According to the outcome of the latest research with regards to the benefits of floatation tanks or REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique), researchers say that whilst undergoing floatation therapy, the part of the human brain which controls our fight or flight responses (Known as the amygdale) is turned off. When this function is turned off or set at minimal by our mind, anxiety becomes nonexistent and based on the findings the more frequently a person is subjected to floatation therapy the lesser the enzymes or chemical production of compounds that deal with maintaining anxiety which is a good thing.
This new finding follows a string of other positive health factors related to floatation tanks that has caused a stir within the medical community. According to some reports, the reason behind the effectiveness of floatation therapy can be attributed to the state of mind individual undergoing floatation therapy are able to achieve during sessions.
According to them the deep meditative state that the average individual mind is able to achieve during floatation is similar to the state of mind that a meditation expert achieves during deep meditation and based on the fact that not many people are able to achieve a deep state of meditation well enough to tone down the responses from the amygdale, most need a little assistance to get there, and floatation tanks or sensory deprivation tanks have been found to help individuals to just do that.
In summary, it can be said that floatation therapy assists the average individual to achieve a state of deep meditation within minutes and without the painstaking practices of meditation that takes years to attain.
Floatation tanks are already being used as the primary method to treat those who suffer from chronic pain, headaches or those who have suffered physical trauma as a method to speed up healing. Observations suggest that the repeated use of floatation tanks successfully ease pain associated to physical trauma, injuries due to sports, pregnancy or migraines. The explanation is for its effectiveness in this area is also quite logical and simple as researchers simply attribute the reduction in pain due to increased levels of dopamine production and the fact that floating often enough calms the overly stimulated sensors of the human biology.
The brain is left with more resources than usual during floatation that it starts focusing inwards and starts to restore the biological and metabolic equilibrium that is needed for the person to function optimally.
Although the benefits that can be derived from floatation therapy may seem to be just too good to be true, they are indeed real and have actually been proven via not only feedback from users, but also through clinical trials. From pain tolerance, to improved sleep pattern, from higher states of awareness to improved blood circulation, floatation therapy is without doubt the digital age’s wonder treatment.
I personally suggest that the next free 45 minutes that comes your way use it to float your way to a healthier you!
Please consider visiting Rest House Float Centre for floatation tank sessions in Melbourne, Australia