Here's just a small sampling of some of the benefits of floatation therapy.
Floating has been proven to reduce stress in countless studies at universities and research centers over the past several decades. Inside the tank, a really interesting thing happens when your body is weightless and your mind is protected from external stimulation – your body starts to overcome stress and the hormones associated with stress. Your adrenal system starts to shut down; that is, your fight-or-flight response is not needed in the sensory deprivation tank because you are so deeply relaxed, protected and at ease. Stress is a major cause for illness and many illnesses sprout in one way or another from stress. In a sensory deprivation tank, your cortisol levels plummet and your dopamine levels rise – easily and naturally overcoming stress – giving you a feeling of bliss which commonly lasts for days afterward. Floatation therapy is a profound tool for overcoming stress, and maybe the best part about floating is that you don’t need to DO anything. You can literally reduce stress without a technique. You get in the tank, float, and allow your body to do the rest.
ACHIEVE THETA STATE | the science of creativity
- Floating increases theta brainwaves, which are linked to vision and creativity
- Aids in self-introspection and development
- Creates an ideal environment for meditation
- Float tanks have been called “the gateway to the creative mind”
- Increases feelings of self-confidence, self-control and serenity
- Floating in a sensory deprivation tank has been shown to improve post-operative recovery
- Top tech entrepreneurs use isolation tanks as a source of innovation
- Float tanks create hemispheric and whole brain integration
Float pods are an ideal environment to naturally shift your brainwave output from typical beta brainwaves (normal day-to-day operations dealing with the outside world) and gradually shift them toward achieving theta state (associated with a quieting of the body and busy thoughts while allowing the more interesting, creative, unrecognized parts of the brain to come to consciousness). Achieving theta state is something that happens naturally while floating as the body and mind start to quiet, giving way to more profound modes of consciousness. One characteristic of theta state is what is called hypnagogic imagery. Hypnagogic imagery is that fleeting moment before you fall asleep when your mind’s eye visualizes vivid scenes and images. Theta brainwaves and the hypnagogic images therein have been closely likened to the zen mindset of yogis, master meditators, and individuals with elevated consciousness. That’s just the beginning – there are infinite possibilities of consciousness within the float tank and within the theta state. The floater need not have initial knowledge of any method or technique to trigger the relaxation response for achieving these states; she/he only needs to lie back and relax into the water.
DOMINATE YOUR SPORT | the science of performance
- Floating reduces muscle tension
- Floatation tanks improve athletic performance through visualization
- Speeds healing and recovery from physical activity and injuries
- Relaxed muscles are likely to heal faster than tired and knotted ones
- Used by the Australian, British, and Chilean Olympic team
- Utilized by elite athletes including Wayne Rooney and Pat Healy
- Lowers blood pressure and cortisol
- Anti-gravity relieves joint pressure and aides recovery
- Rapid elimination of fatigue
- Ideal for managing back pain
- Epsom salt reduces swelling and detoxifies the system
- Floatation therapy increases endorphins
Isolation tanks are used by a wide range of sportsmen and sportswomen. NFL teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles have used them with documented success. Olympic teams from Australia to Sweden to the UK have used them to train athletes. UFC fighters use isolation tanks. Many elite athletes all over the world have isolation tanks at their house for anytime use including Wayne Rooney of Manchester United.
There are a few key reasons why floatation can help you dominate your sport: 1) You heal faster in the tank due to weightlessness, increased circulation, and the anti-inflammatory qualities of the Epsom salt. 2) Visualization is a truly effective technique to dominate your sport. Whether you’re fine-tuning your golf swing, evaluating your jump shot or analyzing your running form – visualizing your triumph is a very effective training technique. The isolation tank is the best environment for this practice. 3) While in the tank, you have the ability either to wash-away a poor performance or to focus on the positives of your latest and greatest triumph. In a float session, you can elevate your mental state through increased confidence, concentration, calmness and poise.
MANAGE PAIN | the science of soothing
- The isolation tank is highly effective in managing arthritis, back pain, sports injuries and pregnancy discomfort
- Research shows the sensory deprivation tank greatly improves many chronic pain conditions
- Using an isolation tank reduces the stress hormone, cortisol, and has been linked to weight loss.
- Floatation therapy has been shown to relieve pain and emotional stress for fibromyalgia patients
- The combination of weightlessness and rest creates an ideal environment for pain relief
- Floating provides natural traction for a wide range of spine related injuries
Most people experience bodily or emotional pain on a daily basis, but many don’t have the tools to deal with it. Floatation tanks are thought of by pain sufferers as the most effective natural tool for pain management. Sufferers of chronic pain, pain from injury, migraines, post-operative pain, fibromyalgia, etc., claim that a regular floatation practice profoundly improves their pain.
One reason is beta-endorphins, which are produced by the brain to make you feel good and help decrease pain. Such endorphins are produced in deep states of relaxation and this is where your body goes to work healing itself.
Floatation tanks are extremely useful in the mental and emotional aspect of managing pain without medication. Floaters learn implicitly how to address their pain and strain because they have time to themselves. The isolation gives the floater time to think about themselves, the causes of their pain, and most importantly, to focus on solutions. In isolation, the floater eventually loses bodily awareness. The reticular activating system, or RAS of the brain – the part responsible for alerting the body and managing arousal level – turns its attention from external stimuli to the internal. This changing of directed attention creates a feeling of disconnectedness with the body, thus alleviating pain. The isolation tank as a pain management tool is something that is natural, inexpensive and, most importantly, effective.