Do you feel like your creative juices have dried up? Are you stuck trying to solve a problem? Floating has been shown to increase creative thinking and problem-solving. If you work in a creative industry and are feeling blocked or are not developing your work as creatively as you would like, floatation therapy can help. Here’s the science behind why floatation therapy boosts creativity.
Your Brain Needs Down Time
One of the biggest reasons floatation therapy boosts creativity is that it gives your brain an escape from input. On a typical day, your brain multi-tasks during most of your waking hours. Your brain processes verbal input, keeps your body functioning, makes decisions, and deals with the demands of work, family, and friends.
Part of your brain is busy interpreting sensory input. You may not even notice what your clothes feel like on your skin, what noises are going on in the background, or all the objects in your peripheral vision, but your brain does. It’s constantly working to process input, even when you’re not aware.
When you get in a floatation therapy tank, you remove that input so your brain can rest. The lights are off to eliminate visual stimuli. The water is at comfortable body temperature, so very soon you don’t feel it. Nothing else touches your skin. The tank blocks every bit of outside sound. There are no tastes or smells to process.
Change Your Brainwaves
When you relax in a float tank, your brainwaves change from beta, the patterns associated with being wide awake and alert, to theta. Theta patterns are associated with visualization, creativity, and mental imagery. In your theta brain state you connect with your subconscious and find inspiration.
It’s like meditation without practicing. During the second half of your float session you’ll find yourself in that state that comes right before you drift off to sleep. You might experience flashes of vivid images or find your mind wandering in unexpected directions.
John Lennon, Kris Kristofferson, and other creative geniuses used floatation therapy to tap into their imaginative side.
Relax Your Body and Mind
When you have to produce to get paid, a creativity slump can seriously stress you out. Floatation therapy helps you relax. Feel those knots in your neck and shoulders unclench. Reduce your blood pressure by blocking out stressors. People who float report better moods, better sleep, and less muscle soreness than those who don’t.
If you want to enhance your creativity, try floatation therapy. The experts at Northwest Float Center can show you how easy it is to get started. Contact us today to schedule a float.