If you have not experienced floating yet, then it is an experience you must try. The sound of being locked up in a sensory deprivation tank can seem daunting, especially when it is filled with water and salt. However, as the old saying goes ‘you should not judge a book by its cover’. It would be a mistake to dismiss floating as a new age mumbo-jumbo. The benefits are real and there are more and more scientific research articles supporting the benefits of floating.
Floatation tanks were first developed in 1954 by John C. Lilly. As a blast from the past Floatation therapy in the 1970’s was also known as REST – Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. Floatation tanks have been used since then for various purposes from stress relief to treatment of chronic pain.
How does it work?
A modern aesthetic capsule-like tank is filled with water heated to skin temperature, next Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) is added and dissolved. The quantity is sufficient to create enough buoyancy to make a person float. The tank is soundproof and it has lightproof. This creates an environment allowing users to float free from gravity and external stimuli. Benefits of floatation tanks have been well documented in several medical studies. Research now suggests that regular floating can improve a person’s overall health and well being.
Benefits of Floating
Benefits of gravity reduction can help those of us who are on our feet for most of the day and aid people who undergo strenuous physical training. Floatation tanks help in reducing pains in the back, neck and spine by releasing tension in the muscles and joints required from everyday use. People with conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis can also benefit for these reasons. More recent studies suggest that floatation tanks can assist in the healing of strained muscles, broken bones, and sprained joints through increased blood flow and its circulation. Pregnant women can benefit from gravity reduction by giving their bodies a break from the increased weight caused by pregnancy. Some pregnant users have identified floating tummy down as a favourite position due to the relaxation it provides on the back.
The sensory deprivation environment created in a floatation tank has proven to help people who have PTSD, Insomnia, Anxiety bouts, addictions and depression as it serves as a great vehicle for meditation and reflection. The reduction in external stimuli has also shown users to observe, enhancement in learning skills and wave synchronicity between brain hemispheres.
Epsom Salt Benefits
(Magnesium Sulfate) There are many general benefits of magnesium including increased calcium absorption and helping to keep blood pressure normal. Studies have indicated that Magnesium is an essential mineral that assists with the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, strokes, and heart attack. Sulfates on the other hand help in the maintenance of hormonal balances and a good digestive system. Sulfates can help in the formation of brain tissue and joint proteins.
How do you feel while floating?
Everyone experiences floating differently. Some explain the wonder and strange feeling of floating in water without a life vest to the feeling of bliss without the distraction of external stimulation either visual, sensory or auditory. The most common feedback people share post a floatation session is that it somehow elevates their mood and spirits giving somewhat of a euphoric feeling.
Why not try it yourself?