Floatation Tank Therapy : Benefits and history of floatation therapy

A flirtatious idea moved one Dr. John C Lilly to toy around the idea of sensory deprivation more than half a century ago, that idea has now become what most of us refer to as floatation tank therapy. His conceptualisation of the entire sensory deprivation theory revolved around the responses of the brain when external stimuli such as sight, sound, smell, temperature and gravity are removed. Although during that time measuring brain activity was still in its infancy and brainwaves could not be measured, empirical evidence proved to reveal promising outcomes based on the feedback of those who underwent the therapy. The therapy basically mimics the environment of a foetus in the womb and whilst most people report getting into a trancelike state, what was obvious was the fact that every single individual who went through the therapy came out of it feeling invigorated, rested, and alert and calm at the same time. This outcome which was repeatedly observed triggered a wave of investigations that picked up pace in the 90s and still on-going.

Medical Perspective

The medical benefits that have been observed within the scope of the therapy have been found to be incredibly positive and varied for the most part. A lot of it is attributed to the advancement of technology which have enhanced the level of external stimuli limitation as these tanks are not only Insulated from light and sound, but even the effects of gravity is minimised due to the concentration of Epsom salt in the solutions that the subjects float in effortlessly. It was found that during the therapy, the human entire human psyche unwinds rendering the brain to function at a much lower frequency. This frequency that the brain steps into usually only takes happens when an individual is either about to fall asleep or just about to awake from a deep slumber.

According to research, at this frequency, incredible things takes place mentally and physically as large amount of externally generated signals are removed from the our neuropath which makes the body ‘unaware’ of whatever is happening externally (as far as the brain is concerned – nothing is happening that requires it to stay alert). This triggers the brain to ‘troubleshoot’ internally due to the excess brain processing power that is available. During this time the brain starts recalibrating internally resulting in an optimised biological state.

As an Auxiliary Treatment

Medical professionals across the globe currently recommend the therapy for just about any ailment as an auxiliary treatment. This is due to the fact that the treatment actually promotes healing quite effectively and rapidly, which supports an individual’s ability to recover from other ailments. The cost of the therapy which is also relatively low makes the therapy an incredibly positive factor towards treating individuals who are suffering from ailments such as insomnia, addiction, mood swings, back problems and PMS discomfort just to name a few. The float tank has been even introduced to those undergoing chemotherapy due to the relief that it is able to generate with just a few sessions.

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