The Float Tank Experience: Examining Floatation Therapy
Floatation therapy has become immensely popular for a wide variety of reasons due to its effectiveness in treating a multitude of health-related problems. Floatation therapy in essence involves the mind more than anything else based in the fact that during a float therapy session a unique space is created for our brain that allows the body to tone down and eventually switch off.
Those who go for a float tank session report all kinds of positive changes starting from an increased sense or level of calm to enhanced clarity, from better sleep to reduced stress and anxiety and even rapid recovery from injuries sustained during sporting activities. Based on empirical observations, it is quite evident that floatation therapy works in dual form – physically and mentally.
From a physical angle floating seems to assist ‘floaters’ to be relaxed enough to ease not just muscle tension, but also pain which greatly assists them in combating inflammation and irregular pressure which is also partly attributed to the magnesium that is absorbed by the skin (Epsom salt which is diluted into the water that patients float in is technically Magnesium Sulphate).
Magnesium is an element that is critical to our nervous system and in general, most people are to a small degree ‘magnesium deficient’ and hence, the therapy allows them to gain as much magnesium as the body needs directly from the solution that they float in.
The benefits of floatation therapy from a mental aspect is also significant as the brain becomes lucid and serene, a state that is similar to the moment that we are about to fall asleep or the moment when we just wake up. It is during this time (known sometimes as the Eureka Moment) that most people get their creative juices flowing which make the therapy great for writers and artists.
The fact that floatation therapy provides the floaters a womb-like experience is also said to trigger hallucinations or out of the body like experiences in certain people which is quite similar to dreamlike states.
As alternative as this therapy may sound, the truth of the matter is that – it is effective and the professional medical community actively recommend the therapy to their patients as an auxiliary treatment for a variety of ailments that range from insomnia, gout, back aches, chronic headaches, blood pressure, PMS issues and many more.
The treatment has found to be safe from all aspects to a point that even pregnant women are starting to use the therapy to assist them cope with the issues related to pregnancies. There have been no known side effects that are negative that have thus far been reported.
As far as most people are concerned, it is a non-invasive treatment that seems to put people in better moods, it is affordable and to some a ‘fun trip’ to a ‘Zen-Like’ dimension akin to a mini one hour to ninety-minute vacation.
However, it is advised that those who have back injuries or other physical injuries and those who are pregnant to consult their physicians prior to trying floatation therapy, just to be on the safe side.