Floatation tanks or sensory deprivation as some may choose to call it have actually come a long way from being some ridiculous idea that only hippies pursued to being one of the most intriguing medical phenomenon that millions of people are vouching for.
The positive health benefits of floatation tank therapy have been proven to be real and the fact that it is beneficial to more than just a single ailment has made the sensory deprivation tank a sensation in medical circles as results poured in on the ability of these ‘setups’ to influence the physical and mental aspects of individuals who subject themselves to floatation therapy once or twice a week.
According to researchers who have conducted clinical trials over a period of a decade ‘floatation REST’ based on scientific constructs provide unique benefits towards a variety of physical and mental health related issues including ADHD, stress, addiction, fibromyalgia, gout, chronic headaches or pains apart from improving learning ability, relieving pregnancy related pains and enhancing creativity levels significantly.
Among the more relevant uses of floatation therapy that supports other health related issues is the ability of floatation therapy in keeping stress levels at bay which allows the body to naturally heal faster and heighten the level of concentration which is beneficial to the overall health of a person.
How exactly floatation tank sessions work or the mechanics that enables it to provide relief or reprieve from what people suffer from is actually very simple. As most of us already know about the powers of the brain, floatation therapy actually releases our brain from its normal routine of being constantly alert and its engagement with external stimuli such as temperature, gravity, sound, sight and smell due to the environment within the floatation pods.
These pods simply remove these external stimuli as the individual inside the pod does not hear, see or feel any variances in temperature as the solution that they lie in is heated up to skin temperature and the high salinity of the water prevents them from sinking thus removing the effects of gravity. This situation provides the brain the ‘break that it needs to redirect its enormous processing power inwards which allows the body to ‘repair’ or re-set a wide range of ‘balances’.
What they have come to discover is that floatation therapy places the entire physical state of the body in a meditative state by re-levelling the frequency of the brain to a lower state that is usually only achievable via the art of meditation which takes years, hence, in other words, floatation therapy is a short cut towards achieving mental states of seasoned yoga practitioners who in general enjoy better health than the average person.
Other significant observations in clinical trials during floatation therapy is the fact that it enhances the ability of the brain to produce natural ‘feel good’ drugs such as endorphins and dopamine that are critical in ensuring an individual’s ability to decipher his or her surroundings in a positive manner following each therapy session. This is the primary reason behind the fact that athletes have become among the biggest proponents of floatation therapy.
Popular NBA, track and field and soccer stars have openly acknowledged the fact that they use floatation therapy when they need to recover from injuries sustained during athletic meets, according to them, floatation therapy assists them to recover faster in comparison to conventional medical treatment.
Based on all these findings, one thing that is undeniable about floatation therapy is the fact that it works and how it works becomes a secondary issue to most people.