Floatation therapy is growing in popularity. With the benefits of floatation therapy ranging from alleviation of depression to significant decrease in chronic pain, an increasing number of people from all demographics are lining up to get in the sensory deprivation tank. As its popularity grows, floatation therapy has been the subject of increased scientific interest. New studies are showing floatation therapy has some surprising benefits. Among these is improved marksmanship.
A recent study of 18 men and 6 women placed half of the participants in floatation therapy, allowing the other half to be the control group. The participating group experienced significantly increased aptitude in a marksmanship training course. The improvement lasted well beyond the marksmanship test. Restricted environmental stimulation technique (REST) may not seem conducive to improved shooting ability. How could this therapy have such a result?
When experiencing REST, the body is allowed to relax completely. With no external stimuli to involve your brain, you enter a trancelike state of extreme relaxation. Floatation therapy involves laying suspended in water with dissolved Epsom salts or magnesium sulfate. Epsom salts are a common remedy to stress and minor muscle pain and can be found in any pharmacy. Magnesium is a natural stress reliever, partially because most people are magnesium deficient.
A floatation therapy tank has significantly more magnesium sulfate than you would usually buy at the pharmacy – about 1,200 pounds. An hour of soaking in this concentration of Epsom salts has lasting effects. Patients exit the tank with significantly reduced stress. With this impediment to focus gone, participants were able to focus properly on aiming.
Epsom salts again play a role in muscle relaxation during floatation therapy, as magnesium and sulfate are easily absorbed through the skin. The compound eases muscle tension, loosening knots and helping joints and muscles work the way they should. The relaxation of muscles allows for enhanced stability while shooting, helping with aim.
The zero-gravity environment coupled with magnesium sulfate makes the floatation tank an ideal environment for healing. Acute and chronic pain sufferers alike experience significant pain reduction from floatation therapy. Any pain sufferer knows pain impedes focus. With pain gone, shooters are free to focus solely on the task at hand, significantly improving aim.
The benefits of floatation therapy are far-reaching. The scientific community is only beginning to scratch the surface of its all-over positive effects. To find out more about floatation therapy, contact the Northwest Floatation Center today.