Who Should Float and Why

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Floatation therapy provides innumerable benefits to people of any age, skill, or health condition. But many people wonder if they can benefit from floating.

Extensive research has yielded a wealth of information about how floatation can help aid concentration, relieve stress, and promote general health. Athletes, scholars, business people, and those in any profession can experience the benefits of floating. The following groups of people are particularly likely to benefit from floating.


Research has shown marked increases in performance in academic evaluations that are linked to floating. It is no surprise the mental fatigue and the stress related to exam preparation or completing project assignments can have catastrophic effects on performance.

Many students report feeling refreshed and having a better attitude about their studies after floating. Some have even reported that they reduced their study time after a float session because they could more easily recall the information they had studied.

Pregnant Women

Women frequently experience uncomfortable changes to their bodies over the course of a pregnancy. Weight gain and hormonal fluctuations cause stress and discomfort for many pregnant women.

With the aid of an apparatus developed specifically for pregnant women, floating can relieve much of their stress and pain. A pregnant woman lies face down in the floatation tank with her head supported by her arms or a special pillow. In addition to the respite from physical discomfort, many women experience a sensation of communion with their child, as they feel like they are floating together, both weightless and suspended in liquid.


Athletes are familiar with the ice bath treatment for sore muscles, joint pain and inflammation, but few consider that floating offers a comfortable and safe alternative to ice baths with demonstrably quicker results.

The severe cold of ice baths shocks the nervous system and causes the contraction of muscles and tissues. This contraction can lead to discomfort in addition to the often painful experience of sitting in a tub full of ice cubes. Extreme cold is also harmful to the skin and limits the exposure time athletes can endure to achieve therapeutic results. With all of these issues, it is a wonder how anyone could choose an ice bath over floatation.

Many athletes schedule a floatation session before and after major competitive events. The mental acuity and physical relief they gain offers the greatest bang for their buck of any preparation ritual.

These are just a few examples of how people from all walks of life can experience the benefits of floatation therapy. Anyone, of any age or physical condition, can feel the relief that comes from weightless relaxation.

Visit the Northwest Float Center web site to learn more and contact NWFC today to schedule a float therapy session.

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