Floating Euphoria guides you on a therapeutic journey in Virtual Reality
Posted on 21 March 2016 by perceptionvr in VR News // 0 Comments
Written by Micah Blumberg March 20th 2016 : During GDC and VRDC this past week I spoke with the creator of Floating Euphoria: Page Turner.
Floating Euphoria combines Virtual Reality with neurotechnology (highly stimulating brainwave entrainment, light and sound frequencies engineered to cause your neurons to fire at similar frequencies (an example is binaural beats or isochronic beats)) and expertly delivered hypnotherapy to create an amazing experience.
The VR visuals are carefully synched with vocal instructions, leading you on a calming journey through a virtual world and into your own psyche.
The included hypnotherapy guidance enhances your awareness of your direct physical, mental and emotional experience. Overall the 5 minute demo is designed to cause a sense of euphoria in the body and in the breath, expanding your awareness around each.
Page Turner is pioneering a new category of Virtual Reality experiences called “Therapeutic Virtual Reality content.” These kinds of VR experiences will be widely implemented for hospital patients, pain management, drug and alcohol prevention and recovery, as well as emotional and occupational therapy.
Page herself started the company to achieve the maximum benefit of guided meditation and visualization therapy. She first experimented with EEG headsets and then discovered the Oculus Rift and immediately decided to develop for Virtual Reality.
Floating Euphoria was her first attempt at “merging sacred symbolism with subconscious linguistics, simulating a euphoric physical and emotional response by provoking primal verbal and visual cues.”
Her company AlteredScapes was founded early in 2015, and she just knew that she must take her existing practice of guided imagery therapy into the next realm. Now she has.
The kinds of investors that are most excited about her product are interested in it’s applications in medicine, specifically in patient care, to provide therapeutic relief to those stuck in hospital rooms.
Page Turner is also a member of AR VR Women and Women in VR two groups that this author is intent on writing about to promote good causes.
About the Author:
Micah Blumberg is a person deeply immersed in the local and global AR VR community. Micah manages the AR VR Women Group on Facebook. Micah has been co-organizing the AR VR Women meetups in San Francisco with Jodi Schiller and several others. Micah promotes San Francisco Virtual Reality events– the largest meetup in San Francisco and Micah also runsSFVR’s social media. Micah admins for the largest Gear VR group on Facebook and the largestOculus Rift group on Facebook. If you’re interested in connecting to Micah, reach out to one of his respective media groups linked above.
By: Page Turner, C.Ht.
The budding virtual reality market is already sweeping industrial, gaming and entertainment applications. Given the revolutionary empathetic experience of immersive technology, it is also enthusiastically being applied and studied for treatment of phobias, anxiety disorders, and PTSD. In 3d modeling programs, therapists oversee the programming and control social stimuli within the virtual world, tailoring the experience to the subject’s needs.
Phobias and PTSD
A National Institute of Medical Health study of over 9000 Americans found that phobias afflict nearly 18.1% of the population. Despite the frequency of this psychological plague, current methods are still not fully sufficient to treat the more severe cases of phobia. The prevailing method of Systematic desensitization, according to the Guide to the Practice of Psychology, has a few major problems: subjects don’t imagine their fears vividly enough, and therapists are unable to tailor situations to scare a subject just enough to desensitize without making the problem worse.
Virtual reality solves both of these issues. Computer graphics (CG) have the capability to construct intimately vivid worlds, and they can be tailored to a virtually infinite scale. This allows psychologists to create progressive, customized therapies that dramatically reduce phobic reactions by desensitizing the subject effectively. This method is proven in peer-reviewed research: a meta-analysis of 24 studies on the effectiveness of virtual reality therapy for treating social phobias found that it was consistently more potent than conventional therapy. Ironically, this artificial activity was found to be especially successful in reducing fear of bodily activities such as falling – perhaps because these activities are more difficult to simulate in the real world.
Excessive self-criticism – a massive factor in depression - can be overcome by therapy in digital worlds. In this ingenious experiment, female undergraduates were first placed in a virtual world in which they comforted a crying child with extremely low-self esteem. Then, they went through the same situation again – this time from the perspective of the child, seeing and hearing themselves comfort themselves. This was found to increase self-compassion by 11.2% and reduce self-criticism by 11.7%.
Mindfulness and Altruism
Several individual and occupational therapy demos are emerging and gaining attention. Floating Euphoria from AlteredScapes VR and Guided Meditation by the Cubicle Ninjas offer guided journies through blissful, symbolic landscapes.
Yana Pura, SoundSelf and Deep are among the many options for peaceful respite within VR.
This groundbreaking new method of transforming our psyches for the better has proven incredibly potent, but it also reflects something else: that the new digital worlds are changing us, rapidly and significantly, for better or worse. Just as in real life, if individuals experience beneficial situations, their personalities can be radically improved and their psychological ailments can be healed. On the other hand, in destructive environments, psychological sickness can be worsen. Let us hope that we use this new technology wisely.
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Press Release AlteredScapesVR.com
For Your Immediate Attention:
Contact: Page Turner
Email Address: Page@AlteredScapesVR.com
Industry: Meditation, Virtual Reality, Technology
Title: AlteredScapes.com Presents Virtual Reality Demo, Floating Euphoria - and the first ever indiegogo campaign to offer transcendence in virtual reality.
