Experience deep relaxation and wellness
Are you looking for ways to calm your mind, experience healing and deep rest? Imagine lying down, your body fully immersed in water and allowing the water to carry you as your mind relaxes. Floating is beneficial for everyone. Whether you’re a workaholic, you’re nursing a physical injury or you’re a stay at home mum, this is the ultimate way to destress and detach. During floating, your body is in a near-zero gravity state which allows your brain to completely relax. Cutting off the sound and light helps to further reduce the external sensory input to the brain. Try floating therapy and your body and mind will thank you for it.
What is floating therapy?
Floating therapy, also referred to as sensory deprivation, involves lying in a specially designed float tank that is filled with water that has dissolved salts in it. The tank is filled with enough Epsom salts (about 1000 pounds) to make the water denser and the body more buoyant. Magnesium sulphate helps to enhance muscle relaxation which is why it’s often used in floating therapy.
Floatation therapy is now globally accepted as a legitimate form of therapy for those people who want to relax and experience stress relief. It has been recommended as a great solution to treat certain conditions and even lower the levels of cortisol in the body (these are stress hormones). Floatation therapy is a form of sensory deprivation, a term used to describe a situation where your sensory input is significantly limited allowing the body and mind to fully relax.
What to expect during floating
Your floating experience is likely to be nothing close to what you’ve heard or experienced before. Don’t expect to be fighting gravity or feel like you’re stuck in a small tank where you can’t move freely. At Float Room, we take care of you from the moment you come in for your session. We ensure you relax and enjoy the whole experience. You won’t even realize your body is immersed in water once you relax because the water temperature is maintained at skin receptor neutral temperature. This simply means that the air and water are about the same temperature as your skin so you can’t really tell where your body ends, and where the water begins.
The isolation tank is soundproof and you can use ear protectors if you aren’t comfortable with water getting into your ears. You can’t hear any noise from the outside and you have an option to float in complete darkness by shutting the door and turning off the light. You can take time to get accustomed to the environment before you close the door or turn off the light. The sensory deprivation tank usually contains about 10 inches of water and 900 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts. This solution is very critical during therapy because it’s what allows your body to float effortlessly.
Floating allows you to lock off the outside world. Your body and mind detach from the outside world giving you an opportunity to experience the most relaxing and amazing environment ever. This is a very effective form of meditation because you’re not fighting any gravity. Additionally, your body is not taking in any information, so your brain has a lot of resources at its disposal. Your mind feels free and can navigate with no distractions. Healing occurs because your brain still releases dopamine and endorphins. REST therapy (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) is likely to be the most relaxing thing you do in your entire life.
The benefits of floating
The most common physical benefits of floatation therapy include:
- Helps in pain management especially for those suffering from conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic neck and back pain.
- Enhances blood circulation and helps speed up the repair and relaxation of muscle tissues because the body is in a weightless environment.
- Floatation therapy suppresses stress hormones which are known to weaken the immunity system. Therefore, floating is said to enhance immune function.
- Floating weightless also helps to eliminate toxins and lactic acid that build up in the body over time which is why the therapy is recommended for athletes during training.
- Research shows that floating can help to enhance senses such as sight, perception, auditory and taste sensitivity.
- The Magnesium Sulphate which is found in Epsom salt has been shown to help regulate high blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis.
Floatation therapy is also beneficial for the mind. Since stress is commonplace nowadays, you need to find ways to totally relax and heal your mind. Floating provides this and much more. It is considered one of the most powerful stress relief techniques on earth. In fact, research has shown that floating can help improve one’s creativity. Individuals are shown to experience increased imagination, visualization and creativity after the floating experience. In fact, floating can contribute to lower levels of depression, reduced tension and anxiety. For individuals who have illnesses related to stress, floating can be a great solution to faster recovery. With floating, you are likely to experience improved sleep and address conditions like insomnia.
Floating therapy can also contribute to an increased all-round performance. If you are nursing an injury or illness, floatation can help you to recover faster. The technique is also said to enhance the body’s detoxing capabilities and help reduce inflammation. For those suffering from muscular aches, pains or sprains, floatation can help relieve tension and relax the muscle tissues.
Experience the highest level of relaxation
During floating, it is impossible to distinguish the parts of the body that are in contact with the water and those that are not. This is what helps to effectively get rid of sensations in the body. The technique allows you to trick the mind into believing that the body is floating in air. You just lie down and let the water carry away all the mental distress. When you wake up, your body and mind will be filling as fresh as a newborn baby’s.