All posts tagged: alternative health

Just Float ~ Sensory Deprivation Chamber

Our mission at Sirens & Scoundrels is to go find every cool off-the-beaten-path adventure and bring it back to you so you can try it yourself. As a meditation teacher, I’m always especially curious about anything that promotes increased presence and self-awareness. So what do those things have to do with locking your naked self in a pitch-black soundproof weightless saltwater chamber voluntarily? Well, step inside and let us show you… Sensory deprivation tanks originated back in the 1950’s as a means to research the brain’s dependence—or lack thereof—on external stimuli. What they discovered is that controlled sensory deprivation (the removal of all external stimulation) over short periods of time had the same effects as entering a meditative state—moving from beta or alpha brainwaves into theta waves for deep relaxation. Starting in the 1980’s, centers began providing float tanks to the public seeking their restorative and rejuvenating properties. Over the years, we have heard about several float centers in L.A. But we knew the time had come to dive in with the opening of Just …

Oxygen Chamber ~ Tao of Venus

Getting into the Vitaeris 320 Hyperbaric Chamber at Tao of Venus in Silverlake feels a lot like entering a space capsule headed to the moon. I lay down inside and get zipped in by a technician I can see from a small window in the long cylindrical bag. The air turns on and the pressure begins to increase—the chamber inflating with pure oxygen at a rate my body can slowly adjust to. If I was ever curious about being an astronaut, this is as close as I’m going to get in this lifetime until they figure out those day trips to Mars. I’m here to try out an alternative form of healing called hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The Vitaeris 320 pressurizes oxygen into liquid form so that it can quickly travel through the whole system of the body uninterrupted. Essentially, the liquid oxygen enters your body at the plasma level, where it can provide deep and immediate healing. Each session lasts about an hour, with repeat sessions recommended for the greatest benefit. The therapy is used to …