Imagine being able to let everything go, even for a few minutes﹘all of your troubles, worries, and concerns, drifting away, as you slide into a deeply reflective state. If you have tried yoga or meditation, you will be familiar with that feeling.
Sometimes, though, you want something more immersive. You can heighten the effects of meditation in a sensory deprivation tank. If you have been struggling with sleep or stress and your usual thirty minutes of quiet time is not working, you might want to try floatation tank therapy. Here are a few more benefits of float therapy.
1. It is therapeutic
Floatation therapy is said to help with stress and anxiety. In a study of 140 individuals, 56 per cent reported greater levels of well-being from the regular use of isolation float tanks. Floatation therapy also helps people with whiplash injuries, fibromyalgia, and other stress-related ailments.
Athletes like gymnasts and basketball players, who rely on their agility or flexibility, are also turning to float therapy to help them recover from tournaments or games. An isolation tank helps ease the impact of sports on their muscles, and it provides them with a place to centre themselves and recover mentally.
Non-athletes can also reap the benefits of float therapy. If you spend your day hunched over a desk, you’re likely to develop tension in your back muscles, a migraine, or both. A session of float therapy helps release this tension and keeps you relaxed throughout.
2. It promotes mindfulness
Wellness experts stress the importance of making time for yourself. You might appreciate the sentiment, but a day of business calls, e-mails, and other work-related tasks can leave you with little room for ‘me time.’ If you have a family of your own, you will further reduce that time for yourself because you must tend to your children, your husband, or your wife.
A sensory deprivation tank puts everyone at arm’s length for a short amount of time, giving you the most real expression of alone time you can get. If you are in a floatation tank, it’s all you; pretty soon, your concerns will melt into the background and you can focus on easing your emotions and relaxing.
When you float, you are in control of your environment. You can choose to move your arms around or to keep them at your side. You can even have music or soft lights in the background if you don’t exactly relish the thought of floating in complete darkness.
3. Floating may spark your creative juices
There is anecdotal evidence of float therapy boosting creativity. In a relaxed state, your brain releases less cortisol, which is responsible for stress in the body. It also allows the flow of theta brain waves, which are the kind that dominates right before sleep and just after waking up. Extended periods of theta wave activity result in better visualization and mental images.
Float therapy means different things for different people. For some people, it’s for physical relaxation. For others, they are after the mental and emotional gains. Some people even have these sessions for spiritual or creative purposes. Whatever the reason, float therapy helps you carve out time for yourself.
For floatation therapy in Perth, contact us at Peace in a Pod today. We provide you with a relaxing way to get away from it all, for just a few minutes! Get in touch with us to find out more.