Benefits of Floating
Benefits of Floating
Floating brings peace & quiet, increased well-being & can serve as an alternative form of treatment to reduce stress or relieve persistent pain. Following is a short list of some of the effects which have been reported by researchers & users:
- Promotes total calm, peaceful relaxation; eliminates fatigue & jet lag; improves sleep; alleviates stress; energises, rejuvenates & revitalises.
- Stimulates left/right brain synchronisation; creates mental clarity, alertness; increases creativity, problem solving; heightens visualisation; deepens meditation; expands awareness, intensifies acuteness of senses, accelerates learning.
- Improves athletic performance & helps prevent sports injuries, speeds healing process; aids rehabilitation & recovery; relieves pain; boosts immune function.
- Improves circulation & distribution of oxygen & nutrients; reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate & oxygen consumption.
- Enhances hypnotherapy & self-hypnosis; increases motivation, diminishes depression, anxiety, fear, addictions & phobias.
Floating is a unique tool for assisting people to learn to quieten the mind and body, accessing deep relaxation and a meditative state, which is a learnt skill. Once we have experienced this state of relaxation our body holds a memory of it, which means we can ‘tap into it’ outside of the tank to benefit our day to day lives. When we continue to practice this skill we are using a powerful key for creating balance and harmony within. When our lives are in balance we are happier, more effective people and are able to extend this gift of nurturing self outward to others also.
If you haven’t floated before, or it’s a long time since your last float, it is very beneficial to have a few floating sessions spaced fairly close together. Floating can take a bit of acclimatising for some people. The first float is really an adventure where one ‘feels out’ the new and unique tank environment; the second float generally sees people realising that floating is not so strange after all, settling in a lot quicker and achieving a deep level of relaxation with less mind chatter or resistance, through learning to trust that the water is supporting them; by the third to fifth float most are easily accessing states of relaxation deeper than they have ever experienced before. Having said that – EVERYONE is different and there are many factors in each individuals life that will impact how they take to floating, i.e. meditation experience, stress, life events, or even the day you are having etc. Floating really is about ‘nothingness’ and it’s best as with most things in life, to leave expectations behind. If we have preconceived ideas of what it’s going to be like, it’s likely not to happen and then we may end up disappointed. When we are open to whatever experience may come a real adventure is at hand.
As for myself I was introduced to floating on our honeymoon back in the year 2000 in a country town in Victoria called Daylesford . I remember clearly my first float some 18 years ago at the ripe age of 32, and the feeling of awe and wonder at discovering this amazing ‘thing’, that I had never experienced the likes of before. My time in the tank was profound and words seem inadequate to convey what it was like for me, as it was so personal and experiential. I had no idea before then that we are capable of experiencing ourselves without a body! I had never been in such a deeply relaxed state before. At some point during the float, free of my body, I visualised myself floating amongst the stars with a view of our beautiful planet earth.
I have been recently re introduced to floating for the last 12 months and the benefits are truly beneficial and amazing and then i thought I need to share this service with others so that you can experience this too.
I have heard others tell of similar WOW experiences on their first float. Then there are lots of floaters who have had an ok experience first time, been curious enough to explore it further, and had wonderful experiences after a couple of floats or so, receiving amazing benefits too. Of course floating will mean different things to different people. I think we all owe it to ourselves to be open to trying out as many different modalities of healing and relaxation possible to find what works or resonates with us.