Sensory Deprivation Float Tank

If you saw Emma Stone in Altered States, chances are you may have come across sensory deprivation float tanks, an increasingly popular wellness trend.

Modern life can often be overwhelming and cause anxiety or stress. Floating helps relieve these effects by providing a relaxing state of mind and improved physical wellbeing.

What Is A Sensory Deprivation Float Tank?

A float tank is a dark, soundproof chamber filled with body temperature water and Epsom salt, designed to allow users to completely relax by eliminating external stimuli like sound and light while in the water. Magnesium Sulfate (commonly referred to as Epsom salt) creates buoyancy during your float session which enables deep state relaxation.

Flotation therapy allows your mind and body to take a much-needed rest from constant stimulation, creating an experience of mental detox and deep relaxation that can ease anxiety, stress and tension. Furthermore, flotation-REST (the technical name for flotation therapy) may reduce pain levels while improving sleep patterns and heart health.

There are numerous reasons to try float therapy, including its ability to ease back and neck pain as well as other chronic ailments. Studies have demonstrated how floating can alleviate symptoms while helping your muscles relax.  This may help prevent further flare-ups of pain by relaxing them further. Furthermore, its relaxing effects help lower cortisol levels linked with inflammation and chronic discomfort.

While purchasing and maintaining a float tank can be expensive, renting one may be more economical. There are various companies offering affordable float services.  Finding one to meet your specific needs will depend on various criteria such as location, price, and experience.

Before using a float tank, it’s important to assess your personal comfort level and potential hygiene issues, such as moldy tanks or offensive smells. If you decide to try one out, be sure to visit a facility with an excellent reputation and positive reviews if that’s your decision.

Flotation therapy has been shown to increase creativity, sharpen focus and attention span, and promote better sleep. Overall, floating can help you meet your personal goals and lead a happier life.  

What Is Float Therapy?

Floatation tank therapy (or REST as it is commonly known) involves lying on your back in a pod filled with water while listening to music or relaxing audio tones. This therapy has become increasingly popular as it provides a stress-reducer and mind expander, relieving pain, improving sleep quality and helping those dealing with chronic stress or tension cope with symptoms more effectively. Furthermore, it may increase creativity and boost morale in your professional and personal life.

John C. Lilly, a neuroscientist who wanted to eliminate external stimuli during his experiments, discovered that immersing himself in water provided a way to completely turn off his senses and study how the brain worked.

Floating tanks have since been perfected and can now be found at some spas, resorts and private pools. These large circular tanks filled with water and Epsom salt allow users to enter with either their bathing suit on or naked, depending on personal preference. Many tanks also include intercom systems so they can alert someone if they become afraid or uncomfortable while floating.

Sensory deprivation tanks place you completely alone with your thoughts, something which may be uncomfortable for some. However, they should be avoided if you have any phobias with floating in water or enclosed spaces.

Flotation tanks are often used as a form of relief from migraines, which are severe head pains that often cause nausea and vomiting. Flotation tank therapy may relax the muscles in your head to stop migraines before they occur.  Floating may reduce cortisol levels, an indicator of stress hormone production.

How Does Float Therapy Work?

The soothing environment of a float tank helps reduce physical pain while relaxing the body, but studies also demonstrate its beneficial effect on mental health by inducing a state of meditative trance. This is important considering how many people experience stress and anxiety due to daily life factors like work and family issues.

Stress has long been known to suppress immunity, leading to more illnesses and poorer health outcomes. Floating can reduce this impact by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for relaxation and rest.  This activation may aid with blood pressure reduction and lower corisol levels.

Floatation alters your brain waves to shift from alpha and beta into the slower, deeper theta waves that typically occur just prior to sleep and wakefulness.  These waves have been linked with creativity, problem solving and feelings of well-being. Athletes often use float tanks for recovery, as endorphin releases may help to alleviate pain, while encouraging healing.

Although float tanks may not be right for everyone, particularly those suffering uncontrolled seizures, most individuals can safely utilize one provided they are properly prepared. First-time users should spend some time learning more about its benefits and making the most out of their session.  Potential users are encouraged to speak to their health care professional to determine if they can handle the confinement nature of the therapy.

Float therapy sessions can be done as often as desired, though experts typically advise two to three sessions each week. Following each float session, experts advise taking a shower afterward to rinse off the salt water.  Epsom salts contain magnesium, and you should consider how this absorption may affect your body.

Benefits Of Float Therapy?

Flotation therapy offers many physical and psychological advantages, from relieving chronic joint and bone pain to increasing focus and productivity, according to integrative medicine specialist Irina Todorov. She attributes this effect to endorphins released during and following sessions in a floating tank.

Float tanks can also help improve sleep quality. A lack of quality restful restful sleep is an increasing problem and has serious repercussions for health, so providing a quiet, low-stress environment that’s free from light, sound, and touch may provide more restful restful rest overall. In turn this reduces stress, calms nerves, improves mood and results in more restful rest overall resulting in greater restful restfulness for you.

Float tanks have the power to reduce anxiety and depression by decreasing sympathetic nervous system activation (“fight or flight”) while simultaneously increasing parasympathetic activity (“rest and digest” response). Furthermore, floating helps decrease anxiety by lowering heart rate, blood pressure, and slowing breathing.  This may lead to a reduction in heart rates, blood pressure, breathing rate, and overall stress levels, as well as the possibly of more restful sleep.

As soon as you step inside a float tank, you will be immersed in water that contains just enough saltiness to give an almost weightless sensation. Plus, Epsom salt-infused water helps soothe sore muscles and promote flexibility, ideal for arthritis sufferers, muscle injuries, or any other aches and pains.

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