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The Healing Pod aims to give patients and caretakers with little access to the outside world a connection to nature.

Being a patient in a hospital can be a stressful experience. Even visiting the hospital can be a sensory overload and even cause anxiety. Caregivers, too, are often under a lot of pressure and have little time for rest.

The Healing Pod is a product designed to reduce stress using natural elements and sensory interactions inspired by nature. With research proving the benefits of being surrounded by nature, the Healing Pod inspires a time of reflection, calm, and mindfulness. With its attractive design, the Healing Pod is also a valuable asset to a hospital interior.

 

The Healing Pod works with the following elements:

GREEN ENVIRONMENT

In the forest, but not really. The plants in the Healing Pod help recreate the setting of a forest and help bring you to a different world.

AROMATHERAPY

In the Healing Pod, you can smell the scent of pine trees or lavender to help with stress reduction.

LIGHT THERAPY

While you sit under the therapy light, your pupils dilate to a simulate daylight. This can be especially useful during winter times.

SENSORY INTERACTION

The sounds of a forest take you deeper into the whole sensory experience. This allows you to go even further into relaxation.

NATURAL MATERIALS

 Studies have shown that wood where the grain is visible relaxes the autonomic nervous system, resulting in lowered stress responses.

Prototyping Phase

PROTOTYPE 1.0

Life-size

A cheap, efficient prototype was able to help users feel the effects of the Healing Pod already.

Made in:

2017

PROTOTYPE 1.1

Technical drawing

The next step was to design a more designed product. This prototype focused also on looking at adding value to hospital environment.

Made in:

2018

PROTOTYPE 2.0

3D Model

The latest design combines both of the previous prototypes to form a slim and attractive product.

Made in:

2020

"It was a unique experience for myself and also for my son. Our senses were triggered in a soft and playful way. I could honestly see myself using this almost every day."

 Asami Kuchi | Prototype 1.0 tester

"It was a busy day when I sat in the Healing Pod, and I relaxed instantly. It felt like a meditative escape. The scent was also surprisingly soothing and I was able to appreciate the true benefits of nature even more after this. I need this in my office!"
 
Muriel Pineau | Prototype 1.0 tester
 

Board of Advisors

The board of advisors for Prototype 1.0:

 

TITUS VAN DER SPEK | Social entrepreneurship

SEBASTIAAN DE KROON | Tergooi Ziekenhuis

GITTA PARDOEL | Architect

DAVE WILLE | Coordinator at KABK

Prototype builder:

ANNA PELGRIM
ROBERT PELGRIM

Events

Prototype 1.0 has participated in:

OPEN DAY 2018 | The Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague

BIG IMPROVEMENT DAY 2018 | Circus Theater Scheveningen

VENTURE ACADEMY FINAL 2018 | Leiden University

Prototype 2.0 has participated in:

INNOVATION FOR HEALTH 2019 | World Trade Center Rotterdam

In the news

The Hague Innovators Challenge Nomination

In 2018, the Healing Pod was nominated by Impact City for this challenge.

Interested in hiring the Healing Pod for your healthcare centre, office, or event?

Prototype 1.0 was made possible by

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