Many modern researchers see the floatation tank as the optimal environment for enhancing an individual’s powers of visualization and self-management.
By combining deep physical relaxation with a highly receptive, visually vivid theta brain-state, the floatation tank facilitates an individual’s ability to generate and manipulate visual imagery, and use imagery to maximum effect.
In the field of sports psychology, the use of in-tank vizualisation and mental rehearsal of complex sports moves has been proven to dramatically improve athletes’ confidence and motor skills – more effectively than conventional practice on the track or field.
Research by Dr Edmond Jacobson (the developer of Progressive Relaxation therapy) established a link between mental images and neuromuscular responses. While in a state of relaxation, he asked people to visualize themselves running.
He discovered that this created minute “phantom” muscular contractions of exactly the same type as the subjects would have produced if they had actually been running.
It is now generally accepted that the most potent psychological technique for building up athletes’ motor skills and confidence simultaneously is visualization – mental rehearsal of perfect sports moves.