Sensory deprivation is a process where the stimuli of one or more senses is intentionally reduced or removed. Sensory deprivation sessions have been described as having a similar relaxation effect to that of meditation.
The process usually involves two techniques: the chamber Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy and the more popular flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. While chamber REST involves lying on a bed in a dark room, flotation usually involves floating in an isolation tank that is filled with Epsom salts and water to create particular buoyancy that allows a patient to float safely. These floating sessions usually take up to 90 minutes.
Health Benefits of Sensory Deprivation
Sleep is an essential part of our lives. Besides ensuring that our bodies are in the right state of health, it also helps us recover faster from illness and the stresses of our daily lives. However stress can bring about insomnia causing our bodies to be unable to get the proper relaxation which is vital in the recuperation of our bodies.
Thankfully, sensory deprivation can do a lot to ensure that your sleeping patterns regained and remain constant. According to some patients, the floating session is so relaxing that all your stresses fade away resulting in most of them even falling asleep while floating in the tank.
Even if your mind remains active, your body automatically responds to the floating effect, which means stressed or not, you get to relax and even perhaps discover the roots of your sleeping problems.
If you engage in a lot of sports, the health benefits of sensory deprivation can help you recover from the strain and the injuries you experience. The therapeutic effect of floating in the Epsom salts, allows the body to be in deep state of relaxation, which results in the stimulation of blood flow, encourages the release of endorphins and in the end relieves the pain throughout the body. Your mind and body will often feel completely rejuvenated at the end of the session.
Past reports have also shown that prolonged periods of floating can help relieve chronic joint pain.
Build athletic performance
Besides recovery and pain relief, some reports suggest that floating sessions help athletes prepare for competitive sport by boosting the focus and concentration necessary to compete successfully. The health benefits of sensory isolation have also been said to be instrumental in helping student have better memory and concentration. In addition to the above, some other health benefits of sensory deprivation include: fighting addiction, mood elevation, along with treating emotional and mental disorders as well as physical ailments.
Besides health benefits, the floating experience of sensory deprivation is something anyone can enjoy irregardless of whether they have health problems or not.