Health and thxrapeutic applications of chamber and flotation restricted environmental stimulation thxrapy (REST)

  title={Health and thxrapeutic applications of chamber and flotation restricted environmental stimulation thxrapy (REST)},
  author={Peter Suedfeld and Roderick A. Bow},
  journal={Psychology \& Health},
Abstract Basic research has documented reliable changes in emotional. cognitive, behavioral, and psychophysiological functioning as the effects of two related techniques that drastically reduce the level of environmental stimulation: chamber and flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST). Studies applying these findings in medical. psychotherapeutic, and behavioral health contexts have shown reductions in stress and inappropriate behavior among patients suffering from drug… 
Reduced Environmental Stimulation in Anorexia Nervosa: An Early-Phase Clinical Trial
The findings from this initial trial suggest that individuals with AN can safely tolerate the physical effects of REST via floatation and future randomized controlled trials will need to investigate whether these initial observations of improved anxiety, interoception, and body image disturbance occur in acutely ill AN populations.
Examining the short-term anxiolytic and antidepressant effect of Floatation-REST
The findings from this initial study need to be replicated in larger controlled trials, but suggest that Floatation-REST may be a promising technique for transiently reducing the suffering in those with anxiety and depression.
Flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) as a stress-management tool: A meta-analysis
In this study we investigated the value of flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) as a stress-management tool. We focused on the physiological effects of REST, its influence on
Flotation REST as a Stress Reduction Method: The Effects on Anxiety, Muscle Tension, and Performance
The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of flotation REST upon skilled and less skilled golfers’ anxiety in terms of physiological indicators of stress, self-rated anxiety scores,
Estudo das respostas decorrentes da aplicação da técnica REST modificada
One single session of Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy modified was enough to reduce muscle tension and enabled the subject to express her preference for one of the techniques, but one single session was not able to produce expressive changes in all the variables studied.
Sensory Isolation in Flotation Tanks: Altered States of Consciousness and Effects on Well-being
A qualitative analysis (The Empirical Phenomenological Psychological method) of interviews involving eight patients (depression, burn-out syndrome, and chronic pain) was carried out in order to
lotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy and napping n mood state and muscle soreness in elite athletes : A novel recovery trategy ?
Relaxation techniques and napping are very popular strategies amongst elite athletes recovering from the psychophysiological demands of training and competition. The current study examined a novel
Preventing Sick-leave for Sufferers of High Stress-load and Burnout Syndrome: A Pilot Study Combining Psychotherapy and the Flotation tank
The conclusion is that this combined treatment program with relaxation in a flotation tank and subsequent psychotherapeutic sessions, may be beneficial for persons suffering from high stress-load and 'burnout syndrome' and should be further evaluated in a randomized control trial.
Investigation of Acupuncture Sensation Patterns under Sensory Deprivation Using a Geographic Information System
A geographic information system (GIS) is applied to analyze sketches of acupuncture sensations from healthy volunteers after laser acupuncture to suggest a close connection between PSC and classical meridians.


Clinical and experimental restricted environmental stimulation : new developments and perspectives
This text, intended for the clinician, researcher and scientist-practitioner, presents breakthrough findings and insights gleaned from clinics and laboratories in Australasia, Europe, Russia and the
The use of restricted environmental stimulation therapy in treating addictive behaviors.
  • R. Borrie
  • Psychology
    The International journal of the addictions
  • 1990
Restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) is a versatile, cost-effective treatment modality with demonstrated effectiveness in modifying some addictive behaviors and promising applications with others.
Restricted environmental stimulation and the enhancement of hypnotizability: pain, EEG alpha, skin conductance and temperature responses.
  • A. Barabasz
  • Psychology
    The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis
  • 1982
Multivariate analysis of variance results showed SHCS and pain tolerance scores to be significantly enhanced for Ss exposed to REST immediately after and 10–14 days later.
Restricted environmental stimulation and smoking cessation: a 15-year progress report.
  • P. Suedfeld
  • Medicine
    The International journal of the addictions
  • 1990
This paper explores and answers some of the concerns that may be involved in the relative lack of popularity of restricted environmental stimulation therapy.
Hormonal Changes Associated with Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy
The data suggest that REST-assisted relaxation is associated with specific decreases in the activity of the pituitary-adrenal axis, and that the mild euphoria occurring in REST may be mediated by release of altered sensitivity to endogenous opioids.
Progressive muscle relaxation and restricted environmental stimulation therapy for chronic tension headache: a pilot study.
Clinical improvements were comparable to those of more time- and effort-consuming relaxation therapies, and confirm the usefulness of REST as a long-lasting and versatile treatment in behavioral health.
Effects of Chamber REST, Flotation REST and Relaxation on Transient Mood State
Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) formerly labeled sensory deprivation still suffers from misunderstanding and misconceptions. Suedfeld (1990) noted that most people learn about
Effects of restricted environmental stimulation: enhancement of hypnotizability for experimental and chronic pain control.
Enhancement of hypnotizability and pain tolerance has been demonstrated using restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) with university students as Ss and whether or not similar results could be obtained with chronic pain patients was determined.