Sensory deprivation seems like the opposite of everything we have been taught
Sensory Deprivation seems to go against what we are exposed to and expected to react to. The world welcomes us with light, music, voices, and lots of information. As we grow up, we continue to be overloaded with information, lights, music and tons of noises and an increasing amount of input.
Our brains go from being a clean slate to having to continuously process a multitude of inputs, store information and, in a demanding world, produce high quality results. In an ever-changing society, our minds have to adapt to the changing technology and to different forms of communication. How different life was 50 years ago; few hours of television, few telephone calls and no mobile phones. At night, people were able to rest. Now a days, many people don’t even have eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. Cell phones ring, text messages give notifications and we communicate with people on different time zones.
Our brains are constantly working. that is why we seek Sensory Deprivation, to allow our senses time to rest. A calm and quiet hour for the mind, for the body and the soul. One hour without lights, music or external inputs.
An Hour of Sensory Deprivation
Every night, when we go to sleep, we let our body rest and our muscles take a break, our senses also need to rest. Rest according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is “A bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities”. No mention of the senses; The senses also need to rest and that is when R.E.S.T. comes into play through flotation therapy. R.E.S.T. meaning Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. While floating in an isolation pod or tank, the sensory input is restricted and the senses can take a much needed REST when we float in a isolation pod or isolation tank.