What is Floatation Therapy?
Floatation therapy is a holistic practice that involves sensory deprivation while immersed in a tank filled with saline water, to relieve psychological stress and physical discomfort. Although new to many people, this complementary therapy has been around for close to 70 years.
Invented by the late American neuroscientist and physician John C. Lilly in 1954, the first floatation tank was used to study the effects of floating on the human brain. These days, the therapy is gaining popularity among fans of both complementary and conventional medicine because of its numerous health benefits.
What is the Principle of Floatation Therapy?
The absence of gravity in a floatation tub is therapeutic for the mind and for the body. It allows you to float effortlessly in a relaxing environment that is devoid of any form of distraction. The buoyancy of water supports your body like a waterbed, except that you’re completely submerged in water. The comfort it gives transcends your physical needs; it reaches your mind so that you emerge from the tub with feelings of inexplicable wellness.
The Benefits of Floatation Therapy
Scientific data shows that undergoing floatation therapy has far-reaching benefits, especially on people who suffer from chronic anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders. Researchers involved in the study of floatation therapy found that patients who have been suffering from anxiety for many years were relieved of its symptoms after a two-hour float. Besides relieving anxiety and stress, this therapy provides many other benefits including:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Relieves back pain
- Resolves chronic pain
- Promotes relaxation
- Alleviates fibromyalgia
- Softens skin
- Relieves pain due to arthritis
- Brings about feelings of calm and bliss
How Does It Work?
Patients of floatation therapy submerge themselves in a large, round tub filled with room temperature water and about a thousand pounds of Epsom salt mixed into it. They lie in the tub for about an hour or two, getting into a meditative state in the process. Besides the soothing effects of the water, most wellness centres that offer this kind of therapy, equip their floatation rooms with relaxing music and colour-changing lights to enhance the person’s healing experience.