Sensory deprivation suppresses the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for our ‘fight or flight’ response and activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation, healing, and replenishment. Some physical symptoms of the relaxation response are decreased muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, and increased endorphins.
2ENHANCED HEALING, REJUVENATION, AND
Floating increases circulation to extremities, promotes greater muscular relaxation, prevent adrenal fatigue, and reduce muscle inflammation.
The anti-gravity environment of the float tank has been well documented to provide relief to many issues caused by rigid posture such as lower-back pain, neck pain, inflammation, tendinitis, shallow breathing, high blood pressure, and even fibromyalgia.
4INCREASED STRESS RESISTANCE
Regular floating can alter the set-points in the endocrine homeostatic mechanism which can cause adjustments such as a lower adrenal activation threshold. This means that we become more resistant to the stimuli of chronic stressors bombarding us in modern urban settings.
5INCREASED IMMUNE FUNCTION
Immune function is enhanced by suppressing stress hormones, which not only weaken the immune system, but also suppress the digestion and reproductive systems, affect regeneration processes, and decreases inflammation which is the core issue for most auto-immune diseases.
The extremely high concentration of Epsom salts are absorbed through skin and will supplement your diet with a mineral that has been shown to be deficient in the average populations diet. Mg 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.
Research indicates increased visual acuity, improved tactile perception, improved auditory sensitivity, and increased taste sensitivities after floating.
1MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS
Meditation has a plethora of researched benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed; presence. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency instead of falling asleep.
2IMPROVE SLEEPING PATTERNS
Many people report drastically improved sleeping abilities. 60 minutes in the float tank can feel like 3-4 hours of sleep because it is extremely refreshing and will reset your circadian rhythms. Also, magnesium plays a key role in the bodily function that regulates sleep, making insomnia one of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
Floating and the relaxation response flood the body with endorphins. These neurotransmitters are responsible for relieving us from pain, enhancing our mood (decreasing feelings of depression to potentially generating feelings of euphoria), they can suppress our appetite, and decrease anxiety, leaving us in a calm and clear state of being.
Floating is a great way to bring greater awareness to various patterns of behavior. Floating has shown to have beneficial effects such as decreased anxiety and depression; increased calmness or sense of well-being; it has shown fantastic results towards anti-smoking assistance as well as positive effects on weight-loss programs.
After settling into the floating experience research has shown greater hemisphere synchronization (promoting greater communication between the right (creative-side) and left (analytical-side) lobes; the majority of people are left-dominated. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neocortex. 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 one’s best. Research on mental rehearsal has shown it to be just as practical as physical rehearsal.
With the brain being held in a theta wave-length, 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 preparation.
The Top 5 Benefits of Floatation Therapy:
REBOOT YOUR HEALTH
Floating lowers stress hormones, replenishes neurotransmitters, and releases endorphins, which induces ultra-deep relaxation and provides a zen-like afterglow that can last for days.
RECHARGE YOUR ENERGY
The womb-like environment provides a euphoric boost in energy, which is ideal for when we’re jet lagged, sleep deprived, or drained from a long work-week.
RECENTER YOUR MIND
Effortlessly slip into meditative states, which has a plethora of proven benefits. You’ll feel intensely awake, yet extremely relaxed and clear-headed.
RELEASE FROM GRAVITY
Floating will release tension stored in muscles and decompress the spine, which is both soothing and effectively relieves chronic pain.
RECOVER FROM AN “ALWAYS ON” LIFESTYLE
Greatly accelerate the body’s ability to heal itself from the effects of stress, intense workouts, late-nights, and overstimulation.