- Evokes feelings of deep calm and relaxation
- Increases flow of feel-good endorphins
- Relieves stress (both mental and physical)
- Refreshes and rejuvenates
- Improves sleep patterns
- Reduces feelings of depression, anxiety and fear
- Assists with overcoming addictions, phobias and habits
- Reduces rehabilitation and recovery time significantly
- Relieves pain (chronic pain, arthritis, headaches etc.)
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduces blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen consumption
- Improves physical/athletic performance
- Decreases production of cortisol, lactic acid and adrenaline
- Improves clarity of thought and concentration
- Encourages more creative thought patterns
- Increases ability to solve problems
- Facilitates deeper meditation
- Synchronizes left/right hemispheres of brain
- Enables concentrated visualization (athletic or creative performance)
- Sensory reduction tank use lowers blood pressure and cortisol (stress)
- Sensory reduction tank use leads to increased feelings of self-confidence
- Sensory reduction tank use improves focus and concentration
- Sensory reduction tank use has been shown to help with acute insomnia
- Reduces stress and stress related illness
Sensory reduction tank utilization has been proven to reduce stress in countless studies at universities and research centers over the past several decades. Inside the sensory reduction tank, a really interesting thing happens when your body is weightless and your mind 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 (deep rooted in your brain) is not needed in the sensory reduction tank use because you are so deeply relaxed, protected and at ease.
Stress is the number one cause for illness – all disease sprouts in one way or another from stress. In a sensory reduction 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. Use of a sensory reduction tank is a profound tool for overcoming stress – and maybe the best part about floating in a sensory reduction tank is that you dont need to DO anything. You can literally reduce stress without a technique. You get in the tank, float, and your body knows how to do the rest.
The science of soothing
- The isolation tank is highly effective in managing Arthritis, back pain, sports injuries, and pregnancy discomfort.
- Research shows the sensory reduction tank greatly improves many chronic pain conditions.
- A reduction in the stress hormone cortisol from utilizing an isolation tank has been linked to weight loss.
- The sensory reduction tank 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.
Pain and pain management as a subject is a delicate one. Most people experience bodily or emotional pain on a daily basis, but many don’t have the tools to deal with it. Isolation 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.
How? One reason is beta-endorphines – produced by the brain to make you feel good and help decrease pain and are likely the reason for the “runners-high.” Such endorphines are produced in deep states of relaxation – and this is where your body goes to work healing itself.
How else? Isolation tanks are hugely 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, their pain, causes of their pain, and most importantly some solutions.
How else? Inside the sensory reduction tank, the floater eventually loses bodily awareness (attachment to the body). 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 inward – creates a feeling of disconnectedness with the body – thus alleviating pain. The isolation tank as a pain management tool is something that needs to shouted from the rooftops….because its natural, fun, inexpensive and most importantly effective.
Floating in Sports
Reasons why EVERY athlete should float. (Click HERE to download the full document)
Floating is an incredible and highly-effective way of relaxing and relieving stress. This is a very widely-accepted therapy and is used by a number of world-renowned athletes to treat various sports-related conditions and aid in their recovery. It is also beneficial for those who don’t play any sports but want to better manage the stresses in their system.
As a matter of fact, the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) sees flotation tank use as integral to the training regimes that their athletes’ follow. The different benefits of using flotation therapy are:
- Accelerates the recovery from injury
- Increases energy (ATP)
- Ideal space for visualization
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces Lactic acid levels in the body
- Aids in facilitated rest, improving athletes exposure to fatigue.
REDUCES INJURY RISK
Floatation loosens the muscles & gives athletes a higher degree of control in their nervous systems. In effect, this reduces injury risk during training/competition. Floatation accelerates the athlete’s recovery process and releases large quantities of endorphins (natural painkiller of the body)
By being in an environment that facilitates sensory isolation, which is another component of floatation, the athlete truly has the space to reach the level of concentration required to have a tangible effect on his/her performance. Many modern training methods are focused on helping athletes master their “inner game” and assist in developing perfect synchronicity between body, mind and emotion and where better to find yourself then in a setting that is designed to help you lose yourself?
Floatation is also used by many people in helping them identify areas of tension that they were not previously aware of. Many people report being able to have a sense of a certain body part, “out of their body” whilst floating, drawing attention to an area that they can then go to their practitioner of choice for diagnosis and treatment.
Pregnancy & Floating
The benefits of floating while pregnant
Floating in Epsom salts during pregnancy can help boost the natural magnesium level in your body. Research has shown that soaking in Epsom salts increases blood magnesium concentrations which is an essential mineral you need to help build and repair tissues in your body. This mineral also regulates your blood sugar levels and it can help control cholesterol. Pregnant women should aim to get 350 milligrams of magnesium per day. You can get magnesium from the foods you eat, prenatal vitamin sand also from floating.
Epsom salts are known for their healing and anti-inflammatory powers, so floating can decrease your pregnancy aches and pains. Floating while pregnant is one of the best ways to reduce inflammation and ease muscle aches – whether it’s from your achy back from carrying all that weight around, or for your sore legs. When you float, your body becomes weightless, magnesium ions (from the Epsom salts) are absorbed by your skin and these ions interfere with the pain receptors in the brain. In a nutshell, floating is a natural, anti-inflammatory pain reliever.
Floating can relax and improve your mood. When you float, magnesium from the salt is absorbed through your skin and helps your body produce more serotonin, a chemical in the brain that controls your mood and emotions. Low serotonin levels can make you cranky, irritable and depressed. Higher levels of serotonin can make you feel relaxed and happier. Since serotonin also affects your sleep, floating can also help you have a better night’s sleep.
Floating removes toxins from your body. The sulfates in Epsom salts offer a natural detoxification for your body. It flushes out toxins and metals from your cells, which decrease pain and helps your body eliminate harmful substances.
Floating can help with hemorrhoids. Though no one likes to talk about it, pregnant women are more prone to constipation and hemorrhoids. Floating in Epsom salts can help decrease your hemorrhoids, due to its anti-inflammatory nature and the weightlessness of your body in the water relieving any pressure due to your changing body.
Check out the ‘7 Theories of Floating’ page for more information.