Floating, floatation, float therapy …….. whatever you choose to call it is quite simply the most incredible means of stress relief and relaxation available.
Floatation therapy is a medical treatment using sensory deprivation within a floatation tank or float room. Years of well documented tests show that floatation tank therapy not only has an immediate effect on pain relief and elimination of stress, it also promotes ‘whole-brain’ thinking.
The floatation tank/cabin contains 10 inches of super-saturated salt solution, creating an environment similar to the Dead Sea which enables the individual to float effortlessly on the surface. Every single muscle in the body is allowed to totally relax. With earplugs in and, if you wish, the interior lights off, the quietness and the darkness allow the mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible. The buoyancy created by the dense Epsom-salt solution effectively removes the effects of gravity on the body, and brings the individual close to an experience of total weightlessness.
A massive amount of brain-power is used every second in order to deal with the huge strain that gravity places on one’s body. As the body is now totally supported, there is little for the brain to do and every muscle is allowed to totally relax.
With no commands needing to be sent out, the logical side of the brain is rendered redundant, and its activity slows down until it synchronises with the creative side. This leaves the individual in a dream-like state, akin to the thoughts experienced just before you go to sleep. In this state, the brain releases vast amounts of endorphins.
While the state of relaxation may be deep and profound, the individual’s brain stays dreamily alert. To get technical, the brain gradually shifts from its usual “alpha” state to generate theta waves, the state-of-mind that Buddhist monks try to reach through hours of meditation and years of training. You can achieve this in a matter of minutes just by lying down! Best of all, the effects of floatation are cumulative – the more regularly you float, the better it gets.