According to Dr. Justin Feinstein at the Tulsa’s Laureate Institute for Brain Research (or LIBR), the first of its kind to study the affect of floating and the human brain, float therapy help patients disconnect from the outside world and reconnect to signals coming from the inside of their body.
If you look at the research that has been done on floating, the single most well-replicated finding is that this is a powerful form of stress reduction, and it’s not just subjective. Typically from pre- to post-float people will say “I feel a lot less stressed, a lot less anxious.” But physiologically, there’s been a lot of work showing that floating reduces blood pressure, floating reduces heart rate, floating reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
I think probably when you ask people anecdotally “What do you feel?” after a float the response that we’re finding to really characterize that state could be summed up by the word “serenity.” We actually have scales that measure this, but essentially serenity is a composite of how calm you feel, how relaxed you feel, how at ease you feel.
You can think of it sort of as a low-energy, positive state. You’re not euphoric in the sense that you’re filled with energy. You’re just in this very calm, relaxed state.
Dr. Justin Feinstein is a clinical neuropsychologist at Tulsa’s Laureate Institute for Brain Research (or LIBR), which studies how and why floating in a foot or so of water can aid those who suffer from acute stress, high-level anxiety, PTSD, and similar afflictions.
Watch his talk about his team research below:
Justin Feinstein – Float Conference 2016
Listen to his radio interview below:
A Chat with Dr. Justin Feinstein, Director of the “Float Clinic” at LIBR