Why we use weighted blankets at our Chattanooga spa
You may have heard of weighted blankets, which can also be called gravity blankets. By exerting a form of deep pressure on your body, weighted blankets are credited with reducing stress. When you are wrapped in a weighted blanket, it’s almost like getting a nice, warm hug.
Because of its relaxing properties, we have incorporated the use of weighted blankets at our Chattanooga wellness spa – including our Ama Purification Ceremony, one of the most innovative spa therapies offered in Chattanooga.
The Ama Purification Ceremony is a detoxifying treatment that purifies the mind, body and spirit. Beginning with a sage smudging ritual to clarify the space, the treatment includes a dry brush exfoliation, a weighted-blanket wrap to calm nervous energy and promote relaxation, and – to complete your wellness experience – a full-body river rock massage.
How Weighted Blankets Work
According to Live Science, “The idea behind deep-pressure touch is that it stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that tend to make people feel more relaxed. Some research suggests that slow and gentle touch can stimulate portions of the limbic system, the brain’s network for processing emotion and fear.”
Most weighted blankets weigh between seven and 25 pounds. “Many people like the feeling of pressure against their body and do find this pressure to be quite relaxing,” Lynelle Schneeberg, Psy.D., a sleep psychologist who is also a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, told Today. “Lying under a heavy blanket can, indeed, be very soothing.”
Benefits of Weighted Blankets
According to Nectar, weighted blankets offer a number of benefits you might be interested in – outside the walls of our Chattanooga day spa:
- Combats Stress
- Alleviates Restless Leg Syndrome
- Aids in Sensory Processing Disorder
- Helps ADHD Patients with Focus
- May Improve Sleep
- Supports the Elderly
The concept behind weighted blankets is similar to the reasoning behind swaddling an infant. We find that kind of pressure reassuring.