When you are in sensory deprivation tank your body mind is provided with clues that it is not under threat. This triggers a relaxation response called “rest and digest”. When you are in the state of “rest and digest” your “parasympathetic nervous system” is engaged wich produces:
Floatation therapy triggers relaxation response by removing the majority of sensory input, that helps to switch off “fight and flight” response and brings about “rest and digest” state, that is associated with muscle relaxation, restoration and growth.
Over time floatation therapy helps to train your mind and parasympathetic nervous system to bring relaxation response easier.
“A number of scientific studies have compared the effects of Floating against just resting in bed. It was conclusively shown that beneficial effects of floating did not occur while resting in bed.”
Cleopatra, Emperor Nero’s second wife Poppaea Sabina and even Napoleon’s sister Pauline Bonaparte enjoyed bathing in sour donkey’s milk, but for us mere mortals a good long soak in 500 kg of Epsom Salts at Auckland’s new floatation centre would not only be a more pleasant experience, but likely more beneficial too. Auckland’s new Float Culture […]Read more
“When one or more senses are restricted, the sensitivity of the others senses is expanded.” – The Book of Floating by Michael Hutchison The floatation tank makes use of this sensory deprivation effect to bring about a gentle, pleasant, controllable, and temporary shift in consciousness in anyone who floats. This shift in consciousness is healthy, […]Read more
I had met Anton from Float Culture a few nights before my first float. On talking to him about my writings on ‘the importance of feeling’ he asked that I take two floats and write a blog post from this perspective. So what’s so special about ‘feeling’? It’s a different way of looking at self-awareness. […]Read more
Crunch time. Deadlines. We all have these periods that consume all our attention pop up in our lives. Often times the work seems so daunting and monumental that it manages to push aside just about everything else that is unrelated. Too often this includes pushing aside the things that keep us happy, healthy and less […]Read more