Weighted Blanket Therapy
One example of the therapeutic application of weight is the use of a weighted blanket.
People experiencing symptoms of depression, mania, anxiety, psychosis, paranoia, trauma or detoxification have reported relief from the use of weighted blankets in particular. People with mood disorders, trauma histories, substance abuse histories and those who tend to engage in self-injurious behaviors often report positive effects when using weighted items when feeling stressed, disorganized or when cravings occur. Some use weighted items only when in crisis states, others only when not in crisis states and yet there are others who report it is beneficial at both times. Those who report having a positive effect from the use of weight typically describe it as having a "grounding" effect. However, it is important to stress that for some it may be very alerting to the system. Furthermore, as with any type of stimulation, there are people who report having a noxious or undesirable response to the use of weighted items.
No removal of clothing is required (other than shoes and socks). The client is in a reclining position either on the table or in a lounger. Warm flaxseed boots and gloves are offered as well as a warm eye pillow. A soft warming blanket with weight ranging from 5 pounds to 30 pounds is wrapped around the client who is then left to meditate, sleep, or just experience a period of solitude and soft music; usually 15 to 20 minutes.
The client is then awakened gently, boots and gloves are removed, and finally the blanket is quickly lifted, giving a feeling of lightness and freedom of movement that might last anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the participant of course.