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Flotation therapy, also known as isolation therapy or sensory deprivation therapy, is the popular practice of spending an hour or more floating peacefully on a 10-inch high water-filled floor within a flotation tank or float room. The floating effect is achieved through a water and Epsom salt solution, which makes the water so buoyant that you’re floating instead of sinking. To further the effect, all distractions have been removed such as light or visual stimuli, sense of touch due to the water being the same temperature as your skin, and sense of smell due to the Epsom salts nullifying any other scents, leaving you with just the feeling of floating!
Floating Effects on Hard and Soft Tissues
The effects of gravity on your bones, joints, and muscles are also completely removed while floating. This vastly improves your circulation and allows your body to rejuvenate and heal itself. Research shows that floating measurably reduces your blood pressure and heart rate while at the same time lowering stress levels.
Floating Effects on the Brain
The effects of floating on your brain are also quite remarkable. The sensory deprivation slows your brain waves until they reach the theta state. This state is most common during deep meditation or just before falling asleep and is usually combined with vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights, and inspirations or feelings of happiness. This is all thanks to the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates.
Tank float therapy is proven to:
- Relieve stress, anxiety, and depression
- Stimulate creativity
- Accelerate healing
- Accelerate mental clarity and learning
- Deepen meditation practices
- Improve athletic performance
- Strengthen the immune system
- Decrease muscular tension caused by daily stresses and prolonged sitting
- Improve circulation and reduce blood pressure
- Soothe chronic pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, inflammation and tendonitis
- Reduce chronic fatigue caused by insomnia and jet lag
Releasing hormones, undoing the effects of stress, and increasing your blood flow are just some of the benefits that flotation therapy provides. It seems so simple, almost too good to be true, but with years of research and decades of practice, flotation and sensory deprivation therapy has been the subject of many scientists’ and health experts’ studies, proving that a simple hour in a sensory deprivation tank can improve a myriad of conditions.