Synchronizing Visual, Hearing and Touch Sensory Input: Light, Sound and Tactile Stimulation with Motion
Motion is so fundamental in the scheme of the universe, it is easy to overlook just how essential it is to the human developmental process. In utero, the developing fetus is in motion and suspended in a totally fluid medium. The first parts of the nervous system to develop involve tactile and the gravitational relationship mechanisms. For eons, mothers have instinctively used motion by rocking their infants for calming and comfort.
Tactile stimulation uses physical vibrations for physical entrainment. When tactile stimulation is incorporated into the light and sound brainwave frequency entrainment process, not only are our emotional and mental states involved, but our physical state as well. Stimulating our senses of vision and hearing, light and sound is much like a "from the neck up" experience. Our emotional and mental states are of primary focus. By adding motion and synchronizing tactile stimulation to light and sound stimulation takes the "from the neck up" experience and elevates it to a "complete mind and body" experience.
Many of us are unaware of how our emotional and mental states can effect how we feel physically. Yet stress and anxiety can manifest themselves in physical forms. Illness is a prime example. Researchers and doctors believe 70-90% of illnesses owe their root cause to stress. Incorporating motion and tactile stimulation with light and sound enables participants to feel, as well as be mindful of, the sensations experienced during light and sound brainwave entrainment sessions.
My first experience using motion with tactile stimulation in conjunction with light and sound was in 1994. The vibroacoustic motion bed was built by Larry Schulz of Integrative Motion Systems. An amplifier was used to connect the light and sound machine (KasinaMind Media System by Mindplace) and the two transducers of the tactile motion bed for complete light, sound and tactile synchronization. The bed has 360 degree orbital motion capability with 6 degree pitch (much like being on a ship at sea). I began to explore what frequencies appeared to offer the most benefits, in terms of tactile stimulation. The results suggest that dual binaural beats in the 7 Hz to 14 Hz range were the most enjoyable and effective.
You do not need to invest an enormous amount of money to add tactile stimulation to your light and sound experience. There are a variety of sound cushions available for around one hundred dollars and they are fully compatible with light and sound instrumentation. Do not be misled by vibrating mats. Make sure you purchase sound cushions that contain high quality transducers (bass "shakers" or speakers). Have two cushions, one for your back and one for your upper leg area. Applying the two cushion/two transducer stimulation will enable the dual binaural beats to gently guide your body into the same targeted state that your mind experiences.
Combining light, sound and tactile stimulation has become the ultimate experience in personal inner exploration. It is a very dynamic method for enhancing the general wellbeing for anyone fortunate enough to experience such a session.