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Our Transformation retreat is an immersive and experiential offering designed to complement your ongoing mental health care and pain management practices. Ten Thousand Waves is not a medical practice or medical facility. We partner with Jinsei LLC – the therapeutic arm of our resort – to provide a medically administered and professionally guided ketamine journey, in combination with hot water soaking and massage therapies. Jinsei contracts with the individual providers of these services.
While ketamine is an off-label medication, and therefore is not approved to treat specific conditions, the use of ketamine has shown in various clinical trials to be beneficial in alleviating symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, addictive behavior, PTSD, and chronic pain. If your conditions are of a very serious nature, or if you feel you need more than what is included in our Transformation program, we can suggest options for further support.
how does ketamine work?
Ketamine was FDA-approved in 1970 and is considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organization. The safety profile is such that it is commonly used as an anesthetic for children. Currently, ketamine is the only psychedelic substance available outside of research for use in clinical practice. Over the last decade, medical providers have successfully used ketamine in out-patient settings for the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions.
When our brains are healthy and functioning properly, excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters are generally able to keep the body and nervous system balanced. However, when neurons remain in an excited state for too long – from stress, anxiety, PTSD, etc. – they can become overstimulated and start to function poorly.
Ketamine works partly by decreasing activity through the limbic system, the location in the brain that processes fear and pain, so we can experience certain thoughts and emotions without stress or anxiety. It also stimulates the natural process of brain plasticity, with growth of new branches and connections between brain cells. This facilitates decreased cognitive rigidity and increased flexibility in thought, feeling, and behavior.
With the correct mindset, setting, and intention, ketamine therapy has the potential to offer valuable personal insight and alleviate chronic pain and psychological distress.
what is the experience?
Ketamine can induce a trance-like state that results in a consciousness-expanding psychedelic experience, as well as a deep relaxation of the body. Many feel a renewed experience of the Self, and a sense of relief from the restrictive conditioning of the past. The journey can encourage a feeling of unity with something larger than one’s ordinary consciousness. Some of the effects of ketamine can include a sense of awe, a positive mood, altered perception and cognition, increased presence, and paradoxically being aware of everything that exists – and nothing.
For our signature retreat, we support the ketamine experience with an integrative approach that incorporates personalized guidance based on positive psychology, bodywork, bathing, and Japanese izakaya cuisine. You will be prepared for your journey with the assistance of a dedicated Transformation Tour Guide, who can answer your questions and help you prepare for and integrate your experience. Together, you will explore how ketamine can help you shift distressing patterns to achieve a reduction in anxiety and depression; learn to be more present with yourself, life and relationships; achieve partial or full alleviation of chronic pain; become aware of thought and behavior patterns that don’t serve a thriving life; and transform negative patterns going forward.
Our Transformation retreat is designed to open doors to new possibilities for wellbeing. Major life transformation requires ongoing work, often with a trained professional. After your journey, we can provide resources for therapists and coaches who specialize in ketamine integration, who can offer ongoing support to help you process your experience and weave your insights into daily life.
where can I read more about ketamine?
Click here for an excellent short summary of the history of ketamine therapy and how it can catalyze individual transformation.