What is Floatation Therapy or Sensory Deprivation?
Floatation therapy, or Sensory Deprivation, is not a new concept. It was first developed in the 1950’s and has actually been practiced for decades in many different forms. Floatation therapy, also known as REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), is a method for achieving very deep relaxation. This is achieved by spending an hour, or even more, in a float tank, silently lying in darkness, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt.
The benefits of Floatation Therapy have different effects. You might experience the benefits during the flotation session, or you may actually feel the benefits for an extended period of time after the session. The deprivation tank creates an environment where you can achieve a pure state of sensory relaxation. Your body is released from all the normal sensory distractions, enabling you to achieve a feeling of weightlessness and the feeling you are floating in space. Sounds like a great way of relaxing, right?
The key components of the floating process are the Epsom salts, weightlessness and meditation. Let’s have a look at each of the components and its benefits.
act as an exfoliate and is fantastic for hair, skin, and nails. They also help to improve blood circulation. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin, while the sulfate naturally detoxifies the body by removing toxins and heavy metals. Epsom salts also assist with joint pain and help to relieve stress by naturally relaxing the body.
is achieved by eliminating all weight and tension. In this state, there are no pressure points on your body. Subsequently, this can provide up to 100% pain relief. Weightlessness is achieved by placing 500 kilograms of Epsom salt in about 750 litres of water.
This creates a 30% salt solution which enables the body to float at the top of the water in an anti-gravity environment. This allows the body to undergo the same regeneration process that occurs during your sleep. Lactic acid is drained from your muscles, which reduces soreness and recovery time. This process can also help your spine to naturally straighten and elongate.
can also be achieved through this process. As a result of floatation therapy, the brain can reach the theta brain-wave state. This is the state that triggers a deep sleep and also induces dreaming. However, it is said that floating can achieve such a deep state of relaxation that it can be even more beneficial than sleeping.
The water is heated to skin temperature which basically eliminates all sensations. This really can make you feel like you are floating on a cloud. In the space of just one hour of being alone, in this meditative state, you will feel refreshed and stress-free. It can even lead to greater mental creativity.
Who is Floatation Therapy for?
Floatation Therapy is suited for anybody that suffers from just about any physical or mental condition that would normally require some form of standard therapy.This could be a physical injury, pain from a heavy workload, athletic recovery, arthritis sufferers, stress, anxiety, hypertension and even sleep deprivation.
So there we have it, an alternative therapy that offers a safe and natural approach to both the body and the mind. If you have become accustomed to the usual medicines or therapies that are so commonly recommended in today’s society, then you should consider Floatation Therapy.