Benefits of Floatation Therapy

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Floating and Chronic Stress

70 to 75% of people experience physical and/or psychological symptoms due to stress. Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress upsets virtually every system in the body. Stress can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more susceptible to anxiety and depression.

Floating in a sensory reduced environment stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system while suppressing the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic system is responsible for stimulation of “rest-and-digest” activities that occur when the body is in a relaxed state. The sympathetic nervous system controls the “fight-or-flight” response or how the body reacts to perceived danger.

Some physical symptoms of the relaxation response are:

  • decreased muscle tension,
  • decreased blood pressure,
  • decreased stress hormones,
  • increased endorphins.

The parasympathetic system promotes the ability to recover, digest, play, and create.

Floating, and the relaxation response it induces, flood the body with endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for relieving us from pain, enhancing our mood (decreasing feelings of depression to potentially generating feelings of euphoria), suppressing our appetite and decreasing anxiety leaving us in a calm and clear state of being.

90 minutes in the pod can feel like 4 – 6 hours of sleep. It is extremely therapeutic, refreshing and rejuvenating.

Floating and the Brain

About 40 minutes into your float your brain stops producing its normal Alpha waves and starts generating Theta waves. Theta state is where brain activity slows almost to the point of sleep, but not quite. You normally are in this state every night just before you fall asleep. While it only lasts for a few moments in your bed, you can achieve a prolonged Theta state in the pod. In Theta, we are in a waking dream, vivid imagery flashes before us and we are receptive to information beyond our normal conscious awareness. Theta has also been recognized as the gateway to learning and memory. Theta can bring you deep states of meditation. Theta meditation increases creativity, enhances learning, reduces stress and awakens intuition and other extrasensory perception skills.

Research has also shown that floating creates greater hemisphere harmonization within the brain, which promotes better communication between the right (creative-side) and left (analytical-side) lobes. The majority of people are left brain dominate. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neocortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.

Floating and the Immune System

Immune function is enhanced by 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.

Floating and the Musculoskeletal System

While floating you aren’t fighting gravity so your muscles, joints, and bones can take a well-deserved break. Your spine lengthens, chronic pain is relieved, and your muscles get to fully rest – including tension-related muscle pain and fibromyalgia. Unlike lying on a mattress, lying in water allows blood to flow freely all throughout your body. Muscles especially, get positive benefits from floating, as the combination of support and Epsom salt work together to give them total relief. The body absorbs magnesium from the Epsom salt water, which helps flush lactic acid from tired muscles.

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Floatation Mental Benefits

  • Reduces stress and stress related illnesses by lowering cortisol levels (stress hormone)
  • Left/Right brain synchronization
  • Facilitate freedom from, habits, addictions and phobias
  • Improves problem-solving
  • Alleviates symptoms of depression
  • Helps the brain produce meditative-like, Theta waves. Theta waves promote productivity, creativity, and a sense of inner peace or enlightenment
  • Helps relieve insomnia and improves sleep patterns
  • Enhances mental clarity and awareness, improves higher learning abilities and increases concentration and focus

Floatation Physical Benefits

  • Fatigued muscles enjoy a well deserved break
  • Softens and rejuvenates skin, improves skin tone
  • Stabilizes blood pressure
  • Increases levels of feel-good endorphins, the body’s natural opiates
  • Highly effective in managing arthritis, back pain, sports injuries and pregnancy discomfort
  • Increases circulation
  • Improves immune system
  • Enhances healing process & rehabilitation after injury
  • Increases athletic performance (energy, stamina, strength, quicker recovery)
  • Pain management
  • Reduce migraines
  • Relieves inflammation in joints
  • Improves spinal issues (floating provides natural traction for a wide range of spine related injuries)
  • Pain relief from injuries/ailments
  • Helps balance hormones

Conditions That Benefit From Float Therapy

  • Stress and stress related illnesses
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Relieve the pain and emotional stress of Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Injuries
  • Pregnancy
  • Post partum depression
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Asthma
  • Fatigue
  • Pre-menstrual tension
  • Chronic Pain
  • Addiction
  • Hypertension
  • Weight Loss
  • Back Pain
  • Speeds recovery from Jet Lag
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • And much more!