[[October 12, 2015 - ]] – AlteredScapes.com is proud to announce the launch of a new prototype for digital guided healing imagery delivered through the power of Virtual Reality. With their proof of concept, Floating Euphoria in hand, The AlteredScapes team is seeking to expand their vision by launching an initial funding campaign of $30,000, already on it’s way to success. Find it here!
Floating Euphoria, recently featured at the first-ever VR Camp at this year’s Burning Man, invites the user to become digitally present in an entrancing guided dreamscape. Drifting on the infinite lake of consciousness, therapist, Page Turner’s guided meditation invites users to experience inner calm, and euphoric bliss. By synchronizing verbal suggestion and enchanting environments, Floating Euphoria encourages emotional expansion and physical rejuvenation, with promise of applications in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and occupational therapy. With donors contributions, they plan to unleash several more mind-bending journeys and prove quantifiable results via scientific research.
Enhanced meditation through immersive technologies hails a new era of personal development.
AlteredScapes.com has established themselves as one of the first uplifting, non-gaming, and therapeutic guided meditation and altered state applications available for all to indulge in and enjoy. Other similar applications are already making news with research and results in the areas of mental and emotional therapeutic applications of this budding technology. Ex: http://virtualrealityhealing.com/programlist.html
Turner and her team of talented sound, script and 3d developers hope to bring many more mind-expanding experiences to the expanding VR marketplace, exploring the benefits of binaural brainwave frequencies, combined with NLP and breathing techniques, to encourage self awareness. These powerful metephoric dimensions are tailored to create altered states of consciousness without the use of drugs, and have the potential to offer harm reduction and recovery options. AlteredScapes.com is poised to become a mecca for those with a passion for visualization, self mastery and concept discovery, as well as a tool of community through social capabilities in VR.
Page Turner, Founder and virtual guide of AlteredScapes.com, has over 8 years practice as a hypnotherapist and Yoga instructor and believes that AlteredScapes.com is truly the key to improved personal development and self-awareness in the digital age. And she has some pretty impressive minds to back her up, including her advisers from Yahoo! And NASA.
The use of Virtual Reality as a medium by therapists delivers tried and true mindfulness, meditation and visualization techniques to be brought to life, increasing the impact of these techniques for their clients and those seeking uplifting experiences, new ways to heal oneself and regulate emotional behaviors.
The VR platform startwithv.com will host Floating Euphoria, compatible with Oculus rift Dk2 on PC.
A standalone launcher with custom content featuring Floating Euphoria supplied the content for the first ever Virtual Reality camp at Burning Man 2015.
The indie gogo campaign is live and actively gaining support.
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To support AlteredScapes.com and find out more about how AlteredScapes is revolutionizing the Consciousness landscape check out the website and donate to the indie gogo or via PayPal: page@AlteredScapesVR.com
Zapchain, meet ConVRge, ConVRge, Zapchain,,,
Even as a pioneer of virtual interaction, streaming yoga lessons from the jungle in 2008,
I had not foreseen the potential to organize a social gathering in an alternate dimension.
Until I strapped the matrix (Oculus Rift) onto my face for the first time, I hadn't imagined that a new
infinite range of possibilities were feasible, like bringing guided meditations to life or conveying abstract concepts of scale, distance and time through hands-on experiential data in Virtual Reality.
I would like to Formally invite all active members of Zapchain and those who are curious
to converse and converge in the new Virtual social platform, ConVRge.
Sundays at 3pm Eastern Time
Zapchain is the Reddit/ Twitter/ Quora for VR, IoT, Bitcoin and all things Brave.
"An online community built around emerging technology discussions that enables users
to earn micropayments for great contributions."
-Nick Tomaino, Coinbase
ConVRge is a budding social meetup platform in Virtual Reality.
"As much as people fear the supposed isolation that tech like virtual reality will introduce into society, that quick, very human interaction—a greeting and a short tour, the same as you might get visiting someone's office—is the kind of smart, intuitive injection of regular interaction that could propel VR onto the faces of skeptics."
-Erin Carson, Tech Republic
You don't have to use Oculus Rift to visit. You can download the Windows or Mac version and run the 2D version from your computer.
Zapchain members decided to hold a Round Table discussion on
Sundays at 3pm EST
Shawn Whiting, developer and CEO of ConVRge has given us special permission to develop our own meeting:
"Feel free to schedule anything you like anytime you like. If you'd like us to help promote the event we can always get it on our calendar and send it out via our newsletter and social media.
Youtube controls are available for everyone, but if you'd like to put up a
livestream or music on the dancefloor we'll have to help out with that,
which we are totally down to do :) "
For the trial meetup this Sunday, July 12th, let's all simply download and get a feel for ConVRge.
When choosing an avatar, please use your zapchain name followed by "zapchain" so we can easily identify each other.
In the near future, we will be able to set up private rooms, but for now, please just enter the public room and we may be lucky enough to get a tour and welcome from one of the founders, who often hang out during high-traffic times.
If enough members successfully log on, topics are suggested but not limited to:
The Future of Zapchain in Virtual Reality
Favorite discussions thus far in Zapchain
Technologies of interest, and possibly the organization of separate subgroup meetings
Future meeting topics of interest
While I am not a ConVRge expert, I will do my best to answer any questions you may leave in the comments section below.