The Vessel: Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina’s “Deep Brain Massage”

The Vessel

The Vessel is a “Deep Brain Massage” created in partnership with Sensync.

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina has partnered with immersive wellness company, Sensync, to offer “a revolutionary, immersive sensory experience” called The Vessel.

Luxury virtual experience

The Vessel is a luxury virtual experience that combines mixed reality with advanced therapeutic technology to create what Sensync’s founders, Dr. Adam Gazzaley and Dr. Alex Theory, have dubbed a “Deep Brain Massage.” 

Gazzaley is The David Dolby Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco, and the Founder and Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience centre engaged in technology development and scientific research of novel brain assessments and optimization tools. And Theory is a CEO and Futurist specialising in large scale immersive experiences, interactive content, augmented reality, virtual reality, and transmedia storytelling. 

The Vessel is an experiential treatment designed to address a demand for solutions and new technology that can facilitate wellness in the face of increases in stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other mental health issues. This is according to a media release, which also states that The Vessel’s purpose is to relax and restore fatigued minds and pull users away from “goal-directed thoughts,” with an aim to ease cognitive fatigue.

The treatment involves a series of customized journeys in which guests see, hear, smell, feel, and touch sensations of nature, presented in unison, leveraging the power of what Sensync calls “sensory synchronization” to create immersive experiences. Recordings of the guest’s physiological data — respiration, heart rate, electrodermal activity and electroencephalography — allow the generation of a dynamic, closed-loop experience that is personalized in real time.

Among the immersive journeys being offered are Deep Space, Kairos, Ocean Cove, Zen Garden, Quantum Oneness, Crystal Cave, Lost Jungle, and Floating Clouds. These range from 20 to 80 minutes in duration, integrating:

  • Visual virtual reality treatments
  • Aromatherapy
  • Sound and music therapy
  • Vibroacoustic stimulation
  • Relaxation and nature therapy, meditation/mindfulness practices, biofeedback, and neurofeedback

Research shows brain health benefits of nature exposure

Sensync and Four Seasons point to the many research findings connecting brain health benefits with nature exposure. These benefits are said to include stress reduction, improved attention, and mood enhancement.

 The Vessel, says the release, creates “the next level of virtual reality,” and takes travellers “on a journey with a greater sense of presence and immersion than has ever been achieved.”


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