Is floating therapy for you?
At Float Room, we get asked this question many times. Many people assume that isolation therapy or sensory deprivation therapy is only for individuals with serious conditions and ailments. However, floatation therapy is beneficial for everyone. The idea of spending an hour or so in an enclosed tank that’s filled with 10’’ high water and salts, is not so enticing to many. But if you get to understand the true benefits of this technique, you will instantly fall in love with floating.
To appreciate the power of floatation therapy, you need to understand how it works. Your body is kept inside a sensory deprivation tank that is filled with Epsom salt solution to make the water buoyant. Because the salts make the water less dense your body will float instead of sinking. Furthermore, the tank is soundproof and lightless. All stimuli are eliminated because the water is the same temperature as your skin, so you can’t tell where it starts or gets in contact with your body. All that is left is the feeling of floating.
Floating also removes the effects of gravity allowing you to totally relax. Floating is said to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. Blood circulation is greatly improved during floating and its effect in your brain is also amazing. We’ll look at the mental and physical effects of floating therapy in the paragraphs below.
A few things to remember when preparing for floating therapy:
- Do not enter the isolation tank after consuming alcohol or drugs
- Floating is not recommended for individuals who have serious injuries or open wounds
- If you have certain medical conditions such as nausea and epilepsy, get a go-ahead from your physician before you float
- If you are pregnant, you should get a go-ahead from your doctor before floating especially if you are in your first trimester. Floating is safe for pregnant women and is very beneficial because it helps to relieve muscle pain and tension.
Physical benefits of sensory deprivation tank therapy
Pain relief: If you are suffering from arthritis, chronic neck or back pain, floatation therapy can help you to experience relief. During therapy, the body releases endorphins which help you to relax and relieve muscle tension.
Improved blood circulation: Floating allows your muscles and joints to relax. Increased blood flow also speeds up the repair of muscle tissues. This is especially important if you are suffering from injuries or chronic pain.
Boost immune function: Floating helps the body’s immune system to function optimally. During therapy, the level of stress hormones produced by the body is significantly reduced. Stress hormones are known to weaken the immune system and expose you to lots of infections and injuries. In fact, these hormones can also contribute to digestive and reproductive issues and lower insulin sensitivity.
Experience healing: The isolation tank is filled with Epsom salts which bring amazing healing effects. This, together with the fact that endorphins are released in large amounts during therapy helps to eradicate toxins from your body and speed up recovery time. If you are suffering from an injury, floating can help you recover faster.
Other physical benefits of floating therapy include:
- Better quality of sleep
- Experience greater sexual pleasure
- Improved energy levels
- Reduce fatigue
- Reduce bad habits such as smoking and drinking
- Reduce illnesses that are caused by depression, tension, and anxiety
Performance benefits of sensory deprivation therapy
Many of our clients have witnessed improved performance after float therapy. This has been proven by scientific research. Research shows that the brain restores itself when given periods of relaxation. A lot of time during the day is spent focussing on activities and tasks causing the brain to work hard. Floating gives the brain a resting period which it needs to improve performance when you go back to the same activity or a newly learned skill.
In a nutshell, floatation therapy can enhance performance in the following ways:
- Speed up recovery from injuries and common illnesses
- It can be used as an effective form of therapy by elite athletes to optimize their performance
- Detoxes the body
- Reduces inflammation
- Relieves pains, aches, and sprains
Mental benefits of floating
Enhances brain function: Floating is a wonderful way to experience deep meditation. During the float, the brain typically shuts down or gets to an idle state. This, according to research, increases brain function better than what happens when you’re having a busy day. The fact that all external stimuli are eliminated means that the brain can focus on all the information that has flowed into it and utilize it in a more effective way.
Better memory: By getting rid of external stimuli, the brain can focus on building more memory. During the float, the brain has ample time to gather all the data and convert it into memory. This means that floating can really help if you’ve learned any skills recently. That’s why it’s often used as an effective form of therapy by athletes before competing.
Improves creativity: Have you ever hit a mental block? It happens to the best of us. This can be extremely frustrating especially if you have deadlines to meet and don’t want to disappoint others. The right side of the brain is the one that deals with creativity, problem-solving, art and emotion. It absorbs large blocks of information and usually functions visually and intuitively. Floating is said to significantly boost the right side of the brain. Flotation therapy can help you to relax and get back with even more creative ideas. Research can back this up because it shows that the brain performs better during periods of relaxation and can help to stimulate creativity by consolidating all the information or new skills learned and storing it in memory.
Reduces stress: Stress is a huge part of life. Techniques such as floatation therapy can help you to alleviate stress and relax. When the body and mind are in a relaxation state, fewer stress hormones are released. Therefore, floatation therapy gives you the most relaxing experience ever.