We are bombarded daily with Photoshopped images of the perfect body, articles about how to get that “perfect” bikini body, why you should be using the latest anti-wrinkle cream and how to lose seven pounds in a week. What these things have in common is they are all designed to make you dissatisfied with yourself and to line other people’s pockets.
There is, however, a section of society who, on average, have a much higher level of body confidence and are generally comfortable in their own skin and happy. Who are these people? Naturists of course.
Recent research by Dr Keon West of Goldsmiths College, University of London shows that people who spent time naked liked their own bodies more, thought better of themselves, and were more satisfied with their lives overall. The longer people have been Naturists, the better they feel about themselves. Familiarity with the unclothed human form in its natural state is, to be sure, the best way to discover that there is no such thing as the perfect body.
Of course, there will be those who think they cannot allow anyone to see them naked and you will hear questions like this “Why does anyone do that?” “I haven’t got the body for that.” “I don’t want anyone to see my bits” But ask if someone has ever skinny dipped and you are more likely to get a positive response. Ask about a sneaky midnight swim on a beach or in their villa rental on holiday and you will find plenty of people who are happy to say that they have done that. Often that will be something done on their own or as a group of friends, but not in front of strangers. Ask them why they did it and you will be told that it feels much better to be swimming without a costume. In a word, FREEDOM
A Naturist swim is no different to the sneaky skinny dip. It’s all about the freedom to swim without clothes in a safe and friendly environment. Most people who have swum naked will never want to wear a costume again, it’s that addictive.
The strangers there are just friends you haven’t met and no one is concerned about your scars or your size or shape. In short, once you have overcome any initial reticence, you will enjoy the sensation of being completely at one with the water. You will talk to more people and you will be a more confident person.
Have a read through the rest of our website to see what else we offer, from Pilates to Aqua-aerobics, there is plenty to do at Noah’s Ark but, at our core, we provide you with the chance to free yourself from soggy costumes forever.
To quote the British Naturism website,
“Who are naturists?
Anyone can be a naturist. Your background, age, shape, race, creed and colour are irrelevant when it comes to enjoying the freedom of naturism, which is why it attracts people from all walks of life. Naturists practise social nudity, aimed at encouraging self respect, respect for others and the environment....”