You may well be asking yourself why you would want to float effortlessly in a warm Epsom salt and water solution, perfectly isolated from the stress and noise which acts on our nervous system on a day to day basis, all the while journeying deep into an enlightened path of self discovery. Or maybe, like many people your just thinking this sounds amazing, when can I try this.
There are many reasons why you should float regulary, profound relaxation, stress reduction and relief from aches and pains to name but a few.
Find out more below about how fitting Floatation Therapy sessions into your life can be of benefit to you
FLOAT FOR DEEP RELAXATION
Float tanks are possibly the most relaxing environment we can put our bodies into. When you’re in a float tank your fight or flight system is at rest. Our brains look for sights and sounds for warnings, but there are none. The float tank gives us a feeling of safety and comfort that is unparalleled by any other environment.
When our fight-or-flight system goes dormant, the production of stress hormones drops lower and lower, allowing us to relax on a biological level. In response to feeling safe and relaxed, our brains start pumping out dopamine, a neurochemical our body uses to reward us with pleasure, encouraging us to repeat the actions that got us to this state.
This relaxation also acts to downshift the frequency of our brainwaves. Theta state is something we experience briefly every night as we drift off into sleep, and every morning as we come back to waking. The float tank gives us an extended period of time in the Theta state. This is not something most people are accustomed to experiencing on a regular basis. Practiced meditation is one place that people can find long periods of Theta.
FLOAT FOR STRESS REDUCTION
We lead busy and hectic lives in a world that is over brimming with sensory stimulation. Our fight or flight system is constantly firing, creating unwarrented levels of physical and emotional stress.
Stress is rampant throughout our culture and the havoc this can have on the human body is well documented.
Float tanks are possibly the most relaxing environment we can put our bodies into. Stress relief comes almost instantly from floating, and simply gets stronger and lasts longer the more you float.
Consistent floating can help alleviate high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, ulcers, migraines and tension headaches, depression, burn out syndrome and more.
FLOAT FOR PAIN RELIEF
The density of the salt water puts the floater in an environment where approximately 80% of the gravity we usually feel is no longer affecting our body.
We use a large portion of our mental and physical resources counteracting the force of gravity on a moment to moment basis, and the relief of this effort leaves our body with a surplus of energy and processing power at its disposal.
When left with this abundance, our body spends its efforts on resting, recuperating, and healing anything that needs attention. In addition to this, the gravity-reduced environment allows our body to decompress, especially throughout the joints and the spinal column.
Near weightlessness combined with the endorphin release can provide relief from many musculo skeletal conditions including back pain and neck pain, it can help with spinal alignment and structural alignment and is great for physical rehabilitaion. Studies have also shown that floating can relieve symtoms of arthrits, scoliosis and fibromyalgia.
FLOAT FOR FITNESS
Float tanks have huge implications for athletes, mostly stemming from the fact that you can actually train your body harder and faster with the use of a float tank. This means that anything from body builders to private trainers, to high level athletes could benefit from floating.
Floating can help with
Lactic acid reduction
Our bodies can physically rest up to 4 times faster in a float tank than in a bed. REM cycles are not expedited (so you can’t decrease the amount of time you need to sleep at night), but expedited physical rest can mean a lot to people who are training their bodies. Doing an upper body workout usually requires letting your upper body
rest for 48 hours before it will be beneficial to work that same part of the body again. With a float tank, an athlete can simply float after their upper body workout, and then get right back to it the next day.