In the 1950s, American neuropsychologist Dr John C. Lilly developed a sensory deprivation tank to explore whether external stimuli is needed to keep the mind conscious. This was the birth of the first Floatation tank.
Floatation therapy gives the body and mind the ultimate relaxing environment. The pods provide total sensory deprivation to all the senses. The pod is light and sound proof, the temperature of the water is perfectly matched to body temperature, and the Epsom salt in the water enables the body to float without trying. This removes all stimuli on the body enabling it to completely relax-even more so than just lying in bed, which puts pressure on different areas of the body.
In order for our bodies to heal, we require rest and relaxation and the sensory deprivation tank provides the ideal environment to do this.
So how does it work?
There are many benefits of floating:
The physical benefits on the body of total relaxation
The Epsom salts remove the effects of gravity allowing the floater to float without any effort
Scientific study has shown when external stimuli is reduced to a minimum, deep relaxation and increased well-being are induced
Research has shown that, following float experiences people report feeling better in themselves, stating a reduction in pain, reduction in stress and relief from extreme exhaustion
It has been suggested that these beneficial effects which have been reported could be due to a reduction in the stress hormones present in our bodies. Stress hormones are present in our bodies in response to 'fight or flight' mechanisms. Floating is also thought to increase the bodies release of hormones known as endorphins. Endorphins are our bodies natural painkiller.