Do you feel like you can never keep up with the fast pace environment of the modern day world?
No matter how hard you try to find personal time to de-stress and relax, there is always something “more important” that you need to finish first?
Unfortunately this has become the reality for so many people around the world, especially the billions of people that live in big cities around the world. This fast paced, ever changing environment that we now call home has quickly become a place where people find it almost impossible to find time for themselves to relax and just enjoy the moment.
Even if you do have an hour here and there throughout the week to relax, most people just can not find an efficient way to use this time to unwind, causing frustration and a tendency to give up on relaxation efforts. Even using something as simple as meditation is considered difficult for most people who have a very hard time calming their monkey mind.
Luckily there is a highly efficient way for completely calming the body and mind that is becoming quite popular due to the incredible results that come out of it. This newly popularized method is called flotation therapy which we will discuss further in this article.
What Is Flotation Therapy?
Flotation therapy is a concept that has been around since the 1950’s but has only very recently become popular in the mainstream. Just as its name suggests, flotation therapy consists of a person floating inside of a specially designed capsule that is dark, sound-proof and filled with 10 inches of a highly concentrated solution of epsom salt water.
The specialized capsule used in flotation therapy is commonly referred to as a sensory deprivation tank. Its main purpose is to create an environment in which the subject inside has most of their senses essentially “shut off” to create an environment free of physical distractions so that they can feel ultimate relaxation effortlessly.
How Does Flotation Therapy Work?
Flotation therapy is based on a theory that over 90% of the brains workload is caused by external stimulation. So if most of these external conditions can be eliminated, it should provide an environment that is ideal for stress relief and relaxation of the mind and body, which is what is intended in a sensory deprivation tank.
Once inside a sensory deprivation tank subjects will lie inside the epsom salt water solution that will cause them to float effortlessly. Several factors will then come together to significantly reduce external stimulation of the physical body for ultimate relaxation. These factors include:
- A consistent water temperature of 34 degrees celsius, which is the same temperature as the surface of the skin, essentially shutting off your sense of touch.
- Minimal-to-no light inside the tank so that there are no distractions to your vision allowing you to be in complete darkness. If desired, there is the option for have some dim light inside the tank which can be controlled from inside by the user.
- Complete silence from any noise coming outside of the tank. If desired you can listen to some relaxing music as well.
These factors, combined with a feeling of weightlessness, causes people to feel like they are just a mind without a physical body floating in empty space. This creates an optimal sense of relaxation and stress relief which has further been shown to release endorphins for even greater health benefits.
Combining all of this with the benefits of epsom salt on the skin also creates an ideal environment for injury recovery, muscle pain relief and relief of muscular tension. For this reason, flotation therapy is used extensively among professional athletes.
Benefits Of Flotation Therapy
To be in such a relaxed physical and mental state in such a short amount of time can provide massive benefits to both your physical and mental health. Here are just a few of the known benefits that you can experience from spending just 1 hour in a flotation tank:
- Relief from stress, anxiety and depression
- Quicker healing of injuries, muscle pains and joint pains
- Relief of aching joints
- Complete relaxation of the mind
- Temporary relief of addictions
- Relief of pre-natal and pre-menstrual tension
Everyone Should Try It
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to de-stress and relax you have to try a flotation tank. It is by far the quickest way to reach deep levels of calmness in the body in mind that meditators take years to achieve. In just 1 hour you will receive major benefits that will be well worth the price of experience flotation therapy.