Suffering From Depression? Try The Newest Health Trend- Horse And Cow Cuddling

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Do you know that the world is presently suffering from an increasing rate of people suffering from depression and other mental illnesses? Statistics show that in China alone, about 100 million people have suffered from depression in 2016.

'Horse and cow cuddling' might be one of the newest wellness trends to answer this need, according to the Mountain Horse Farm.

'The Mountain Horse Farm' in New York offers such service, which is said could be very beneficial to a person's state of mind to help it become more relaxed, stress-free, and peaceful.

One of their wellness packages is the 90-minute session at $300 or more than 2 thousand Chinese Yuan, perfect for two people. A "Mindfulness and an inspirational journal" will be included as you avail it.

During the entire period, visitors will be requested to let go of the things that bother them and focus more on the activity. They will be given their quiet time to brush, play, cuddle and hug the cows and horses.

"Horses are sensitive, intuitive animals that communicate with each other using body language. To survive in the wild, they had to become masters at reading body language". This instinct helps these creatures read the visitors' body language and emotions, and be able to react compassionately based on their new friends' feelings, according to farm management.

Some of the sessions offered at the farm in upstate New York are facilitated by two professionals such as an equine specialist and licensed counselor, which will act as a translator on the things the cows and horses will do to you.

Receiving a warm hug can give one person so many benefits. Even science supports this truth, as posted by Health.

Expert Terri Orbuch, PhD, a relationship expert and author of the book "5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great" said, "When we physically connect through a hug, it makes us feel emotionally and psychologically connect to the other person, it calms us, and it shows support."

Aside from the connection and assurance it can give, hugging someone can help the body release chemicals, such as oxytocin, which helps the person become more emotionally controlled and happy.

A simple hug can also be an effective tool to relieve stress. Through hugging, the release of cortisol, which is a steroid hormone that is said to be responsible for heart diseases, high blood pressure, and stress, is decreased. This would create a huge difference to people who often experience anxiety attacks and manic emotions.

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