Flotation Therapy Explained

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There are many ways people can choose to practice deep relaxation. In fact, with all the latest developments in science, the options just keep getting better and more effective. Floatation therapy is one of those effective ways, and if it has caught your interest, here are some of the basic things you probably want to know.

What Is Floatation Therapy Based On?

A good place to start would be to look at the premise of floatation therapy, which made its appearance in the 1950’s. More specifically, you should start by asking why should you trust that it works?

The theory behind this therapy is based on the constant stimulation people experience. For example, your senses are always “aware”. The light in your eyes, the feel of the couch, the temperature in the room, there is always something in the physical world stimulating your senses.

Even when you are sleeping, your body is aware of the sheets and the springs that conform to it, and it typically happens on a subconscious level.

Now, the reason why people struggle to reach deep levels of relaxation while maintaining conscious control (meditation), is because your senses are being distracted. Of course, it is definitely possible to discipline your mind and get rid of these distractions, but it’s a process that takes time. You can’t just change a subconscious habit you’ve had since the day you were born.

Even gravity has an influence on your senses, making it nearly impossible for a person to really get away from all the distractions.

This is where floatation therapy works well because it helps you reach a deep and relaxed state, without Zen-like discipline. Basically, it cuts off the constant stimulation that prevents you from keeping your mind focused.

However, it’s not just for individuals who want to find their inner strength. This type of therapy can also be used for speeding up recovery, or simply to rest and recharge. In fact, you’ll find a big list of good things just by booking regular sessions.

How Does It Work?

Given that your senses need to be cut off from the outside world, you are placed in a very spacious chamber. This chamber is referred to as an isolation chamber (tank), for obvious reasons. You will also find an Epsom salt solution inside the chamber, on which you will float peacefully for an hour or so.

If you are worried about not being able to float, the solution is very dense, meaning it will make ANYBODY drift. It will look like water, but it feels like a silky mattress.

At the same time, the temperature is controlled inside the chamber, along with the water on which you are floating. In fact, the solution will be heated to skin temperature. Ultimately, it should feel like you are floating in outer space, but you won’t be seeing any stars or planets.

What About Feel Claustrophobic?

One of the first things people ask is whether you might feel claustrophobic. But even for people with a slight case of this phobia, it shouldn’t be a problem. The chamber is big, the solution doesn’t take up much space, and you will probably have access to a window the second you feel panicked.

Is It Worth It?

The science behind the idea is very convincing, especially if you are a spiritual person. And if you’ve been searching for ways to reach deep relaxation without all the daily distractions, floatation therapy is definitely something you should consider. It really does have a lot of advantages in terms of increasing quality of life.

However, individuals who do suffer from claustrophobia should probably look at their other options first.