It’s easy to forget how important our senses are for navigating life, but what happens if one of them is taken away? What happens when we are deprived of sight, hearing, touch and taste? This blog post will explore sensory deprivation therapy and its benefits.
A sensory deprivation tank is a device that isolates a person from as many sensory inputs as possible. Supporters argue that the experience may refresh a person, lowering anxiety, relaxing muscles, and alleviating pain. According to current studies, those who are in good health can benefit from sensory deprivation.
The removal of stimulus from the senses is known as sensory deprivation. A blindfold or earplugs are both examples of sensory deprivation at their most basic level. Sight and sound are blocked in a float tank. It’s impossible to distinguish where your skin ends and the water begins because both the air and the water are heated to skin temperature. Of course, you’re also floating.
Floating in a tank provides the ideal environment for blocking out all external sensations. This is when sensory deprivation comes into play. In the deep black, your vision is limited, and you can only hear your own body. In the Epsom salt water, you are entirely afloat and your body is weightless. This gives the sensation of being in zero gravity, with no sense of up, down, time, or space. Because the water and air are both heated to body temperature, it’s impossible to discern where your body ends and the water begins.
A transition from alpha or beta brainwaves to theta brainwaves during floatation therapy has been observed when resting in a float tank.
These brainwaves would typically occur only before sleep and waking. Theta brain waves occur while the user is completely conscious in a flotation tank. This enables increased creativity and problem-solving for many users.
There is also evidence of physical benefits, such as lower blood pressure, lower cortisol (the stress hormone), and better blood flow. Many athletes feel that REST helps them recover faster and perform better.
Benefits of a sensory deprivation tank
Flotation therapy isn’t just enjoyable; it also has a number of health benefits, including:
Athletes and those who train hard for competitions may benefit from sensory deprivation tanks. The impacts, according to available studies, could be both physical and mental.
Do you have hallucinations in a sensory deprivation tank?
In a sensory deprivation tank, several people have reported having hallucinations. Sensory deprivation has been demonstrated to cause psychosis-like symptoms in investigations over the years.
A 2015 study published in the BioMed Research International Journal found that 46 participants were separated into two groups based on their susceptibility to hallucinations. According to the researchers, sensory deprivation generated similar experiences in both the high- and low-prone groups and increased hallucinations in the high-prone group.
Can floating improve concentration and focus?
Though much of the study is older, there is some evidence that sensory deprivation can improve attention and concentration and lead to more accurate and clear thinking. This has been related to better learning and success in school and across several career fields.
Can float therapy relieve pain?
There were statistically significant reductions in pain and stiffness in the sensory deprivation group. In individuals with chronic low-back pain, sensory deprivation effectively reduces pain and interrupts the pain cycle.