MEDICAL BENEFITS OF FLOATATION THERAPY IN NEW LIGHT

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“How can sitting in a dark salt bath be therapeutic? I’ll just fill my bathtub with Epsom Salts and call it a day.”

Anyone who has tried to describe floatation therapy to the uninitiated is familiar with those dismissive retorts. An all-natural, wonderfully simple holistic therapy that boasts a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits? Sounds too good to be true.

Not to Dr. Justin Feinstein, a neuropsychologist with the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), whose research on anxiety and flotation therapy is giving skeptics pause.

While he was familiar with floatation therapy as a fringe fad, Dr. Feinstein had his first personal experience with floating while studying cognitive neuroscience at California Institute of Technology. His interest in anxiety, the evolution of brain structures, and theories of consciousness lead him to pursue an understanding of interoception.

Interoception is our sense of and connection to our internal physiology. Interoceptive stimuli are responsible for hunger, respiration, and immune system response, for example. Quite simply, interoception helps us relate to our physiological status and provides a psychological bond to our bodies as a part of ourselves.
Our sense of interoception is also deeply connected with our sense of exteroception – externally originating sensations like touch, sight, and motor awareness that also provide valuable information about our physical status and safety.
Through the courses of his research, Dr. Feinstein found that patients with anxiety disorders experienced a disruption in their interoceptive pathways. He hypothesized that the currently rising rates of anxiety are caused by a flood of external stimulation.
In short, our smartphones are distancing us from ourselves.
Society clearly isn’t going to reverse the tide of technological change, but Dr. Feinstein pursued floatation therapy as a potential antidote to the stimulus overload. Could floating restrict external stimulation and heighten our sense of interoception, effectively treating the root cause of psychological distress?
Early testing shows promising results; Dr. Feinstein and his associates at LIBR’s Float Clinic and Research Center have seen positive outcomes for those experiencing anxiety, depression, and disordered eating. Participants in these exploratory studies not only report feeling better after three sessions, but results from fMRI and EEG scans taken both before and after floating support claims that floatation has a real impact on our brains. In some cases, the difference in pre- versus post-float brain scans mirrors the effects of medication used to treat clinical disorders, without potentially harmful side-effects.
Still think all you need is an hour away from your e-mail to reap the relaxation benefits? Think again. The control groups in Dr. Feinstein’s studies were also placed in a dark, soundproof room, reclining in an anti-gravity chair. While many of the control participants report feeling more relaxed after each session, the physiological effects just don’t stack up when compared to those of the floating group.

It’s still too early to claim floatation therapy as a psychological cure-all, but research is starting to verify what your local float guru has been saying all along: Floatation therapy offers the purest path back to your true self. Schedule a float in Relaxopod or RelaxORoom to Experience Nirvana

Are you a Software engineer? If so, you should float!

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People use the floatation tank to turn off the noise from primary senses (visual, auditory & kinesthetic) and accelerate the transition from beta brain waves (normal state) to alpha (learning state) and ultimately theta (dream state). The process is similar to meditation, but a lot faster. Way faster and easier. It is like forced meditation without the pains of sitting up right and trying to detune the world around you.
The goal with both meditation and floatation is to reach the theta state. This is a powerful state where you can consciously listen to your subconscious mind. Usually through a series of what appears to be auditory or visual hallucinations. Monks train years to do this through meditation while staying consciously awake. Your body does this naturally every night but you switch off, fall asleep. Recall those auditory or visual flashes you get before you off switch kicks in and you fall asleep. That’s a glimpse into theta state. In an isolation tank you are consciously awake observing your subconscious mind. Most of the time. No years of training required. Just 3 floatation sessions and you can become a PRO

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Our subconscious is a powerful supercomputer (no surprises there) which constantly gathers, calculates, builds patterns & connections faster than we can consciously observe (process). I think this is a natural safe measure so we don’t go insane. However imagine having the power to tap into this wealth of stored info. You know when you sometimes get a gut feeling? I believe that is the output from all the processing making their way to your conscious mind. Software guys can use the floatation tank to tap into this and get answers faster then waiting for them to bubble to the top.
The body and mind are a very busy and noisy place.
Especially if you are a software engineer you will know all about the noise and how distracting it can be to productivity. Hence why you like working nights pounding away at code, right. This feeling is common. But health wise, this is not sustainable. The answer is the floatation tank to help you calm down both mentally & physically and tap into your mind, the supercomputer.
The flotation tank immediately cuts out your auditory, visual and kinesthetic senses creating an environment similar to a womb. Allowing your mind to start exploring the inner self. Looking for answers to your questions. Tapping into the hidden recesses of the mind that are usually outside the reach of your conscious awareness.

