What are the benefits of floating?

The beneficial effects of floating are corroborated by a wealth of scientific explanations, compiled by Michael Hutchison in his prominent book about floatation. According to experts, if gravity ceases, the central nervous system, muscles and spinal column are relieved of their load, alleviating the effects caused by gravity. The energy thus liberated and increased cerebral capacity increase the functioning of our internal regulation system and help the organism’s regeneration. Therefore, one hour of floating is the equivalent of approximately four hours of sleep. Some scientists explain the positive effects of floating citing altered brain waves. Among normal circumstances, the theta waves experienced prior to sleep cause free association,sudden realisations and subconscious organisation and processing. Buddhist monks are able to achieve the state created by these waves after long years of training. However, floating causes a sudden increase in theta waves measurable in mere weeks. This can benefit, among others, those in creative industries, such as designers, writers, painters, architects, and advertising professionals. Other research (National Institute for Mental Health, University of Colorado) supports the fact that floating can contribute to the synchronisation of the functioning of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The left side – practical, structural, primarily used in day – to – day tasks – is harmonised with the creative and visual right half, capable of more holistic thinking. Floating thereby improves creativity, problem – solving and can speed up information reception and processing. The university of British Columbia (Vancouver) conducted research on the relation between sports and floating. The performance of basketball and darts players was measured prior to and after floating. The findings clearly reflected a positive effect on performance. Then human mind is capable of carrying out a series of imagined movements, even highly complex ones. Acts are therefore conceived in the mind, and the path to their actual execution is called natural feedback. World – class athlete and floating devotee Carl Lewis calls this process imagining and executing the perfect performance. This capability of the brain, which can be used in many different areas of our lives, is improved by floating.The success of floating can also be explained by an easily measurable neurochemical phenomenon (Medical College of Ohio, Toledo). During the early phase of humanity, where survival was the aim (called the “fight or flight”phase), the brain needed adrenalin and cortisol, both formed under stress, to ensure a quick reaction. As civilisation progressed, however, such stress hormones lost their function. A plethora of symptoms appearing under short, medium and long – term stress are caused by such hormones, which cannot exit the circulatory system (such as sleeping disorders, weak immune system, fatigue, concentration problems, excessive sweating, heart palpitations, anger outbursts, high blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions and cancer.) Floating helps prevent and alleviate stress, thus decreasing the production of “harmful” hormones. Simultaneously, it increases the organism’s natural production of “beneficial” hormones such as endorphins, which increase happiness, and beta – endorphin, which relieves pain.

Floating exerts a further beneficial effect in the following areas:

Mental health, neurology

  • alleviates the effects of stress
  • improves creativity
  • improves concentration and problem – solving
  • decreases learning difficulties
  • alleviates sleeping problems, alleviates or even cures chronic fatigue
  • creates chemical and metabolic balance
  • harmonises the functioning of the brain’s right and left hemispheres
  • decreases addiction to harmful substances
  • alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • improves behavioural problems
  • decreases migraines

Skeletal muscles

  • effectively alleviates the inflammation of joints, back pain, neck stiffness, sprains
  • alleviates the symptoms of various spinal problems

Symptoms affecting internal organs

  • decreases the risk of cardiovascular and circulatory system disease by regulating blood pressure and circulation
  • helps lactic acid absorption
  • increases oxygen supply
  • alleviates respiratory problems symptoms
  • strengthens the immune system
  • prevents strokes
  • decreases the risk of cancer

Beneficial effects on sporting activity

  • improves performance and fitness
  • loosens muscles
  • detoxifies joints and muscles
  • helps regeneration from sporting injuries

Dermatology

  • treats acne; calms and smoothes skin
  • heals contusions and surface bruises
  • exfoliates and refreshes skin
  • opens pores and preps skin prior to cosmetic treatments