BENEFITS

General Wellbeing

The practice of floating allows you to increase your creative abilities and learning processes by crossing those “invisible lands” of altered states of consciousness.

Here are some of the primary benefits:
Promote complete relaxation; eliminate fatigue and jet lag; relieve stress (mental and physical); energize, rejuvenate, and revitalize; increase motivation; decrease depression, anxiety, and fear; and gain freedom from habits, phobias, and addictions.
Floatation is an excellent tool that can be integrated into professional and amateur sports. It provides deep muscle relaxation and accelerates the healing of bruises and sprains. Floatation also promotes the absorption of lactic acid, reducing recovery time and improving microcirculation. A number of studies conducted by major universities have shown unequivocally that floatation improves sports performance through the unique experience of altered states of consciousness.
Many famous athletes have utilized floatation, including Carl Lewis, who used the practice to prepare himself for winning the gold metal in the long jump at the 1988 Olympics in Soul, as well as 1998 Ironman champion Peter Reid, the Dallas Cowboys American football team, the 2000 US Olympic team, and the 2000 Australian Olympic team.
The AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) uses floatation as an integral part of the training regimen for Olympic Athletes. There are three main purposes for this: general athletic recovery, injury recovery, and as part of a neuromuscular rehabilitation program. The UK team of professional athletes (Team GB), which includes Phillips Idowu (silver medalist), Tasha Danvers (silver/bronze in Beijing), and Jade Johnson (gold at the 2008 European Cup in France) have used floatation within an athletic training program, and it has been exceptionally favorable both in terms of physical and mental aspects of their individual performance.
When you eliminate external stimuli, you become more aware of what is left: your body, your ego. After eliminating light, sound, touch, and gravity, what remains is nothing but our own bodies (muscles, skeleton, internal organs) and the relationship between our conscious and unconscious mind (thoughts, emotions, mental images).

What happens in the tank is nothing more than a splendid paradox: through the restriction of sensory input we improve our own sensory awareness.
Scientific research has shown that floating in sensory deprivation is an effective method for lowering the biochemistry related to stress (ACTH and cortisol), thereby inducing a state of creative relaxation. Muscles no longer need to act against the constant pull of gravity; they float weightlessly, freely, like astronauts in space. Muscular pain is reduced by providing more oxygen and stimulating the elimination of lactic acid.

Floatation also rids the body of toxins and increases the level of endorphins (which act as natural analgesics). Circulation is improved as well in the absence of gravity, allowing blood to easily reach the body’s extremities.

Floating can increase performance and potential at work and in life, as it improves self confidence and objectivity. It helps in cases of anxiety and panic attacks, and some psychotherapists are using the tub to ensure greater effectiveness of their treatments..

Mental Benefits

Stimulate left and right brainwaves; move from beta brainwaves into the lower frequencies of alpha, theta, and delta; facilitate mental clarity and awareness; increase creativity and problem solving; deepen mediation practices; increase sensory acuteness; and accelerate learning

Physical Benefits

Decrease production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid, and adrenaline; increase the production of endorphins; accelerate rehabilitation and recovery; alleviate pain (arthritis, migraine, injuries, etc.); stimulate the immune system; improve the circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients; decrease blood pressure, hypertension, heart rate, and oxygen consumption; improve athletic performance; prevent sports injuries and stimulate healing.