benefits

Learn of the many benefits of flotation therapy and tradtional and infrared sauna. Relax and refresh your mind and body. Ease pain, sleep better, be a better you.

Health Benefits


Gravity Reduction

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The gravity-reduced environment helps our mind and body relax and provides many physical benefits including:

  • pain relief
  • improved healing
  • joint relief
  • relief from discomfort during pregnancy

Sensory Deprivation

The light and sound free environment provides deep peace and relaxation with the following health benefits

  • stress relief
  • reduces blood pressure
  • relief from insomnia
  • relief from migraine or tension headaches

PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - This is another important application for float tanks because there are so few effective treatments for PTSD. This is made more significant by the fact that there is a huge increase in PTSD patients recently. Studies have shown that PTSD can be profoundly helped by floating.


Epsom Salt

People have been using salt baths for hundreds of years because of the health benefits which include:

  • relief from muscle and joint soreness
  • skin and hair benefits
  • detoxification
  • lowering of blood pressure

 

 


Saunas

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People have been using saunas for hundreds of years because of the health benefits which include:

  • normalizes blood pressure
  • improved circulation
  • detoxification
  • relaxation
  • pain relief



Research

 

Addiction and Substance Abuse

J.A. Best, (1977). Satiation and sensory deprivation combined in smoking therapy: Some case studies and unexpected side-effects.

Barabasz M., Barabasz A. & Dyer R.Chamber, (1993). REST Reduces Alcohol Consumption: 3,6, 12 and 24 Hour Sessions.

Adams, H. B., (1990). Arousability and the Nature of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.

Adams, H. B., Cooper, G. D., & Scott, J. C., (1987). REST and reduced alcohol consumption.

 

Autism

Harrison J. & Barabasz A., (1993). REST as a Treatment for Children with Autism.

 

Eating Disorders and Weight Management

Barabasz M. & Barabasz A., (1993). REST: A Key Facilitator in the Treatment of Eating Disorders.

Dyer R., Barabasz A. & Barabasz M., (1993). Twenty-Four Hours of Chamber REST Produces Specific Food Aversions in Obese Females.

 

Heart Health And Stress

Hu Pei-Cheng, Wang RR, Shang ZH, (2000). Flotation therapy in treatment of patients with primary hypertension.

Suedfeld, P., Roy, C., Landon, P.B.Restricted Enviornmental Stimulation Therapy in the treatment of Essential Hypertension.

Jean L. Kristeller, Gary E. Schwartz, Henry Black. The Use of Restricted Environmental Stimulation
Therapy (REST) in the Treatment of Essential Hypertension: two case studies.

Van Dierendonck, D., Nijenhuis, J.T., (2004). Flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) as a stress-management tool: A meta-analysis.

Takashi Kihara, MD, Sadatoshi Biro, MD, Masakazu Imamura, MD, Shiro Yoshifuku, MD, Kunitsugu Takasaki, MD, Yoshiyuki Ikeda, MD, Yutaka Otuji, MD, Shinichi Minagoe, MD, Yoshifumi Toyama, MD, Chuwa Tei, MD, (2002). Repeated sauna treatment improves vascular endothelial and cardiac function in patients with chronic heart failure.

Mitsuo Sobajima, Takashi Nozawa, Hiroyuki Ihori, Takuya Shida, Takashi Ohori, Takayuki Suzuki, Akira Matsuki, Satoshi Yasumura, Hiroshi Inoue, (2013). Repeated sauna therapy improves myocardial perfusion in patients with chronically occluded coronary artery-related ischemia.

 

Mental Performance

Jacobs, T.The effect of the floatation version of restricted environmental stimulation technique (REST) on Jazz Improvisation.

Levin, J and Brody, N., (1974). Information-deprivation and creativity.

Forgays, Donald G., Forgays, Deborah K. Creativity Enhancement Through Floatation Isolation.

Taylor T., Enhancement of Scientific Creativity by Floatation REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy).

 

Objective Look At The Flotation Industry

Kristoffer Jonsson and Anette Kjellgren, (2014). Curing the sick and creating supermen – How relaxation in flotation tanks is advertised on the Internet.

 

Pain Management

Åsenlöf, K., Olsson, S., Bood, S. Å., & Norlander, T. Case studies on fibromyalgia and burn-out depression using psychotherapy in combination with flotation-REST: Personality development and increased well-being.

Fibromyalgia Flotation Project

The Effects of Flotation REST on the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Gilbert M. Koula, John C. Kemp, Keith M. Keane, Allan D. Belden, (1990). Replication of a Clinical Outcome Study on a Hospital-Based Stress Management and Behavioral Medicine Program Utilizing Flotation REST and Biofeedback.

Bood, S. Å., (2007). Bending and mending the neurosignature. Frameworks of influence by flotation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) upon wellbeing in patients with stress related ailments.

Landström, A., Bood, S.Å., Kjellgren, A., & Norlander, T., (2007). Treating stress related pain in a clinical sample with flotation-REST:A further report on improvementson pain assessed by the Pain Area Inventory (PAI).

Bood, S. Å., Sundequist, U., Kjellgren, A., Nordström, G., & Norlander, T., (2005). Effects of flotation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) on stress related muscle pain: What makes the difference in therapy, attention-placebo, or the relaxation response?

Fine, Thomas; Turner, John Jr. (2005). Rest-assisted Relaxation and Chronic Pain.

Mereday C., Lehman C. & Borrie R.Flotation For The Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Kjellgren, Anette; Sundequist, Ulf; Norlander, Torsten; Archer, Trevor, (2001). Effects of flotation-REST on muscle tension pain.

Goldstein D.D. & Jessen W.E., (1990). Flotation Effect on Premenstrual Syndrome.

 

PTSD

Anette Kjellgren, Hanna Edebol, Tommy Nordén, Torsten Norlander, (2013). Quality of Life with Flotation Therapy for a Person Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Atypical Autism, PTSD, Anxiety and Depression.

Float Therapy Helping Veterans News Article, (2014).

Clinical Psychologist David Manfield Discusses Float Therapy and PTSD.

 

Physical Performance

Patrick Mcaleney, Arreed Barabasz, and Marianne Barabasz,  (1990). Perceptual and Motor Skills, 71:3 , 1023-1028 Effects Of Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation On Intercollegiate Tennis Performance.

Morgan PM, Salacinski AJ, Stults-Kolehmainen MA, (2013). The acute effects of flotation restricted environmental stimulation technique on recovery from maximal eccentric exercise.

 

Well Being

Ruzyla-Smith P. & Barabasz A., (1993). Effects of Flotation REST on the Immune Response: T-Cells, B-Cells, Helper and Suppressor Cells.

Van Dierendonck, Dirk; Nijenhuis, Jan Te, (2005). Flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy
(REST) as a stress-management tool: A meta-analysis.

Kjellgren, Anette, (2008). The Experience of flotation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique): Consciousness, Creativity, Subjective Stress and Pain.

Rand Walker, W. Freeman, R.F., Christensen, D.K., (1994). Restricting Environmental Stimulation (REST) to enhance cognitive behavioral treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder with schizotypal personality disorder.

Bood, S. Å., Sundequist, U., Norlander, T., Nordström, L., Nordenström, K., Kjellgren, A., et al, (2006). Eliciting the relaxation response with help of flotation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) in patients with stress related ailments.

Crinnion WJ, (2011). Sauna as a valuable clinical tool for cardiovascular, autoimmune, toxicant- induced and other chronic health problems.