Edward Rizo

The Fundamentals of Floatation Therapy

The entire concept of floatation therapy which has become so popular that even John Lennon swore by it, and he is not the only icon who floated to better health based on the fact that Carl Lewis, Jeff Bridges, Kristen Wiig, Elle Macpherson, Tim Ferriss and even Wayne Rooney were float enthusiasts. This 'contraption' which was how the scientific looked at it once upon a time was introduced to the world just about the time when the world was stepping into the psychedelic era.

It was Dr. John Lilly who experimented on a variety of things and one of his experiments resulted him in building an isolation tank or a compartment that deprives us of our sense of gravity, sound, light, heat and smell in order to create a space like atmosphere which was hypothetically supposed to allow individuals to achieve deep relaxation or enhanced levels of relaxation. Eventually this 'experiment' became known as R.E.S.T or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique.

It was evident even during that time that part of the concept of 'eliminating gravity' was based on the experiences of those who swam in the Dead Sea who found it easy to remain afloat because of the high concentration of salt in the water (salinity) which actually made it difficult for swimmers to drown. Based on controlled clinical studies floatation tanks act as triggers that place individuals into a deep relaxed start that is far more intense than regular 'sleep states' and this is based on the fact that those who float are easily able to achieve the elusive Theta State of mind which according to the medical world is a very complex state of mind to get into.

How this transpires according to studies is that when human senses are left 'incapable' for short time frames (external stimuli is eliminated) the number of 'processes' managed by the individual's central nervous system is reduced by a whopping 90% which allows individuals to redirect the excess resources the brain is left with inwards which is a parasympathetic response or in simple words the method via which our body rejuvenates itself naturally in its attempts towards having an internal metabolic that is consistent coupled with an optimal chemical balance.

Clinical observations have revealed that floatation tank therapy enhances recovery time from injuries due to increased T-cell production which also subsequently strengthens the immune system. Floatation therapy also enhances our cardiovascular system (vasodilator effect) which is attributed to the elimination of gravity; these conditions allow increased circulation rates of blood and fluids in the body while our heart rates and blood pressure levels are maintained as low as possible.

The fact is that the when the impact of gravitational forces are removed our muscles, tendons and arteries go into a relaxed state which promotes healing. The positive outcomes from floatation therapy is not just due to the impact of sensory deprivation on the physical constructs of our body, but also more so due to the metal impact. Neuroscientists have been able to identify four distinct brain wave states that our brains move into based on the level of activity our brains are engaged with.

The mental or 'brainwave state' that most individuals are in during the day is the Beta state when the brain functions at 12 Hz - 38 Hz and the Alpha state (8 Hz - 12 Hz) for instance is the 'brainwave state' people are in when they just wake up or about to fall asleep. When we are in deep dreamless sleep, our brains are said to be at the Delta state where it functions at a mere 0.2 Hz - 3 Hz.

Floatation therapy helps individuals to get into a state that is between the Alpha and Delta state which is known as the Theta State where the brain functions between 4 Hz - 7 Hz range and according to reports extreme relaxation is achieved when the mind is in this state making it possible for the body to heal, reset and rebalance. According to neurologists, at this state of mind, it is possible to conduct hypnosis and induce accelerated learning as in this state the brain is still receptive despite.