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People often use floatation as an environment for creative thinking, as your mind is free of distraction allowing it to just imagine!

Boosts Creativity

Studies on floatation have shown increased originality and altered states of consciousness after floating [10] [11] [12] [13]. Sensory deprivation tends to reduce activity of ‘secondary processes’ (such as abstract thinking, and thoughts about everyday life) whilst making ‘primary processes’ (i.e. intuition, imagination, and focus on the here and now) more prominent [14].

All of this means that a float tank is the perfect place to daydream and think about life! Sometimes people will even take a Dictaphone into the room with them, so that if they hear or invent a melody they can hum it, or have any other creative thoughts, they can just describe them. We have even had a local artist that saw patterns in the darkness during one float, and she was able to go home and create a triptych based off what she saw!

Athletes can also benefit from these thought processes, by mentally going over each aspect of their game in detail. Being able to mentally revise like this can help develop new techniques or strategies, that can then be put into practice when next training.

Because floatation can boost creative thinking, it can also be used in a problem-solving capacity (for example deciding how to approach a project at work), by allowing a person to calmly think through different solutions.

Sources

[10] Enhancement of scientific creativity by flotation rest (restricted environmental stimulation technique) (PeterSuedfeld, JanetMetcalfe, SusanBluck)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272494487800312

 

[11] Effects of flotation-versus chamber-restricted environmental stimulation technique (REST) on creativity and realism under stress and non-stress conditions (Norlander, T., Kjellgren, A., Archer, T). 

https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2004-16205-003

 

[12] EFFECTS OF FLOTATION REST ON CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING AND ORIGINALITY (TorstenNorlander, HenrikBergman, TrevorArcher)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272494498901128

 

[13] Creativity enhancement through flotation isolation (Donald G.Forgays, Deborah K.Forgays)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272494405800817

 

[14] Bending and Mending the Neurosignature: Frameworks of influence by flotation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) upon well-being in patients with stress related ailments (Bood, Sven-Åke)

https://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:4951/FULLTEXT01.pdf

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