Magnesium sulfate is a mineral that nearly everyone is deficient in. When you float in a floatation tank, your body absorbs these minerals and your body’s magnesium and sulfate levels increase. This helps to calm your nervous system and enhances your body’s natural ability to heal. Deep states of meditation and imaginative ideas have been widely experienced by Floaters around the world. This modality can become apart of a routine practice in your life to reset, transform and create momentum in whatever your life brings afterwards.
This state of deep relaxation that you enter when floating helps to reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels. Blood flow is stimulated and endorphins are released. Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that reduce feelings of pain and trigger positive feelings. The extreme buoyancy that individuals experience when floating is essentially like experiencing anti-gravity. This allows those with joint or muscle pain much needed relief that they cannot get otherwise. The combination of weightlessness, water temperature, increased blood flow, and endorphins provides relief from migraines as well. Floating can can also improve athletic performance by reducing recovery time between intense workouts. This helps athletes as they reenter training regiments and conditioning programs.
Floatation therapy has been shown to enhance performance in general. Several studies by Peter Suedfeld of University of British Columbia and Arreed Barabasz of Washington State University show enhancement in human performance of activities like scientific creativity, problem-solving and piano performance. Studies have shown that floatation therapy can even help with depression. The endorphins released during a float last beyond the float session itself.
Although Pregnant women should get an okay from their doctor before participating, they can also benefit from this therapy in several ways. Floating relieves pressure from feet and back and offers an escape from the added weight and strain from carrying a baby. Floating can also help mothers-to-be create a symbiotic sense of connection with their babies. Some women see similarities between floating and the womb—which deepens their connection to their unborn baby.
Floatation therapy has also been proven beneficial for the following:
Insomnia and sleep problems
Tendency towards diabetes
Floatation therapy does require multiple sessions to fully become comfortable and deepen in these benefits. Floating can truly be helpful at managing or improving many conditions, but please always consult your physician about any medical or psychological concerns you are having beforehand.