Floatation therapy is said to be an effective yet incredibly simple way to boost your health and happiness. It’s a type of sensory deprivation treatment that’s achieved by floating in an enclosed, isolated tank that cuts off all sensory experiences: sight, smell, touch and sound. The tanks used are filled with water that’s nearly the exact same temperature as a floater’s body, obscuring the normal sensation of having discrete limbs in space. Combined with a high amount of Epsom salt, it allows one to remain peacefully floating at the water’s surface, immersed in the stillness and total silence. It takes no effort whatsoever to stay afloat, resulting in a light peaceful feeling, which is said to provide many beneficial impacts to the body and the mind.
These float tanks, once popular only with the sort of people who enjoy polishing chakra crystals and getting stoned, have now reentered mainstream culture, becoming increasingly popular for sorts of users who want to experience their therapeutic effects. Now you can visit one just like you would a spa, it will not only enhance the body but the mind too.
It’s Probably Not What You Imagine:
Unlike what you might think, with floatation therapy, you don’t have to worry about getting claustrophobic as you’ll have plenty of room. While the floatation chambers used to be like tiny tanks, that’s no longer the case. In fact most are quite a bit longer than one’s height, and the ceilings are tall enough that you could stand up in one and not hit your head, but of course, you wouldn’t do that anyway, the whole point is to lie down, relax and let the water carry all that mental clutter away. It’s also totally private, so you can do it naked if you want to, and for all you OCDers out there, the process is very clean, thanks to systems that purify the water multiple times between every user, running it through a high-tech UV disinfection process.
How It All Began:
The invention of floatation tank therapy is attributed to postwar researcher John C. Lilly, a neuroscientist who became convinced that the brain of a dolphin contained supreme intelligence that humans could utilize in order to solve all types of problems. In the 1950s, he constructed what were basically water-filled living rooms, so that he and his colleagues could live with the creatures, and even cultivate what he’d hoped would become a common language. He began further sensory deprivation experiments in the 1960s and ’70s under the influence of LSD and ketamine, known for creating a trance-like state while providing pain relief and sedation. In the ’80s, the tanks fell out of fashion, mainly because of the AIDS panic, as people were unsure as to how the illness was spread and were fearful of contracting the disease, but in recent years they’ve regained their following with many enjoying the wealth of benefits derived from floatation therapy, including the following.
10 Benefits Of Floatation Therapy
1. Improving Sleep
If you suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues, it can bring many detrimental effects into your life. Getting quality sleep on a regular basis helps to ensure that your brain functions at its best, allowing you to make better decisions, resolve problems, remain more emotionally stable, improve focus, and more. It also puts you at a lower risk of developing infections and certain illness too, like hypertension, stroke and heart disease. Floatation therapy can help. Research has found that floating just two hours a week for two weeks may bring improvement in insomnia symptoms. It restores and refreshes the senses, leaving one rested, relaxed and able to forget about those worries and finally enjoy a good night’s sleep. Even if you don’t generally experience sleep problems, after a session you’re likely to find that you sleep much deeper, and feel much more rejuvenated and restored the next day.
2. Stress Relief and Treating Stress-Related Illness
Floating therapy is said to be an antidote to stress, thanks to it providing a deep sense of relaxation and inner peace. Many users even say that colors seem more vibrant, and you might suddenly notice more about your surroundings, kind of like someone who just got their first pair of corrective glasses after having hazy vision. While these types of benefits can be difficult to prove, research is beginning to show how it works, revealing that it can be an effective, non-invasive way to treat pain and illnesses that are related to stress. In fact, a Swedish study published in the Journal of Complimentary & Behavioral Medicine in 2014, suggested that it may work by reducing the body’s stress response, which induces deep relaxation.