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Digital Subscriptions > Psychologies > No. 134 Sleep Easy > The Healing Power of Tech

The Healing Power of Tech

Award-winning creator of video series Digital Futures, Shivvy Jervis, guides us around the very, very near future – a place where technology is a partner to our psychological wellbeing

Picture this: you walk into a spa on a weekday evening, primed for your relaxation experience... you’ve had a gruelling few weeks, you aren’t sleeping and have been suffering with anxiety for months.

Led through serene, amber-lit corridors, you enter a dark, cool treatment room. You release a half-sigh. Rather than being handed a robe, you are given a white, smooth headset. Its curved corners emit gently pulsing jet-blue lights.

You slip on a feather-light harness and are asked to step onto a circular base that swivels with each turn of your body, before choosing your ‘experience’ or ‘environment’. A short while later, you step off and slowly readjust to the room. Already, your previously shallow breathing is steadier, your mind feels clearer and your shoulders sag with relief.

Virtual treatment

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