In today’s society, we experience an unprecedented level of interaction with the world around us. Multi-tasking is the norm, constantly bombarded with stimuli, never allowing our minds to switch off and regroup or to mentally catch our breath. Imagine floating in a shallow pool of water in true sensory isolation, complete silence where your brain can relax and meditate – even achieving the elusive theta state. From head to toe, your body will be completely rested and at ease.
There is years of scientific research and publications documenting the wide-ranging benefits of floating, some of these include:
- Stress, Anxiety & Depression
- Back & neck pain by decompressing the spine in zero gravity
- Insomnia & Poor sleep
- Various types of chronic pain including arthritis & fibromyalgia
- Chronic fatigue
- Jet lag
- Muscular pain
- Joint pain
- High blood pressure
- Replenish Magnesium
- Dopamine & endorphins which enhance your mood & reduces pain
- Blood circulation which results in enhanced physical recovery & muscle relaxation
- Creativity, learning & visualization
- Athletic performance
- Meditation practice
- Lower cortisol levels
- Relax & reduce stress
- Improve mental clarity
- Increase motivation & focus
- Balance between left & right sides of the brain
- Aid recovery from injury or surgery
- Self-discovery & self-reflection
FLOATING FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT
For pain management, floating offers researched benefits for those suffering a variety of pain conditions:
These claims are supported by research done by Thomas H. Fine, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Medical College of Ohio, and Roderick A Borrie, Ph.D., clinical psychologist at South Oaks Hospital, Amityville, New York. They found that:
REST: (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique)
“Flotation REST can have an important role at several stages of the pain management process. By reducing both muscle tension and pain in a relatively short time and without effort on the part of the patient, flotation provides a dramatic demonstration of the benefits of relaxation. Relief is immediate and, although temporary, offers promise of further relief from REST and other relaxation-based strategies. Symptom reduction gained from flotation can increase a patient’s motivation and interest in the remainder of the therapy plan. Pain patients generally come into treatment feeling suspicious and skeptical, requiring a clear demonstration that they can be helped.”
Fibromyalgia, back Pain, arthritis, sports injuries, and pregnancy discomforts. Improves chronic pain conditions by creating an ideal environment for pain relief with weightlessness and lack of effort. Floating provides natural traction for a wide range of spine-related injuries.
Those suffering with Fibromyalgia will know there are very few remedies, research has shown that Fibromyalgia patients found a significant decrease in pain both from the beginning to the end of a float and in-between float session to float session.
FLOATING STRESS RELIEF
Stress is rampant throughout our culture, the havoc this can have on the human body is well documented. Floatation therapy is possibly the most relaxing environment we can put our bodies into. Relief from stress comes almost instantaneously while floating and lasts longer the more you float. Consistent floating may help alleviate all the following:
- Migraine or tension headaches
- Burnout syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- TMJ syndrome
- Coronary heart disease
- Fertility issues
- Apoplexy or stroke
FLOATING FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Cross-Fit, Running, Cycling, a budding Olympian, or the Gym is your thing? Whatever your sport, floating is your remedy to heal and prevent injury, improve performance and reduce training fatigue. Just look at the numerous top tier athletes and major league sports teams that have turned to floating.Freedom from gravity creates an ideal environment for healing, and the 1,600 pounds of Epsom salt doesn’t hurt either. The spine and joints decompress, and tight muscles relax. Circulation improves, while cortisol and lactic acid levels drop. The deep relaxation found in the float tank enhances visualization and improves sleep. These are the many reasons why many professional athletes and teams have made floatation therapy a regular part of their training.
FLOATING MENTAL HEALTH
During a float, you produce slower brain-wave patterns, known as theta waves that are normally experienced only during the deepest meditation or briefly before falling asleep. Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Perhaps, the most well documented benefit of floating is the tendency for those who choose to use this tool regularly to adopt a long term positive outlook on life. As we all know depression and anxiety can be rooted in many causes.
ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE
FLOATING FOR ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE
Those looking for non-medication alternatives to manage their stress and pain are utilizing floatation therapy. Always consult with your doctor before reducing or stopping any prescribed medications. Float therapy has been an incredible tool for assisting in the process of breaking addiction to pain killers, alcohol, and tobacco products.