If you are wondering about what all the fuss is about regarding Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique, researchers are still exploring the health benefits of floatation therapy with more intensity that ever before! Why? Well here are the basics of the benefits of floatation therapy ‘blow by blow’.

As far as general wellbeing is concerned floatation therapy promotes total calmness and deep relation during and after each floatation session. Apart from that floatation therapy which involves the elimination of external stimuli is known to effectively handle fatigue and jet lag apart from improving sleep to an extent some regard it as a cure for insomnia.

The fact that floatation therapy alleviates stress both mentally and physically apart from energising, rejuvenating and revitalising the entire system is undeniable based on the numerous reports that have pouring in for over a decade. Due to these attributes of floatation therapy involving putting people in an isolation tank filled with an Epsom salt solution, REST also increases the level of motivation while simultaneously diminishing levels of depression significantly along with anxiety and fear which advocates or rather facilitates freedom from addictions, phobias and habits effectively.

These factors are only the tip of the iceberg as the old adage goes as the mental benefits of floatation are equally remarkable. Among the main attributes of floatation therapy and its impact on the mental constructs of a subject is the enhancement of left/right brain synchronisation and the shift from beta to lower frequency alpha, theta and even delta levels that occur during the sessions which after effects include mental clarity, alertness, increased levels of creativity, problem solving and heightened level of visualisation capacity.

In essence, floatation therapy expands awareness while it intensifies the acuteness of sensory elements which advocates accelerated learning. The fact that floatation decreases the production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and as well as adrenaline and increases production of endorphins alone is sufficient to speed up rehabilitation and recovery and relieve pain and discomfort associated with ailments such as arthritis, migraines, gout, pregnancy, injuries and so on.

Apart from that REST also boosts the immune function quite significantly due to the fact that floatation therapy also improves circulation and the distribution of oxygen by red blood cells and nutrient deployment. This is also the primary reason behind the fact that athletes are the biggest proponents of floatation therapy because the therapy reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption which in turn improves athletic performance, prevents injuries due to sports and speeds up healing processes quite considerably.

The main element behind REST is its ability to combat the physiological changes that occur when an individual is placed under a lot of stress which are strongly associated with fibromyalgia symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even somatization disorder and all of which can be prevented or alleviated when these sensory deprivation tanks induce the subjects into a deep relaxed state which researchers refer to as “relaxation response”  which simply means tuning the body’s “fight or flight” stress response to a minimal level which invokes a natural relaxation response that effectively remedy stress-related symptoms by activating parasympathetic nervous system and reducing activity related to the sympathetic nervous system.

To make a long story short, floatation therapy rebalances our system to its optimal state because during floatation therapy, the brain is left to use the ‘free mental processing power’ that is usually engaged with contending with external stimuli to focus internally.

Thus, if ever there was a non-invasive, natural, cost effective method towards revitalising your entire biological system, floatation therapy is definitely the best way to go about it.

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