Floating is a wonderful way to help the body into a deep state of relaxation and to relieve tension and stress. In addition, by giving oneself a break from the endless input of sensory experiences, the mind has a chance to recharge, rest, and emerge to face the world with renewed perspective and energy. Otherwise known as floatation-REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique) or sensory deprivation, floating is backed by research and offers immense potential for personal growth and healing.
How It Works
During a float, you step into a quiet, warm, private spa called a float tank and relax back into water which has 1000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts. The density of the water will cause you to float right on top! This means that, you will be fully supported, and you will expend no physical energy to maintain your buoyancy in the water. The water is kept at a constant temperature of around 93.5 degrees, which feels warm at first but soon becomes almost imperceptible. The magnesium in the salt is absorbed through the skin helping to relieve sore and tight muscles and tension. When you choose to turn out the lights, your eyes can rest in a comforting darkness that is the same if you open or close them. External sounds are kept to an absolute minimum unless you prefer to have music or nature sounds in the pod.
Without the need to pay attention to changing stimuli, keep yourself vertical, navigate traffic, or have a conversation (unless with yourself), resources which are otherwise devoted to these and other tasks are free for use in problem solving, creative exploration, pondering, or simply meditation, rest, and relaxation. Gentle music indicates when the end of the session has arrived. Otherwise known as floatation-REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique) or sensory deprivation, floating is backed by research and offers immense potential for personal growth and healing. The effects of floating last for hours to days afterwards, and have the potential to last much longer.
Effects of Floating
The most consistent and widely experienced effect of floating is a sense of deep, lasting relaxation. As humans, we are often brought down by stressful sensory experiences. Dealing with problems at work, home, and in the wider world can cause us to lose sight of the beauty and positivity that life offers in every moment. Floating is a way to pause all of these stressors for 90 minutes and provide the mind and body a needed space for relief and reflection. After leaving the tank, one often finds their tension eased, optimism restored, and ability to appreciate the richness of life revived. This shift in perspective has the ability to follow you into all corners of your life. It’s not uncommon to hear a first-time customer come out of their float and say, “I have never been so relaxed!”
As the mind begins to relax its grip on the concerns and cares of the day, the momentum of the brain begins to slow down and relax. Creativity is enhanced, problems may be resolved, perspectives shifted—it is very common for floaters to dip into a theta state, which we normally cross briefly as we fall asleep. This can help in remediate chronic anxiety, pain and tension. It has been shown to help with a variety of mental and emotional disorders and in general people have an enhanced sense of wellbeing.
We believe that where the head goes, the body will follow. As the mind enters a deep state of calm, your body cannot help but experience similar effects. The body has an opportunity to reset and realign itself, and it is common for neck, back, and joints to pleasantly pop during a float. Blood pressure reduces as the body moves away from physical tension related to the “fight or flight” instinct and enters its natural state of rest. Research has demonstrated floating reduces pain of multiple types, whether caused by an acute injury, physical exertion, or chronic condition—including tension-related muscle pain and fibromyalgia. Muscles feel especially positive benefits from floating, as the combination of support and Epsom salt work together to give them total relief. The body absorbs magnesium from the Epsom salt-infused water, which facilitates flushing of lactic acid from tired muscles. An additional benefit enjoyed by many is an excellent night of sleep following a float, which serves those with insomnia or recovering from shift work and jet lag.
* Chronic pain
* High blood pressure
* Migraine headache
* Jet lag
* Back pain
* Pre-menstrual tension
* Post-natal depression
* Back pain in pregnancy