Weighted blankets seem to gain a huge popularity lately. Can you imagine the comforting feeling of ending your hard working days with deep touch pressure therapy, surrounded by some warmth from your heater in this cold month? Ahh… what a pleasure…

First thing first, what is deep touch pressure and what are the benefits of it? 


Deep pressure or deep touch pressure therapy (DTP) is firm tactile sensory input that provides proprioceptive input to the whole body. This can consist of firm hugs, firm strokings, cuddling, hugging, squeezing, compression, or swaddling. When administered to the whole body, deep touch pressure therapy (DTP) has a calming, organizing effect on children and adults alike. 


Proprioceptive is one of the 8 sensory systems our body takes information through (the others are: interception, movement, touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound).


How can a weighted eye mask help you relax? 


Weighted eye masks provide gentle pressure that sends a signal to your brain to relax, while also blocking out sleep-disturbing light.


What’s the best way to use a weighted eye mask to help you sleep? 


As an experience spa therapist aka Chief Relaxation Officer in my business, I provide 7 out of the 8 sensory systems experience to help clients receive maximum relaxation and often they drift to sleep. My clinic treatment room is set with the perfect ambience with dim lighting and candles, aromatherapy diffuser, relaxing spa music, weighted heat packs and/or hot stones, hot wet towels, weighted eye mask, soft towels and blanket. And then of course a healing touch during their massage/facial.


I hug them to bid farewell (when appropriate) to leave a lasting effect of feeling nurtured and relaxed. It is a holistic approach to healing.
For your daily practice at home, to help you fall asleep faster, provide a few things I mentioned above and lastly put on the weighted eye mask, accompanied by slow and deep breathing, to bring your senses to dreamy land.
Cheers to life and enjoy DTP!
Keep well and lots of love,
Ingrid Galloway
Relationship Coach & Chief Relaxation Officer