A floatation tank or sensory deprivation tank has many benefits for people who suffer from arthritis, back pain and stress to mention a few. In our blog we will we will be posting articles about stress relief, back pain and arthritis
Effects of sensory deprivation
Short-term sessions of sensory deprivation are described as relaxing and conducive to meditation; Extended periods of sensory deprivation are not recommended as they can result in extreme anxiety, hallucinations,bizarre thoughts, and depression.
Dr. Darren Weissman, a holistic physician who has been floating weekly since 1986, explains, “I really feel that it’s a result of floating and getting myself out of the way that I saw how all these multiple disciplines that activate the healing potentials of the body actually work together.”
Floating isn’t just about facing the negative aspects of life. It’s also about being more aware of, and appreciating the good. Letting the little, good moments simmer — instead of just moving to the next thing — helps them feel (and actually become) more real.
As Dr. Weissman says, it “allows us to recognize our body’s potentials. It opens us to a whole different level of awareness and of who we are. We start to notice things. It awakens consciousness.”
In flotation REST, the room contains a tank or pool. The flotation medium consists of a skin-temperature solution of water and Epsom salts at a specific gravity that allows for the patient to float supine without worry of safety. In fact, to turn over while in the solution requires “major deliberate effort.” Fewer than 5% of the subjects tested leave before the session duration ends, which is usually around an hour for flotation REST.
For the first forty minutes it is reportedly possible to experience itching in various parts of the body (a phenomenon also reported to be common during the early stages of meditation). The last 20 minutes often end with a transition from beta or alpha brainwaves to theta, which typically occur briefly before sleep and again at waking. In a float tank the theta state can last for several minutes without the subject losing consciousness. Some use the extended theta state as a tool for enhanced creativityand problem solving. Spas sometimes provide commercial float tanks for use in relaxation. Flotation therapy has been academically studied in the USA and in Sweden with published results showing reduction of both pain and stress. The relaxed state also involves lowered blood pressure and maximal blood flow.