We all love a cuddle..so what is Deep Pressure Stimulation?

February 14, 2022
Feb 14, 2022

Deep pressure stimulation might not be something you have considered before as a tool to help improve your everyday wellbeing, however, this unique therapy offers a multitude of benefits to both your mental and physical health. Imagine a single tool which enables you to sleep more soundly than ever before, that lowers your stress levels, and increases serotonin, leaving you feeling happy, calm and well rested. All of this is possible, and also simple to achieve.

Read on to find out more…

Deep Pressure Stimulation Therapy Explained

Think about how you feel after a good long hug with a loved one - you feel lifted, your shoulders drop, your breathing settles and a sense of calm and happiness fills your body and mind. This is how deep pressure stimulation makes you feel. It offers all of the wonderful benefits that you get from a hug, plus many more.

DPS works by relaxing the nervous system. By applying pressure to the body, this causes you to switch from running your sympathetic nervous system, to your parasympathetic nervous system. In simple terms, this means switching from your ‘fight or flight’ mode, to your ‘rest and digest’ setting.

Operating in your rest and digest system every day is essential to recover and recharge, as well as creating balance in the mind and body. When we get stuck in the sympathetic nervous system, which is the body’s ‘alert’ mode, we start to feel anxious, on edge and constantly switched on, which can be exhausting. When in rest mode, cortisol (the stress hormone)is reduced, and serotonin (the happy hormone) is increased.

This can happen for a number of reasons - perhaps you have various sources of stress in your life, are very busy and find little time to rest and recover from your day, or perhaps you are struggling emotionally with one or various aspects of your life. Nobody’s life is free from stress, but it’s about creating balance to stop your body from tipping over into permanently being controlled by your sympathetic nervous system.

This is where DPS comes in, switching on that ‘rest and digest’ mode, bringing your stress levels down, and allowing you to switch off and get a good night’s sleep. While in ‘rest’ mode, your whole body can relax, your breathing and heart rate slow, and your circulation improves. Spending time in this mode daily is essential to both your everyday wellbeing, as well as your long term health.

When deep pressure is applied to the body, you experience an instant sense of calm. As the body and mind relax, stress levels begin to reduce and serotonin is increased. This provides both immediate benefits, and long term, as overall stress levels are lowered, and sleep is improved.

Further benefits include:

-      Reduced anxiety

-      Increased happiness

-      Improved focus

-      Improved general health and wellbeing

Deep Pressure Stimulation at Home

DPS sounds great right, but how can you make it part of your daily routine? A weighted blanket is the ideal solution. Easy to use all year round, simply drape your weighted blanket over your shoulders to benefit from that ‘hug’ like feeling. The best thing about a weighted blanket is that you can use it as often or as little as necessary to feel at your best, and it can even be used while you sleep for maximum benefits. Known to reduce cortisol and increase serotonin, with regular use of a weighted blanket, you can achieve better overall physical and mental wellbeing

Our Blyss weighted blanket is designed for use in the winter and the summer. Featuring a removable cover, you can opt for a cosier feel, or a cooler blanket for the warmer weather. Providing all of the benefits of DPS, Blyss comes in two versatile sizes and can be used by adults, children and even dogs, all of whom can enjoy the same benefits.

As you can see, deep pressure stimulation offers a variety of benefits, and is a great tool to increase everyday and long term wellbeing, in a simple way that’s easy to achieve.

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