Deep Relaxation Anti-Gravity
Did you know that about 90% of all the activity affecting our central nervous system is related to gravity? Every time we move our brain has to engage in countless calculations to balance and propel the body with just the right amount of force and speed. During flotation the brain is freed from the constant demands of orienting the body in space and processing external stimuli. Freed from the demand of gravity, the brain can slip into profoundly deep and rejuvenating states of relaxation.
Because of the Epsom salts-saturated water, the human body is completely supported, bobbing on the surface. Feet, legs, hands, arms, spine, head are all supported independently, rather than resting on top of or in a tension relation with one another. Because our bone-muscle system is not constantly straining against gravity, and every muscle can relax more totally than is possible under any other circumstances, we can become intensely aware of knots and hot spots of chronic muscular tension and skeletal strain.
The release from gravity also allows the blood to circulate more freely and completely, reaching parts of the body that may be unhealthy because of cardiovascular constriction, and in the process allowing the heart to operate more efficiently with less effort. Another result is a drop in blood pressure. The pulse rate slows. By relieving gravitational pressure on joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles, the tank alleviates temporarily the chronic pain.
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