Can you imagine yourself floating in complete darkness without any sound for over an hour?
Flotation Therapy In a Sensory Deprivation Tank is gaining popularity like Cardi B songs! Celebrities are loving it, trainers are digging it and most sport personnel are swearing by it! I never had the chance to do it myself because first, I was too scared of doing and second, I wanted to know more about it, see its reviews and decide whether to go for it or not.
Some say it’s scary as hell, some say all you can hear is the sound of your own breaths and its so dark that you feel blind the whole time. But is it really effective? Does it help you get better, bigger, stronger and healthier as they claimed? It’s time you know all the truth.
But before I tell you all this, let’s find out what exactly is flotation therapy and why people are using it?
What is Flotation Therapy?
Flotation Therapy or Float therapy is a type of healing therapy done by floating in a sensory deprivation tank. Floating requires a tank filled with 6 to 12 inches of water which is infused with hundred of pounds of epsom salts. As the concentration of salt increases, the water becomes more dense, creating the required buoyancy that will help you stay afloat.
Leilani Wagner of Capitol Floats, Sacromento’s first float shop states,
“The water is set to your skin temperature, at about 93.5 degrees, so that you won’t feel cold. Once you get into the float tank, all you have to do is lie back, relax, and let the feeling of weightlessness take over.”
The key to successful floating is letting go. The more you let go, the more you do better. Flotation is carried out in an isolation tank, also known as sensory deprivation tank. Its a soundproof, lightless, salt water filled tank with temperature adjusted to normal body temperature. The sensory deprivation water-filled pods were first studied back in 1954 by a neuropsychiatrist, John C. Lilly who experimented the sensory deprivation with use of psychedelic drugs, mostly LSD inorder to explore the consciousness.
Use of Flotation Therapy as An Alternative Medicine
Flotation Therapy has been widely used as an alternative medicine, however, there has not been enough evidence to back it up. Some of the reviews and researches have shown that floating in the sensory deprivation tank provides relief from inflammatory conditions like fibromyalgia and other conditions like muscle tension, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and so on.
Not only this, the 2005 meta-analysis of trails also showed that flotation therapy appeared to be useful to cure depression, mood swings, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), stress, giving the feeling of calmness and rejuvenation to the users. Unlike us, celebrities are going crazy over this therapy. From stress reduction to improving our skin, celebrities like John Lennon, Carl Lewis, Elle Macpherson, Steph Curry, Tom Watson and so on have used float therapy quite a lot realizing its powerful benefits.
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Who Should not Use Flotation Therapy?
You should not float if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, presently ill, have kidney problems, epilepsy, or have active skin conditions, and/or other severe medical conditions.
Some Do’s and Don’ts During Float Therapy
- Avoid wearing contact lenses
- If you have shaved your legs, don’t go for this therapy as it can cause skin irritation
- Spray-tanned? Wait a week before floating
- Don’t float during menstruation but if you need to do, then pool protocol should be followed.
- Those who’re pregnant should consult their physician before floating
- Avoiding heavy meals and caffeine before floating is effective for deep relaxation; a light meal or empty stomach is suggested.
- If you’ve severe claustrophobia, then don’t go for this therapy.
- No two people can float in one chamber.
- Wait few days before floating if you’ve just dyed your hair.