Why Float ?

Floatation therapy, also known as floating, sensory deprivation, or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) involves lying in a salt-water solution in a spacious isolation tank. You lay in an enclosed tub that has over 900 lbs. of dissolved Epsom salts and you float effortlessly. The water is heated to the same temperature as the surface of your skin, so you do not really feel the water anymore. The tank is light-proof, sound-proof and has a neutral smell. All of these conditions together free a person from the sense of touch, pressure, friction, sound and light; leaving you in an environment of complete peace and quiet.

Like the perfect bath, it combines the benefits of massage, sleep and meditation. People float to relieve stress, recover from injuries, treat chronic pain, and much more. Float tanks are a simple and powerful tool that can improve everyday life. The practice is used by many people, doctors and athletes seeking a variety of solutions to everyday problems. The tank’s extremely unique environment is designed to allow for a minimal amount of sensory input to enter into your nervous system. This environment then has a wide range of benefits and applications for health, personal development and well-being.

Its the most relaxing thing you will ever experience!

Benefits of using Float

Benefits for the Mind !

Floatation therapy is the most powerful stress relief technique.  It eliminates as much external input as possible and lets your nervous system have a break.  Floating has proven in multiple studies to be one of the most relaxing experiences on earth.  (Relaxation measured by perceived stress, by hormone measurement and by brain waves) Hutchison, M. (1984). Having this experience can be very refreshing, nourishing and healthy for our bodies and minds.  We are well adapted for acute stress; however, for chronic stressors such as noise and air pollution, we are not well adapted and have been cited to be a cause of several forms of disease.

With the brain being held in a theta state wave-length, the mind becomes hyper-suggestible.  With less distractions and greater resources at its disposal the mind is able to absorb new material very deeply, with research showing improved performance in memory and recall activities.  It is great to use for learning new material because is speeds up the learning process.  It is also great to use in conjunction with exam preparation.
Floating brings clarity of the mind and is an ideal space for finding creative solutions and solving problems.  Floating has been shown to generate more “creative” ideas, which coincided with a self-reported increase in free imagery and remote associations.  Similarly, in a study with 40 university students, a single flotation increased their scores on a standardized test used to measure creativity. Hutchison, M. (1984).

The floating experience research has shown greater hemisphere synchronization (promoting greater communication between the right (creative-side) and left (analytical-side) lobes; the majority of people are left-dominated. Floating massively boosts right-brain function by turning off all external input making the left brain silent, allowing the right side of the brain to run un-interrupted at full tilt. People experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neocortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.

The combination of being extremely relaxed while intensely awake allows techniques of visualization to become very powerful. From athletes preparing for competition to public speakers rehearsing a presentation, the tank can induce the calm needed to perform at ones best. Mental rehearsal research has shown it to be just as practical as physical rehearsal.

With literally zero outward distractions your attention is easily redirected inward. Habitual thought-pattern recognition and analysis can be clearly discovered, monitored, and addressed. Various forms of mental programming/reprogramming become very powerful tools to re-evaluate and change your thoughts with clarity and repetition.

Floating can have beneficial behavioural effects such as decreased anxiety and depression and increased calmness or sense of well-being.  It has proven to help smokers quit smoking and aid in weight loss programs.
This refers to our mental “reset”.  Patterns and repetitiveness exist throughout our lives.  Going throughout our daily routines we get “numb” to so much around us, we become automatic with so many of our thoughts, actions and environments.  The “resetting” experience provided by the tank can shift us out of this automated existence and bring us into greater awareness of the things we are often over-looking, less aware of or insensitive to, and not appreciative of.

Meditation has a plethora of researched benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed.  It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency instead of falling asleep.  Floating may induce an altered state of consciousness.

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Physical Benefits !

Flotation therapy eliminates chronic pain in cases of back and neck, arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia, tendinitis, bursitis, inflammation, and fractures.  It also speeds up the healing process after trauma and helps with spinal misalignment issues.  Floating lengthens your spine by an inch while in the tank and allows your body to decompress.
The tank suppresses the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system which when active produces our ‘fight or flight’ response.  It then activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxation, healing, replenishment, etc.  Some physical symptoms of the relaxation response are decreased muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, and increased endorphins.

Floating increases your level of physical energy and concentration by stimulating the circulation of oxygen and alimentary elements in your body. Floating allows your muscles and joints of the body to relax, increasing blood flow and helping to accelerate repair of muscle tissues. This is especially beneficial for those with injuries and recovery. It can prevent adrenal fatigue and also boosts your immune system.

90 minutes of floating is equivalent to 6-8 hours of sleep.  It eliminates the fatigue after long flights and alleviates the state of chronic fatigue.  Many people report drastically improved sleeping abilities.

The extremely high concentration of Epsom salts (magnesium) are easily absorbed through your skin and can actually supplement your diet.  Magnesium has been shown to be the second most deficient mineral in the average diet.  Magnesium can prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate high blood pressure, prevent osteoporosis, relieve menopause symptoms, provide PMS relief, create healthier bones and teeth, and is involved with detoxification.

The density of the Epsom Salt solution creates the maximal amount of the forces of gravity to be dispersed across the greatest surface area of your body. The anti-gravity environment of the float tank disperses forces to the smallest amount and thus decreases the source of gravity-related stimulation to the minimum possible value providing relief to these specific areas.

Floating leads you to increased visual acuity, improved tangible perception, increased taste sensitivities and improved auditory sensitivity.

Floating decreases chronic muscle tension and creates greater awareness of less noticeable areas of muscle tension and imbalances in your body.

Regular floating can alter the set-points in the endocrine homeostatic mechanism which can cause adjustments such as a lower adrenal activation threshold.  This means that you become more resistant to the stimuli of chronic stressors bombarding us in modern urban settings and modern lifestyles.  Ultimately, you will have a higher physiological threshold meaning the modern urban life-style will not affect our stress response as much.