Floatation therapy was first invented in the mid 1950's by neuro-scientist Dr. John Lilly in an effort to access a range of higher brain functions, meditation & healing. Although it has been around for more than 50 years, this womb-like experience has recently become more mainstream as a form of meditation practice. Although floating was invented in the United States, it has grown quickly over the past two decades in Europe. You can now easily float around the world.
So how exactly does one float? Simply by resting on a highly concentrated bed of epsom salt water (2000 pounds to be exact) just as warm as the temperature of your skin, helping you lose perception of where your body ends and the water begins. The salt water is more buoyant than the Dead Sea, allowing you to feel completely weightless. It’s a temporary escape from gravity giving your body an opportunity to relax and recharge like no other.
One of our favorite offerings at SUMMUS is the Float Spa. Its nearly countless benefits to the mind, body, and spirit make it one of the most effective avenues to complete wellness. We’ve managed to squeeze what we think are the best perks of floatation therapy into 10 reasons why it can improve your life.
Deep Relaxation. Floating is based on a scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique or R.E.S.T. for short.
Floating in a floatation tank triggers a deep relaxation response, much deeper than normal sleep. It enables us to drift into the elusive theta state, which for many is hard to achieve.
Enhances Athletic Performance. If you work out regularly, floating is especially beneficial as it is highly effective for recovery after strenuous athletic training. Studies have shown that floating reduces buildup of lactic acid, cortisol levels (stress hormones) and adrenalin, rapidly alleviates fatigue, improves blood flow and helps prevent sports injuries.
Heightens Creativity. Floatation is said to enhance creativity and performance in a manner similar to that of sleep or meditation. Research has shown that during resting states the brain repeatedly rehearses newly learned skills and consolidates recently acquired knowledge for long-term storage. Creative geniuses like John Lennon, Peter Gabriel and Robin Williams used the power of floatation to enhance their own creativity.
Limits distraction. In daily life, you are in an environment where you must process tons of information and handle external distractions all at the same time. For example: Driving your car, answering the phone, responding to emails, taking care of the kids, etc. Life is constantly happening...and never stops. Floating gives you an environment that contains no distractions. You no longer need to take-in information, creating one of the most relaxing experiences the body can feel.
Strengthens Immune System. When stress becomes chronic, it creates the perfect breeding ground for many serious illnesses like cancer and heart disease. Recent studies suggest that floating dramatically improves the immune system simply by accessing a meditative-like state. Meditation has been shown to calm the nervous system and in turn reduce anxiety, worry, and stress.
Relaxes the Cardiovascular System. Floating has been found to reliably reduce blood pressure to healthy levels without the use of medicines or invasive medical treatments. As you float, your blood pressure naturally decreases and red blood cell distribution increases. Your blood vessels relax as you do, improving circulation and reducing blood pressure and heart rate.
Reduces Pain & Tension. Without the pressure of gravity, your body is able to access a relaxation and expansion of the space between joints, enabling better blood flow that will improve all kind of pain & tension. This applies for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic injuries, chronic degenerative problems like osteoarthritis, chronic/acute pain of neck, shoulders, and lower back. It also helps conditions such as fibromyalgia, tendonitis, bursitis, etc.
Slows Brain Wave Frequency. The human brain has four distinct brainwave patterns, which are associated with four distinct states of consciousness. These are beta, alpha, theta, and delta. The theta state is very low frequency of brain activity that is just above the threshold of consciousness. It is associated with deep mental processes, creativity, inspiration, and illumination. Although we fleetingly pass through the theta state as we fall asleep at night and again as we wake up in the morning, it is nearly impossible to enter this state at will and remain in it without falling asleep. One of the unique benefits of floating is that after 10 to 20 minutes, theta becomes the predominant level of brain activity, and remains so for the duration of the float session. The brain-state associated with floating - where the whole brain is balanced, synchronized, and resonating at the theta level - is something very unique.
Improves Sleep Cycles. Floatation therapy helps to mentally de-stress making it easier for the brain to shift into theta state, the gateway to sleep. While prolonged sleep is usually not possible in a float tank, regular floating allows people to sleep better during the night.
Enhances Meditation Practice. With no distractions, the body and mind will find it much easier to relax into a meditative state. Within as little as 15 minutes, floating can induce a meditative state equal to that of a skilled mediator with many years of experience.
There are all sorts of more reasons to float, but floating regularly is the best way of getting even more of the results you want. You’ll be a healthier, more relaxed, less stressed, better performing version of yourself....And it couldn’t be simpler than laying down and letting the water do the work.
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