This is the third article in a three part series aimed at teaching you how to improve your floatation practice. Each article contains one simple tip that you can put into action today, providing you with benefits both now and in the future
Sensory deprivation or perceptual isolation as defined by Wikipedia is the deliberate reduction or removal of stimuli from one or more of the senses. The term deprivation tends to bring negative associations to mind as it is a word that is mostly used to describe unwillingly going without something.
In our lives today, the expectations placed on us by family, employers, peer pressure and society in general, have all lead to increased stress. We work longer hours, to earn more money to pay the piper, all in an attempt to relieve the pressure. In turn we drink alcohol, caffeine, smoke, don’t eat or eat too much, at best not as healthily as we should. All this translates to too much stress on our bodies with too little time to rejuvenate and relax. There is little or no time at all allocated to gym time, fitness, meditation, massage or just general downtime which is proven to relieve our tension. Most of us are left with only sleep as a way to recharge our systems and yet still, we hardly meet the minimal requirement of 6-8 hours of sleep every day. There is therefore need to come up with ways and methods to relieve our physical, mental and spiritual selves of the built up stress and just allow our body and mind to recuperate.
10 Reasons To Use a Sensory Deprivation Tank as a way to Relax
Does the idea of floating away your stress sound good to you? A Sensory Deprivation Tank may not sound like it but read on as to why it is the best way to unwind.
Yes, it is possible with floatation therapy and it has been around for years. Based on the concept of sensory deprivation from decades ago, the health benefits alone mean people should do it every day. The science behind Float Therapy is solid, backed by decades of research. Also known as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (or REST), this involves you getting inside a pitch-black float tank filled with salty water for a minimum of an hour. With no external stimuli; no light, no smell, no touch and no sound except for your own heartbeat, your brain is deprived of any input. The result is a meditation-like experience putting you in a state of being half-awake and half-asleep. This is what people who know mediation spend years striving for. Floating can get you there in 30 mins.