While floating in water and Epson salt, the body reaches a state of deep relaxation that otherwise would only be reached while sleeping. The deep relaxation also allows the brain to reduce its electrical activity (EEG) from around 20 – 25 HZ down to 4-8 HZ and the brain goes into a wave pattern known as Theta State.
In the Theta State the body releases endorphins – The “Feel-Good” hormones. While the body is releasing Endorphins, the harmful chemicals that increase stress, Cortisol “the Stress Hormone”, Adrenaline, ACTH and Lactate, are removed from the blood stream. Floating opens the door for the body to get rid of harmful chemicals allowing Endorphins to take over and reduce stress, the perception of pain, fatigue and muscle tension.
In addition to the chemical changes that take place in the body while floating, sensory deprivation becomes a determining factor in stress reduction – no light, no sound, no gravity, no external stimuli, and an amazing feeling of weightlessness. Sensory deprivation calms and quiets your mind. These feelings remain with you for several days. It is safe to say that Floating allows the body to balance itself and reduce stress.