Floatation tanks have been around since the 1950s, but many changes have been made since their inception. Initially, floatation tanks were studied for the psychological effects of meditation.
Today, there are a multitude of research conferences on the health benefits of floating, and doctors recommend the practice for patients suffering from back pain and anxiety.
The health benefits also include stress relief, chronic pain, athletic injuries, depression, anxiety, pregnancy discomfort, and fibromyalgia. Patients have complete control of the tank environment, so even patients with severe claustrophobia can experience pure relaxation in the stimulant-free environment.
Floating is non-invasive and completely natural, and anyone can do it. The research in recent years has pointed out several amazing applications for floatation therapy beyond what was originally thought possible:
- The sensory deprivation during floatation therapy encourages the mind to relax and improves communication between the left and right hemispheres. Due to the lack of external stimuli in the floatation tank, the brain sometimes creates its own, resulting in some patients describing sensations similar to hallucinations, but without the other effects of psychedelic drugs. This helps boost creativity and allows patients to clear their minds in a completely relaxed environment.
- Floatation therapy is a wonderful treatment for many types of mental illness, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sleep complications, depression, anxiety, addiction, and many others. This is due to a suppressed “fight or flight” reflex. This reflex is triggered by the amygdala in the brain, and sensory deprivation essentially causes it to shut down and stop releasing cortisol. Cortisol levels in the body are also naturally reduced by the Epsom salts and the deeply relaxing environment. Putting it simply, floatation therapy allows you to relax more deeply and thoroughly than normally possible.
- While floating, every muscle in the body can relax. This relieves pressure points and tension throughout the body and provides the patient with a new sense of where his or her body is experiencing the most stress. Someone who spends a work week at a desk may experience reduced back and neck problems, and a runner may notice that his or her legs feel looser and relaxed after floating.
These are just a few examples of the strides floatation therapy has made in the medical community. Today, many people prefer natural, non-invasive treatments instead of medications and surgeries, and floatation therapy offers an effective alternative to those types of treatments. Northwest Float Center offers floatation therapy that anyone can enjoy, regardless of his or her medical condition. Reach out to our team with any questions you may have about floating or to set up an appointment to start floatation therapy at Northwest Float Center today.