To many people this concept is completely new, however it has been around for decades. So what is flotation therapy / sensory deprivation?
Flotation Therapy is essentially a way of achieving deep relaxation by spending an hour or more lying quietly in darkness, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt. The idea sounds nice but the benefits and how you feel post float far out weighs the actual time you spend in therapy. I have to admit the actually floating is not the reason I return, yes it is relaxing but the post feeling of complete calmness, reduced muscle aches and waking up the next day feeling completely rested is why I return on a weekly basis for my regular float session.
Why I Float
Working in the business of motivation, health and wellness self care is so important to me to stay motivated, to stay passionate to eat healthy and stick to my movement routine, but guess what.. I am human and there are times that my brain JUST DOES NOT WANT TOO. I float because it recharges me, it re-sets my brain and it makes me feel content and at ease. I think we all need time away from this over stimulated world. We are constantly surrounded by sights and sounds, information is continually being embedded into our brain and our poor brain doesn't ever get to just chill the f*ck out. Meditation has always been recommended to assist in calming our minds. A float tank can place you in an environment to work towards a meditative state at greater ease.
Through sensory deprivation and the healing properties of epsom salts, floatation therapy aids in neurological, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, muscular skeletal, hormonal balance as well as personal growth and healing. Sensory isolation in the flotation tank induces deep relaxation and subsequent positive health effects for patients suffering from e.g. stress or muscle tensions pains. Very few studies have investigated this method as a preventive health-care intervention however a study done by Westman & Kjellgren (2014) studied 65 individuals in a randomized control trial. The individuals were randomly put in a control group (no therapy) and a group that took part in a 7 weeks of regular float sessions. Prior and post the intervention (float sessions) questionnaires were done measuring their psychological and physiological variables such as stress and energy, depression and anxiety, optimism, pain, stress and sleep quality.
The results: Stress, depression, anxiety, and pain were significantly decreased whereas optimism and sleep quality significantly increased for the flotation group. No significant results for the control group were seen. There was also a significant correlation between mindfulness in daily life and degree of altered states of consciousness during the relaxation in the flotation tank.
We are getting more and more aware the optimal wellness and health is ensuring we look after our mental health. I use float therapy as a form to look after my mental health and would recommend it to all of my clients to assist in becoming the best versions of themselves. I have written this blog in the hope that you continually seek ways to improve your mental and physical state and in the hope that you put into words your experience.
See you in the studio soon xx
** FYI I am not affiliated with any float centres in Brisbane. I genuinly just want to recommend services that I believe in