How often do you feel content, relaxed and calm? Many people report feeling a greater sense of wellbeing when they incorporate regular floatation into their lifestyle.
And it makes sense from a theoretical perspective that floating would help improve your overall feeling of wellbeing. When you immerse yourself in sensory deprivation and isolate your brain from light and sound, the sympathetic nervous system (the part of our brain that keeps us alert and on guard) relaxes, allowing the parasympathetic nervous system (the part that helps us relax and be creative) take charge. This is where the magic happens, creating feelings of deep relaxation and calm, improving sleep, and encouraging the production of feel-good endorphins.
Flotation therapy was introduced in the 1950s by a neuroscientist looking to investigate the effects of sensory deprivation on the human consciousness. Since then, studies have been performed looking at the effects of flotation therapy on mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and PTSD, with promising results for regular floaters. Dopamine and other neurotransmitters are released during floatation, and studies show that the amygdala—the gland in the brain that initiates the fight or flight response—is reduced during floatation, helping to decrease stress and anxiety.
Flotation also helps individuals to reach deeper levels of meditation, relieve overactive minds, improve problem solving and increase creativity.
Physical pain is one of the most visible signs that our bodies are not well. When was the last time that everyday tasks became more difficult because of a sore back, a pulled muscle or an inflamed joint? Flotation is a simple and effective way to help our bodies rest and recover from athletic activity and chronic pain, such as arthritis. When you float, your body reaches a state of near-weightlessness that relieves pressure from joints. Thanks to the high concentration of Epsom Salts, it's the ideal environment to help muscles relax and to improve blood circulation.
On top of that, a 90-minute float can help reset your circadian rhythm, helping you to sleep better and get over jetlag, which is vital to letting your body naturally repair itself. It's an excellent way to kickstart the healing process and get your body feeling good again.