benefits of floating

Benefits of Floatation Therapy as reported by researchers and routine users:

– Promotes total calm, peaceful relaxation
– Energizes, rejuvenates and revitalizes
– Alleviates mental and physical stress
– Eliminates fatigue and jet lag
– Improves quality of sleep
– Shifts brain waves from high to low frequency
– Stimulates left/right brain synchronization
– Increases creativity and problem solving
– Intensifies acuteness of all the senses
– Creates mental clarity and alertness
– Heightens visualization
– Accelerates learning
– Deepens meditation
– Expands awareness
– Facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions
– Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis
– Diminishes depression, anxiety and fear
– Increases motivation
– Helps prevent sports injuries and speeds the healing process
– Improves athletic performance
– Decreases production of Cortisol, ACTH, Lactic Acid and Adrenaline
– Relieves pain (arthritis, migraines, injuries, etc.)
– Increases production of endorphins
– Quickens rehabilitation and recovery
– Boosts immune function
– Reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption
– Improves circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients

Latest research

New research undertaken at the Human Performance Laboratory at Karlstad University by Swedish PhD, Sven-Ake Bood concludes that regular floatation sessions can provide significant relief for chronic stress related ailments. Studies involving 140 people with long-term conditions such as anxiety, stress, depression and fibromyalgia found that more than three quarters of the participants experienced noticeable improvements.

Mr. Bood commented: “Through relaxing in floating tanks, people with long-term fibromyalgia, for instance, or depression and anxiety felt substantially better after only 12 treatments.” Research targeted the effectiveness of floatation therapy with regard to stress related pain and anxiety over a period of seven weeks. 22% of the participants became entirely free of pain and 56% experienced clear improvement.

Broken down to various symptoms, the results were as follows: 23% slept better, 31% experienced reduced stress, 27% felt less agony and 24% became less depressed or were rid of their depression altogether. The research also confirmed the findings of an earlier thesis that floatation, after only twelve sessions, substantially improves sleep patterns, leaving users more optimistic and with reduced nervousness, tension and pain. “Relaxing in a weightless state, in the silent warmth of a flotation tank, activates the body’s own system for recuperation and healing,” said Sven-Ake Bood. What researchers found particularly gratifying was that the positive effects were still present 4 months after the floating treatment ended.