Floatation isn’t just an American pastime. People around the world have realized the power and benefits of isolation tanks, and some are even bringing along a floating buddy to share the experience. No matter what floating experiences they choose, all kinds of floatation clients are reaping physical and mental benefits.
In Melbourne/Victoria, Australia, the Inner Outer Health Center offers both myotherapy and floatation tank therapy. Though they started with one float tank, they have added a second to bring in more clients. Additionally, the second float tank allows clients to float alongside family members or friends while retaining an individualized float experience. Some clients float together in one tank, but Inner Outer Health advocates individual floating as a way to obtain a “private cocoon oasis.”
Like other floatation centers, Inner Outer Health is dedicated to helping their clients alleviate stress. They also focus on helping clients with serious pain issues such as fibromyalgia. The center offers the Fibromyalgia Floatation Project (FFP), a program specifically for fibromyalgia patients.
As with many other therapies, Japan is advanced in the art and implementation of float therapy. There are several floatation centers around the country; many are in Tokyo, but they can also be found in Ehime, Okayama City, and Fukuoka. These float centers offer a variety of floating experiences and tank types, from rectangular tanks to float pods. Some also offer open float rooms, which are ideal for floatation groups, clients with claustrophobia, elderly clients, and clients with disabilities.
The United Kingdom
As in the U.S., the popularity of floatation therapy has caught on in the U.K. BBC Magazine recently ran an online article in which clients discussed the benefits of the mind “[being] untethered from the body.” United Kingdom citizens like tattoo artist Gary Mossman say floating increases their focus, clarity, and creativity. “There’s nowhere like [a float center] on the planet,” they add.
Benefits of Floating
Floatation therapy has been around since the 1950s, but hasn’t become popular until recent decades. Some skeptics associate it with drug-like “trips,” or “going berserk,” as a scientist did in the 1980s film Altered States after experimenting on himself inside a tank. However, floatation is completely safe if done properly. Clients do not go berserk; they do not experience panic attacks or drown.
Contrary to fears and stereotypes, clients experience myriad physical and mental benefits from floatation. Sensory deprivation disconnects them from stress and anxiety triggers, while floating in Epsom salt helps “reset” their bodies. Thus, these clients are better able to cope with chronic pain, illnesses, and disabilities after a float session. They are also better able to identify and cope with anxiety or depression triggers, as well as psychological disorders like PTSD.
To learn more benefits of floating, contact NWFC today.