Ins & Outs Of Sensory Deprivation
Sensory deprivation is the deliberate reduction of stimuli from one or more senses. Small-scale and simple sensory deprivation can involve the use of blindfolds and earmuffs to cut off sight and hearing. More complex methods can successfully cut off the sense of taste, smell, touch, heat and even gravity. This level of sensory deprivation can be achieved through an isolation tank or sensory deprivation tank.
The float tank used for sensory deprivation contains a highly concentrated Epsom salt solution, which increases the buoyancy levels to make you float effortlessly. The water temperature is moderated to match your body temperature to dissolve any sensation on your skin. Soundproof and lightproof, the tank disconnects you from the outside world and turns off external sensory factors that constantly bombard your brain.
Since you’re given a reprieve from outside stimuli, you are freed up to delve deeper into yourself and focus on clearing the mind. An hour of sensory deprivation can help decrease the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the brain, as it enters the theta brainwave state that is associated with deep sleep. The theta state is typically achieved through advanced meditation, but with sensory deprivation, you can reach this level easily. With each session in the tank, your brain and body adapt and learn to relax further, giving you better results.
In a sensory deprivation tank, completely cut off from the world outside, you can take a break from all things that stress you and your senses. You can immerse yourself in silence and weightlessness. You can surrender yourself and your energy to the present as you focus within. Your mind quiets and calms down and your brain releases positive neurochemicals that aid with relaxation. Dopamine levels and other neurotransmitters increase, creating a sense of euphoria.
Sensory deprivation not only helps your mind but also your body. Since the sensory deprivation tank produces a low-gravity and 100% silent environment, your body is allowed to relax naturally. In the tank, your body goes through the healing process usually reserved during the sleep cycle. The low-gravity environment also relaxes your muscles and joints.
Sensory deprivation offers a wealth of benefits for your body and mind. It is a safe and natural treatment to refresh and relax your body and mind. For enquiries, visit our float centre in Melbourne, or call 03 9870 4777 today!