The benefits
Relaxation (mental & physical) from the daily stresses of running your own business or writing ton of code,
Learning a new skill – play audio while you float to accelerate the learning process,
Get answers to questions faster – you’ve heard of sleep on it right and that it works. Well this is better because your conscious and you get more answers.
Better understand yourself – some call it enlightenment,

At Stanford scientifically proved by studying monks concluding that “Essentially when you spend a lot of time meditating, the brain shows a pattern of feeling safe in the world and more comfortable in approaching people and situations, and less vigilant and afraid, which is more associated with the right hemisphere.

Want answers to your software engineering challenges? don’t just sleep on it… Float!

YOUR FIRST FLOAT

The first time you Float is generally similar for many people: you will likely move around a bit at first to find the most comfortable position for you, then you begin to relax more deeply once you have adjusted to the unique environment of Floating weightlessly without distraction.
The more you Float, the easier it becomes to “let go” of the outside world which will help you to relax the body, quiet the mind, and sink into the experience.
Step 1
Schedule your appointment , trying to book at least 24 hours in advance to allow for proper planning and preparation. We’re typically booked in advance, especially during busy times of day, so you may have to plan further ahead if you want to Float at a popular time!
Step 2
Arrive at Shalom Float Spa! There is plenty of free parking in the lot, so no hassles there. For your first Float, please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time. Arriving early will ensure we can give you the best experience possible, ensure you are able to Float for the full duration, and so we can be respectful of all Clients’ appointments. Unfortunately, new Clients who do not arrive at least 15 minutes prior may not be able to use the service for which they are scheduled for the entire duration or may be required to reschedule.

Step 3
It’s time to start Floating!
Take a quick pre-Float shower to remove any hair, face, or body products that you have on
Insert your ear plugs to keep the salt out of your ears ,if you prefer so!Make sure to cover any cuts or scratches with the provided petroleum jelly after you shower

Take a step into the Floatation Therapy Room directly from the shower

FLOAT!
After your Float, the light will come on to bring you back, before the filtration system begins a couple minutes later
Take a quick post-Float shower to wash all the Epsom salt off your body
Get dressed and take care of any post-shower rituals you need to,

Let us know about your experience on google or social media. Enjoy your post-Float afterglow!

 

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Taking a break from gravity in floatation tanks also causes fascinating and significant changes in the brain. Endorphins are released. These are powerful natural pain relievers and mood enhancers that promote a sense of well-being while further enhancing the healing benefits of the zero gravity environment.

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A person who has a high stress level will find it virtually impossible to maintain that stress level after a float session due to endorphins being released in the brain as well as their brainwaves shifting from beta to alpha and even theta. Theta is a rare brain state that is normally reserved for people trained in meditation. An important contrast to meditation is the fact that a person can achieve a theta brain state in their very first float session, making it a quick and easy shortcut to deep relaxation.

The benefits achieved in a one hour session are significant on their own, but when compared to other therapies, floatation tanks are in a category all their own.

Shalom Float and Mind spa is the first floatation centre opened in Pune,India uses a Relaxopod

Book an appointment at www.shalomfloatspa.com or call 69409032 / 33

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RELAXOPOD-BENEFITS OF FLOATING

The beneficial effects of floating are corroborated by a wealth of scientific explanations, compiled by Michael Hutchinson 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 cancerBeneficial 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

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Who Should Use The Floatation Therapy?

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You know what floatation therapy is, but not sure about who can use it in daily lives? Here is a simple guide for you.

Floatation therapy has been available for a long time, but recently, various researches have proven its benefits. Also, now we are aware of who can use floatation therapy to achieve a deep state of relaxation.

The simple answer to the question of who should use floatation therapy is- those who want to achieve a healthy state of mind and body.

Following are some of the examples of people who can benefit from the floatation therapy.

Stressed Individuals

Modern life is fast-paced, and competitive which can add a lot of stress to the individuals. Stress-related ailments like high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke are considered as fatal.

Also, when we are stressed, we cannot live our life to the fullest. Our mind is constantly worrying and is under constant pressure.

Floatation therapy helps to remove stress from your mind and body and helps you to achieve the highest state of relaxation.

Working People

A vast majority of people are working round the clock, especially the BPO staff. There are tight schedules, organizational competition, screaming bosses and lots of expectations. This creates an unhealthy environment for mind and body.

These people can benefit from the floatation session, free from any distractions, away from the daily clutter of the office. The solitude in the floatation tank can truly relax the working people.

Pregnant Women

A pregnant woman goes through a lot of discomforts and hormonal changes during the pregnancy period. Also, there are lots of mood fluctuations experienced by her during this time.

