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Flotation therapy as medicine —

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medical, rehabilitation and physical therapy specialists are embracing float therapy as an integral component of their healing programs.

 
 

The concept is simple - when the brain is at rest, the brain can do its best work. With the absence of sensory stimulation, the mind drifts into a profound state of relaxation. The half sleep, half wake theta state in this brain frequency, the subconscious mind is able to harness the regenerative abilities of the brain and allocate them to areas of need.

Flotation therapy is a revolution in mental and physical healing and recovery. For an hour at a time, immerse into one of our private, soundproof flotation suites and float in our custom-blend of buoyant Epsom salts, allowing you to lie back and tune out, unplugging from every sound, care and worry.

 
 
 
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stress relief

People who lead demanding lifestyles run the risk of developing high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Hypertension manifests itself in the form of strokes, heart attacks and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) – all potential killers. Floating can produce an immediate reduction in blood pressure and heart rate; regular floating may maintain this.

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pain relief

The effect of sensory deprivation tank therapy on chronic pain has been confirmed by several studies. It is shown to be effective in treating tension headaches, muscle tension, and pain. Chronic and acute pain of neck, shoulders, and lower back generally experience substantial improvement through the release of accumulated muscle tension and increase of blood circulation to the affected areas. It helps conditions such as fibromyalgia, tendonitis, bursitis, etc

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cardio health

The natural beta-blocker effect, acquired through the inactivation of the sympathetic nervous system, allows patients with high blood pressure to derive important benefits. The decrease of the blood pressure enables reduction of the dosage of pharmacological products in many cases and the suspension of drug therapy in other cases with mild hypertension.

It is also evident that Floatation therapy will help patients with heart problems. This occurs through the decrease in ventricular overload due to the reduction of systemic blood pressure and of oxygen consumption.

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muscular-skeletal & arthritis

The benefit of floating in muscular-¬skeletal and rheumatic conditions are primarily based on two factors. The first is the elimination of gravity that the body experiences. This allows a relaxation and expansion of multiple inter-articular spaces enabling a better blood flow that improve the conditions of affected joints. This applies to rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic injuries, and also chronic degenerative problems like osteo-arthritis.

The second factor, which benefits substantially these muscular-skeletal conditions, is the release of endorphins into the system. Endorphins are natural painkillers that block the transmission of pain at the synaptic level. These decrease markedly the perception of pain and improve one's frame of mind.

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anxiety / depression

Modern research has established clearly the interrelationship between high levels of distress and a depression of the immune system. In addition, conditions like pain and depression impair the immunological functions. Floatation therapy is very useful in these cases since the deep relaxation attained by patients releases negative stress, helps chronic pain and depression giving a natural boost to the immunological system both at the cellular and humoral level.

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addiction

Generally, the worlds of the behavioural/cognitive therapists and the neurochemists are far apart. With two completely different worldviews, these groups rarely agree on much. So it is significant that both behavioural/cognitive psychologists and the neurochemists now agree that Floatation tank is a powerful tool for overcoming addictions, both by changing addictive behaviour and personality characteristics, and by bringing about rapid and striking changes in the human biochemistry.

In the period immediately after quitting a habit, the tank alleviates the pains of withdrawal and enables the user to feel some pleasure. Floating also reduces the level of such anxiety-related biochemicals as norepinephrine, which is released in great quantities during withdrawal.

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digestion

Some digestive tract conditions are associated with high levels of stress that will be benefited by Floatation therapy such as the case of well-known psychosomatic disorders like Duodenal Peptic Ulcer and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Both are associated with high levels of neurosis/anxiety and psycho-emotional conflict.

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weight loss

Scientists think that floatation is effective in weight loss programs and for treatment of addictive behaviours because of its positive influence the production of endorphins. The natural opiates of the body decrease the stressful withdrawal symptoms of addiction and replace the need for addictive substances with the pleasurable feelings produced while floating. Similar results have been achieved in weight loss programs developed for the float tank.

The float tank is an effective tool for positive self-motivation because it provides the following; • Eliminates all external stimuli so you can concentrate on yourself • Produces a very deep relaxation so you can be open to suggestion and open to positive thoughts and attitudes • Produces chemical changes in your body which favour clarity of thought, improved memory and problem-solving

Combined with complementary modalities, the float tank is an effective tool for self improvement.

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injury and physical recovery

Float therapy essentially combines two widely known recovery techniques, Epsom salt soaks and meditation. For years, Epsom salt baths were used to heal the body of aches and pains, while meditation was used to heal the mind.

Float therapy magnifies the benefits from Epsom salt baths and meditation alike. When someone enters a float therapy chamber or pod, their senses are deprived. This sensory deprivation makes it easier for a person to enter a meditative state.

Athletes have been soaking in Epsom salts to ease sore muscles and stiff joints for years. Float therapy only works to increase the effectiveness of this well-known technique, making it effortless with more benefits.

Flotation therapy has been known to successfully speed up rehabilitation and recovery by helping people to reach peak physical performance. Benefits include recuperation, rejuvenation and injury rehabilitation. For example, the floating effect loosens strained muscles and allows the irritated bones and joints after an operation to be immobilized, therefore, speeding up the healing process by encouraging more rapid healing.

 
 
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experience the transformative
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studies on floating benefits

 
 

pain relief

Float Summit 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Flotation provided significant temporary reductions in pain, muscle tension, stress, anxiety and sadness, as well as significant increases in relaxation, feelings of well-being, energy and ease of movement. There was also significant improvement in the quality of sleep.

Journal of Pain Research & Management, 2005

This study on 32 patients with chronic stress-related muscle pain and burnout depression (fatigue, memory problems, insomnia) found that floatation therapy is an effective and non-invasive method of treatment and should be an integral part of treatment.

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emotional & sleep disorders

preventative healthcare

Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 2013

A 24-year-old woman diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, atypical autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression had float therapy sessions regularly for one and a half years. Results suggest that floating may have beneficial therapeutic effects on mental health.

Journal of Psychology and Health, 2005

It has relaxing, mood and performance enhancing effects that seem to be more profound than those of other relaxation techniques. Especially in the field of burnout and chronic fatigue, floating can have practical use.

Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014

This was a study of 65 healthy subjects, half of whom were given two float sessions a week over the course of two months. After a series of emotional and psychological tests, the researchers found that stress, depression, anxiety, and pain were significantly decreased. Optimism and sleep quality significantly increased for the flotation group.

 
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athletic performance

Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 1990

This study on basketball playing students at the University of British Columbia found strong evidence of improvement in athletic skill after floatation therapy.

creativity

Journal of Music and Medicine, 2011

Looking to improve your musical performance skills?  In this study performed by the University of British Columbia, it was found that floatation therapy has a beneficial effect on technical ability in freely-conceived jazz improvisation.

 
 
 
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