By Steve Kuiper
Most people see health as strictly physical and separate from their mind and emotions. Mental health is whispered about as if it were a dirty family secret locked in the basement. When celebrities have a breakdown we pounce on them, as if we’ve never snapped on someone before. But they are in the spotlight, and we are not. If our every move was magnified, a lot more people would be considered to have mental health issues.
The truth is choosing not to deal with your mental health does not disqualify you from having it. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s a part of life. Ignoring our issues and suppressing emotions is a surefire path to poor physical health, even if it doesn’t appear that way on the outside.
Gyms continue to pop up at a rapid rate across the world. On one side of the coin this is great news, on the flip side it is indicative of an underlying problem. We are focusing solely on the outside appearance and neglecting the other facets of our self. The inward lack creates a necessity for outward validation.
We are surrounded by a myriad of physical gyms but when do you ever see a mental health gym? If everyone were to hire a therapist tomorrow there would not be enough to help us! Over 75 percent of all doctors visits are stress related issues, let that sink in. That means we can take action to prevent the majority of illness.
When I came to Inception back in July I was searching for something other than my usual routine to help lift me over the hump. I was moving, ending a long time business, and changing the direction of my entire life in general. I was experiencing bouts of excitement for the future followed by extreme lows. I was all over the map while frustration and instability were running high.
I was instantly attracted to Neuroptimal brain training because of the way it soothed my anxiety, but it’s not a one sided relationship that does all the work. It allows me to distinguish the difference between my true nature and an old stress pattern.
You recline back into a comfortable massage chair and noninvasive sensors are placed on your ear lobes and scalp. You receive a blanket and headphones and the music begins, taking you on a mythical journey with layered soundscapes.
Skips in the music indicate a trauma or stress pattern in real time as the software picks up brainwaves, prompting the brain to optimize itself.
In Limitless You, Lee Gerdes says brain training “holds up a mirror in the form of sound to reflect how an unbalanced brain looks at a particular moment in contrast to a balanced brain. It gravitates towards the balanced pattern, establishing them as dominant patterns.”
The brain and nervous system become self-aware of their own blocks as you slip further into tranquility. Neuroplasticity creates new pathways as the outdated ones disintegrate. Getting up after this 33 minute voyage feels like a complete reboot. I’ve noticed that I don’t have the same “stuck” feeling I used to have. If it does return I am able to recognize it and quickly adapt because I am now facing the situation from the present moment instead of reacting from an old stress pattern.
Everything at Inception works synergistically. Neuroptimal helps clear the mental fogginess so now it is on to the second phase, flotation therapy. Most people tend to think of pods when they hear flotation therapy, so I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a custom-made float suite. You have your own locked room with a beautiful stand up shower. Attached is a glass door that opens to a spacious paradise. Lean back, let go and sink in.
Floating is known to reduce anxiety, stress, headaches and inflammation. If I have any pain or tension when I float the zero gravity effect gives great relief. I may temporarily be in pain, but I am separate from it. The deep relaxation allows me to physically, mentally, and emotionally peel back the layers, experiencing the fact that I am not my thoughts, feelings or pain but something else. Through stillness, I can tap into my true self.
I like to break down floating into two general categories, passive and active. The passive method is leaning back, letting go and sinking in. The lack of external stimuli brings super awareness to your body as you fade deeper inward. This state of serenity drops your brain waves to Theta. Once in the Theta brain wave state you can either receive benefits by doing nothing, or put in place an active approach.
Theta brain waves open the door to unconscious memories, new insights, and heightened creativity. It is the perfect time to use self-hypnosis and visualization. From the ages 2 to 6 our brain is primarily in Theta which is why we soak up our environment like a sponge. Beliefs are imprinted straight to our subconscious because we have not yet developed critical thinking. Even though we receive deep held beliefs during this time we can flip it for our benefit.
By entering the Theta state we bypass our conscious mind and have the ability to reprogram our subconscious. Adding hypnosis with repetition is where the magic happens. You can also apply this to visualization. Visualizing the way we want our life to go can aid in changing the story we tell ourselves. When you stop seeing yourself as a broken, pain wagon and shift your perception to a healthy individual your physical body will follow. One of my favorite float tank mantras is “I am filled with power and health”!
I want to change the way people view health. There is no separation between mental and physical health, mental health is physical health! By beginning to shift people’s perspectives and providing practical tools for self-improvement, I believe this information will start to catch on.
I hope to see more companies arise from this growing need. Until that day Inception is paving the way as the leading 21st century mental health gym. I did not even mention the Infrared Sauna, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Magnesphere or Halotherapy salt booth so I will do a follow up on how those fit into the picture.
Inception has the tools of a lifetime, but there is a second part to the equation. The final ingredient is your own intention to change and heal yourself. Mix them together and you have a recipe for success.
With consistency, I have been able to blaze through lots of anxiety and stored emotional baggage. The only way out is to go through it. To be brutally honest, face ourselves and stop suppressing emotions is true liberation.