With over 80 peer reviewed studies on Floatation therapy there are many benefits to floating that have been medically proven. Continued research in the field is showing highly promising results in several areas relating to:relaxation, pain relief, magnesium absorption, creativity, critical thinking, learning, problem solving and self-improvement. All types of people with various backgrounds and ages can benefit from floating. It can almost serve as a mini vacation from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Even one float can create a relaxation response by naturally supressing the response of the sympathetic nervous system, leading to decreased muscle tension, blood pressure and stress hormones while releasing endorphins.
Reduces or eliminates pain
Floating has been proven to reduce pain from arthritis, lower back pain, lower abdominal muscle pains, neck pain, tendinitis, bursitis, and inflammation. This low specific gravity level hugely helps with fibromyalgia symptoms.
Reduces stress and improves mood
Floating naturally places your mind and body into a place of relaxation or apara-sympathetic state. This causes your brain to release Endorphins, Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin and lower levels of Adreno-corticotropic hormone and in turn cortisol, and norepinephrine.
Increases immune function
Although an improved immune system is related to health benefits associated with floating, such as improved circulation and a better hormonal balance, the primary reason that floatation therapy boosts the immune system is that it allows the body to focus a greater percentage of the body’s energy on building up defences.
Enhances healing and recovery process
Floating reduces the force of gravity and thus pressure on tendons/joints. This in addition to increasing the flow of blood to all areas of your body, accelerates the process of healing/recovery.
Magnesium is trans-dermally absorbed through the skin due to natural molecular diffusion. Most Australians are deficient in this essential mineral, as our float tanks have a high concentration of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) dissolved into the water floaters are up-taking magnesium as they float!
The relaxed state created through floating along with the improved blood flow allows for decreases in muscular tension and inflammation.
Helps insomnia/poor sleep
Sixty to ninety minutes of floating and extreme relaxation will actually feel like a few hours of sleep to your body. The natural calming effect of floating and magnesium absorption will also help you sleep better when you are at home!
Creativity enhancement and super learning
While the body remains awake yet extremely relaxed your brain is able to hold a theta state wave (normally only achieved while sleeping). This state coupled with fewer distractions allows you to absorb new material deeply and think on an enhanced level. Research has shown floating brings an improved performance in memory.
Lowers blood pressure
A weightless state of floating also results in lowered blood pressure due to increased ability for maximum blood flow.
Floating is a perfect environment for mindfulness and meditation. The float tank eliminates all distractions on your body and your mind, allowing you to focus much deeper. It also creates a unique state of awareness that encourages activity between the left and right brain hemispheres.
The relaxation floating creates while remaining in an increased level of lucid awareness allows athletes and others alike to use visualisation techniques on an amplified level improving performance in many fields.