Floating as natural pain relief

People suffering from pain can gain relief with floatation

Floating as natural pain relief

 Improve your quality of life

Pain dramatically impacts on our quality of life.  The sense of it being beyond our control can be dispiriting and furthermore living with pain can sometimes feel overwhelming.

However there are options out there which offer ways to cope.  Certainly floating can be a powerful tool for natural pain relief.  When you feel able to cope your sense of suffering is reduced.  As a result you have more freedom and motivation to get out there and do what you enjoy.

Find relief with floating

Floatation offers a variety of benefits for those experiencing pain, whether it be from injury or chronic conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, or back pain.

People experiencing tension headaches have found natural pain relief through floating.  Likewise, floating has been used successfully by people involved in road traffic accidents and after sports injuries, because it eases their pain and accelerates their recovery.

A wealth of research has been done into the effects of floatation on a variety of conditions, and has found significant reductions in the levels of pain reported by the participants.

“After an hour in there I feel completely different.  I feel like I could actually get out and do something today”


 Reducing stress reduces pain

Many people suffering from chronic pain are in a constant state of stress as a result.  Ultimately if you can learn to manage your stress, you can learn to manage your pain levels.

Floating brings deep relaxation and stress relief.  Furthermore, floating can reduce your personal experience of the pain, and consequently reduce your sensitivity to pain.

Break the pain cycle

Pain can cause the body to adjust the way it stands or sits, and the way it moves, in order to avoid pain.  After a while, these changed postures and movements can become habits.

What’s more, over time these changes in the way muscles and ligaments move can themselves cause problems.  This can lead to other injuries and further pain.  Consequently you may adopt new postures and habits, and hence the cycle continues.

Floating offers a mechanism to break the pain cycle.  By providing natural pain relief, floatation allows you to notice your habits and tensions, and gives you an opportunity to stretch out and relax.

“I felt held, secure, safe, enveloped and surrounded by this wonderful water that was so good to feel against my painful body. I had immediate pain relief and no breakthrough pain for 17 hours after my first float.”



Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body,  Consequently it has a large impact on the quality of life of those suffering with it.

While the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, it appears to be often triggered by a physically or emotionally stressful event.

There is much anecdotal evidence that people with fibromyalgia have found natural pain relief by floating.

Research on floating for Fibromyalgia

In 2010 Dr. Rod Borrie organised a worldwide research project to gather data on the effects of floatation on Fibromyalgia.

The results were positive.  He outlined his findings in this presentation he gave in 2012.  These results led on to a further series of research studies which are currently under way by the Fibromyalgia Flotation Project.  Their first results provided compelling evidence that floatation can greatly improve the lives of people with Fibromyalgia by significantly decreasing their pain, muscle tension, anxiety and stress.

This is great news, and here at Float in the Forest we look forward to hearing further developments from this type of research.

Please note – people with some medical conditions should not float.

See our FAQ page for the full list of who shouldn’t float. Also here is our page about accessibility and mobility.

“a 53% reduction in pain across 8 floatation sessions”

Turner, DeLeon, Gibson and Fine

“Significant decreases in pain scores were found for both high- and low-demand experimental groups”

Arreed F. Barabasz & Marianne Barabasz

“the most severe perceived pain intensity was significantly reduced”

Kjellgren, Sundequist, Norlander and Archer

“Patients were able to experience periods of complete remission of pain”

Fine and Turner

“flotation therapy is an effective, non-invasive method for treating stress-related pain”

Bood, Sundequist, Kjellgren, Nordstrom and Norlander

“flotation-REST is a meaningful alternative for treating chronic whiplash-associated disorder” –

Edebol, Bood and Norlander

“flotation REST provided significant temporary reductions in pain, muscle tension, stress, anxiety and sadness, as well as significant increases in relaxation, feelings of well being, energy and ease of movement.”

Borrie, Russell and Schneider

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