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
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.
- Migraine or tension headaches
- Burnout syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- TMJ syndrome
- Coronary heart disease
- Fertility issues
- Apoplexy or stroke
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.
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.