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The science of Floatation Therapy
What is a floatation tank and how does it work?
The float tank is like a large
(about the size of a queen size bed). Inside is about 30 cm of heated mineral
water. The water is heated to your external skin temperature – about 34.5
degrees C. Because of the density of the salt solution, when you lie back in the
water, your body pops to the surface like a cork – completely supported by the
water (like in the dead sea). Every muscle in your body is completely supported
by the water, and you no longer having to deal with gravity. You float
weightless like an astronaut in space.
With the temperature of the water exactly the same as your skin temperature, you begin to lose the sense of where your body ends and the water begins.
The tank is completely dark
inside, and totally, serenely silent. Effectively
removing all environmental stimulation
from your body has powerful effects on both the body and mind, the most
noticeable of which is a deep physical and mental relaxation and a feeling of
“After floating we seem to perceive the world with startling directness, richness and clarity when we get out of the float tank the one thing that we know immediately is that it is worth doing simply because it feels so good.”
(Michael Hutchison The Book of
When we shut out or restrict environmental stimuli, we become more aware of those things that are still available to us. In this case when we shut out light, sound, tactile sensations, gravity, other people and movement, what is left is our Self: the physical reality or our skeletal muscles, out thought, emotions, intuitions, mental images. Our awareness of these realities is of a subtlety and intensity simply not possible when our senses are directed outward, responding to external events.
overwhelming scientific evidence that by becoming more
acutely cognizant of our inner processes, we can actually exercise conscious
control of them e.g. simply focusing awareness in a certain way, we can lower
blood pressure, strengthen our immune system, slow heartbeat, release or inhibit
the release of hormones, alleviate pain, and alter the activity of heart,
muscles, brain and mind.
Other benefits from floating are: Immediate reduction of stress; Decreased levels of depression, increased creativity and productivity, decreased physical pain, helps with insomnia, speeds up recovery from sport, injuries and illness, alleviates tension headaches, the tank is an excellent tool for decreasing or removing addictions, weight loss, self healing, and for improving the results of visualisation, meditation, self hypnosis and other self management and personal growth techniques.
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* Disclaimer: Floatation is an experience unique to each individual, as such, the experience and results may vary from person to person