The science behind floating

Floating is great. But don't just take our word for it! Check out 5 major benefits of floating, all backed by solid research.




Floating enables us to think more creatively and improve moods: Five psychologists recorded their thoughts post REST float and after periods of time alone in their office, finding that ideas generated post float were more creative, as good feeling hormones such as dopamine were released.



(Bluck, Metcalfe & Suedfeld. 1987. Enhancement of scientific creativity by flotation rest (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique). Retrieved from; )



Floating regularly assists with improving sleep quality:  In a study involving 65 individuals (14 men, 51 women), participants experienced a significant increase in their sleep quality linked to the absorption of magnesium and regulations of melatonin in the body (required for restful sleep), and a reduction in feelings of stress, depression, anxiety and pain. All linked to the increased levels of magnesium in the body, reducing the production of cortisol and other stress-related hormones and increasing the release of dopamine.



(Ballard.E.J.,1989. The use of Flotation REST in the treatment of Persistent Psychophysiological Insomnia. Retrieved from; )

Floatation therapy has significant effects on recovery: In a study involving untrained male participants, the study showed that there was a significant improvement between recovery in terms of blood lactate levels when incorporating floating therapy as oppose to active recovery for an hour; with levels being 0.66mmol lower than in the seated control.




(Morgan, Salacinski & Stults-Kolehmainen. 2013. The Acute Effects of Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique on Recovery from maximal eccentric exercise. Retrieved from; )


Flotation therapy can assist with memory retention through R.E.S.T:
Flotation therapy, through its composition is designed to reduce environment stimuli input, and as such has the benefit to assist patients with amnesia, and other memory issues. The study, showed that patient with amnesia after being exposed to REST environments such as flotation tanks, saw great improvements in their self-assessment of their memory from their initial assessment prior to REST therapy to their last assessment post REST, which was 15 times greater than those in the control group; not exposed to REST therapies.



(Suedfeld, Ramirex, Remick & Fleming. N.d. Memory effects of restricted environmental  stimulation therapy (REST) and possible applications to ECT. retrieved from; )


Long-term floating can assist in reducing pain associated with different conditions, including fibromyalgia:
Throughout the study, patients with fibromyalgia, when exposed to Floatation REST had the following significant beneficial effects, including but not limited to; stress reduction, decreased pain and muscle tension, reduced feelings of anxiety, increased mood, improved sleep and increased magnesium absorption. This study included 81 participants from varying regions, with varying reflections, providing valuable anecdotal evidence of improvements.



(Borrie. et al. 2012. The effects of Flotation REST on the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Retrieved from;. )


So go on! What are you waiting for! Give our float team a call to discuss floating and how it can benefit you.








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