Five Reasons Why Floating Is a Good Idea
While the concept behind floatation therapy is not new, it’s taken as long as 50 years for it to pave its way into mainstream society.
While the concept behind floatation therapy is not new, it’s taken as long as 50 years for it to pave its way into mainstream society. Initially called isolation tanks or sensory deprivation tanks, Floatation-REST tanks are now the technical term for the fibreglass tanks containing body-temperature water saturated with Epsom salts. They are used to help individuals reach deep levels of relaxation and peace.
Reap the Benefits from Relaxation
While there’s something satisfying about leading a busy lifestyle, every now and then it’s important to break away from habit. Floatation Tank Therapy can assist in challenging routine and delivering a completely new experience. The levels of magnesium in the Epsom salt help to ease relax muscles, ease lower back pain, increase circulation and lower blood pressure. The relaxation benefits also come from the combined impact of the water and weightlessness. Collectively, these result in a state of relaxation that many may struggle to reach on a day to day basis.
The pain reducing qualities of using a floatation tank have been proven. The National Library of Medicine, for example, studied 37 participants suffering from chronic pain. Aching muscles in the neck and back area were common areas of pain within this group. The results indicated that the most severe perceived pain intensity was significantly reduced by using Floatation Tank Therapy. Furthermore, the relaxed state that participants experienced were reached through the elimination of external stimuli. Floatation Tank Therapy allows the individual to enter a state that is similar to meditation, which helps to reduce tensions held in areas such as the shoulders, neck and back.
Improve Sleep Patterns
Between processing what happened during the day and trying to slow down thoughts that enter the head, sleep just doesn’t come sometimes. Regular float sessions help regulate sleep patterns, allowing individuals to sleep better during the night. For those who suffer from insomnia, or have restless nights, Floatation Tank Therapy can be a good solution. The high concentration of Epsom salts in the water of a floatation tank can assist in regulating important minerals in the body. These minerals include calcium, potassium and sodium, which combine to incite a better night’s sleep.
Improve Athletic Performance and Recovery
A float tank can help in loosening the muscles of sportspeople, putting them in better control of their nervous systems. From the perspective of mental clarity, floating can help offer a space of sensory solitude, encouraging athletes to switch off from external distractions. For years the Australian Institute for Sport (AIS) has been exploring ways that regular floating might help professional athletes succeed in their sport. US basketball icon Stephen Curry stated that Floatation-REST tanks are of the only places where he can really switch off from all the noise and distractions that go hand in hand with his profession. Stephen swears by Floatation Tank Therapy to recharge and refresh and ‘floats’ every fortnight.
A Digital Detox
The idea of floating in complete silence and serenity forces individuals to switch off. While smoking, alcohol or too much sugar are often hailed as bad toxins that should be consumed in moderation or not at all, an addiction to digital technology doesn’t seem to get the same bad wrap. Floating can be a good way to digitally detox. Regular use of a Floatation-REST tank can be a good reason to put down the phone and simultaneously alleviate the effects of withdrawing.