Exploring the Benefits of Flotation Therapy

Stress can lead to a number of health issues. That is why any therapy that leads to a meditative and relaxed state is considered good for the body and mind. You can receive this type of effect when you enrol in a session of flotation therapy.

Also called sensory deprivation, floating in a tank is a therapy that removes almost all sounds, sights, sensations, and smells, thereby relieving a host of ailments. People who partake in floating therapy report that they gain relief from the following conditions:

  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

In addition, some substance abuse users have reported that time spent in a sensory deprivation tank in Perth has given them a new lease on life. While you may think this type of cure-all is recent, floating tanks or sensory deprivation tanks were first used in Europe in the 1950s.

Getting Rid of Stress

To remove stress or pain, floaters who use sensory deprivation therapy float inside an isolation tank that eliminates all sensory sources. Floating is also referred to by the acronym of REST, or a restricted environmental stimulation technique.

A float tank is filled with water that is virtually the same temperature as the body of the floater. Epsom salts are also added to the tank. The salts are used to support the floating sensation, keeping the floater next to the water’s surface in total stillness and quiet. Because of the salts, floaters feel peaceful and tranquil, and exert no effort in staying afloat.

A Positive State of Being

The positive impact of REST cannot be understated. Not only does the practice lower the blood pressure, it also reduces the stress hormone cortisol and elevates a person’s feelings of happiness and well-being.

When floating takes place, the participants experience a reduced level of bodily distress syndrome (BDS). Definitively, BDS is a condition where negative responses take place in answer to a person’s high level of stress. Signs of BDS are related to such health problems as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

By getting inside a tank that induces sensory deprivation, a floater experiences a relaxation response (RR) that replaces the fight-or-flight response triggered by stress and anxiety. RR, in turn, is considered an effective remedy as it increases the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system while de-activating the sympathetic nervous system response. When floating is regularly practiced, it balances the hormonal system and immune system to reduce illness and anxiety.

As a result, a floater’s heart rate is lowered, normal breathing is restored, the digestion is normalised, and the blood pressure is reduced. This form of therapy does not require any music, illumination, guided meditation, or instructions. Participants only need to float to experience better mental and physical health.