Floating and the brain

When you’re floating, your brain doesn’t have a lot to do. And it likes that. There’s no light, sound or sensory information to process, so it enters a state of deep relaxation, which feels like something out of a dream.

Floating as a shortcut to meditation

Meditation is now widely accepted as a way of lowering blood pressure and treating symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. Floating offers what some call a shortcut to reaching a meditative state, as the complete lack of sensory input allows you to focus, and quieten your mind much quicker than more conventional methods.

The creative benefits of floating

Whether you spend your days in an office or nights on a stage, floating gives your mind the space to tap into your creative potential.

A 2011 study showed that a 4-week floating practice had a beneficial effect on freely improvised jazz, by allowing test subjects to somehow tap into a deeper creative potential.

Another study showed subjects who floated performed better in tests of logic and creativity compared to a control group. Meanwhile, here at Floatworks we’re grateful to have many actors, musicians, business executives and sportspeople alike who attest to floating’s ability to channel something that’s otherwise out of reach.

Floating and mental health

Floating has been shown to relieve symptoms of anxiety in ways similar to prescription drugs, while there’s also proof it can help in treating depression, eating disorders, PTSD and many other mental health issues. And did you know the Navy SEALs also use i-sopods as a way of accelerating recovery from concussion?

The leading researchers into floating have just been awarded an $11million grant to study the effects of floating on mood and anxiety disorders. We expect to have more news to share around this soon.

Sleep and insomnia

Many of us accept our bad sleeping patterns and lack of sleep as normal. But we shouldn’t, nor do we have to. Floating shouldn’t be considered a replacement for a solid 7-9 hours of sleep a night, but it does allow your brain and body to recharge in a similar way, while many of our guests find they’re able to drift off much more easily the night after a float.