The Benefits of Flotation Therapy
The float tank creates an environment that allows our bodies and minds to sink from society and focus internally. Read about the tremendous benefits here.
Despite what seems to be a simple concept, the benefits of flotation therapy are fascinating and have been studied to very effective. Those who have tried it and have felt the effects now swear by it.
Flotation tanks used in flotation therapy are also known as “sensory deprivation chambers” because they are entirely lightproof and sound-proof. This means that it is completely dark inside and you will not be disturbed by any outside noises. They are also very well-engineered.
They contain 6-12 inches of sterile water that is the body’s temperature. Approximately 800 lbs of Epsom salt is dissolved in the water to ensure that you stay afloat.
Put in earplugs to stop water from entering your ears. Slowly enter the tank, lie on your back, and allow yourself to relax. The Epsom salt in the water will make you feel weightless as it creates a zero-gravity environment much like what you have seen when astronauts are in space. Each session is about 60-90 minutes and can significantly minimize stress.
The following conditions have been known to improve by flotation therapy:
- Muscular pain
- High blood pressure
- Chronic pain
- Back pain
- Jet lag
- Post-natal depression
Why Flotation Therapy Works
Adequate sleep is essential to good health. Our bodies recuperate as we sleep and we recover from illness and even stress quicker. It’s amazing how rest has such a powerful effect has on our physical health and well-being.
Much like sleep, the relaxation we experience through flotation therapy also results in amazing benefits for our body and mind. Through flotation, we are put into a deep state of relaxation which relieves stress and pain. Our blood flow is stimulated, and natural endorphins are released into our body giving our brains a boost.
It only takes 15 minutes for us to enter the first stage of relaxation during flotation therapy. The remaining 45 minutes of the session pass effortlessly and almost too quickly for those who get lost in relaxation. You feel the benefits immediately though they continue well after you leave the tank to go on with the rest of your day. In fact, you’ll feel renewed and refreshed in the days to come.
We all have an innate inclination to relax when we float. Flotation therapy complements that with a very comfortable water temperature that promotes natural heat generation. The natural posture of the body when one floats allows the muscles to relax. This posture at the ideal temperature promotes the dilation of the blood vessels thus reducing blood pressure and maximizing blood circulation.
Furthermore, the Epsom salt in the water has therapeutic benefits as it balances any magnesium deficiencies we may have. And adequate magnesium levels in our body maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immunity, keeps our heart beat steady, and even helps our bones stay strong.
The Float Pod: Intro to Floating
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