Goat therapy a way to unplug and connect with nature

Published on Monday, 4 September 2017 21:45
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON - Bradley Mountain Soaps has scheduled several goat therapy sessions starting Sept. 2, offering participants the chance to meditate while cuddling with baby goats.

Anneliese Dadras, owner of Bradley Mountain Soaps, said the goat therapy programs at the farm have added new instructors and focus areas.

After each meditation session, participants will get an extra 30 minutes to snuggle, take pictures, socialize and relax with the goat herd. No meditation experience is necessary.

“Our friendly little goats may even cuddle up to you or climb in your lap,” said Dadras. “You will love to sit with the goats and just be. It is so relaxing. We promise you lots of fun, a chance to ‘unplug’ and to connect with nature in an everpresent way.”

According to the official Goat Yoga website, this type of class was started on an Oregon farm. Since then, the idea has spread with classes showing up all over the world.

The website also explains that “therapy animals can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain. Oxytocin levels (linked with bonding) and dopamine levels (involved in the reward-motivation system) are increased, while cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress) are decreased.”

A Soothing Soul Goat Therapy session will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, at Bradley Mountain Soaps, 537 Shuttle Meadow Road, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will join Lisa Crofton, Spiritual Life Strategist, Reiki Master and owner of the Positive Living Center for a “nature inspired-soul connected Goat Therapy Session,” according to the website.

Dadras said the number of participants in each class will stay relatively low to help increase safety, increase goat interactions for each participant, and to help enable everyone to be able to hear the instructor. The participation fee for each class is $15 per person.

For more information, call 860-385-GOAT (4628) or email info@bradleymountainsoaps.com.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Newington, Southington Herald on Monday, 4 September 2017 21:45. Updated: Monday, 4 September 2017 21:47.