Floating’s effect on the Brain and Stress
Floating has the most dramatic affect on your mind, more than how you physically recover faster, more than resolving aches and pains, the influence that floating has on your mind and conciousness is vast. The parasympathetic response is one of the most powerful natural mechanisms that your body uses to recover and it is only allowed to begin in deep relaxation. With floating your body and mind are able to reach deep relaxation very quickly and without the years of training that it may take to reach those levels outside of the tank.
By deactivating the nervous system your hypothalamus (the chemical control centre in your brain) is directly effected. Research has shown that your thoughts and emotions can trigger changes in your body’s chemistry, production of endorphins, and removal of negative chemicals while you float, elicits a feeling of confidence that is not easily reproduced outside of the tank. This mindset is essential for healthy living and your overall outlook on life.
Research has also shown how floating can immediately reduce high blood pressure and heart rate and floating regularly can maintain a reduced heart rate between floats. This has a permanent effect on stress related ailments.
Floating on Accelerated Learning
When your mind is free from the distractions of the physical it is able to do amazing things, including learning and absorbing information at an astonishing rate and at a deep level. This learning process is promoted by accessing the theta-state during a float. The theta-state allows for increased access to the learning capacity of the of the right hemisphere. Infants brains spend the majority of the time in a theta-state and are able learn new skills at an amazing rate. As we grow older our brain moves into the alpha frequency range and then between ages 10-11 we enter into our adult pattern of beta frequency, which is the state of our normal conciousness for the rest of our lives. In the theta-state your ability to learn is unmatched, and in the tank you are able to tap back into that frequency. If you are in the process of learning a new language or new skills the tank will allow your mind to retain the new information. Our tanks are even equipped with underwater speakers and lessons can be taken directly in the tank promoting an optimum learning environment.
Floating on addiction
Unhealthy habits have been shown to disappear with regular floating. Physical and mental stress / tension are often linked with smoking, alcohol dependency, and excess weight. Research has also shown that compulsive behaviour is linked to the level of endorphins in the body. A study done at the National Institute for Mental Health showed that the float tank “is the only technique ever shown by controlled studies to be effective over extended periods of time”
- 81% eliminated or sharply reduced smoking
- 61% reduced alcohol consumption