The Power of Visual Healing

Did you know just looking at nature helps your brain function better? In this recent Washington Post article, we learn of yet another study that proves this is true. Researchers found that “interrupting a tedious, attention-demanding task with a 40-second “microbreak” — in which one simply looks at a computerized image of a green roof — improved focus as well as subsequent performance on the task.”

Not only can viewing nature improve our focus, reduce stress, and re-energize us, but it can also affect what type of decisions we make for the future of our planet. In one study, researchers found that subjects who viewed a 12-minute nature documentary before playing a game that involved managing a fishery resource engaged in more sustainable behavior.

Visual Healing by Moving Art is set to break the mold by bringing the power of nature seen through Louie Schwartzberg’s films to people everywhere. In addition to incorporating Visual Healing in spas and wellness centers, Visual Healing programs can bring healing to schools, hospitals, prisons, and even office buildings. The growth of research on the health advantages of being exposed to views of nature in urban settings is showing what many of us already innately knew:; nature is one of the best medicines we have.

8 thoughts on “The Power of Visual Healing”

  1. I agree with Louie, it is our disconnection from nature and its beauty that is behind many of the problems that plague our global society. It is our job as photographers and cinematographers to provide the missing link. Love your work Louie!

  2. My 10 month old daughter and I watch Flowers on Netflix every morning to get going for the day. I didn’t want her to have any screen time before two but her doctor assured me the combination if gentle music and slowly moving pictures was fine. We “bloom” and sway with the flowers and it’s an amazing way to get limbered up. We also watch Oceans when she needs to calm down or relax. She especially loves the seals, jellyfish and most of all, the whales. She sings back to them! We appreciate the work you are doing and hope you will continue to release more on Netflix. I haven’t found anything else I would let her watch but I feel certain that the beautiful music and pictures are enriching her mind and well-being. I can’t thank you all enough for the few precious minutes you’ve given me to do things like make her breakfast, switch out a laundry load or calm the inevitable fussiness before a much needed nap. If you are ever looking for a new subject matter please consider the marshes we have here in the Lowcountry. It’s a unique and interesting area. We have twice a day tide changes and an abundance of wildlife. The light and landscapes will take your breath away.

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