I often get asked what exactly the term “theta state” means from some of our new floaters when giving them the brief before they begin their float. Floatation therapy helps eliminate the distractions that overwhelm us on a daily basis, therefore, enhancing your ability to enter the “theta state” during your float. It is the deep relaxed state that very few of us get to experience and is much like the feeling you get when you are meditating. I have done a good bit of meditation and often times find myself struggling to get into that state. The floatation tank eliminates all those distractions that get in the way of you achieving that state of mind where you are completely relaxed, yet focused.
Click on the picture above for details and descriptions of each state of consciousness.
I find, often times, that the float tank enhances my ability to solve problems and become more creative. Depending where you are in your life that day it can be either one or both. Many people think that means that you have to be asleep in the tank, but that is not entirely true. Don’t get me wrong, I do fall asleep sometimes in the tank and lose track of time and how much time has passed, but for the most part, I am in a state where neither awake or asleep. It’s that in-between stage where I find myself the most relaxed and able to really get the true benefits of floatation. So, don’t go into a float thinking that you have to fall asleep in order to get the true experience.
Floating is a practice and the more you float, the more aware of what that in-between state feels like, similar to meditation. That is truly when you can realize the benefits of the float tank as a part of your personal practice. It’s not something you are going to realize from one or two floats. It took consistent floating and learning about myself in order to find this state but it can be life changing for many as it has been for me.
I have experienced many challenges in my life as have many of you: anxiety, insomnia, acute and chronic pain, neuropathic pain, loss, depression, and a few others. Although I didn’t experience all of these at the same time, I have had bouts with many of these issues over the last couple of years. My point is that floating can benefit just about anyone, no matter your issues (or no issues at all). But, it isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s something you have to refine and practice if you truly want to improve your quality of life. Not only for you, but for your friends, family and loved ones. Floating can have a profound effect on many people. I am passionate about this therapy. If you know someone in need of this, please forward this blog. You could make a difference in someone’s life.