Floaters commonly report very deep meditative states and the occasional outerbody experience (7). Experiencing the effects of meditation can be very difficult for even the most experienced practitioner of meditation. By significantly reducing and eliminating sensory visual, touch, and auditory stimuli, the burden on your mind is lifted and so are barriers to meditation.
Additionally, many floating clients report mental breakthroughs, enhanced creativity and improved focus after floating. Because float therapy limits visual, touch and auditory stimuli, much of the processing power your mind dedicates is freed to focus on other things. Studies have shown that float therapy can even help with depression.
Sensory deprivation has a powerful ability of being about to allow people to explore the deep recesses of their minds. In extreme cases, season floaters have been known to have extrasensory experiences, not limited to feeling of being out-of-body and hallucinations (8). The first person to extensively study the effects of sensory deprivation, John C. Lilly, is known to have combined his floats with LSD, cannabis, and other mind-altering substances to reach higher states of consciousness (9).
For those who combine meditation practice in addition to their floats tell about how floating allows them to go deeper into their meditation and spark their focus and creativity juices.
States of intense relaxation reduce stress and the production of cortisol. In addition to playing a significant role in weight gain and water retention, cortisol increases blood pressure and blood sugar. Studies monitoring blood pressure before and post-float show significant reductions in cortisol levels and lowered blood pressure.
Aside for water, magnesium sulfate is the only ingredient in float solution. Magnesium sulfate, aka “epsom salt” has been used to treat various ailments for centuries (10). More commonly, however, magnesium is known for its role in digestion system. But unlike Milk of Magnesia, the magnesium sulfate used to create float solution makes you more buoyant, allowing you to float effortlessly and relax completely.
By itself, magnesium is a powerful electrolyte and antioxidant. Magnesium deficiency is a pro-inflammatory condition, producing oxygen-derived free radicals that wreak havoc throughout your body, and can cause irreparable damage of blood vessels walls. This causes inflammation, which can lead to increased levels of bad cholesterol, heart disease, and COPD.
During your float, you small amounts of magnesium may be absorbed into the bloodstream through sweat glands and hair follicles. At the cellular level, magnesium is involved in over 600 enzymatic reactions in the human body and is an essential component energy and protein synthesis…. aka it’s pretty important.
Oddly enough, it’s been estimated in Australia that as much as half of the population doesn’t meet the required intake of magnesium (11). Consequently, it’s no wonder why Australian float centers also represent 20-25% of the entire float industry (12).