What do Tom Brady, Steph Curry, Joe Rogan, Tim Ferriss, Aly Raisman, and Zac Efron have in common? They all have come to rely on float therapy for soothing aching muscles, improving sleep, enabling recovery, and increasing focus. This book explores the world of flotation therapy, including the history of its development, its many benefits, what you can expect during a float session, and where you can go to experience it.
At its root, flotation therapy consists of floating on a bed of body temperature saltwater in a light-proof, sound-proof chamber. Float sessions generally last between 60 and 90 minutes and can be life-changing experiences. Research has shown that sensory deprivation therapy using a float tank has great potential for personal growth, healing, alleviating stress and anxiety. improving focus, and treating sore muscles.
Eliminating the external stimuli, floating allows the subject to quiet the brain’s normal responses to the chaos of the everyday world. This lets our brain slow down, re-synchronize with our natural rhythms, and enter a deeply relaxed state. Research has shown that floating has stress-relieving qualities similar to deep meditation in terms of its ability to quiet the emotional centers of the brain. For some people, floating may be accompanied by vivid imagery, creative thoughts, or sudden insights and inspirations.
People who include flotation therapy in an overall wellness program report an array of positive long-term and short-term benefits including greater relaxation, relief from stress and anxiety, ease of muscle and arthritic pain, increased blood circulation, and elevated energy levels and elevated mood through the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “happy pill.” Studies also have shown that floating can be helpful in the recovery of drug and alcohol addiction, as well as in providing support for people suffering from depression. Research also has shown that floating has significant potential as a preventative health maintenance tool.
As the benefits have become more widely known, floating has increased in popularity across society, including in particular the professional sports arena. Such notable sports figures as Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and the entire Patriots football team, podcaster Joe Rogan, and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman have embraced floating as treatment for sore aching muscles, enhancing focus and concentration, and improving the quality of sleep.
This book covers:
- What is an isolation tank?
- The history of float therapy
- The benefits of floating
- Who uses isolation tanks?
- How float therapy works
- The popularity of floating
- Getting your own flotation tank
- What is it like inside a float tank?