According to certain medical journals such as the Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, sensory deprivation therapy has far more positive health benefits that go beyond the minor hallucinations that patients experience during the therapy. According to the journal based on clinical trials, these hallucinations are the results of faulty source monitoring by the brain that can be attributed to memory errors.
The fact that during floatation tank therapy, the brain actually tries to correct these errors, for instance, faulty source monitoring occurs they reveal to have seen a vampire bat when they were kids, when in fact they only saw the lion on film.
These types of corrections occur throughout the duration of the therapy as when the brain is deprived of sensory input it promotes a state of deep relaxation, which does not mean that the brain reduces the level of activity, but in fact increases the level of activity at a different wave length. This is due to the fact that the mind has ceased engaging itself with external stimuli such as sound, sight, smell, light and even gravity.
The impact of gravity is eliminated as individuals are left floating in a highly saturated Epsom salt solution that is preheated to skin temperature disabling the individual to tell apart which part of the body is submerged and which parts are afloat.
This ‘window of rest’ for periods of between 45 minutes to 90 minutes allows the brain to restructure memory and consolidate information, or in other words, the brain gets a ‘reboot’.
Initially the increased level of creativity after a float session was the main attraction for researchers and neuroscientists to pursue the constructs of the therapy which included elements related to human connection and level of concentration.
However, as time passed and technological advances were made in neuroscience it was found that sensory deprivation actually reduces and in many case-scenarios significantly limits the body’s stress response and induces deep relation and ‘quietens mental chatter’.
This has been found to in turn have a positive impact on people suffering from insomnia, anxiety, bouts of chronic pain and even depression and issues with minor addiction. It is stated as ‘minor addiction’ based on the fact that it revolved around habits with cigarettes, gambling, compulsive lying and alcoholism in their early stages.
When use for treating addiction, the therapy was found to be effective in ‘modifying’ select behaviours on select individuals and was deemed as ‘promising’ for some others.
What makes the therapy such a hit is that, sensory deprivation tank therapy actually reduces stress response, enhances memory and reduces anxiety without having to use a motley concoction of over the counter and prescription pills.
Apart from that, the treatment which has shown great promise in treating blood pressure, arthritis and chronic pain without having the need to cause harm to our body in any other way.
Float tanks pose no risk of drowning or getting electrocuted or suffocating. The fact that there are also no drugs involved make floatation therapy the best kind of holistic treatment there is out there.