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Floatation Research

Want to learn more about the benefits of Floating? Floatation Therapy was first discovered in the early 1970’s. Since then, researchers around the globe have been studying its effects on the body and the mind. We have collected a number of the exciting studies that have been recently published.

General Benefits

Beneficial effects of treatment with flotation as a preventive health-care intervention
Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014
This was a study of 65 healthy subjects, half of which who were given 2 floats a week for 2 months. After a series of emotional and psychological tests, the researchers found that stress, depression, anxiety, and pain were significantly decreased. Optimism and sleep quality significantly increased for the flotation group. There was also a significant correlation between mindfulness in daily life and degree of altered states of consciousness during the relaxation in the floatation tank.

Emotional and Sleep Disorders

Quality of Life with Floatation Therapy for a Person Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Atypical Autism, PTSD, Anxiety and Depression
Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 2013
A 24-year-old woman diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, atypical autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression floated regularly for one and a half years. Results suggest that floating may have beneficial therapeutic effects on mental health.
Psychotherapeutic Treatment in Combination with Floatation: Effects on “Burn-Out Syndrome”
The Qualitative Report, 2010
This fascinating paper describes a study in which patients with fatigue, lack of energy, sleeping problems and pain were able to improve symptoms considerably after a series of float treatments and talk therapy.
The Use of Floatation In the Treatment of Persistent Insomnia
University of British Columbia, 1989
It was concluded that flotation REST (on its own and in combination with autogenic relaxation) improved both subjective and objective sleep latency up to twelve weeks after treatment.
Floatation as a Stress Management Tool
Journal of Psychology and Health, 2005
The findings from this study suggest that floatation might be a valuable alternative to other stress-management techniques. It has relaxing, mood and performance enhancing effects that seem to be more profound than those of other relaxation techniques. Especially in the field of burnout and chronic fatigue, floating could have practical use.
Enhanced independence and quality of life through treatment with floatation of a patient with both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Aspergers Syndrome
Department of Psychology, Carlsbad University 2009
If you suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Asperger’s syndrome or depression you should definitely check out this case study from the Karlstad University, Sweden. The adult subject suffered from all those conditions and after a series of floatation sessions, found that she had significantly increased self-control, deep relaxation and less stress.  It was easier for her to sit still, focus, concentration and organize. Finally she was now more able to deal with social interactions and handle difficult emotions.

Physical Pain

The effect of Floatation on symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Float Summit 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden
Results demonstrated that floatation provided significant temporary reductions in pain, muscle tension, stress, anxiety and sadness, as well as significant increases in relaxation, feelings of well being, energy and ease of movement. There was also significant improvement in the quality of sleep.
Chronic Whiplash Associated Disorders and Their Treatment Using Floatation
Journal of Qualitative Health Research, 2008
Results indicated that flotation- REST is a meaningful alternative for treating chronic whiplash-associated disorder.
Effects of Floatation on Muscle Tension Pain
Journal of Pain Research and Management, 2001
Researchers from Karlstad University, Sweden, found that patients gave a series of nine flotation treatments to patients that had been suffering for years with chronic muscle tension pain.  They found that Floatation therapy was able to significantly reduce their pain, anxiety and depression.  They also found that these patients would fall asleep faster after floating.
Effects of Floatation on Stress Related Pain
Journal of Pain Research and Management, 2005
Study on 32 patients with chronic stress related muscle pain and burnout depression (fatigue, low energy, memory problems, insomnia, low spirited). Found that floatation therapy is an effective and non-invasive method of the treatment of this pain and burnout depression and should be an integral part of treatment.

Athletic Performance

Floatation and Imagery in the Improvement of Athletic Performance
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1990
This study on basketball playing students at the University of British Columbia found strong evidence of improvement in athletic skill after flotation therapy.

Creativity Enhancement

The Effect Floatation on Jazz Improvisation
Journal of Music and Medicine, 2011
Looking to improve your musical performance skills?  In this study performed by the University of British Columbia, it was found that Floatation therapy had a beneficial effect on technical ability in freely conceived jazz improvisation.
Creativity enhancement through Floatation
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1992
This amazing study by the University of Vermont, shows dramatic increases in creativity for people who float for just one hour!
Enhancement of Scientific Creativity by Floatation
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1987
The University of British Columbia tested a number of scientists and found that they produced more high level creative ideas after they took a series of 60 minute flotation sessions. Additionally, they showed decreased levels of tension, anger, depression and fatigue after floating.

Facial Acupuncture Rejuvenation Research

Learn the science behind how the Floating Lotus Facial Acupuncture Treatment eliminates wrinkles, decreases of facial puffiness and acne, improves facial muscle tone, improves skin texture with tighter pores, and decreases sagging around the eyes, cheeks, chin, and neck.

Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation
Journal of Aesthetic Surgery, 2004
An Introduction to Facial Revitalization Acupuncture
European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 2007
Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013
In this pilot study, FCA showed promising results as a therapy for facial elasticity.

Infrared Sauna Research

The Floating Lotus Infrared Sauna reduces pain and improves cardiac health.

Infrared sauna in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 2009
Study showing good tolerance, short-term improvement of pain and stiffness, and a trend towards long-term beneficial effects
Effect of Repeated Sauna Treatment on Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure
Journal of Circulation, 2004
This study concluded that repeated sauna treatment improves ventricular arrhythmias in patients with CHF
Far-infrared saunas for treatment of cardiovascular risk factors
Canadian Family Physician Journal, 2009
Evidence supporting Far infrared Sauna treatments for normalizing blood pressure and treating congestive heart failure.
Sauna as a Valuable Clinical Tool for Cardiovascular, Autoimmune, Toxicant- induced and other Chronic Health Problems
Alternative Medicine Review, 2011

Salt Cave Therapy Research

Learn how sitting in the Floating Lotus Salt Cave can clear your respiratory tract and reduce stress

Halotherapy for the Treatment of Respiratory Diseases
Journal of Aerosol Medicine, 1995
Salt caves as simulation of natural environment and significance of halotherapy
Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine, 2014
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