A float room is a new and innovative method of treatment, especially suitable for those wishing to relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety. This method, invented in the 1950s, derives from the work of Dr. John Lilly on sensory deprivation; but what does this term mean exactly and what happens during a floating session?
During a session, which lasts about 50 minutes, the patient is enclosed in a glass-walled structure, remaining totally isolated from the exterior. Inside this structure there is a tub containing a saline solution, which enables the force of gravity to be almost completely eliminated, so that you float on the water.
During the time you spend here, you can be assured that you will remain untouched by external stimuli: lights, sounds and heat stimuli are kept out of the client’s reach, so they can enjoy total relaxation and precious moments of sensorial isolation.
On a practical level, Floating Therapy helps patients who, in a state of profound relaxation, produce endorphins and Theta waves, that are brain waves also produced during REM sleep. Dr. Stori, in an interview with the newspaper La Stampa, explains how this method works on the human brain: “Those who try out the floating therapy, enter quickly into a theta state without actually being asleep; they are conscious of having a vivid imagination and creative ideas across their mind and after the session their mind continues to generate theta waves for up to three weeks”.
The float room is an excellent way to reduce stress caused by that continual overexposure we face on a daily basis, talking both of technology and the frenetic rhythms of day-to-day life. In fact, this treatment is used in particular for those who have suffered from serious physical stress, for example an operation, or for those who do sport at a competitive and/or intense level.