as history can record, humans have utilised hot springs for both recreational relaxing and also for their natural healing properties. The term hydrotherapy encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the properties of water (temperature, pressure) for pain relief and treatment. Hydrotherapy pools are heated to a constant therapeutic temperature of between 34 and 35 degrees.


For many people, warm waters offer relaxation, freedom from pain and a brief escape from the ailments that stop them moving freely the rest of the time. People can experience these benefits while floating, partially submerged, or fully submerged in water. At VR therapies, we will offer both our dolphin pods as well as open flotation pools for 2 people. This allows couples to float together and parents to float with their children - which is especially reassuring for those with epilepsy, complex health needs etc.

Benefits

Mooventhan and Nivethitha performed a PubMed search to review relevant articles in English literature based on the effects of hydrotherapy on various systems of the body. Their findings suggest that hydrotherapy was widely used to improve immunity and for the management of pain, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, asthma, stress as well as labour and birthing pools!


Mortimer et al. completed a systematic review specifically for children with autism - they found an improvement in both social interactions and behaviour overall.


Geytenbeek reviewed all current research into hydrotherapy and found high quality evidence which supported the research showing benefit in pain reduction, as well as the vast number of physical conditions.

Risks

Health and Safety is of paramount importance at VR therapies, especially as many of our visitors have a variety of medical conditions. All staff will be fully trained and experienced in first aid and disability awareness for example, as well as enhanced DBS checks - ensuring our commitment to safeguarding. There are a number of policies ensuring the design of VR therapies will protect the safety of visitors, whilst allowing positive risk taking. A medical questionnaire may be required for certain health conditions, which we are always happy to discuss prior to visiting.


The risks involved in hydrotherapy are already low, and with our dedication to children with special needs and people with disabilities, our risk assessments will be incredibly comprehensive to ensure everyone feels safe. Those unable to swim will be able to float with minimal risk and the open pool for 2 will ensure any vulnerable individuals can be supported safely with full supervision. See FAQ for more information or please contact us if you have any concerns or queries.

Funding and Finances

At VR therapies, one initial motivation for creating this social enterprise was actually the lack of hydrotherapy for children with special needs and people with disabilities. We understand that the extra financial difficulties sadly involved in many people's lives as well as the number of cuts to services prevent many of them from accessing hydrotherapy (not that it ever had much funding to begin with!) let alone therapeutic VR. With this in mind, we felt becoming a charity would limit our possibilities and sustainability, especially having to rely on donations and volunteers. A social enterprise is the perfect solution to this as we will be able to put profits back into providing this service for those who may not be able to afford it, as well as providing full employment for people with disabilities (and not just token positions!)

  • Grants

    Grant funding is offered by charitable, philanthropic, and government bodies who do not expect a financial return but are instead investing in the social outcome that the social enterprise promises. This is a crucial part of our plan for VR therapies.

  • Business Angels

    Investments can be offered by companies or business angels. Business angels are wealthy individuals or groups who are interested in investing. There are number of those who are eager to invest in more ethical businesses has rapidly grown. These may require equity/shares in return. Angels, please get in touch!

  • Impact Investment

    Similarly, is impact investment - investments made into companies, organisations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. This burgeoning field that has grown out of the realization that producing goods and services with a social value, such as vaccines for infectious diseases can also generate profits for investors. This is going to be a very important part of our funding also.

  • Loans

    Business loans are available from a number of banks as well as businesses and start-up supporters. These can often include lower rates of interest and will help our initial start-up costs. Once our business account is set up, we will begin applying for loans.

  • Self funding

    Lastly is self-funding, which is how we have got to this point. In an ideal world, we wouldn't need any funding from others. However, our credit cards sadly have a limit! We are also looking into personal loans and will sustain the business ourselves until funding has been received.

  • If you, your company, charity, or your philanthropic, beautiful, angel soul may be able to support or invest in us, please, please get in contact! Our only barrier is financial now. It will also qualify as good karma which the Buddha/Jesus/Allah/your mother would definitely approve.

