Recover from stress, pain, and injury
“I emerged in a profound daze. I spoke slowly and quietly, like a smooth-jazz DJ, to the person at the spa desk who inquired how my session had gone. I felt more rested than if I’d slept for 16 hours on a pile of tranquilized chinchillas.”
Your body has a physiological relaxation response.
This is the opposite of fight-or-flight, and comes on when your body recognizes it can let down its defenses and clean up the adrenaline and cortisol. You typically experience it as:
- genuine rest and recovery,
- good sleep quality, and
- an increased sense of control and efficacy in stressful situations.
“It reduces blood pressure in people who have normal blood pressure, and it reduces blood pressure in people who have hypertension. That's the bottom line.”
But what if you have trouble relaxing? Your body gets stuck running too hard like a car with a brick on the accelerator, until you burn out. There are lots of exercises like yoga and meditation which can promote relaxation, but there's a problem — the more you need them the harder they can be to do. Maybe you cannot imagine even sitting still for an hour.
Flotation therapy directly induces your physiological response.
You don't have to “practice” anything to get the benefit.
You just float.
Stress and Pain
“Sixty minutes of complete relaxation, pain free. And for someone who lives with pain every single day, every minute – that’s priceless.“
If you suffer from pain, you know it can take over your life.
Floating has been shown to reduce or relieve stress-related pain by as much as 48%.
In one study, the test group floated twice a week, twelve times in all, and reported nearly as much lasting benefit four months later as they did at the end of the study.
“I've seen about 200 special forces operators get in those tanks. They've all had some kind of banged-up injury, ... and only one of those guys has ever told me they didn't feel like they got anything out of it.“
Beyond pain reduction and stress management, floating can actively help with healing injuries.
Navy SEALs use float tanks to recover from concussions.
Floating helps you feel more like yourself again.