People float for so many reasons. Relaxation, stress relief, pain relief, treatment of swellings, focus for olympic competition, meditation, benefits of Theta Brain Wave State, super learning, decision making, and creativity enhancement. These benefits have been demonstrated in studies in America and Sweden.
Apart from general relaxation, floatation therapy has been shown both anecdotally and in controlled studies to reduce or eliminate acute pain. The pain relief can be permanent after one session. The reduction of chronic pain lasts for several hours and a reduced need for analgesia. Other benefits include lessening of oedema, increased range of movement in skeletal joints and lower percieved levels of stress. It also appears to help in anger management and PMT, reduce feelings of fatigue and insomnia, lower blood pressure and assist in weight control (in conjunction with talking cures/psychotherapy).
Floating has also been used for long term meditation and self awareness development as floating easily promotes the Theta brain wave state.
A few conditions known to be Improved by Floating
Fatigue elimination and reduced jet lag symptoms; improved sleep; stress (mental and physical) reduction; and energy and alertness.
Left/right brain synchronization; mental clarity, increases creativity, problem solving; heightened visualization; acuteness of all the senses, accelerates learning; motivation, diminished depression, and improved athletic.
In medical terms, it appears to decrease the production of Cortical, ACTH, Lactic Acid and Adrenaline; while increasing production of endorphins. Some doctors say it even boosts immune function, reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption. Floating in a zero gravity environment is ideal for managing back pain during pregnancy.
Additional conditions known to be improved by floating:
- Muscular pain
- Chronic pain
- Fatigue Fertility
- High blood pressure
- Migraine headache
- Back pain
- Pre-menstrual tension