‘Now a growing number of researchers are studying sensory deprivation’s effects again. In 2015 a laboratory dedicated to studying floatation tanks was set up at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma.’
‘Early work has suggested that floating – referred to as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy – could be useful in treating stress and anxiety-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. In Sweden, where patients can be referred to a float tank centre by their GP or employer, there are more tanks per person than anywhere else in the world.’
Some find floating provides relief from painful inflammatory conditions, such as fibromyalgia. Others believe regular floating can enhance their mood, problem-solving abilities, and creativity.
“I do it to help visualise ahead of my next competition,” says Adam Adshead, a jiu jitsu martial artist from Manchester. He has “floated” every week for the past 18 months.
“Having no distractions at all makes it much easier to focus. There are lots of sports psychologists coming round to the idea of using float tanks as a way to help sportspeople visualise performances.”
Read the full article from BBC’s Tom Ireland and see why various people use float tanks here: