Floating to Reduce Pain
Pain – Floating really is a pain reduction technique, thanks to our natural response to relaxation.
Pain is a mysterious feeling. While it’s value in avoiding injury is obvious, it is not always obvious what benefit it has in chronic pain. However our bodies have natural pain killers which are just as effective, in fact often much more effective than drugs. They are called endorphins, a class of hormones. Hormones are very powerful chemical messengers which control all aspects of our bodies. We do not have conscious control of them but they work for us all the time.
Now here is the good news. Floating in warm water automatically causes profound relaxation. Profound relaxation causes the brain to release endorphins which control pain. That’s how floating in a float tank reduces pain. This effect is powerful and has been demonstrated in research, and experienced many, many times by pain sufferers.