Scientifically Based Benefits*
Flotation therapy is more than just a great way to relax; time spent in our float suites can also yield a host of physical and cognitive benefits. Whether you’re hoping to soothe chronic pain or seek clarity in problem-solving, this unique way of promoting wellness has something to offer for just about everyone.
*The use of flotation therapy is not intended to fully treat, cure or prevent any illness or condition. All medical conditions should be treated by a physician competent in treating that particular condition. Afloat has neither applied for nor received approval from the Food and Drug Administration or any other consumer protection group.
ENHANCE PERFORMANCE + EASE MUSCLE PAIN + RECOVER FROM INJURIES
Flotation therapy can enhance athletic performance by promoting recovery from overtraining and psychological / physiological exhaustion, as well as by “imagery” and the reduction of performance anxiety and competitive arousal. Athletes have long used imagery as a tool for performance rehearsals; the lack of external stimuli and enhanced relaxation experience in flotation therapy allow for better rehearsal.
Time in one of our float suites can ease severe muscle tension, promote optimistic thinking, and reduce anxiety—not to mention slow the production of lactate, the biochemical responsible for muscle pain during periods of intense exertion.
Pain associated with sports-related injuries is often a result of high levels of tension in muscles and tendons. The more tense the athlete, the longer recovery from an injury may take. Floating reduces the muscle tension and elevated blood pressure associated with athletic injuries, ultimately promoting speedy recovery.
ENRICH YOUR MIND + STIMULATE CREATIVITY + IMPROVE MOOD
The state of deep relaxation achieved during flotation therapy can yield a host of cognitive benefits, including improvements in both learning and memory — leaving one feeling sharp, refreshed and, most importantly, better prepared to handle the woes of day-to-day stress.
If you’re a writer, artist, musician, or any other type of creative professional, flotation therapy may be just the tool you need. Reduction of stress through regular flotation therapy sessions has been shown shown to positively effect one’s capacity for original thinking, creative endeavors, problem-solving, and organized writing.
So much of what we do — in both work and play — is subtly, if not significantly impacted by our mood state. When it comes to reducing stress, floating has a ripple effect; as the negative effects of chronic stress diminish, one’s mood most often elevates. A study conducted in China, for example, has revealed significant improvement in subjects’ mood states, due largely in part to reduction of stress and external stimuli.
INTERVENE + PREVENT
As a means of preventative healthcare intervention, flotation therapy has been shown to stave off both physical and psychological stress-related ailments, such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, and poor concentration. The result? Gains in energy, optimism, and general well-being.
EASE CHRONIC PAIN + SOOTHE FIBROMYALGIA + SOOTHE OSTEOARTHRITIS
If you suffer from chronic pain as a result of injury, illness, or other number of medical reasons, flotation therapy may be an effective complement to your treatment strategy. Studies reveal a decrease in subjects’ pain thanks to the deep relaxation floating induces — and with increased frequency in therapy, an increase in pain-free periods.
Effective in easing chronic pain, flotation therapy has also been shown to partially relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Patients receiving treatment of this sort often find renewed comfort and confidence as they engage in daily physical activities.
Regular sessions in flotation therapy can also soothe chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis. One study revealed that in just six weekly flotation therapy sessions, patients reported notable improvements in patients’ osteoarthritic symptoms.
MITIGATE BURNOUT + WORK STRESS
Although more common in some professions than others, burnout can blindside even those of us who genuinely love what we do. Flotation has has been shown to benefit those suffering from burn-out after just four months of regular therapy. Over time, anxiety and depression diminish as sleep quality improves, typically resulting in feelings of optimism and renewed career perspectives.
Statistics suggest that motor vehicle driving accidents are on the rise, leading to an increase in reports of whiplash associated disorders (WAD). Patients suffering from pain, limited motion, and other WAD symptoms have shown improvement under a treatment plan that includes frequent flotation therapy sessions.
LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
A common, yet serious condition in many adults, high blood pressure, or hypertension, can require a person to take prescription medications, change lifestyles, and limit all manner of physical activity. Researchers have noted, however, that flotation therapy can lower both heart rate and arterial blood pressure, reducing the symptoms and risks associated with hypertension.
We’ve compiled data from many other studies not listed here and made them available for review in our Research Notebook. If you’d like to learn more about the science behind flotation therapy and its many benefits, just ask one of our Customer Service Ambassadors when you visit.