Floating weightlessly in a space void of light and sound while depriving all the senses is the true definition of relaxation. And, no, you’re not in outer space. You’re in a float tank and you absolutely love it. If you’ve never experienced float therapy, you may be skeptical about the sensory depriving technique. However, float therapy can provide both the mind and body a number of health benefits.
What exactly is Float Therapy?
The first float tank was created in the 1950’s, but is now being made more popular in the main stream media by floaters such as Steph Curry and Joe Rogan. Float therapy involves floating in twelve inches of skin temperate water that has been supersaturated with dissolved Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate). The high concentration of salt allows the body to float effortlessly.
The main component of float therapy is to isolation all the senses. A float therapy session occurs in a float tank or isolation chamber that is designed to eliminate all stimuli, including light and sound, smell and even touch. It can be hard to imagine that floating around in the dark in twelve inches of salt water could provide health benefits, but indeed it does. A float session can be described as “going back into the womb”, to be perfectly cozy, supported, and isolated. Below arethe descriptions of the most useful benefits of float therapy.
The Top 5 Most Useful Benefits of Float Therapy
1. Reduce Stress
Stress has been linked to a number of illnesses, such as obesity, heart disease, and a number of gastrointestinal conditions. Reducing stress is one of the greatest benefits that float therapy can provide. Floating allows you to relax fully in the calming, serene environment that can found in a float tank. Without distractions your stress just floats away.
2. Pain Relief
For many years, people have soaked in Epsom salts to reduce pain and swelling. Float therapy greatly magnifies the Epsom salt bath and thus its healing properties. Professional athletes swear by the healing effects of float therapy on sports injuries and claim that it even reduces recovery time.
3. Sleep Regulation
Float therapy can help with your sleep quality. If you suffer from insomnia or have trouble falling asleep, float therapy can help you get a better nights rest. The dark, soundproof environment of a float tank or float chamber is like sleep practice for the brain.
4. Magnesium Absorption
Magnesium is an element that is essential to many bodily functions and systems. During a float session, magnesium is naturally absorbed into the body through the skin.
The positive benefits of meditation are well documented. The practice has been used for centuries as a tool for relaxation, self-improvement and spiritual growth. Float Therapy allows the body to enter into a deep meditative state with relative ease. Also, it’s easier for you to remain in this state because the mind and body are free of distractions, such as noise, technology, and even gravity. To read more about the benefits of mediation and float therapy check out our blog on 10 tip for using Float Therapy for Meditation.
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