What is Float Therapy ?
Once you’ve ever felt stress, anxiety, or have suffered from insomnia, you probably know just how fast it can take over your mental state.
Anxiety is so bad that even a caffeinated drink would send you into a panic tail spin. Your vision actually shook because I it is so nerved up and you would have to close your eyes to make it stop. It would wake you every day up hoping that nervous feeling would be gone, hoping that it never appears again .
That was until 1950s when was found the floating cure. It iscredited for helping with anxiety treatment, depression reliefer, chronic pain and other health problems , as well as it is been evolving as a wellness treatment .
What is a floatation tank? Or what is a float pod?
The concept of the float tank (also called isolation tank, relaxation tank ,sensory deprivation tank/chamber) was devised by American neurophysiologist John C. Lilly, who conducted research in 1954 on the effects of sensory deprivation. He built the first float tank or float pod to prove this, using it to observe the connection between the conscience and the brain. His theory – according to which if all stimulation is withdrawn, all external environmental effects are eliminated, the human brain goes into a so – called THETA state, which directly precedes sleep under normal conditions was confirmed. Following John C. Lilly’s experiments, research into the effects of floatation continued in universities, health centres and hospitals, resulting in the creation of a global organisation, IRIS (International R.E.S.T. Investigators Society).The doctors and researchers of IRIS regularly publish their results, which form a body of pioneering work in the field of modern medicine.
Similar to meditation, floating in a salt tank or pod has an advantage over other methods of mindfulness treatments because it affects the human brain.
Floating helps in a way more confortable to relax and ease your anxiety. It’s a powerful way, wich if it’s practisec regullary that I use regularly it will transform your life from better in much better feelings.
You wil reduce your medication , it’s no longer need to see a therapist weekly to work on your anxiety.
What does it mean Float Therapy ?
It’s a way to calm your entire body by going into a salt float tank . A float tank (also called floating meditation tank, floatation tank, float pod, flotation/floatation pod or isolation tank, sensory deprivation chamber/tank) combines this natural healing phenomenon with modern technology, making it accessible in an urban environment, it’s unique.
Floatation therapy benefits are a powerful stress relief and wellness tool, offering multitude of physical and mental benefits. During a floatation session, the client rests within a sensory-controlled environment, floating on the surface of a super-saturated salt water solution. This experience is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating for the body and mind. It reduces harmful stress hormones, alleviates pain and tension, and stimulates the release of beneficial endorphins within the brain.
When all external stimuli are removed in the isolation tank – called REST, Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy -, the human brain goes into what is called the “Alpha” or “Theta” brainwave state. This is the state which directly precedes sleep, and is similar to the state induced by relaxation training, hypnosis, meditation, yoga and massage, both from a psychological and physical perspective.
One primary result of floating, is allowing the client a short amount of time to be free from the effects of gravity. Muscles and joints are relieved of their load, enabling them to relax completely. While floating, the body is in a state of weightlessness, due to the water’s high salt concentration, which allows the client to float effortlessly on the surface of the water. The tank also blocks all noise and light, thereby creating an atmosphere free of any distractions, resulting in complete physical and mental unwinding. The fewer distractions there are, the more intense the regenerative effect on the body. This weightless, stimulus-free environment frees the brain from the constant task of orienting the body in space (proprioception) and processing sensory input. By creating a kind of neurological gap, the brain and nervous system are automatically redirected to the task of deep relaxation and restoring balance (homeostasis) in the mind and body.
The high concentration of salt in the float tank makes you to float over the water. You will peacefully float on soothing, body-temperature water.
There is no light in the float tank, so you get a float tank experience kind creepy at first time, sensory deprivation experience as well. It’s like you’re in the womb. How can this not be healing?
The evidence is mounting that float therapy does have healing properties.
In an ongoing study, doctors used fMRI technology to scan the brains of 40 healthy, non-depressed people. Half the group floated in salt water for 90 minutes, the other half spent the time in another type of restricted stimulation experience, such as meditation.
When all participants received a second fMRI brain scan afterward, they also completed tasks to assess attention span, reward processing, and emotional reactions. One key takeaway from the second scan was a higher level of “interoceptivity,” or awareness of internal sensations such as heartbeat and breath, among the float group.
It has to be cleared though. Does Floate Therapy the best solution for you? Maybe not. But is a way to try and never no?
There’s no such thing as a cure-all for anything in life, and I encourage you to seek out help and relief anywhere you can get it. Every person is different, every situation is special, and the many things I’ve had to do to find peace again were all worthwhile.
It helped a lot of people , it was the cure for spinning thoughts, anxiety, hopelessness, and depression. Floating remains a cure for those issues. If this “story” resonates with you may be just might be your cure too.
We urge anyone seeking a happier and more peaceful life to go try it out for theirselfes!
Floatation therapy benefits
University research has confirmed the anecdotal experiences of people taking part in floatation: dramatic reduction in circulating stress hormones; downshifting of the mind from normal waking consciousness (beta state) or hyperactive consciousness (gamma state) to a more serene and meditative state of conscious (alpha or theta state); holistic balancing of the body and mind; as well as noticeable physical benefits to nearly every organ of the body. However, individual results may vary.
A single (REST) floatation session yields immediate Float Therapy benefits. The detrimental effects of stress on the body are dissipated: tense muscles relax, and the mind is able to let go and relax into a state of deep calm. These effects can last for days or weeks, and successive floatation sessions have cumulative effects.
Multiple sessions are usually required to gain Float therapy benefits. With commitment, mental health professionals and patients may find that regular floatation sessions can open up new roads to recovery for many conditions.
Float therapy can not help only anxious people to sleep, but also can understand how an absence of environmental stimuli such as light and sound can improve sleep at home. Many sleep-challengers floaters use recorded guided meditations, visualizations, counting and other sleep-inducing techniques while in the pod.
Also can help in panic attacks, self-mutilation, and other stress-related conditions may be aided by float sessions that soothe the patient and invite him or her to gently consider actions and events leading to episodes. The solitary experience of floating alone in darkness inevitably leads to curiosity and — in some cases — epiphanies about how to solve personal problems.
The inability to concentrate or focus can also be addressed by float therapy. By committing to an hour or more in the pod, a patient with ADHD may benefit from the lack of distractions and enjoy a purer level of concentration and thought than normally possible. Ideally, an improved ability to concentrate will slowly begin to emerge in daily life.
Floating is recommended for: businesspeople, students, tired employees, athletes, and people affected by skeletal and joint conditions, respiratory symptoms, or those just simply wishing to unwind.