10 Reasons Why Deprivation Isolation Therapy is used

Restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) is a method of floating therapy used to induce deep relaxation allowing patients to reap the positive health benefits. Deprivation therapy helps relieve stress, depression, anxiety and muscle tension associated with these.

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The therapy takes place in a flotation tank that is dark, soundproof and temperature-regulated in order to cut off all external distractions. The water is salty to allow for effortless floatation and is usually just a foot deep.

The first sophisticated version of the sensory deprivation tank was designed by a neuroscientist, John C, Lilly, in 1954. He wanted to study the origins of consciousness. The body was completely submerged except for the top of the head. In the 60s the use of the tank became controversial after its founder experimented with the effects of the tank while people were on hallucinogenic and other drugs.

The first commercial float tanks appeared in the 1970s when their possible health benefits began to be studied.

Deprivation Isolation Therapy has increased in popularity and is offered at many spas and relaxation centers.

Scientific evidence has shown that REST reduces the contributing factors to stress-related illnesses. Healthy participants in studies have also shown increased psychological well being.

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Deprivation therapy uses

These are the 10 most popular reasons why deprivation therapy is highly sought out in spas, treatment and rehabilitation facilities.

Getting rid of bad habits

Regular deprivation isolation therapy has been shown to help those wanting to kick bad habits. These include drinking, smoking, drug abuse, and even gambling. Flotation therapy has been proven to connect physiology and consciousness allowing for a heightened sense of awareness. Users become aware of how their bad habits affect them and those around them.

Relieves headaches

Most headache sufferers have headaches that are caused by tension. The symptoms of this type of headache include aches around the scalp, neck, and shoulders. These may not prevent them from going about their daily routine, but they do make their day tougher to face.

Studies have shown that deprivation isolation therapy offers long-lasting effects for sufferers of tension headaches, muscle tensions, stress-related pain, and pain from whiplash.

Increases optimism and self-esteem

The ability to spend time alone without external stimuli increases self-awareness. Many users report heightened spiritual experience and feelings of deep inner peace after a session. This deep, spiritual insight increase feelings of euphoria and well-being which then increases self-esteem and creates heightened feelings of optimism.

Insomnia becomes a thing of the past

Most people have had trouble sleeping at some point in their lives. One of the benefits of REST is that it offers insomnia sufferers a cure from their nights of tossing and turning.

The benefits of a single two-hour session have been shown to reduce the symptoms of insomnia for up to 12 weeks. These long-lasting benefits offer regular float tank users a permanent cure from sleepless nights.

The ultimate form of relaxation

Studies have shown that deprivation isolation therapy helps to reduce cortisol levels, lowers blood pressure, reduces mood swings and helps participants get a better night’s sleep. These are all the necessary components for reducing stress levels. Anyone who is in need of unwinding can reach heightened levels of restfulness and relaxation in a float tank.

Increased heart health

Heart disease doe not just appear one fine day but is often the result of high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. While REST will not reduce cholesterol it will help to increase awareness of it and how the implementation of a healthier lifestyle in combination with medication can help to reduce the cholesterol.

However, flotation therapy will help lower blood pressure that will not only help keep the heart healthy and protects from strokes.

Athletes and performance

Athletes face grueling training sessions in order to improve their performance. Studies have shown how deprivation isolation therapy helps improve the performance of athletes, while it also facilitates their psychological and physical recovery after competitions and intense training sessions.

Gym-goers who crave intensive workouts can also benefit from floatation therapy for any muscle tenderness and mild pain. Floating improves the levels of lactic acid in muscles, which help relieve pain faster for a quicker return to training for athletes and gym- goers.

Encourages creativity

In an article published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine in 2014, it was stated that REST has been shown to improve creative thinking as the reduced senses during the session allows for the individual to tap into the creative areas of the brain. After the therapy, many people will feel increased energy levels, come up with great ideas and are motivated to start working on their plans immediately.

Greater for the looks

Surprisingly, floatation is a natural exfoliation method for the skin, even though no added creams or chemical substances are used. The saltiness of the water, in combination with the correct temperature, work wonders for the skin but also benefits the hair.

The powers of meditation

Meditation is important to the mental state and many seek it through religion or yoga. Very few people are aware that flotation is equally beneficial for the body, mind, and soul – easier to achieve in a tank, than anywhere else.

Can deprivation therapy have any negative effects?

Since many people reported having hallucinations while in deprivation isolation therapy there have been numerous studies in the area.

Researchers did a study of 46 people in 2015. The group was split into two, one was high-prone and the other low-prone. Both groups had similar experiences, but the high-prone group had an increased frequency of hallucinations.

 Just about everybody can benefit from a full session of floating therapy. As with all types of therapy, people who have medical conditions should consult their physicians before trying it, but the therapy is very safe.

It is recommended that users are well hydrated and have had a light snack before entering the tank so that they can complete the session feeling completely relaxed, revived and refreshed.