Floatation Therapy

Beyond Rest: What Is Floatation Therapy?

Ray Borner
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Ballarat 3350
03 5331 7810
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All the effects of deep sensory relaxation are wholly beneficial and work simultaneously at a physical, mental and emotional level. Floating is the fastest, easiest and safest means of achieving a dramatic improvement in the quality of day-to-day living by helping you to make the most efficient use of your mind and your body. (REST) Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique

What is Floatation Therapy?

Floating is a way to pause the hectic, saturated world and enter a state of deep mental and physical relaxation. By giving yourself a break from the endless input of sensory experiences, your mind has a chance to recharge, rest, and emerge to face the world with renewed perspective and energy. Otherwise known as floatation-REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique) or sensory deprivation, floating is backed by research and offers immense potential for personal growth and healing.

Benefits of Floatation Therapy

Floatation Therapy is a luxurious escape from the constant of life’s daily pressures and a natural way to heal the body and mind. The concept is similar to the mineral salt baths at the Dead Sea in Israel. Over 180kg of Epsom salt is dissolved into the spa tub of skin temperature water to create this effect. As if in deep meditation your body and mind achieve calmness, entering into a theta brain wave resulting in a profound state of relaxation. When combined with the zero-gravity environment, the floatation allows your body and mind to enter into its deepest state of relaxation – not found anywhere else on earth.

Doctors, athletes, and float enthusiast are using Floatation Therapy for neurological, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, muscular, skeletal and hormonal balance. Floatation brings the body back into homeostasis.

  • Aching Joints Headaches/migraines
  • Addictions (drugs, alcohol, tobacco or food) High blood pressure
  • Anxiety Gastric ulcers insomnia
  • Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Irritable bowl syndrome
  • Asthma and Allergies Jet lag, insomnia and exhaustion
  • Back and neck pain Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cardiovascular conditions Muscle Recovery
  • Chronic Pain Panic attacks
  • Circulation Pre-natal depression
  • Concentration, motivation and memory loss Rheumatic conditions
  • Depression and neurosis Skin conditions psoriasis/eczema
  • Detoxification Speeds recovery from illness

In addition to these benefits, your learning abilities are at their greatest and your powers of visulisation and creativity are substantially enhanced during floatation therapy. It has been said that you can learn a language in half the time while floating.

  • One-hour session is equal to 4 hours of restorative sleep
  • Reduces cortisol levels back to a productive and normal state
  • Environment where the “training of the mind” becomes effortless
  • Speeds recovery time after any type of injury and improves ability to bounce back
  • Takes you to and keeps you in the “theta state” which allows the most creative part of our brain to engage
  • Balance a stressed out immune system through floating on a regular basis
  • Epsom salt is a great muscle relaxer and the anti-inflammatory mineral, that also aids in the detoxification of the body.

The following is reproduced from notes by the Swedish Research Council 05.11.2003

Relaxation in a flotation tank brings peace and quiet, increased well-being, and reduced pain.
A new dissertation shows that relaxation in a flotation tank can serve as an alternative form of treatment to reduce stress or relieve persistent pain, and it has no side-effects whatsoever.

In times like these, we are surrounded by stress and troubled by burn-out.

Stress seems to retain its place as the greatest enemy to good health, well-being, and self-esteem. A major international field of research is now focusing on neurogenesis, that is, the generation of new nerve cells. This is against the background of our losing an estimated several thousand nerve cells per day. It has been known for the last few years that the formation of new nerve cells is constant. The latest findings about neurogenesis indicate that stress blocks the new formation of nerve cells and that relaxation, regular exercise, and an interesting environment increase and optimize the capacity for this. In most studies that have appeared, increased neurogenesis has been related to enhanced creative and intellectual performance.

To lie on your back and float in a tank filled with salt water induces extremely deep and pleasurable relaxation. It is dark and quiet in the tank, which enables maximum relaxation and well-being. To sink into deep relaxation, 45 minutes is a suitable length of time in the tank.

Patients with chronic muscle flexing pains in their neck who have been regularly treated with flotation-tank relaxation for three weeks experience a reduction in pain. After this treatment they also feel much happier and have less anxiety, alongside finding it easier to get to sleep at night.

Blood samples taken before and after this period of treatment indicate that the count of stress-related hormones (MHPG) has declined. These studies have been carried out at the Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Karlstad University.

People in pain are not the only ones who can benefit from floating in a tank. Anyone looking for an environment that can help reduce stress or lend a moment of pleasant relaxation will find this technique helpful. It has been shown that after treatment in the flotation tank, subjects experience greater creativity: the number of new and original thoughts increases after a session in the tank. It has also been experienced as beneficial to spend some time by oneself in peace and quiet, perhaps to think thoughts or experience feelings that are crowded out of stressful everyday consciousness. Many people experience that they attain a pleasant state between dreaming and waking or a state of daydreaming and fantasy.

Almost everyone who has tried floating in a tank thinks that it is pleasant and agreeable, and they want to do it again. Problems associated with the fear of feeling closed in are extremely slight. For those who might be concerned about this, there is the possibility of leaving a light on or of having the door to the tank remain partly or fully open during the session.

The knowledge that you can get up and leave any time probably also helps create a feeling of security.
Taken altogether, this raises hopes that relaxation in a flotation tank can become an alternative form of treatment to reduce stress or alleviate chronic pain, with the help of a method that is safe and entirely without side-effects. If the flotation tank reduces stress, then this must have major consequences for the rejuvenation of nerve cells in those parts of the brain (hippocampus) that are primarily associated with health and intellectual capacity.

Author of dissertation:

Anette Kjellgren

Title of dissertation:

The experience of flotation-REST (Restricted environmental stimulation technique):Consciousness, subjective stress and pain
Doctoral dissertation at Göteborg University 2003 Department of Psychology, Göteborg University, Sweden.

Other References
Borrie, Roderick A and Peter Duedfeld
"REST Therapy in a Weight Reduction Program"*Journal of Behavioural Medicine vol3 1980 pp 147-161
Patel, Chandra
"Reduction of Serum Cholesterol and Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Patients by Behavioural Modification" Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners vol 26 (1976)
Suedfeld, P and Borrie, R A 
"Health and Therapeutic Applications of Chamber and Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST)"(1999) 14 545-566


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