The Theory of Flotation – Part 1

One of the new services we’ll be offering at the new Shanti Rejuvenation Center location is a float tank. To get you ready for this experience, over the next few weeks we’ll share some different theories about floating and why they work. First presented by Michael Hutchison in his book: The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea, these theories will arm you with facts to make sure you’re ready for your first float.

There’s no doubt that floating works – as a therapeutic, educational and entertainment tool it has powerful effects on a number of levels, including the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. But why is the flotation environment so effective? What can be so actively beneficial in an essentially passive device? This is a question that has intrigued scientists, and today there is flotation research going on in laboratories around the world. The evidence accumulated so far falls into a number of distinct, though interrelated explanations.

The first is the Antigravity Explanation:

The buoyancy afforded by the dense Epsom salt solution eliminates the body’s specific gravity, bringing the floater close to an experience of total weightlessness. Gravity, which has been estimated to occupy 90 percent of all central nervous system activity, is probably the single largest cause of human health problems – the bad backs, sagging abdomens, aching feet, painful joints, and muscular tension that result from our unique but unnatural upright posture. This theory asserts that, by freeing our brain and skeletal system from gravity, floating liberates vast amounts of energies and large areas of the brain to deal with matter of mind, spirit, and enhanced awareness of internal states.

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