There are many proven benefits of Floating for the mind, the body and the spirit. Float tanks (or sensory deprivation tanks) are designed to deprive the human body of the external input in order to create a healing environment for rest and recovery. It also assists in improving the neurological pathways in the brain and promoting clarity, self-awareness and conscious contemplation.
Floating has the power to assist with many neurological conditions such as PTSD, Autism, Addiction, and Insomnia. Lack of quality sleep can increase the risk of hormone imbalances weight fluctuations, heart disease, stroke, depression, low immunity, inflammation and much more. Floating has helped improve the sleeping patterns of many of our clients due to the lowered cortisol (stress hormone) and increased melatonin (sleep and relaxation hormone) caused by floating.
“I have floated 3 times now and I’m really starting to notice a difference in my sleeping patterns. I can wind down more easily at night and I come in when I feel like I need to catch up on sleep. Have also been remembering my dreams which is super cool.” – Adam
Due to the lowered cortisol and higher melatonin levels, brain function can improve because the neurological pathways can be rewired with the increased neuroplasticity which allows our minds to heal, adapt, and learn. Due to the high magnesium absorption from the Epsom salts in the water, the mind also benefits from increased concentration, focus, creativity, inspiration, clarity, memory, and overall cognitive function. Altered states of consciousness have also been known to arise due to the lack of external distractions. This can sometimes lean towards more spiritual experiences and internal reflection which will be revisited later in this article.
With over half a Tonne (550kg) of magnesium-rich Epsom salts in the Tanks, studies have shown that by soaking in Epsom salts, the body absorbs magnesium which assists with muscle pain, recovery and regeneration, it also helps to activate calcium absorption for the bones which can even halt the progression of Arthritis. Absorbing magnesium through the skin enhances relaxation and has a profound stress-reducing effect. According to Jodie Brandman in “Are you getting enough Magnesium?”, the magnesium absorbed in the tanks by the skin promotes lymph drainage and subsequently, assists with detoxification throughout the body. This cleanse occurs at a deep cellular level so while it is keeping your skin looking radiant while also working it’s magic on a much deeper level to cleanse the body, balance hormones, relieve pregnancy-related pain, and heal the parasympathetic nervous system. Additionally, the pituitary gland releases endorphins while floating which can further reduce chronic pain, emotional pain and addiction.
While the physical and mental benefits of floating are the main drives for some people to take on this self-care practice, others come seeking alternate outcomes. These include out-of-body experiences like astral travelling whereby the spirit/soul/non-physical self seemingly leaves the body and embarks on a journey to different places and dimensions. Some attribute these experiences to the fact that in the float tank, your brain can enter a Theta state which is like a gateway to your creativity, learning and intuition, allowing you to access the power of your unconscious mind, which you can’t easily access in a more alert state. The Theta state is commonly entered through meditation, or when you are drifting in and out of sleep.
In our Zen master blog, Asher Erikson explains how meditation is a powerful tool to reduce stress, improve concentration levels, focus, memory, self-awareness, and promote the release of feel-good hormones and endorphins. Meditation is a practice much like strengthening and training a muscle. With practice, it becomes easier to drop into meditation, hence why the quiet environment of the pod is a perfect place to start. The zero gravity environment of the float pod is perfect for body scanning whereby we bring our conscious awareness to all areas of the body to discover where you are holding tension within your body. This can be useful for spiritual healing, relaxation, self-awareness, and conscious inner growth.
So whether you are in it to expand your brain’s potential, to overcome a condition or physical ailment, to increase physical performance and health, or to delve deep into spiritual realms and practices, we have a range of options to get help you on your journey. I recommend the heavily discounted Taste of Freedom 3 pack which is available for new clients, Addicted to freedom 10 pack for the floating Gurus, or a membership option to help you on your journey to become the best version of you. Learn more about our discounted packages here.