Floating Benefits

Finding balance in floating

It is a simple truth that the human body craves balance. Our muscles, bones, nerves and organs are designed to act in harmony with one another. When external or internal forces upset this equilibrium, it can mean bad things for our physical, mental and emotional health.

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Stress is the biggest disruption of this balance. When stress attacks the body and mind, it can lower a person’s quality of life. Diseases can attack the body easier. It can lead to other unhealthy emotions. Anger, sadness, frustration and jealousy are all an outgrowth of stress breaking down internal harmony.


That’s one reason why floating needs to be in the picture. Floating in an isolation tank is the perfect antidote to stress.


Through floating, a person can restore that internal balance. The mind and body should be treated as an equal system. Both need to be in harmony with each other to achieve optimal levels of good health and happiness. There is simply no better path.

You deal with many external forces each day that threaten the harmony between body and mind. It can be the smallest changes in what we see, what we hear and what we touch that affect us the most.

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Those unwanted changes can be combated through floating. Floaters can counter disruptions to that internal balance because time spent in the isolation tank removes those external sources of pressure and disruption long enough for both body and mind to revert to their natural state.

Floating channels our energies into restoring balance. The reward is feeling happy to be alive.

Floating: is it a chemical thing?

Human behavior is driven by neurochemicals.

It is a scientific fact. Scientists have discovered – through extensive research on the human brain – that our brains secrete a type of hormone known as a nuerochemical. These hormones are what determine our moods. They make us happy, sad, bored, fearful, shy, aggressive and loving.

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Creation of nuerochemicals can affect how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. Someone who gets a higher dose of endorphins, for example, will feel happy and calm. They experience more pleasure than a person who receives fewer endorphins. The same is true with adrenaline. A person who gets an adrenaline boost will be more excited or stimulated than someone who is functioning at normal adrenaline levels.


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How does this relate to floating in an isolation tank? The answer is simple. Nuerochemicals can help shape our floating experience.

Floating stimulates the release of a higher volume of endorphins. At the same time, it reduces the level of nuerochemicals related to stress. Chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol are reduced throughout the body.

Stress, tension and anxiety are literally driven from the body as it floats in the warm saltwater. When the floater lies enclosed in darkness, the body floating peacefully on saltwater and the brain dispensing endorphins like gumballs, true bliss occurs.

Neurochemicals have a powerful effect in shaping the direction of our lives. That is one reason why floating has so much power to heal if it becomes a regular fixture in our weekly or monthly routine. It holds the neurochemical key for bringing peace to our body and soul.

Floating and Your Brain Part III: Delving into the three brain theory

The human brain is more complex than any machine. Few people have truly unlocked its full capabilities or mastered everything the human brain can learn or do. Does floating offer a glimpse into the raw potential of that brain power?

Floating unlocks the door giving a person full access to their brains. There is no reason to not believe the isolation experience cannot be the means of radical change. It accesses all three layers of the brain and gets them working in harmony.

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One popular theory in modern psychology holds that the human brain is actually divided into three layers. Each layer corresponds with a stage in our evolution as a species.

  • The first layer – also known as the reptile brain – controls self-preservation instincts, reproduction and life sustaining productions.
  • The second layer is the visceral or limbic brain. It generates and controls all of a person’s emotions.
  • The third layer is the neocortex or gray matter. It controls memory, intellect, language and consciousness.

All three brain layers are different in function and action. Communication between layers is not always harmonious. This means the three brains can be at odds with one another and it can manifest in clashes between conscious logic and unconscious emotion.

Floating promotes harmony between these three brain levels because it opens communication pathways. The three brains are allowed to unite. In these moments, our bodies and minds are charged with new energy and we can see things more clearly than ever before. New solutions to problems arise and new ways of thinking materialize.

Floating, it seems, can unlock the parts of the human brain that are closed off at other times.

Floating and Your Brain Part II: Left Brain vs Right Brain

A human brain is divided into two distinct hemispheres. Each hemisphere is responsible for carrying out different functions that are important to keeping the human body alive and healthy.

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The left hemisphere is the logical side. It pays attention to detail and processes analytical information. Reason and logic are the products of left brain functions The right hemisphere, on the other hand, operates by pattern recognition. It absorbs large amounts of information and stimulates emotional or creative responses. This makes the right hemisphere the driving force behind creative expression such as painting, writing and singing.

How does this relate to floating in an isolation tank? A simple answer is that flotation opens the door to the right hemisphere of a floater’s brain. It allows the right brain to become dominant over the left brain – even for a short time.

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A floater experiences increased right brain function inside an isolation tank. One reason is that the external distractions that enable the left brain to dominate are shut off during a floating session. When our bodies are able to relax, it also frees our mind.

The clutter of thoughts reduces to a trickle and the negative energy dissipates. Our natural creative side emerges and we are able to see the world in a brand new light.

There’s no sense suppressing your right brain. Letting your creative energies roam free can let you find inspiration and meaning on days when the world seems overwhelming. It offers another reason why floating is good for you.

 

Read for more? Check out the third and final article in this series! Floating and Your Brain, Part III: Delving into the three brain theory