Sensory Deprivation – What it Actually Means
First off, I think the term ‘Sensory Deprivation’ sounds a bit scary, like what might be used to torture a prisoner, by placing them in solitary confinement in a dark cell with nothing else. Yikes! Doesn’t sound fun, does it? That is completely the opposite of the effect of floating in real life. Let me explain.
We are all familiar with the basic 5 senses: Seeing, Touching, Hearing, Tasting and Smelling. The input we get to those senses is, at a basic level, our safety net for survival. It is our body’s first alert system that seeks to protect ourselves by sensing danger around us. Seeing a dangerous animal, feeling the prick of a cactus, tasting food that has gone bad, hearing a car approaching behind us, smelling smoke, all trigger our body to release stress hormones called Cortisol. These hormones help our body deal more effectively to react to the stressor by triggering our ‘Fight or Flight’ response. They trigger our body to move blood from our brain and central organs to our extremities so we can run faster, or fight back harder. In this mode, when the body is providing less blood, and therefore oxygen, to our brains. We are no longer thinking as clearly as before the stressor occurred. Solving a math problem or creating the next new ‘Million Dollar Idea’ is the least of our worries when our life is on the line.
Well beyond just stress relief and relaxation, the sense of contentment and enhanced understanding, focus, learning and creativity are some of the true results of floating or flotation therapy. This is clearly very, very distant from the idea of deprivation. Find out what you are depriving yourself of without flotation therapy!