Why Sensory Deprivation Therapy Is For Everyone
Sensory deprivation is simply the act of depriving yourself of all external stimuli. The therapy that does that is known as sensory deprivation therapy and Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) or simply Floating. It is usually done by placing you in a tank of water. You will lie down in a supine position. The tank will be devoid of any form of sound and light.
Wondering if you won’t sink? No, you won’t! The water in the tank is not ordinary water. The water is filled with Epsom salt (a common source of magnesium). About a thousand pounds of magnesium is poured in a tank of a few hundred gallons of water. This makes the water supersaturated. It is almost impossible to sink since the magnesium gives the water zero gravity.
A session of sensory deprivation usually lasts between sixty to ninety minutes. Without any form of stimulus, your body will be taken back to its natural state. The fact that the therapy blocks all stimuli helps to free the mind and this is why some people see it as some kind of Yoga.
Two things have made sensory deprivation more popular
- It has several health benefits Apart from the fact that people that are sensitive to magnesium might need to involve their physician, the therapy is yet to be linked to any side effects
Here are some of the health benefits of floating
It relieves pain
The removal of all effects of gravity helps to ease all kinds of muscular tension. It also promotes postural realignment.
It reduces stress
The therapy helps to reduce all kinds of stress. This is because stress begins from the mind. A free mind helps to relax the body. In a nutshell, floating gives a combination of deep relaxation and inner peace.
It improves creativity
When your mind is free from worries its level of creativity increases. Solutions to some problems will begin to form up one after another. You will wonder why you never thought of the ideas before. Floating helps to eliminate anxious thoughts and it initiates a creative flow state in the mind. It also helps to give mental clarity and this leads to higher productivity in whatever you do.
It makes you sleep better
Whether you believe it or not, everybody copes with a certain degree of insomnia. This is because the mind is naturally programmed to worry about real and imaginary problems. Floating rids the mind of all unnecessary worries and thereby takes insomnia to zero level. So, you begin to have a very better and deeper sleep.
It increases the energy level
Floating gives a rejuvenating, reinvigorating and revitalizing experience that does not only improve the mood but also increases the energy level. Do you believe that the state of the mind has a direct impact on the energy level?
Have you ever been so broke that the thought of it just keeps your energy level down? What do you think will happen if you receive a message that you just won a lottery? Your mood will suddenly get better and your energy level will shoot up, isn’t it? Floating clears the mind of all worries and increases your energy level.
In conclusion, the benefits of the therapy are numerous. The few mentioned above are just the commonest ones. It is advisable that you take the therapy because words are not enough to describe the experience.