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.
- Expediting healing in broken bones
- Expediting healing in sprained joints
- Relief from back pain
- Relief from neck pain
- Spinal alignment
- Structural alignment Physical rehabilitation
- Lactic acid reduction
- Improved reaction time
- Physical recovery
- Injury recovery
Many centers have reported that pregnant woman are some of the most satisfied float customers.
By flipping onto the stomach, all the weight of the baby can be effectively removed from the mother’s body, a welcome relief in the 8th or 9th month.
We’ve also had women report deep levels of connection with their unborn children while floating in the tank.
The abundance of resources freed up while floating allows our body to reallocate that energy towards building up our defenses, giving us a nice boost of immunity during and after a float.
The benefits we receive from putting our bodies into a place of sensory relief is profound, and the following list is hardly exhaustive.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Apoplexy or stroke (related to hypertension)
- Coronary heart disease
- Ulcers Migraine or tension headaches
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
- Burn out syndrome
- Fertility issue
People with autism generally have a lot of trouble filtering the sensory information around them. While a healthy brain can simply ignore background noise, this is not the case with Autism.
Autistics are often overwhelmed by the world around them, which makes a float tank an especially relaxing environment.
This is only added to by how good Epsom salt is for Autistics.
Stress relief is incredibly effective at helping people sleep at night, including people with insomnia.
In addition to this, many people have trouble falling asleep because their brain has trouble downshifting from their Alpha waves into the Theta waves that act as the gateway to sleep.
By floating, people’s brainwaves are naturally dropping into this Theta state, meaning their body can easily make the transition into the Delta waves required for REM
Most physical addictions are a result of a certain drug becoming our brain’s main source of substantial dopamine release.
The float tank provides a natural source of substantial dopamine release in our brain.
There is both anecdotal and experimental evidence to support the enhanced creativity that the float tanks provide.
There are also lab studies showing increased skill at jazz improvisation, and other creatively taxing activities. Both technical skill, and overall depth and quality of creations rose in conjunction with floating.
Floating allows the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as our “rest-and-digest” system. This is where our body does many of its regulatory activities.
As you can imagine, our “rest-and-digest” system activates our metabolism, leading to weight loss.
In addition to this, when combined with motivational weight loss recordings played in the tank that attempt to influence people’s behavioral pattern, floaters were found to have continued weight loss for up to 6 months after a single session in the tank.
As subjective as this sounds, there is actually a psychological evaluation that attempts to quantify people’s general well being, which float tanks have been shown to dramatically improve.