Why Floatation Tanks are amazing for Your Healthby Elliot Dean Health Guru and Web Specialist
In today’s fast paced society, looking after one’s health is becoming an increasingly important priority. But people are finding it harder to make time to look after their body, and their mind.
With a rise in disease and mental health issues, taking a regular “time out” to recharge is crucial to maintain your well-being. That’s where floatation tanks can help.
A floatation tank is a pod that looks like a giant egg. It is filled with water and magnesium salt which allows you to float on top. You are fully enclosed with the lid down, and the silence and complete darkness helps shut off your sense from the external environment.
Floatation therapy has a range of benefits and is starting to be accepted by the wider health community. Not surprisingly, it is gaining vast popularity around the world. Here are some reasons why:
Floating Improves Your Physical Recovery
If you play sport, this can be a particularly useful benefit of floating. Or if you’ve had surgery and are recovering from an injury. Floatation therapy reduces the levels of lactic acid in your body and helps reduce muscle soreness. It increases energy levels (Adenosine triphosphate – ATP) which is crucial for intracellular energy transfer. You will also see an increase in your immunity after a session. All of these factors will speed up your physical recovery from injury and/or high level sports activity.
NBA Basketball star Steph Curry is a big fan of sensory deprivation and regularly uses floatation therapy to help his performance. He uses a tank at least once every fortnight, for a minimum of 1 hour each session.
"With the Epsom salts and magnesium that are in those tanks, they're helpful with recovery and relaxing your muscles and things like that," Curry said in an interview.
Floating Reduces Stress and Anxiety
One of the most debilitating issues in modern society is stress and anxiety. If left untreated, it can turn into depression and ruin your life. When you are stressed you produce adrenaline and cortisol and in small doses, this is a good thing. But if the levels get too high, that’s when the problems start.
Research has shown that floatation therapy helps lower the cortisol levels and also your blood pressure. Because you’re in a tank that is removed from the outside world, you allow your mind and body to relax. Water Temple has tanks with 600kg of Epsom salts in 1000 litres of water, dense than the dead sea. The zero-gravity effect adds to the stress and anxiety reduction. It also helps your sleep patterns.
Floating Improves Your Memory and Creativity
Giving your brain down time will help increase your clarity of thoughts and improve memory. We all know that taking a “time out” is good for your brain. And floating is the ultimate “time out” as you remove all external distractions and let your mind fully relax.
Float therapy researcher Peter Suedfeld showed that students who floated every week for 1 month performed better in both improvisational tests and technical tests. They all received better grades than students who did not float.
With so many great reasons to float, we urge you to try it out for yourself. The first time can seem a little daunting, but after a few goes, it becomes second nature. And after multiple sessions is when you see the best health results.
Created on Jan 16th 2019 17:25. Viewed 276 times.