The world of wellness is constantly innovating and sometimes that’s a little more avant-garde than others. Pushing boundaries and embracing the very literal art of relaxation, last month took a fresh take at the sauna concept at a Tokyo art exhibition.
In an immersive exhibition, global art collective teamLab has combined art and sauna created ‘teamLab & TikTok, teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi’, which runs until the end of August 2021.
A dynamic and interactive sensory exhibition, it invites guests to view artwork in what they describe as a ‘sauna trance’, brought on by contrast bathing cycles. Now anyone who has experienced an extremely good thermal suite will know that it can be positively soporific, but this explores that feeling in a whole new way.
“According to Yasutaka Kato, professor of Keio University School of Medicine and representative director of the Japan Association of Sauna, sauna trance is a unique neurological state caused by the transition of dominance from the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) to the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).”Spa Business
The thermal bathing cycle stimulates the SNS, while rest afterwards leads to the dominance of the PNS. The meditative state it induces is said to be the result of the adrenaline, noradrenaline, endorphins, oxytocin and serotonin that the process releases. The hypothesis is that this in turn makes our senses sharper and allows us to be more aware of our surroundings – or, to appreciate art. By inviting visitors to experience a continuous thermal experience combined with an art submersion area, where visitors can rest and view interactive art installations.
“Art is often thought of as something you display in high-end locations, such as the Palace of Versailles […] but rather than focus on the luxury of a physical space, we decided to explore the idea of viewing art in a heightened state of mind.”teamLab
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