Imagine yourself floating on a warm, quiet, pitch-black night on the Dead Sea, where the density of the salt water keeps you from fully submerging and you’ll have an idea of what your senses experience during a float.
What the rest of your being experiences while floating is nothing short of amazing.
What is floating?
Floating, short for Flotation Therapy, consists of a person floating peacefully in a 10-inch deep Epsom salt solution inside an isolation tank (also known as a deprivation tank), free from external stimuli for 60-90 minutes. You may have heard it called by one of its other names: Sensory Deprivation Therapy or R.E.S.T. (Restricted Environmental Stimulus Therapy.
How does it work?
The process involves a number of steps, all of which take place automatically once your body begins to float effortlessly.
Freed from the constant pull of gravity, your muscles will begin to relax and blood circulation will increase throughout your body, which alleviates stress for chronic pain sufferers and promotes recovery from physical exertion.
That's when the most significant shift of all occurs:
Removing external stimuli on your nervous system results in your body shifting from the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) state to a parasympathetic (rest and recover) state.
This shift facilitates homeostasis in your autonomic nervous system, causing you to experience a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
You don’t realize sometimes how much you need this until you experience it. The emotions you have completely take over. What an amazing gift it is to give yourself some serenity in our sometimes chaotic life outside of the float tank. Thank you for clearing my mind.
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