Floating Lowers Stress
The water’s magnesium inhibits ACTH, a hormone that drives your adrenal glands to release the stress hormone cortisol. Magnesium also improves sleep quality, which contributes to feeling less stressed. A comparison of 27 different studies revealed that floating also has relaxation, mood and performance enhancing effects, particularly in cases of chronic fatigue.
Floating Enhances Athletic Performance
Bounce back faster from intense workouts by reducing lactic acid in the blood. When you float in a near zero-gravity environment lactic acid passes out of the muscles faster, which reduces overall muscle stiffness and pain.
Floating Decreases Anxiety and Depression
Under stress your brain signals your glands to release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Chronic stress leads to an abundance of these hormones in your body (overactive hypothalamus) which can lead to depression. Floating helps combat depression and anxiety by minimizing your cortisol production. Float has also shown to help with PTSD and overall improved optimism.
Floating Relieves Pain
Floating oxygenates your body by promoting vasodilation (better blood flow) to the brain, organs and limbs. It serves to minimize muscular and skeletal pain, muscle tension, pain from Fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety and depression.
Floating Benefits Creativity
A study in the journal Music and Medicine found that floating improved the technical ability of musicians during jazz improvisation. The sensory deprivation of a float tank allows the mind to wonder to places typically blocked from day-to-day stimulation of cell phones, TV, sounds and visual bombardment.
Floating Improves Quality of Sleep
Feeling more relaxed is important to proper rest and deep sleep. The anti-gravity effect of float therapy allows muscles to reach deep levels of relations allowing for better sleep at night.