If you’re not an avid fan of The Simpsons, you might not recall the time that Homer and Lisa tried flotation therapy. Essentially, floating therapy allows you to float, while ensconced in a giant bath filled with temperate water and Epsom salts. Back in the 90’s this misunderstood relaxation technique was dismissed as a ‘New Age’ hippy craze. Fast-forward to 2019, and flotation therapy is a mainstream pursuit with a reputation for offering the easiest way to detox from the stresses of the 24/7 digital world.
Let Your Anxieties Float Away
The demands of modern life can sometimes prove inescapable and exhausting. Some days, barely a moment passes where you can unwind and allow your mind to disassociate itself from reality. The splendid isolation experienced when using a flotation bath is providing tangible benefits to genuine people.
Clinical trials by the Laureate Institute of Brain Research have demonstrated that the amygdala, the part of the brain that controls fight or flight response, is switching off at the conclusion of flotation sessions. PTSD patients suffer from a hyperactive amygdala linked to their traumatic experiences. Discovering a way to inhibit this part of the brain without the need for medication is perceived as a major benefit.
Flotation baths are not merely providing benefits to those with clinically diagnosed mental health issues. They can be used by anyone yearning to experience a state of deep relaxation. Once encapsulated in the tank you will be immersed in total darkness and free from the influence of gravity. This state of complete sensory deprivation induces calmness in people, known as the ‘Alpha State.’ In some cases, users have been known to reach the ‘Theta State’, at which point mild hallucinations can manifest in a relaxed state.
Even Elite Athletes Use Them
Long gone are the days of footballers celebrating joyously after a triumph in a communal bath. Nowadays, Premier League footballers and elite level athletes have turned to flotation therapy as a means of aiding recovery from injury and soothing muscles after intense exercise. The combination of water and weightlessness helps muscles to relax and reduce the levels of blood lactate in those who have endured intense workouts. NFL legend Tom Brady is rumoured to have a flotation tank in his house. Conceivably his years of unrivaled success and longevity could be attributed in part to flotation therapy?
The Future of Floating
You don’t have to be an elite sports star to own a flotation tank. If visiting a health spa every few weeks doesn’t float your boat then why not look into installing your own flotation bath. Designer Bathrooms is well recognised in the areas of Stratford upon Avon, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Knowle, Solihull, Kenilworth, Bromsgrove and Warwickshire. We have a broad range of flotation baths for domestic use so contact our friendly team for more information.