The Amazing Physical Benefits Of Floating
Sensory deprivation suppresses the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system, which produces our ‘fight or flight’ response. It also activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation, healing, replenishment, etc. Some physical symptoms of the relaxation response are decreased muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, and increased endorphins.
Pain Relief and Management
Many people suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, tendinitis, inflammation, and psychosomatic pain report profound relief from their pain during and after float therapy sessions. We’ve talked to floaters who have been able to significant reduce or eliminate medication thanks to regular float sessions.
Heightening Of Your Senses
Research indicates increased visual acuity, improved tactile perception, improved auditory sensitivity, and increased taste sensitivities after floating.
Healing and Rejuvenation
The deep relaxation of floating improves blood circulation, promotes the elimination of lactic acid and other metabolic bi-products, accelerates the growth and regeneration of muscle tissue and can prevent adrenal fatigue.
Floating decreases chronic muscle tension and creates greater awareness of less noticeable areas of muscle tension and imbalances.
Increased Immune Function
Float therapy suppressing stress hormones which not only weaken the immune system but also suppress the digestion and reproductive systems, affect regeneration processes, and decrease insulin sensitivity.
Magnesium performs a range functions in the human body, including regulating the activity of more than 325 enzymes. While you float, Magnesium is absorbed through your skin and can supplement your diet for a mineral that has been shown to be deficient in the average person. Magnesium can prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate high blood pressure, prevent osteoporosis, relieve menopause symptoms, provide PMS relief, create healthier bones and teeth, and is involved with detoxification.
Gain Powerful Cognitive Benefits From Floating
Release Stresses and Anxieties
Our float rooms eliminate as much external input as possible, giving your nervous system a break. With today’s over-stimulated environment, our systems rarely (if ever) experience the isolation and silence that float therapy provides. Our bodies are not well adapted to the chronic stresses that surround us like noise pollution, career pressure, family and social pressures, conflict, crime and a range of other challenges. These stresses have been cited as the cause for many forms of disease, so sensory deprivation can be a very refreshing, nourishing and healthy practice for our minds and bodies.
There is a plethora of research supporting the benefits of meditation, but let’s face it, it can be difficult to do. Floating removes the distractions that make meditating difficult, so it’s a unique and phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency instead of falling asleep.
Improved Sleep Quality
We all need time to process our thoughts and feelings, but we rarely slow down enough to give our minds time to work through the information it collects in a day. For many of us, this process happens when we final lay down in the evening, but this will of course get in the way of sleep. Float therapy facilitates the introspective processes that help us break out of the self-serving modes of thinking that can so often get in the way of sleep. The change in your physical state and your mental outlook after floating may provide you with a healthier perspective in which to put your body and mind to rest each night. In fact, many people report that a one-hour float session can produce the same benefits as hours of sleep.
Enhanced Creativity, Learning & Visualization
Research has shown that float therapy can create greater hemisphere synchronization, promoting greater communication between the right (creative-side) and left (analytical-side) lobes. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive brain, the limbic middle brain and the conscious neocortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.
Introverts enjoy the break from constant stimulation to which they are usually hypersensitive, giving them a stronger sense of security. Extroverts, who typically seek extra stimulation, develop greater sensitivity to their internal reality because there’s nothing else on which to focus. Over time, the need for constant stimulation may reduce as their internal awareness strengthens.
Behavior and Thought Modification
Float therapy is a great way to bring awareness to various patterns of behavior and thinking. This heightened awareness allows us to process our behaviors and thought patterns such that we can decrease anxiety and depression while increasing calmness or sense of well-being. This effect also helps people fight addiction and be more successful with weight loss programs.