For this Royal Preston Hospital Birth Centre installation we received a Highly Commended Award at NHS North West Excellence in Supply Awards 2017 for Improving Patient Experience.
Large MENAT wall projections systems were designed and installed in 4 new birthing pool rooms and as part of the sands support room. Another wall projection is installed in Chorley Birth Centre) .

Maternity side rooms have nature display screens installed and a mobile display unit will be used in other rooms as required.

Working with staff and patients, feedback was overwhelmingly in favour of installation in the many areas.
Thanks go to Dr Tracey Cooper, Sue Sherlock and the amazing dedicated, supportive team at the Preston Birth Centre.

MENAT significantly improves patient (and family and staff) experience in all the various settings in which it is in place.
Dr Tracey Cooper, Consultant Midwife at LTHTR said
“Fear of birth is rising in pregnant women and this is known to influence anxiety, pain, and, consequently, labour progression.

The purpose of the project was to increase patient and partner relaxation, and to reduce stress and anxiety, during labour; making the birthing process more efficient in all aspects.

Nature art therapy is an innovative technique we pioneered in Childbirth settings with Moving Essence Nature Art Therapy (MENAT). This technique had previous application in settings to support dementia, critical care and cancer care in hospitals in the North West, and we innovated it's use in Birth Centres in Preston and Chorley.”

In response to trials and feedback from patients, families and staff we created and installed large nature art moving image wall projections with visual and soundscape options chosen by patients, partners and staff by a remote control of a purpose designed media player.

For over 10 years now Moving Essence has been researching, trialing and developing their unique therapeutic nature art moving imagery and soundscapes. By engaging with NHS staff, patients and families to capture special nature places they go to feel better and bringing them inside NHS treatment areas.

86% of patients who used this technique reported a strong reduction in anxiety, with feedback describing calming and relaxing benefits. Physical changes were noted, including reductions in pulse and blood pressure, and reports of reduced feelings of fear and stress. The process of birthing in the hospital setting became more pleasurable and more effective. Dr Tracey Cooper reported that evaluation of the product suggest that this innovation reduces stress and anxiety during childbirth, with the potential to reduce length of labour and unnecessary intervention. We have powerful quotes from both labouring mothers and midwives that attest to their positive experiences of nature art therapy.

“MENAT uses the principles of biophilia to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere, improving the emotional, psychological, and physiological state of the patient / mother during childbirth and reducing transfers between settings and improving clinical outcomes. I truly believe nature therapy can help women to labour by providing a relaxing and beautiful environment and I would recommend its use to anyone developing birth settings. It is a great example of creative therapeutic technology'. Dr Tracey Cooper

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Moving Essence Nature Art Therapy Installations (MENA Therapy)
by Mark Cameron Minard
Moving Image Nature Arts in Health Specialist
© 2011 Moving Essence All rights reserved

Other Nature Moving Image Samples can be seen at -


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Moving Essence Nature Art Therapy Installations (MENA Therapy)
by Mark Cameron Minard
Moving Image Nature Arts in Health Specialist
© 2011 Moving Essence All rights reserved

Other Nature Moving Image Samples can be seen at -

70% to 80% of patients reported help with relaxation, reducing anxiety and providing soulful distraction,

60% reported help with sleeping.

We would like to co-design New Care Pathways working with staff, patients, carers, commissioners and providers etc.

Improving the Quality of Patient Experience
Creating “Environmental Change That Can Lift the Spirits”

• The King’s Fund’s “Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme 2008-10” identifies the importance of connecting to nature, the inclusion of spiritual spaces and artworks that will lift the spirit and create a healing atmosphere.
• Sarah Waller, the King’s Fund Enhancing the Healing Environment (EHE) Director says “You can support people through really subtle and small changes in the environment which make a big difference to them.”

Moving Essence Nature Art Therapy (MENA Therapy)

This unique “Visual Art Therapy” installation has been specially created by the UK based, New Zealand Nature Artist Mark Cameron Minard. Mark specializes in soulful moving image nature art works for health and well being. Mark has spent more 7 years filming his latest works.

• A deep emotionally calming atmosphere is created through Mark’s inspired artistic connection with nature and its cycles.

• It consists of uniquely filmed contemplative nature moving images with options of specially created soundscapes of nature and/or music.

• Patient Choice- moving image nature art works can be selected by the patient or carer on a media player connected to a TV or played on an existing computer and/or a computer network.

• Installations are also put in waiting, assessment, treatment and nursing areas emotionally calming patients, relatives and supporting staff by reducing anxiety and providing inspiration.

In connecting deeply with nature
we find a sense of peace and calm
- a soulful stillpoint within –

Artist Mark Cameron Minard

Current Co-Designed Projects and Research:

• Christie NHS Trust, Manchester (specialist cancer hospital) is using MENA Therapy in its Critical Care Unit (CCU) to work with the natural cycle of day and night in aiding the orientation of patients to the sleep wake cycle, to relax and distract patients during unpleasant procedures and to bring nature, light, trees, flowers, sky and water to the CCU (as requested by patients.)
Results have shown significant improvements in the ability to sleep, to relax, in the reduction of anxiety and in distraction from unpleasant procedures.

N.B. Pain relief benefits were not studied although there is a positive research study by John Hopkins U.S. cancer research.

• Countess of Chester NHS Trust installed multiple screens in its new breast screening and treatment clinic to improve patient/staff experience and well being- reducing stress and anxiety.

• Ilkeston Community Hospital has installed MENA Therapy in its waiting areas, Derbyshire.

• Chinese Hospital studies by Koonlin Chan PhD study from Manchester Metropolitan University.

• GP Practice – Dr Tim Greenaway of Alexander Road Practice Installed MENA Therapy in nursing treatment rooms and the waiting area. Manchester.

• Mental Health –calming supportive interventions providing a soft clear focusing for patients.

• Schools - calming and focusing pupils of all ages, demonstrating ways to create a peaceful state of mindfulness, creating connection with nature, inspiring many new creative works and demonstrating to pupils and staff new ways of seeing and experiencing nature for themselves.

Nature Moving Image Samples can be seen at -

For a showing contact
Mark Cameron Minard as Moving Essence
Moving Image Nature Arts in Health Specialist
Improving Patient Experience
Mobile: 0044(0)7849 450 375
© 2011 Moving Essence All rights reserved

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