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Title: Into the Womb - Born Again : A VR Experience of Being Warmly Swaddled Using “Otonamaki” from Japanese Method
Authors: Kimura, Shoko
Fujii, Ayaka
Ito, Kenichi
Tsuboi, Rihito
Asakura, Kazuki
Miyata, Kazunori
Keywords: Virtual Reality
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Laval Virtual
Magazine name: ConVRgence, Proceedings of Virtual Reality International Conference (VRIC 2020)
Start page: 169
End page: 171
DOI: 10.20870/IJVR.2020...3316
Abstract: Some relaxation methods create a sensation of returning to the fetal stage, but often involve large pieces of equipment such as a floating tank. This study develops a portable virtual reality (VR) system that brings users back into the fetal state of relaxation. It explores the effects of being swaddled in a stretchable cloth that simulates the feeling of being in the mother’s womb. The user’s entire body is wrapped in cloth using a Japanese technique called Otonamaki. While being swaddled, participants experience an artistic video and sound representation of the womb. The heart rates and questionnaire answers of swaddled people and those from the control group were compared. Questionnaire results show that being swaddled can reduce subjective tension. Heart rate results show no signs of mental stress caused by swaddling. The future plan is to incorporate this VR setup into medical devices and therapy to relieve tension.
Rights: Copyright (C) 2020 Authors. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction provided the original work is properly cited. Kimura Shoko, Fujii Ayaka, Ito Kenichi, Tsuboi Rihito, Asakura Kazuki and Miyata Kazunori (2020). Into the Womb - Born Again : A VR Experience of Being Warmly Swaddled Using “Otonamaki” from Japanese Method. In Proceedings of Virtual Reality International Conference (VRIC), S. Richir Ed, 22-24 April, Laval, France, Publisher: Laval Virtual, www.laval-virtual.com, ISBN 978-2-9566-2517-9.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10119/17017
Material Type: publisher
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