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Benefits of Flotation Therapy
- Muscle tension
- Chronic pain
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Stress Management
Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique
Flotation Therapy is the use of an isolation, or sensory deprivation tank (a light-less, soundproof tank filled with salt water at skin temperature, in which a person floats) Flotation Therapy has been used to treat a number of conditions including muscle tension, chronic pain, hypertension, and rheumatoid arthritis to PMS. It has also been found useful in stress management.
Why Floatation Therapy?
Relief from arthritis, back pain, neck pain, tendinitis, inflammation, and psychosomatic pain relief through float therapy have all been documented. There have been many experiences reporting the drastic reduction or altogether elimination of pain management medication with regular float therapy sessions.
Effects on the Nervous System
The nervous system in general is allowed to experience a higher quality break from normal stressors in a Float compared to a normal sensory environment, with a decrease in plasma cortisol. Controlled studies have indicated improvement with anxiety, depression, optimism, and sleep quality with as little as 12 Float sessions (of 45 minute duration), with lasting benefits.
Increased Immune Function
Modern research has established clearly the interrelationship between high levels of distress and a depression of the immune system. In addition, conditions like pain and depression impair the immunological functions. Flotation therapy is very useful in these cases since the deep relaxation attained through floating releases negative stress, helps chronic pain and depression giving a natural boost to the immunological system.
Sports Recovery/Athletic Performance
Floating maximizes the benefits of fitness training, exercise and workouts. Although exercise stimulates muscle growth, the growth occurs during relaxation some 30-40 hours after exercise. The deep relaxation of floating improves blood circulation, promotes the elimination of lactic acid, and accelerates the growth and regeneration of muscle tissue.
Magnesium is the key component of Epsom salt and performs more functions in more systems of the human body than virtually any other mineral, including regulating the activity of more than 325 enzymes. While you float, the extremely high concentration of Epsom salts are absorbed through skin and can actually supplement your diet for a mineral that has been shown to be deficient in the average person’s diet. Magnesium can prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate high blood pressure, prevent osteoporosis, relieve menopause symptoms, provide PMS relief, create healthier bones and teeth, and is involved with detoxification.
The buoyancy afforded by the dense Epsom salt solution eliminates the body’s specific gravity, bringing the floater closer to an experience of total weightlessness. Because gravity occupies up to 90% of the central nervous system activity, our bodies are constantly adjusting against the gravitational force whether we realise it or not. By freeing ourselves from some of the demands of gravity, we liberate the mind and body to provide relief from conditions such as chronic muscular tension, back pain, neck pain, high blood pressure etc.
Increased Stress Resistance
Because of the deep relaxation and meditative state floating provides we become more resistant to the stimuli of chronic stressors bombarding us in modern society. Regular floating literally gives us a physiological higher threshold for what our body considers stress so that the modern urban life-style won’t trigger our stress response as much.
Chronic Stressor Relief
The floating environment eliminates as much external stimulation as possible allowing your nervous system to take a break. In a world with a constant buzz or hum, our systems rarely, if ever, experience the calm that floating provides. Having this experience can be very refreshing, nourishing and healthy for our bodies and minds. It can be an escape to your personal cabin at the lake any day of the year.
Meditation has a plethora of benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool used to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency without falling asleep – a technique that zen monks spend years trying to perfect. For some, floating may also induce an altered state of consciousness.
Research has shown that floating promotes greater communication between the right side (creative-side) and left side (analytical-side) of the brain – the majority of people are left side dominant. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neo-cortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.
The combination of being extremely relaxed while intensely awake allows techniques of visualization to become very powerful. From athletes preparing for competition to public speakers rehearsing a presentation, floating can induce the calm needed to perform at ones best. Research has shown that mental rehearsal is just as practical as physical rehearsal.
With the brain being held in the theta state, the mind becomes hyper-suggestible. With less distractions and greater resources at its disposal the mind is able to absorb new material very deeply with research showing improved performance in memory and recall activities. It is great to use in conjunction with exam or business meeting preparation, mastering a new language, and increasing higher education.
Floating and the relaxation response it induces flood the body with endorphins. These neurotransmitters are responsible for relieving us from pain, enhancing our mood, decreasing feelings of depression and potentially generating feelings of euphoria. They can suppress our appetite, and decrease anxiety leaving us in a calm and clear state of being with a deeply relaxed mind.
From managing chronic stress to inducing a natural calm, many people report drastically improved sleeping abilities from regular float sessions. The change in your physical state and your mental outlook can provide you with a healthier perspective in which to put your body and mind to rest if sleeping is an issue. Also, 90 minutes of floating can feel like 4-6 hours of sleep. It is extremely therapeutic, refreshing and rejuvenating. So if you pulled an all-nighter, suffer from insomnia or have a baby who never lets you sleep through the night, floating can help make up for any lack of sleep you may be experiencing.
Studies conducted in 2006 and 2007, have shown increased connection between our mental and physical states, improving balance and pain perception in the participants. Feelings of fear were better confronted in the “safety and calm” of the flotation cabin. One study had participants increase self-awareness and insight, as well as better identifying the meaning of their pain and wellness.
Most frequent questions and answers
Feel free to be physically active before your Float – it may even enhance your floating experience and help create an even deeper state of meditation.
Try to relax you breathing and relax your mind.
Position your body and any way your feel comfortable; with your arms by your side or over your head. Get comfortable and just relax; let your mind go…your senses will focus on what is important – without the usual distractions.
Avoid shaving on the day of your Float. Petroleum jelly can be used to protect any potential sensitive areas.
Refrain from Floating for a few days (and a few washes) after dyeing hair.
Eat lightly before a Float, stay well hydrated, and avoid caffeine for a few hours.
Be sure to use the washroom prior to showering before you float.