So, What Does Science Say?
It’s not enough for us to tell you how great floating is, so what does science say about floating? The following theories are taken from ‘The Book of Floating - Exploring the Private Sea’:
Anti-gravity theory – the buoyancy provided by the dense Epsom salt solution eliminates the body’s specific gravity and brings the floater close to an experience of total weightlessness.
Brain wave theory – floating increases the production of theta brain waves, which are accompanied by vivid memories, sudden insights, creative inspiration and feelings of serenity.
Left brain/right brain theory – recent research indicates that floating increases right brain function, by tuning out the external stimuli and plunging us into literal and figurative darkness.
Neurochemical theory – tests indicate that floating increased the secretion of endorphins and at the same time it reduces levels of several stress-related neurochemicals.
But that’s not all; since the idea of float therapy began back in the 1950's, various studies have been undertaken, in an attempt to truly understand the effects and benefits.
Studies have revealed that by removing human senses for brief periods of time by eliminating external stimuli, an individual’s central nervous system’s processes are condensed or reduce by a staggering 90% and this significant reduction allows individuals to draw their energy inwards which is also regarded as a parasympathetic response. This response is the method through which the human body naturally rejuvenates itself as it attempts to achieve internal metabolic and chemical balance.
Studies have also found individuals floating in a floatation tank trigger a deep relaxation response that is more intense than normal sleep due to the fact that these tanks allow those floating in it to glide into the elusive Theta State which in most case scenarios is very difficult to achieve.
Therefore, whilst float therapy is a relatively simple concept, the benefits remain incredible.
According to scientists, floatation tanks are beneficial mentally and physically by improving sleep, alleviating stress, re-energising, rejuvenating and revitalising individuals by promotion total clam and increasing the duration of peaceful relaxation.