Floatation therapy is an excellent way to relax the mind and “check out” for a little while.
There are many health benefits of floatation therapy, from pain reduction to mitigation of symptoms of anxiety, and new research is showing that floatation therapy may even help boost brainpower and creativity. Let’s take a look at how floatation therapy can potentially heighten your mental abilities:
One of the most obvious ways that floatation therapy can boost your brainpower is the fact that it gives your brain the time and space to think and refocus. In our daily lives, we’re constantly faced with stimuli, distractions, responsibilities, and input. It’s a little bit like the equivalent of someone shouting random numbers at you when you’re trying to count: it makes it a lot harder to concentrate! Floating, however, removes these distractions, allowing you to center yourself and learn to focus on what’s right in front of you.
Changing Your Brain Waves
The deep relaxation of floatation therapy actually affects your brain at an electrical level. During the day, most of us experience high frequency electrical signals called beta waves. However, floatation therapy changes the electrical state of your brain, slowing those impulses down into theta waves. This state is similar to what happens when you meditate, and often allows for increased clarity and creative visualization. Additionally, many people who engage in floatation therapy find that they have improved mental focus and clarity in their daily lives after their floating sessions.
Causing Minor Hallucinations
Speaking of creative visualization, floatation therapy can expand your creativity through slight hallucinations. When your brain is deprived of sensory input, it can sometimes attempt to fill those gaps with visual or auditory experiences. This glimpse at the inner workings of what your brain does when it has no distractions can provide significant inspiration and open the door to more creative thought.
Improving Mental Health
Finally, floatation therapy can often remove some of the barriers to creativity and intellectual work that many people experience in their daily lives. Anxiety and stress, for example, can quickly put a damper on how much your brain can do. Likewise, depression can make daily life hard enough that any creative work is impossible. Floatation therapy can help to manage the symptoms of these mental health issues, allowing you to focus on tasks that require more brainpower and giving you the energy to do so.