A unique and unusual therapy for a myriad of different issues is sensory deprivation or restricted environmental stimulation therapy. In this type of therapy a person is placed in a sensory deprivation tank which is an isolated, completely dark and soundproof room that is filled with a foot of saltwater. The concept behind sensory deprivation is to remove any kind of stimuli from a person’s environment so that they can more easily get in touch with their inner consciousness.
Sensory deprivation has been proven to have many benefits including muscle relaxation, better sleep, less pain and a decrease in depression and anxiety. Because you are cut off from all outside stimulation in a sensory deprivation tank, your brain enters a deeply relaxed state. It help ease stress and in some cases lead to more creativity or hallucinations while inside the tank.
Studies have shown that sensory deprivation can help people increase their originality, imagination and intuition while also improving concentration and focus. After spending time in the tank people are able to have more clear and precise thinking which can enhance their performance in school or at work. It has also proven beneficial for athletes in recovery from intense training or strenuous competition.
People who struggle with anxiety can greatly benefit from sensory deprivation as it has been proven to improve the mood and significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety. It can also treat issues with chronic pain, high blood pressure and sleep problems. The therapy can also produce feelings of mild euphoria, optimism and better wellbeing.
Sensory deprivation is not meant to cure any specific problem but it may be a useful supplement to any regular therapy that you are receiving. If you are interested in the health benefits of sensory deprivation you can find a local spa or facility that offers float tank sessions for relaxation.