The Theory of Flotation – Part 3

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.

The Left-Brain Right-Brain Explanation

The two hemispheres or the neocortex operate in fundamentally different modes. The left hemisphere excels at detail, processing information that is small-scale, requiring fine resolution: it operates analytically, by splitting or dissection. The right hemisphere on the other hand, is good at putting all the pieces together. It operates by pattern recognition – visually, intuitively rapidly absorbing large scale information. Just as in the sunshine of a bright day it is impossible to see the stars, so are the subtle contents of the right hemisphere usually drowned out by the noisy chattering of the dominant verbal/analytical left brain, whose qualities are the more cultivated and valued in our culture. But recent research indicates that floating increases right-brain (or minor hemisphere) function. Floating turns off the external stimuli, plunges us into literal and figurative darkness – then suddenly the entire universe of stars and galaxies is spread out before our eyes. Or as brain researcher Dr. Thomas Budzynski of the University of Colorado put it, “In a flotation environment, the right hemisphere comes out and says, ‘Whoopee”.

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