Research on Floating
There is a wealth of material available regarding floatation and its effectiveness in a wide range of applications, particularly in a sporting and medical context. The following is just a small selection of publications that reveal some highly interesting data (well, as interesting as research data gets!), and even if you’re a regular float devotee, some of these results will startle you. All of the clinical trials have been conducted by eminent scholars in their respective fields, running control experiments in tandem to ensure the accuracy of the results. In every instance, no matter what the scenario, subjects who have used the floatation tank prior to these tests have shown vastly superior results to those who did not float.
Research into the effects of floatation, scientifically referred to as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) is ongoing and on this page you will find a selection of research papers as well as media articles on the subject.
An excellent paper pulling together a variety of research into floatation indicating its clinical applications in the areas of performance enhancement, pain management, chronic illness and depression.
The research paper that first established that floating naturally lowers cortisol levels.
An article from the Mayo clinic illustrating the dangers of high cortisol levels
A detailed paper by Turner & Fine showing that all participants in the study responded well to floatation as a method for relieving or managing chronic pain.
A report on recent Swedish research adding to the weight of evidence of floatation’s effectiveness at treating chronic pain.
This is a summary of research showing how floatation can assist in the treatment of addictions. Areas covered include smoking cessation, eating disorders and drug abuse.