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Sensory Deprivation Therapy: The Key to Relaxing Completely

Sensory Deprivation Therapy: The Key to Relaxing Completely

The sensory deprivation therapy has come to know by many names over the years. It is known as an isolation tank or chamber originally called the sensory deprivation tank (a.k.a sensory attenuation tank, flotation tank, etc.). It is a large enclosed bathtub filled with a temperature regulated salt water isolating the occupant from various sensory inputs.

A Dip in the Sensory Deprivation Tank

Increasingly, this treatment has become an essential practice to have work-life balance. It is expected that sensory deprivation tanks will take off and are a promise for a total-body rehabilitation session.

These 1,000-plus pounds tanks were developed by John C. Lilly back in the 1950s. He was an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, inventor, etc. So how does it exactly work? A person is immersed in 25 cm deep of super-saturated Epsom salt solution. The experience or sensation is like floating effortlessly.

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This buoyancy effect is created by the Epsom salt, which comes in contact with the body and removes the effects of gravity in the body. The Epsom salt solution is utilised to give the water enough density to float with little to no effort. It helps replenish a common malnourishment from a lack of magnesium, and there are no known risks of having an overloading effect.

Below are the conditions that are improved by floating:

  • Muscular pain
  • Stress relief
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraine headache
  • Depression
  • Pre-menstrual tension
  • Rheumatism

A typical therapy session inside a flotation tank ranges from 60 to 120 minutes in duration. Prices will vary by location along with different membership packages.

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The Basics of a Floating Experience

Now that we know what the relaxation of floating consists of we can look at how this entire process works. The following infographic highlights a 10-step process for a typical appointment:

  1. Arrive and check in
  2. Cover the frequently asked questions
  3. Then you shower
  4. Put in earplugs
  5. Step into the float tank
  6. Settle into the tank
  7. 45 minutes floating
  8. Turn on the lights
  9. Shower
  10. Enjoy the rest of your day

This sensory deprivation therapy resets the body’s hormonal and metabolic balance. In addition, it leads to strengthening resistance from the effects of stress-related factors, a strenuous activity or injury. In other words, it is like having an out-of-body experience (OOBE) or feel like floating in out space.

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The Floatation Tank [Infographic]

    Precautions & Side Effects

    This treatment gets positive reviews and overall considered a great remedy. In spite of all of the great recommendations behind this therapeutic treatment, it is advised for some groups of people to check beforehand if their doctor approves of it. Specifically, those who suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease or a kidney condition should consult with a medical professional.

    A prolonged period of time exposed to the Epsom salt solution may cause diarrhoea and dry skin. Aside from these recommendations floatation rest, in general, has no known severe side effects, in accordance to Encyclopedia.com.

    Conclusion:

    Sensory deprivation therapy will continue to experience interest. It is not surprising individuals are seeking this therapeutic treatment to relieve daily pressures or common stressors that people encounter every day.

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    This sensory deprivation therapy or restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) brings about an extremely deep level of relaxation, which is a great way to reduce high levels of stress. There are significant mental and physical health benefits produced by using these techniques.

    In today’s high paced world, it is importance to prevent getting burned out. This comes as no surprise that people are shifting their daily routines. This means exercising more, eating healthier foods and trying out alternative therapies like sensory deprivation. Coming out of these isolation tanks is like resetting our bodies and feeling completely renewed.

    Featured photo credit: By S Pisharam via Flickr via flickr.com

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    7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

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    From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

    What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

    1. Take the scenic route.

    Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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    Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

    2. Distract yourself.

    No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

    3. Listen to music or podcasts.

    There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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    4. Bring a friend.

    Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

    Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

    5. Accessorize.

    There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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    For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

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    A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

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