What is floatation therapy?
Floating, floatation, sensory deprivation, REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulus Therapy)
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What is floatation therapy?
Floating therapy – or just ‘floating’ – is an important tool in treating stress and anxiety, improving self-development, providing wellness, decreasing muscle soreness and tension, as well as being an awesome tool for boosting your meditation.
The Epsom Salt filled water allows you to float effortlessly and is temperated to match the human body.
The experience takes place in a soundproof room in our specially designed floating tanks.
The purpose of floating is to exclude all external stimuli for a while – such as sound, light and gravity – to give the body and brain a break from the outside world.
Floating provides space to create inner peace and deeper contact with your consciousness alongside treating aches and pains in the body.
The history of floating: Where it all began
Floatation therapy was invented and developed in 1954 by neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. John Lilly at NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) in Washington. Lilly was interested in studying the effects of isolating the brain from all sensory inputs, calling it Sensory Deprivation. Lilly was the first to develop the first so-called Isolation Tank, which was later dubbed the Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (REST).
It was not until the 1980s that sensory deprivation, today known as floatation therapy – especially in Sweden, Germany and the United States – began to be considered a recognized practice. Today, floating therapy has gained great popularity in alternative therapy, meditation / mindfulness, self-awareness and personal development. Many years of studies show that sensory deprivation has a wide range of physical and psychological benefits for the brain.
Historien bag: Hvor stammer floating fra?
Floatingterapi blev opfundet og udviklet i 1954 af neurolog og psykiater Dr. John Lilly ved NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) i Washington. Lilly var interesseret i at undersøge effekterne ved at isolere hjernen fra alle sanseinput, og kaldte det for Sensory Deprivation. Lilly var den første til at udvikle den første såkaldte Isolation Tank, som senere blev døbt Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (REST).
Det var ikke før 80’erne, at sensory deprivation, i dag kendt som floatingterapi – specielt i Sverige, Tyskland og USA – begyndte at blive anset som en anerkendt praksis. I dag har floatingterapi opnået stor popularitet inden for alternativ terapi, meditation/mindfullness, selvindsigt og personlig udvikling. Mange års studier viser, at sensory deprivation har en lang række fysiske og psykiske fordele for hjernen. Læs om forskningen bag floatingterapi her.
Epsom salt is a key ingredient in the floating experience. First and foremost because it keeps you floating. The natural mineral compound, Epsom Salt, consists of magnesium and sulphate and has a large number of beneficial properties such as preventing stress and getting of overproduced adrenaline.
The weightless feeling lets the brain fall into a deeply relaxed, dream-like state and – for some – into a deep sleep. It also rids your body of the everyday weight and pressure and as such, in this environment, muscle tensions and stiffness as well as back and neck problems increase.
The unique and calm environment in the floatation tanks creates a unique opportunity for meditation where you are undisturbed on a whole new level. While your body is in deep relaxation, your brain moves down into a theatrical wave state – also called the dream state.
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The effects of floatation therapy is continuously explored in various ways and with many different areas of focus. We regularly share the latest research here as the results of scientific studies are published.