Ongoing studies of Floating or REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) continue to show major physical and psychological benefits. These benefits start with your first float and increase with a dedicated float practice.
Float therapy presents an alternative to addressing injuries, chronic conditions, and sore muscles. The low-gravity environment allows for blood vessels to dilate and nutrients to flow faster to areas in need, accelerating recovery time and allowing the body to heal more naturally and efficiently. Athletic injuries, arthritis, inflammation, and fibromyalgia pain relief have all been documented via use of the tank.
By eliminating the effects of external stimuli, the body’s sympathetic nervous system (fights or flight response) has a chance to relax, allowing brainwaves to slow into a Theta State. This level of consciousness promotes mental rejuvenation and is often sought through a dedicated meditative practice. Results that can take dedicated practitioners years to achieve can be experienced your very first float.
Clinical studies show floating dramatically reduces the presence of cortisol, the hormonal steroid associated with stress, and instead stimulates the release of dopamine in it’s place. Mitigating stress hormones enhances immune functions and alleviates stress related influences such as anxiety and depression.
Floating allows your body a more proactive approach to healing. Gravity related stimulation is responsible for every day ailments such as lower back pains, shallow breathing, and poor posture that build up over time. While floating, the spinal column elongates up to an inch, relieving tensions and promoting greater muscle relaxation.
Studies have shown the average human diet is magnesium deficient. Floating in 1000 pounds of magnesium-based Epsom salt allows maximum absorption of magnesium through the skin and can help prevent cardiovascular diseases, regulate blood pressure, and helps with the detoxification and cleans of the body.
INCREASED IMMUNE FUNCTIONS
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 is like a multivitamin for the brain. By minimizing external distractions the mind is able to focus its attention inward, discovering and analyzing habitual thought patterns and leading to vast introspection. Learned oversight of these thoughts can lead to enhanced creativity, visualization, and rejuvenation.
SLEEPLESSNESS / INSOMNIA
Lowered stress levels and increased sense of relaxation allow endorphins to flood your body while floating. These effects can last days after your float and studies show dramatic increases and more regulated sleeping patterns with those experiencing Insomnia or other sleep-related ailments.
Research indicates increased visual acuity, improved tactile perception, improved auditory sensitivity, and increased taste sensitivities after floating.