15 Jul 6 Reasons Why You Should Float
Above all else, float tanks are a fantastic form of therapy, whether that be for physical or mental, relief. People rely on float therapy for a number of different reasons and the experience can often be unique. No matter what your expectations are going in, you are sure to benefit in one way or another.
Float tanks are able to override our sympathetic nervous system (which is responsible for producing a fight or flight response when active) with our parasympathetic one. It’s this latter system that is responsible for relaxation, healing and replenishment. As a result, floaters are provided a comprehensive sense of calm and a decreased level of anxiety and stress.
Float therapy can help with practically any form of pain, including: rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle/joint tension, headaches, back injury and autoimmune disorders. These findings are supported by research done by Thomas H. Fine, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Medical College of Ohio, and Roderick A Borrie, Ph.D., clinical psychologist at South Oaks Hospital, Amityville, New York.
They found that on average, float therapy can reduce pain by 31.3%, with the highest rate of relief in the upper back.
We touched on this in our previous post, but it’s worth mentioning again. Thanks to a considerable amount of Epsom salt dissolved in the water, magnesium is absorbed through the skin, positively impacting the floater.
Magnesium can help prevent a long list of afflictions, including: cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, as well as menopause and PMS symptoms.
Considering that the average person is said to have a magnesium deficiency (80% of all Americans, and according to Health Canada, 43% of Canadians as well), this is a huge benefit.
Research has shown that floating can increase hemisphere synchronization between the right and left lobes of the brain. The reason this is interesting is because such a sync can cause elevated conditions of creativity and deeper thought.
Floating’s ability to eliminate all distraction means it’s an effective tool to reflect on one’s various patterns of behavior. By being able to focus in on bad habits, one can essentially encourage themselves to be better. In fact, studies have shown a direct correlation between being able to kick a habit (such as smoking, overeating, depressed thoughts) and float therapy.
Float therapy can improve your sleeping habits in one of two ways. First, as a stress-management tool, many people have reported that their ability to fall asleep has improved dramatically after time spent in a tank.
And second, because a single session in a float tank will oftentimes feel much longer than it actually is, the experience is extremely invigorating. Whether you’ve been up all night, are taking care of a crying baby, or can’t seem to get in a wink, floating will allow you tof catch up on sleep.
These are only some of the benefits associated with float tanks and float therapy. For more information on why people float, take a look at our full list of benefits.