Benefits of Floating
Floating in our pods, with no light or sound, is one of the fastest and most effective ways to evoke your body’s natural relaxation response and go into a state of deep relaxation. The deep relaxation state achieved allows the body to recover from stress and pain. Blood flow is stimulated and your brain responds by removing unwanted chemicals and releasing natural endorphins stimulating feelings of happiness and well-being.
It is not uncommon for people to be in a state of constant stress with our busy life styles. This state of stress we live in can activate our “fight-or-flight” response multiple times throughout the course of our day. Over time, chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and painful muscle tension.
Floatation therapy is the most powerful stress relief technique known. Floating can help people counteract theses toxic effects of chronic stress by slowing down your breathing rate, relaxing muscles, reducing blood pressure, and leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. Both acute pain and chronic pain can seriously decrease the quality of life.
However our bodies have a natural painkillers, which can be just as effective in fact sometimes much more effective than the use of drugs. They are called endorphins, a class of hormones. Floating causes profound relaxation. Relaxation causes the brain to release these endorphins, which control pain. By invoking the relaxation response blood flow is also increased to all parts and systems of the body, including the brain, creating a whole body healing effect. Floating also provides relief from the constant downward push of gravity, the single greatest cause of wear and tear to bones, joints and body tissue.
Being in a low-gravity, totally silent and pitch black environment gives the mind some time to completely relax. This mental release and state is almost the opposite of stress. It allows the brain to stop allocating its’ resources to processing the experience of all of our senses, producing profoundly positive mental effects and releasing a surge of positive neurochemicals. Studies have shown the use of floatation to be extremely beneficial for relaxation and for overall mental health and well-being.
Benefits from Mental Relaxation
- Stress Reduction
- Increased Creativity
- Increased Reaction Time and Sensory Acuity
- Sleep Schedule Maintenance
- Feelings of Euphoria
Conditions Known to be Improved by Floating
- Stress relief
- Muscular pain
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Migraine headache
- Jet lag
- Back pain
- Pre-menstrual tension
- Post-natal depression