FAQ

Updated regularly as we progress!

We are an innovative new social enterprise - bringing the latest virtual reality (VR) therapies to the children and people who would benefit most.

VR provides immersive environments which can be similar to the real world or imaginary, creating an experience that is not possible in ordinary physical reality. With the choice of over 50 therapies, you can ensure a person-centered therapeutic experience which truly engages and improves both physical and mental wellbeing.

From reducing chronic pain, alleviating anxiety to supporting emotional and social development for those with autism - there is a therapy available for everyone. We pride ourselves on ensuring fully accessible experiences, regardless of disabilities or age.

At VR therapies, profits will go back into the community, ensuring children with special needs and adults with disabilities are able to access hydrotherapy - regardless of their financial situation. We are also proud to support a number of charities which promote disability rights and equality, as well as the amazing Dolphin Swim Club.

We cover Northampton and Milton Keynes currently. In the New Year we hope to open new premises where we will be able to provide the hydrotherapy and dolphin pods. We are working on this full time and applying for as much funding and grants as possible. We are grateful for any donations and all money will go directly to this social enterprise.

This was born out of the inspirational advances of VR and a severe lack of hydrotherapy in Northampton. VR therapy should be available to all children with special needs and adults, regardless of disabilities or finances. By combining it with hydrotherapy, it becomes an innovative & immersive therapy - such as swimming with dolphins. Medical VR is already available in hospitals and has shown amazing results. From supporting children through chemotherapy to improving social and behavioural difficulties in autism as well as reducing levels of pain, stress, depression and anxiety The profits from VR therapies will ensure it is affordable to the community as well as enable local charities to access VR therapies for free. This is the future of therapy and rehabilitation!

VR therapies is currently available to book whilst we await new premises. We are currently applying for funding and grants, which is not a quick process! We will be opening in 2019, check back regularly for updates. Please help us by donating!

The term hydrotherapy term encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes. Hydrotherapy is a part of naturopathy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment.

Pools are heated to a constant therapeutic temperature of between 34 and 35 degrees. For many people, warm waters offer relaxation, freedom from pain and a brief escape from the ailments that stop them moving freely the rest of the time. People can experience these benefits while floating, partially submerged, or fully submerged in water.

Virtual reality (VR) is an interactive computer-generated experience taking place within a simulated environment, that incorporates mainly auditory and visual, but also other types of sensory feedback like haptic. This immersive environment can be similar to the real world or it can be fantastical, creating an experience that is not possible in ordinary physical reality.

Current VR technology most commonly uses virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments, sometimes in combination with physical environments or props, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user's physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. A person using virtual reality equipment is able to "look around" the artificial world, move around in it, and interact with virtual features or items.

The dolphin VR technology designed by the not-for-profit Dolphin Swim Club in the Netherlands, allows anyone to experience swimming with dolphins in the ocean, whilst protecting their natural habitat.
VR therapies will provide all equipment required for ANY person with ANY disability to enjoy and benefit from our services. This includes the dolphin pods/pools and its hydrotherapy benefits, as well as the dolphin VR technology. Floatation pods enhance the experience and will also support anyone who does not wish to access the main pool. The salt water ensures the individual floats which is especially reassuring for parents, who are also able to float alongside their children in the pool. VR therapies will include for example but limited to – multiple hoists, many methods of access, specialist equipment, lifts which lower into the pool, pool pods, basically ALL the new equipment available for people with disabilities.
Health and Safety is of paramount importance at VR therapies, especially as many of our visitors have a variety of medical conditions. All staff are fully trained and experienced in first aid and BLS. There are a number of policies ensuring the design of VR therapies will protect the safety of visitors, whilst allowing positive risk taking. A medical questionnaire may be required for certain health conditions, which we are always happy to discuss prior to visiting. Please contact us if you have any concerns or queries.

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