The Benefits Of Floating
Benefits Of Gravity Reduction
The Feeling Of Not Feeling
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.
Pain Relief & Injury Recovery
Less Pain, More Healing
- Expediting healing in broken bones
- Expediting healing in sprained joints
- Relief from back pain
- Relief from neck pain
- Spinal alignment
- Structural alignment
- Physical rehabilitation
Less Disease, More Health
- Fibromyalgia - What’s uniquely exciting about this relief from Fibromyalgia that it’s a condition that currently has very few known remedies. A recent pilot study with Fibromyalgia patients found a significant decrease in pain both from the beginning to the end of a float, and from float session to float session.
Train Harder and Faster
Float tanks have huge implications for athletics, mostly stemming from the fact that you can actually train your body harder and faster with the use of a float tank. This means that anything from gyms, to private trainers, to high level athletes could benefit from floating.
- Lactic acid reduction
- Improved reaction time
- Physical recovery - Our bodies can physically rest up to 4 times faster in a float tank than in a bed. REM cycles are not expedited (so you can’t decrease the amount of time you need to sleep at night), but expedited physical rest can mean a lot to people who are training their bodies. Doing an upper body workout usually requires letting your upper body rest for 48 hours before it will be beneficial to work that same part of the body again. With a float tank, an athlete can simply float after their upper body workout, and then get right back to it the next day.
- Injury recovery - Injuries have been shown to heal up to twice as fast while floating, with a gradually diminishing effect for several days after. This can bring sports players back onto the field faster, and is an ideal treatment to coincide with many forms of physical rehabilitation.
- Injury prevention - Many injuries are a result of stress and tension in the body during the moment of injury. Floating encourages a relaxed physicality that helps prevent injuries from occurring.
- Visualization - Even without a float tank, visualization can actually build muscle memory at about 70% the efficiency of actually physically practicing a skill. This is thanks to mirror neurons, one of our brains vital learning mechanisms. Being in the tank provides the ideal environment to take advantage of visualization techniques, increasing this learning efficiency. (See Superlearning)
Even The Baby Likes It
Many other float spas 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.
Strengthened Immune System
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 mind is a powerful thing, and when you turn down the noise, it can focus on you.