Much of the information here is based on the current work of and interviews with experimental psychologists, neuroscientists, physicians, and others engaged in research into the effects of float tanks. In many cases this material is being made public for the first time. In the following pages you will learn:
• About indications that floating stimulates the brain to secrete endorphins: pain-killing, euphoria-creating substances known as the "body's own opiates." • That there is evidence that tank use not only can initiate substantial weight loss but also has an unprecedented maintenance effect, with weight loss continuing at the same degree for many months after floating. • Of evidence that floating results in a spontaneous reduction in or elimination of such habits as smoking, drinking, and drug use, and counteracts addiction withdrawal symptoms. • That laboratory studies show that floating can rapidly and significantly decrease stress and anxiety, by sharply lowering the levels of biochemicals directly related to stress, anxiety, tension, the "fight or flight response," and heart disease and other stress-related illnesses. • About indications that floating can suspend the dominance of the detail- oriented left hemisphere of the brain, allowing the right hemisphere (which deals with large-scale and novel information) to operate freely, giving the floater access to unusual powers of creativity, imagination, visualization, and problem solving. And Much More.