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Effect of the balls
All Protac’s products contain balls which, thanks to the deep touch-pres- sure and constant contact to the body’s surface which they provide, acti- vate the sense of touch and the sense of body position and movement.
Normally, we say that we can see, hear, feel, smell and taste. When our body and our brain work as they should, we talk about being in full command of our senses. However, we as human beings actually have more than the above five senses.
Our most important sense is the sense of touch in our skin which registers contact. In therapeutic terms, the sense of touch is referred to as the tactile sense. Touching the skin sends stimuli to the brain and gives us a sense of the body’s boundaries. The skin thus serves as a boundary which helps us to distinguish between what is ‘me’ and what is outside ‘me’. The sense of touch thus helps us to estab- lish a sense of our own bodies and helps the brain to keep us up to date so that we can feel our bodies.
Changing pressure enhanc- es body awareness
When the contact is uniform and last- ing, the brain has a sort of ‘fade-out
function’, which means that the con- tact ceases to be registered – the sen- sory impression simply fades. To main- tain a sense of your body, the pressure has to vary. The balls in Protac’s prod- ucts act on the skin by subjecting it to a light pressure distributed across numerous points, helping the brain to register the body to a far greater extent than through uniform contact because the balls move through slight changes in position. The skin is thus continuously stimulated in new ways and ‘updates’ the brain about the body and the surrounding environ- ment.
Simple stimulation of the skin’s tac- tile sense can arouse the brain, but if there is any disorder in the brain’s reception, or in how it processes sen- sory stimuli, skin contact can be ex- perienced as both painful and very stressful. Distributed pressure com- bined with the weight of the many balls in Protac’s products provides the body with a continual update on the
body’s surface, which has a very calm- ing effect while also stimulating one’s body sense.
Calming movement
Another important sense is the sense of body position and movement, which is also known as the proprio- ceptive sense. This sense has recep- tor organs in the joints and muscles which send messages to the brain and calm the nervous system. Intuitively, we often use our sense of movement to create calm. If you are feeling rest- less, it often helps to go for a walk. If you are feeling impatient, you may fidget on the chair or tap one of your feet – which are both everyday examples that we use our sense of movement to calm ourselves down. When the weight of the balls in Pro- tac’s products offers resistance to the body’s joints and muscles, a message is sent to the nervous system, which the brain registers as movement. This is why the balls have a calming effect.

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