Benefits for the Body
Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate while lowering the levels of stress-related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches experience relief as floating helps blood circulation. Sports performance and recovery are also enhanced by floating. It compliments many other rehabilitation therapies.
Floating can also reduce pain and discomfort associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, premenstrual syndrome, and pregnancy. “[P]atients experienced a decrease in pain areas by 48% as a result of the treatment and maintained at the same level after the 4 months with no treatment.” (Sven A. Bood, 2006)
Floating has been found to decrease hormones that are directly associated with stress, such as Cortisol, ACTH and epinephrine. In addition, the decreases in stress hormones and blood pressure appear to be maintained after repeated sessions. (Turner & Fine, 1983)
Benefits for the Mind
During a float you produce slower brain-waves patterns, known as theta and delta waves, that are normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep.
Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Because of these effects, floating is used in the treatment of depression, PSTD, and addictions, including smoking and alcohol.
Quantum Consulting offers workshops and consulting services for anyone who wishes to have a practical understanding of their own thinking machinery and how to maximize the amount of circuitry and energy available to accomplish their personal and professional goals.
Is floating successful for everyone?
Floating, as with other things, doesn’t suit everybody. It needs willingness on your part to let go and see what happens, and you may need to float a few times before you are able to relax completely, both physically and mentally. Depending on your own journey through life, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation, or a profound healing experience, emotionally and spiritually transforming. Floating can be a wonderful aid, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels of thought at which real changes take place.
Research on Floating
- Effects of Flotation-REST on Muscle Tension Pain
- Penn State University R.E.S.T research compilation
- Beneficial Effects of Treatment in Sensory Deprivation Tank as a Preventive Health-care Intervention (Kjellgren, Sundequist, Norlander & Archer)
- Health and Therapeutic application of R.E.S.T (Suedfel and Borrie)