More Floating Benefits
What’s truly impressive about float tanks is that almost every one of these benefits lasts for several days past the float itself. The longer and the more often the float tank is used the stronger the effects become, the longer they last, and the better off someone is when they come in to float again.
This creates a positive spiral of recovery and health that simply works to reinforce itself, giving people a path and a means towards a better life.
The following information is taken from over 200 research articles containing both lab experiments and case studies, published between the 1960’s and the present.
Gravity Reduction Benefits
The density of the salt water puts the floater in an environment where approximately 80%
of the gravity we usually feel is no longer affecting our body.
We use a large portion of our mental and physical resources counteracting the force of gravity on a moment to moment basis, and the relief of this effort leaves our body with a surplus of energy and processing power at its disposal.
When left with this abundance, our body spends its efforts on resting, recuperating, and healing anything that needs attention. In addition to this, the gravity-reduced environment allows our body to decompress, especially throughout the joints and the spinal column. It is the combination of these elements that creates the following benefits.
Sensory Deprivation Benefits
We live in a world that is overbrimming with sensory stimulation. Our brains take in this information and look for warnings of potential danger. This was an efficient system when the only fast moving objects around us were lions pouncing out of bushes to attack. However, our modern world of blinking advertisements, speeding cars, and honking buses overwhelm this system. Our fight-or-flight response is con- stantly firing, creating unwarranted levels of emotional and physical stress.
When you’re in a float tank this system is at rest. Our brains look for sights and sounds for warnings, but there are none. The float tank gives us a feeling of safety and comfort that is unparalleled by any other environment. Our fight-or-flight regulates many of the hormones associated with stress, including adrenaline and cortisol. When our fight-or-flight goes dormant, the production of these hormones drops lower and lower, allowing us to relax on a biological level. In response to feeling safe and relaxed, our brains start pumping out dopamine, a neurochemical our body uses to reward us with pleasure, encouraging us to repeat the actions that got us to this state.
This relaxation also acts to downshift the frequency of our brainwaves. Humans spend most of their waking day in the what’s known as the Beta and Alpha brainwave states. These are very high frequency brainwaves that are associated with high-functioning logical thinking and action. We use these states to help us monitor our surroundings and react quickly to incoming danger. As we sink into our REM sleep, we use our lowest frequency brainwaves, putting us into what’s known as the Delta state. In between these two extremes is the Theta state. These are brainwaves that have a frequency of 4-8 Hz, and are experienced briefly every night as we drift off into sleep, and every morning as we come back to waking.
The float tank gives us an extended period of time in the Theta state. This is not something most people are accustomed to experiencing on a regular basis. Practiced meditation is one place that people can find long periods of Theta. Peak performance during vigorous athletic activity is another (e.g. Runner’s High). We also all basically live in the Theta state when we’re children. From ages 2 to 6 our primary mental activity is done in Theta. Many people have flashbacks to early childhood memories in the float tank as a result of this.
Theta waves are generated primarily from the right hemisphere of our brain. Because of this, float tanks are amazing at enhancing our right hemispheric activities, such as creativity, inspiration, and non-linear thought. Our usually dominant left hemisphere (responsible for things like fight-or-flight, spatial reasoning, our language center, our physical connection with our body) falls into the background. This allows people to let that inner-monologue in their head go quiet (a significant relief to most “Type A” personalities), and allows them to have out of body experiences. From the research that has been done, scientists have come to know the Theta state as a place of healing, rest, and emotional rejuvenation.
Epson Salt Benefits
Epson Salt is Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate (MgSO4 7H2O) It is most commonly mined from the earth, and needs to be processed and have water bonded to it (the 7H2O) before it’s ready for modern day consumer use.
People have been taking Epsom salt baths for centuries, and its restorative properties have been passed down from generation to generation.
We absorb Epsom salt wonderfully through our skin. In fact, our absorption of both Magnesium and Sulfates are significantly higher when soaked through the skin rather than ingested.
It also allows these elements to bypass our digestive track, which both saves us energy and is especially important in helping our body process sulfates well. Besides it’s naturally relaxing effect, we use both Magnesium and Sulfates for literally hundreds of uses throughout our body.