Wellness trend: float tanks

Float tanks are making a comeback as the wellness trend grows in popularity.

Floatation tanks, also known as sensory deprivation or isolation tanks, offer a way of achieving deep relaxation by spending an hour or more lying quietly in darkness, suspended in a warm solution of epsom salt.

While some may consider this isolation to be stressful rather than relaxing, those who enjoy float tanks make them a habit in their lives.

The concept of flotation therapy is based on the theory that up to 90 percent of the brain’s normal workload is estimated to be caused by the effects of routine environmental stimulation. The stimulants include: gravity, temperature, touch, light and sound. We are constantly bombarded with external stimulation on our senses, as well as the incessant background noises and distractions that we may not even realise our minds are busily processing. Take our addiction to smartphones for example. Most of us don’t realise how each notification or glance at an image stimulates our brain.

When you lie in a float tank, your senses are released from all these distractions and your body is weightless. Your whole body and mind relax and many people reach deep levels of relaxation and meditation. Others simply fall asleep, because the tank creates an environment where you can experience pure sensory relaxation.

The weightlessness, combined with the benefits of Epsom salts, also creates an ideal environment for injury recovery as well as providing relief from muscular pain and tension.

Freed from external stimulation, your body can achieve a state of deep relaxation that is even more beneficial than sleep.

So if you’re struggling to unwind, or have chronic muscular pain try a float tank for relaxation. The least you’ll do is have an hour away from your digital devices, which has to be good for you. Read this article on how to get rid of digital addiction.