The benefits of floatation therapy
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Floatation therapy is such a simple idea that some of the benefits seem too
good to be true. But they are real and scientific research has validated
the health giving and performance enhancing effects.
It is well known that relaxing sleep in bed is essential to good health and
often the best way to recover from stress and illness. Our bodies have
amazing powers of recuperation and we just need the chance to relax to let
these powers work.
Floating in a flotation therapy tank is even more relaxing. The deep
relaxation state achieved allows the body to recover from stress. Pain is
relieved. Blood flow is stimulated through all the tissues, natural
endorphins are released, the brain gives out alpha waves associated with relaxation
and meditation. It feels good.
Usually it takes perhaps fifteen minutes to enter the first deep stage of
relaxation, and the remaining 45 minutes of a typical hour-long session seem to
pass quickly and effortlessly. The benefits begin during this stage but
continue after you leave the tank and for the rest of the day, and the next
day, your body and mind feel refreshed.
Controlled tests have shown that athletic performance is improved by floating
before an event. The quality of creative work is improved by floating
before working. Students are able to remember facts and to concentrate
better after floating. Chronic joint pain such as in arthritis is often
relieved for prolonged periods after floating. People with
"jet-lag" and stress or anxiety, express feelings of relief and
improvement. They state that three hours in a float tank is worth a whole
These are not isolated individual cases, almost everyone finds floating to be a
marvellous experience. Who are the exceptions? It seems that
clinically depressed people or those with some forms of schizophrenia do not
Here's just one example of a controlled experiment. At Ohio
in the USA,
Professor T. Fine has been assessing float tanks for many years. He took
a group of postgraduate students who were all expert competitive rifle target
shooters. Their performance was measured by their target scores.
Randomly divided, one half of the group floated for one hour before an event
while the other half enjoyed quiet, dark, bed rest for the same period.
The floaters performed significantly better both when compared with the bed
rest group and with their own previous scores.
Many such studies have shown that floating is more effective than bed rest and
"dry-floating" in such direct comparisons.
It has also been found that it is possible to learn effectively while
floating. Positive suggestion using tapes designed to help people give up
smoking, or to become more confident at work, give better results when played
to floaters. Language learning and general problem solving are performed
better while floating.
Detailed work on brain waves and body chemistry confirm that these are real
physiological effects, due to the floating experience.
Some people take the chance to day dream and can enter wonderful vivid dream
states in the same way as adept meditators with many years experience.
Floating to relaxation is a simpler and much quicker technique. The
development of the float tank has proved to be a major advance in the progress
of human consciousness.