Seething within our bodies is a majestic somatosensory system; a complex sensory system made up of receptors and processing hubs. When stimulated, the ‘soma system’ communicates and transmits sensations such as touch, temperature, proprioception (body position), and nociception (pain) via sensory modalities. These are the things that produce pain, ecstasy, and so on. I think it’s about time we started exploiting this ‘soma system’. I think we could manipulate the ‘soma system’ to prolong nice sensations, such as settling into a nice hot bath.
The heat of the bath will stimulate our temperature modality – a component of our sensory modalities – and make us feel nice and warm. But, initially, sometimes baths can be too hot. So, as we begin our submergence into a hot bath, our nociception – our bodies system for investigating potential harm – is activated; it’s really hot. But, after a while it’s nice. Once nociception has passed, temperature modality – nice and warm feeling - will prevail. So, it will be good if we could ‘freeze’ temperature modality at the thermal equilibrium – of the bath and our body - so the pleasant feeling is paused at it’s most agreeable.
The best way to pause temperature modality at its thermal equilibrium is to introduce a vibration, a vibration that constantly holds the most agreeable sensory reaction through positive depolarisation of your cells’ membranes. Once depolarized, your cells ‘battery’ will be positively charged, thus achieving the nice feeling, or thermal equilibrium. To keep this nice feeling going, we need to introduce a constant vibration into our temperature modalities’ sensory receptors; maybe we could shrink something that vibrates – a tiny little washing machine. So, we’ll use a shrinking machine to shrink the washing machine, or washing machines – probably need more then one – and inject them into our temperature modalities’ sensory receptors. Then we can create a controller for the tiny washing machines; when pressed, this controller will turn them on to a constant spin - vibrations. So, if you were in a bath, you would switch the washing machines on at the most enjoyable time – thermal equilibrium – to pause and prolong the nice feeling. Then switch them off when you’ve had enough. You could also wrap the tiny washing machines in tin foil, just to make certain the ‘heat’ and energy is kept on board. As the bath gets cool, you will still retain the same relaxed feeling of thermal equilibrium throughout: your mind is more powerful than your body.
This will be great; everyone loves baths, sometimes you wish you could be in the bath longer, but when it gets cold, you have to get out. Well never again. With this new approach baths will be all the rage: never-ending delight.
Special tip: Your cortical homunculus responds well to sensory receptors placed on your thumbs and face. If you’re in a rush to get to the thermal equilibrium while in the bath, make sure both your face and thumbs are fully submerged.