Float therapy offers pain relief, relaxation, and a host benefits to your overall wellbeing. More than just a break from a hectic life, floatation therapy can help people with anxiety disorders by enhancing interoceptive awareness.
History of Float Therapy
Float therapy has been around for over 60 years and is known for its many physical and mental benefits. It was founded on a scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique, or R.E.S.T. It has been found that floating can change our body chemistry and benefit our emotional balance when positive feelings overpower our negative emotions such as anxiety and fear.
How Does Floating Work?
Floating takes place in a float room, known as a sensory deprivation tank, in about 10 inches of water with a high concentration of pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt to give you buoyancy. Providing an environment free from external stimuli, floating can offer an unparalleled level of relaxation.
Floating to Enhance Interoceptive Awareness
It has been shown that conditions such as anxiety, addiction, and anorexia are caused by disruptions to the awareness between our body and brain. Our brain is constantly working to make sense of the signals that our body sends to it by organizing it into body maps. This connection is unconscious, but novel approaches are being studied to enhance the awareness of this processing, known as interoceptive awareness.
Floatation therapy is believed to be an effective way to enhance interoceptive awareness because it removes the external stimulation. By being in an environment without these distractions, people can focus on their internal world, providing the unique opportunity to alter their internal experience.
Floating is one of the few environments that is totally free from distraction. Seldom do we have the opportunity to disconnect from the outside world and allow our brain to rest completely. In addition to providing pure solitude, floating allows your body to enter a state of relaxation, reducing your blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate. Floating has been shown to enhance interoceptive awareness by reducing feelings of anxiety and muscle tension and increasing feelings of relaxation and serenity.
Not only is floatation therapy known to provide improvements to people with anxiety through enhancing interoceptive awareness, it can also help reduce stress, manage pain, improve sleep, and enhance learning and creativity.
iSofloat is San Antonio’s first premier float therapy center offering therapy float memberships, as well as single float sessions. Contact our team to learn more about how floatation therapy can help you relax, reduce pain, and improve your overall wellbeing.