Creating a Sensory-based Community Part II

A “Common Sensory” Approach to Community Planning

As presented in Part 1 last week, at Concierto Resorts, developing “community-atmosphere” is vitally important. Painting our Vision- “A vibrant community where people experience a Meaningful Purpose in Life through active living, learning, and sharing”can’t be achieved solely by constructing beautiful condos, pools and roads. Together with that, we are creating a community based on addressing people’s needs and reactions to sensory stimuli.

The steps in achieving this don’t start with concrete and steel frames. Nor is it about amazing prices, all in Canadian $ funds or the numbers of parking stalls assigned per unit. Potential homeowners review the full package of purchase details but the prevailing decision is, “why to choose Concierto Resorts over hundreds of other options.” 

We firmly believe the creation of a sensory-stimulating and pleasing community is the key to the confident choice of Concierto Resorts.

Natural Green Spaces

A) According to this study, spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. Spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health problems including anxiety and depression.  Being immersed in sensory pleasing nature settings may provide many benefits including:

  • improve your mood          
  • reduce feelings of stress or anger
  • help you take time out and
  • improve your physical health
  • improve your confidence and self-esteem
  • help you be more active
  • help you make new connections
  • provide peer support.

The Healing Sound of Music

History is littered with tribal traditions of drums uniting tribes in a ceremony. Songs can bring communities together in a celebration. Causes such as “We Are the World,” the charity single originally recorded by the supergroup United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa in 1985 have powerful effects.

When used in the right way sound has the ability to shift our perception of the world and ourselves. The effects of sounds on our state of mind are never more profound as it is with Music. Music can produce some of the strongest emotional reactions in humans, whether it’s happiness, sadness, fear or nostalgia.

Sensory impacts resulting from a myriad of musical imports will ignite and support these numerous emotions.

Keep your Windows Open and Sleep Soundly with Nature

Sounds of rolling ocean waves or the low rumble of a distant thunderstorm are known to put a person to sleep. Why? Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) found that playing ‘natural sounds’ affects the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects on the resting activity of the brain.

The waves are wonderful aids to sleep and something vacationers desperately miss when they return home from an ocean-side vacation. This link to the rhythmic sound of ocean waves here may fondly remind you of a past trip and hopefully, an impetus for your next!!     M4V04300

The basic laws of physics state that everything in life is a vibration. Nature has its own vibrations and when we attune ourselves with those vibrations whether spending time in nature or listening to the sounds of it, our vibrations harmonise with them and we shift states to be in alignment with that of nature.

 Sing until your Heart’s Content

When we sing, the musical vibrations move through us, altering our physical and emotional landscape. Singing releases endorphins, the brain’s ‘feel good’ chemicals, as well as stimulating among other hormones, oxytocin, known as the ‘love’ or ‘cuddle’ hormone.

Surveys of individuals who sing regularly report sustained high levels of emotional stability and well-being. Chanting sounds like ‘om’ or more correctly ‘aum’, which originates from the Vedic scriptures of Hinduism, has been shown to synchronise the left and right hemispheres of the brain, thus promoting a decrease in a heartbeat, brain waves, and breathing. This is because you move your attention from external to internal, creating more balance and allowing the brain to recalibrate.

A sound in whatever form can create balance and harmony or create trauma and chaos, so become conscious of the sounds you are creating for yourself and the sounds from the environments you spend the most time in and see what effect they are having on you.

Dean Griffiths is the Founder and CEO of Energy Fusion, the first interactive online platform to subjectively assess employee physical and mental health for medium-sized companies and individuals. 

Health and Well-being Benefits of Plants

Concentration and Memory. Being around plants helps people concentrate better in the home and workplace. Studies show that tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Moreover, being outside in a natural environment can improve memory performance and attention span by 20%.

Installing a park or botanical garden in a community has many direct benefits to residents, but an auxiliary benefit of having such a naturalized landmark in the community is the special events and cultural opportunities it brings to people who might not otherwise be exposed.

Botanical gardens and zoos often create educational programs for children in order to teach them how the value of being environmentally-conscious and conserving the environment. They can also impact adults in the community as well, creating a cultural awareness of the importance of natural environments. Parks and gardens foster an appreciation for nature that often instils in residents a sense of responsibility for the caring of and protection of the environment. (Appleseed, Inc. 2009, Dubey 2007, Nadel 2005, Phipps Botanical Gardens and Conservatory 2010)

The Sensory Effects of Flowers  

Generate Happiness: Having flowers around the home and office greatly improves people’s moods and reduces the likelihood of stress-related depression. Flowers and ornamental plants increase levels of positive energy and help people feel secure and relaxed.

Health and Recreation.  Access to parks and recreational activities is positively correlated with rates of physical activity, which improves mood and contributes to overall healthiness. Health care costs are subsequently reduced.

Accelerates Healing Process.  The presence of plants in hospital recovery rooms and/or views of aesthetically-pleasing gardens help patients to heal faster, due to the soothing effects of ornamental horticulture.

Improves Relationships/Compassion.  Research shows that people who spend extended lengths of time around plants tend to have better relationships with others. This is due to measurable increases in feelings of compassion; another effect of exposure to ornamental plants.

Improved Human Performance/Energy.  Spending time in natural environments makes people better at doing their jobs. It also increases energy levels and feelings of vitality.

Mental Health.  Studies prove that people who spend more time outside in nature have better mental health and a more positive outlook on life.

Perceived Quality of Life.  People associate beautifully landscaped areas with a higher quality of life. This is important in attracting businesses and sustaining growth in the community.

Colour Psychology: The Emotional Effects of Colors

The psychology of colour is based on the mental and emotional effects colours have on sighted people in all facets of life. In art therapy, colour is often associated with a person’s emotions. Colour influences a person’s mental or physical state. There are also commonly noted psychological effects of colour as it relates to two main categories: warm and cool. Marketing and advertising are well-known for utilizing colour psychology.…psychology-psychologica-effects-of-colors 

Our sensory reactions to products are the primary reasons where we shop and what we buy.

Even Just The Smell of Coffee Could Actually Perk Up Your Brain, Study Shows   DAVID NIELD   19 JUL 2018

Just Couldn’t get it All into this week’s Blog

Last week we told you that we’d tie up the two blogs by explaining how this research on sensory awareness is influencing the site design, buildings, amenities and programs for Concierto Resorts Community. We apologize but there is just too much information to be included this week for a reasonable read.

The two blogs topic are key as our architect moves forward with his work. We are excited to have two weeks of meetings scheduled with him this month and would love to have your input to consider during that time. Send us your thoughts

In an upcoming blog following these meetings, we will draw straight lines between this information on sensory awareness and the plans for the community.

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