Floating has been scientifically tested and researched around the world and has proven to bring about both stress reduction and relief from pain and insomnia. For an experience so simple and easy, floating brings about an extensive list of physical and mental benefits that last for hours, and even days after your float, including:
Deep, lasting relaxation
Floating naturally induces the body's deep relaxation response by reducing blood pressure and musculoskeletal tension, and increasing blood flow within the body. While you float, alpha waves associated with relaxation and meditation are released in the brain, which just makes you feel really, really calm!
Stress and Anxiety Relief
Floating also releases endorphins in the brain, which are responsible for those feel-good feelings that make you happy. Floating also suppresses the production of the stress hormone, Cortisol, which is primarily responsible for that fight or flight response that we so often feel in our daily lives that leaves us in a constant state of anxious tension. The experience of floating for 60 minutes also gives you the time needed to meditate and reflect on leading a more satisfying life.
Our bodies are designed to fight pain naturally through the release endorphins, which are very powerful chemical messengers in the brain that control many aspects of our bodies. While we do not have conscious control of these endorphins, we can encourage them to work for us, particularly through the experience of floating.
Floating automatically causes a state of profound relaxation that causes the brain to release the endorphins necessary to both lift our moods, and control pain. With no pressure points, movement, or muscular action needed, floating helps to kill pain safely and naturally, and encourages our bodies to undertake the repair processes needed to help us feel better in the long term.
Sleep is a natural and necessary part of our lives, but with all the distractions and time-commitments we endure daily, we often find it hard to get the restorative sleep necessary to help us manage stress, be productive, and maintain our physical health.
Stress plays a big part in sleep-related conditions, including insomnia. By releasing stress and tension, floating helps to curb that vicious cycle of sleep deprivation and the ensuing stress response, allowing us to feel rested enough to get the sleep we need.
Floating has also been proven to release the Prolactin hormone, which, in addition to being beneficial for fertility, is linked to sleep regulation.
Even one session is effective enough to break a pattern of bad sleep!
Injury & Illness Prevention
By increasing the flow of blood to all areas of your body, floating reduces the force of gravity and helps to accelerate the body's removal of lactic acid in the muscles, which encourages muscular relaxation and quicker healing and recovery time from injuries or overuse, and helps prevent future injuries from occurring. It also helps to increase the body's range of motion in skeletal joints which keeps us mobile and flexible, allowing us to participate in activities and sports we enjoy without fear of getting hurt.
Floating also boosts immune function by suppressing stress hormones and releasing endorphins, which leads to a stronger and healthier immune system.
A float tank contains a lot of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt), almost 800lbs worth, which makes it a perfect vehicle to help your body attain the magnesium it so badly needs. Studies show that magnesium is critical in body processes, and it is well known that we do not get our recommended daily intake of magnesium, leading to ailments like fatigue, weakness, and nausea, and contributing to other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, migraines, insomnia, muscle cramps, and much more.
Magnesium can be absorbed through the skin thanks to natural molecular diffusion, making floating an easy and natural way to eliminate the magnesium deficiencies that plague us.
Focus and Creativity
Floating induces theta-state brainwaves, as it does in meditative practices, which helps to increase the introspective abilities that lead to self-awareness, behavior modification, mental reprogramming, as well as visualization techniques that help induce and maintain the focus necessary to perform at your best. For athletes or public speakers, or for anyone who needs to mentally rehearse for an event, floating helps make these visualizations extremely powerful.
Floating also helps the left and right hemispheres of the brain communicate more efficiently, which reduces the left's analytical dominance and encourages the right's creative powers to emerge. This synchronization can induce elevated states of creativity, non-linear connections and deeper personal realizations.