Floatation therapy can reduce these physical and mental discomforts in pregnant women quite easily. Many women have experienced a stronger bond between her and the child during and after the floatation session. Ultimately, it helps in wellbeing of both mother and child. Besides, the complete weight from the back and hip is released.

Students

All the students have to be constantly in the learning phase. The stress and fatigue of exams and assignments adds constant pressure on them. Besides, they have to learn things fast and memorize and reproduce them in the exam hall under the time constraint. Most students get anxious even if they think about the exam.

Floatation therapy can improve the student’s performance in the academic evaluations. It removes stress and anxiety and students can feel refreshed after the floatation session. A calm mind can learn things faster and implement it better.

Travelling People

Some people love travelling, but the physical fatigue and exhaustion can make their situation miserable. Those who constantly travel to long distance due to their work commitments have to face jet lag quite frequently. This adds pressure to the body clocks and ultimately on our health.

To heal this fatigued body and mind, a floatation session really becomes helpful. It puts the body and mind to the deeply relaxed state, which helps in healing and rejuvenating the person completely.

Sportspersons

Sports and athletics are highly competitive fields today. Sportspersons not only have to be top in the fitness but also have to be in the proper mindset and attitude.

Because of the constant exercising schedules, the body of the sports person goes through a lot of wear and tear. Problems like sore feet, backache and joint pains are quite common for the sports person. Also, the mental stress which comes from the competition puts mental stress on the mind.

A sportsperson can feel a calm state of mind and body before his competitive event. He can perform at his optimum level if he is relaxed and body properly rested through the floatation session. After the event, the healing process of body and mind can occur rather faster with the floatation session after the sports event.

What is floatation therapy?

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Have you ever wondered what floatation therapy is and how it contributes to your overall well-being in life?

There has been a lot of buzz about this new approach to stabilize your mind and cure other ailments which originates from the unhealthy mind.

Welcome to the world of floatation.

Now, it is very important to know what this is all about. What is floatation, how to get your floating experience, and how it contributes to your health and well-being of your mind.

What is floatation?

In floatation therapy, the user floats on the water. For this floating experience, floatation pod is used. Floatation pod is a soundproof tank in which water mixed with Epsom salt is filled in the appropriate amount on which user floats. This salt water gives the buoyancy effect due to which user floats on the water.

The water in the pod/tank is adjusted to the body temperature at about 93.5° Fahrenheit. Now this is where your floatation experience starts. Because water is at the temperature of your body you really don’t feel there is water below you. This gives you an effect like you are actually floating in the air!

This is also called as sensory deprivation. You don’t feel any sensory things inside the tank like senses of sight, sound and smell. It frees your mind getting distracted with the sensory feelings. Your mind and body are purely at rest in this state.

Now as you are floating your body gets more and more relaxed, your mind also starts stabilizing. And as our mind gets more stable, it gets more open to the suggestions and increased creativity. One may also perform meditation, mindfulness, auto-suggestion, self-hypnosis in such relaxed state.

This is scientifically proved therapy and has many benefits, some of which are-

  • Stress Relief
  • Emotional Healing
  • Weight Loss
  • Cure for Insomnia
  • Overcoming Jet Lag

Modern life and stress have contributed many of these ailments. Floatation is the perfect and natural therapy for these ailments as it heals your mind and body simultaneously.

Floatation and other therapies

Many other therapies have been used for well-being of body and mind for years. For example, Yoga, Meditation, Massage therapy etc. They have their own benefits, but they differ from floatation therapy with respect to relaxation of mind and body.

For example, yoga therapy really has some learning curve. You have to actually learn asanas that too in the proper form. In yoga, body stretches may involve varying level of intensity. The yoga offers relaxation through different poses and stretches to the body.

Meditation sometimes becomes very difficult for the beginners. Sometimes it becomes a frustrating experience to concentrate the mind when so many thoughts come to our mind constantly. Being focused and free from the clutter of the mind seems impossibility for many practitioners.

Massage therapy too works when it is done by the proper therapist. It is totally depending on the other person and his ability to make your body relaxed. Also, many people do not feel comfortable being semi-nude in front of the therapist or sometimes they don’t feel good about someone touching their bodies.

In floatation therapy, you are isolated and completely being with yourself in the floatation pod. It slows down your brain waves from higher beta state to theta state, which gives the effect of deep meditation, which could take a lot of time if you simply do meditation or yoga practice.

Although floatation therapy is different from other relaxation techniques, you can reap maximum benefits if you combine it with above-mentioned methods. For example, a floatation session after yoga can truly calm your mind and body and you feel deep relaxation.

Floatation therapy leaves your body deeply relaxed, properly rested and strong. It is the simplest way to enhance your overall wellbeing.

What have been your methods to relax? What do you think about floatation therapy?