Research consistently demonstrates that floatation therapy has a significant impact on mood enhancement. Suggested reasons for this increased level of happiness include elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, through to the deep meditative state achieved during floatation therapy.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) supports meditation as a means for lowering blood pressure, easing symptoms of anxiety and depression, and more. Research from fMRI studies shows that meditating causes activity in parts of the brain associated with attention and decreases activity in the amygdala, which is responsible for our flight or fight response.
The latest floatation therapy research shows that during floatation, the amygdala basically shuts off, ‘turning down’ anxiety in the brain. The more you float, the better you get at achieving this state. The Floatworks delivers the deepest of meditative states to those who are not experts in meditation, so that everyone can enjoy the benefits.
Floatation can specifically be used to target pain and trauma. Studies have shown floatation to successfully relieve the painful symptoms associated with PTSD, relieve the strenuous elements of pregnancy and help with chronic migraines.
Simply put, floating calms our overly stimulated systems and restores the body’s chemical and metabolic balance.
Float and be happy!
Floatation combats public health enemy number 1, Stress. Cortisol can be useful, but it is also known as ‘the stress hormone’. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease. The list goes on and on.
Floatation is the most profound method out there to combat the impact of stress. The floatation tank delivers a unique environment, freedom from the constant analysis of the world around you, and in response the body lowers its cortisol levels.
In addition to combating all of the health challenges related to Cortisol, the buoyancy created by the Epsom-salt solution removes the effects of gravity on the body. The result is a weightlessness that lets every single muscle in your body totally relax. An amazing way to combat muscular skeletal tension experienced by those heavy laptop and smart phone users amongst us.
Resting in this unique environment creates profound changes within the mind-body system, improving the overall function of the brain and central nervous system. Your muscles, joints, and bones take a well-deserved break. Your mind becomes still and your body suddenly has loads of extra resources, which allows it to focus on things like healing and resting – the stress simply floats away. The spine lengthens an inch, chronic pain is relieved, and your muscles are allowed to fully recover. Unlike lying on a mattress, lying in water allows blood to flow freely all throughout your body.
Even the magnesium-based Epsom Salts we use at The Floatworks are good for you. They soften and replenish your skin, and help counteract the magnesium deficiency that most of us have due to depleted magnesium levels in our soil and food.
Float and be healthy!
Floatation therapy helps people reach peak mental and physical performance. Performance benefits include recuperation and rejuvenation, injury rehabilitation and neuro-muscular programming, self exploration and awareness, improved creativity and mental practice through visualisation.
Being inside the pod, where sensory input is eliminated, produces a
mental state where your learning abilities are at their highest and powers of visualisation and auto-suggestion are greatly enhanced. It is suggested that the brain enters an extended ‘theta state’ which can be used as a tool for enhanced creativity and problem solving or super learning. With less distractions and greater resources at its disposal the mind is able to absorb new material deeply, with research showing improved performance in memory and recall activities.
What do all of these top performers, institutions, artists, teams and athletes have in common?
- NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry
- Stand up comedian, UFC commentator and podcast sensation Joe Rogan
- Serial Entrepreneur and best selling author Tim Ferriss
- MMA fighters Pat Healy, Rose Namajunas and Tom Watson
- NFL teams including Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots
- Team GB Olympians Philips Idowu, Tasha Danvers and Jade Johnson
- The Australian Olympic team and AIS (Australian Institute of Sport)
- Premiership footballer and England Captain Wayne Rooney
- Gold medal long jumper Carl Lewis
- Record breaking NFL quarter back Tom Brady
- Australian model, business woman and actress Elle Macpherson
- Rock legend Peter Gabriel
- Best-selling author, physician, producer and screen writer Michael Crichton
- BAFTA winning actress Susan Sarandon
- Lord of the dance Michael Flatley
- Freeskier and alpine ski racer, 9 time Winter X game medalist, Jon Olsson
They all use floatation to aid performance and the list continues to grow.
Float and perform better!