What is floating?
Sensory deprivation tanks help create an environment for deep relaxation by reducing overstimulation and inhibiting the body’s stress response. This activates the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing stress and activity in the sympathetic nervous system. This also lowers the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body. This then brings the immune and endocrine systems into balance.
In everyday life, we are constantly bombarded, in body and mind, with overstimulation. By decreasing sensory input and lying weightless in a floating pod, the body can actually relax and restore. Floating is more comfortable than any Tempur Pedic mattress because it allows the body to rest without any of its pressure points being touched or disturbed. Floating has also been shown to increase the depth of meditation one can access so they can manifest all the benefits associated with deep meditation like lower blood pressure, brain preservation, improves concentration and focus, reduces anxiety, and can even help with addiction.
Flotation therapy is huge in treating mental health issues, addiction, depression, and anxiety.
- Intense Relaxation
- Relieve old injuries (especially back aches etc.)
- Ease Arthritis
- Release Endorphins – the body’s natural pain killer and happy pill
- Improve the condition of the skin
- Detoxify the system
- Useful in pregnancy (for the full 9 months)
- Increase creativity and imagination
- Increase circulation and energy levels
- Balance the left and right brain
- Improve concentration
- An aid for addictions, phobias and depression
- Regulate sleeping patterns – simulates 4 hours of sleep
- Relieve stress
The deep mental relaxation initiated by floating allows the brain to produce a greater amount of theta waves, which are accompanied by an increase in mental clarity, creativity, imagery, and memory. In addition, the release of the endorphins induces the feeling of elevated mood states which are effective in helping alleviate anxiety, depression, and negative mental habits.
Athletes & Floating
Athletes have found that using float-therapy in conjunction with their training program has improved their athletic performance. Every muscle is able to fully rest and recover after being pushed to the limit. Floating can help improve performance, aid in preventing sports injuries, and shorten recovery time.
What normally takes a long period of time (usually days for recovery from a marathon) the flotation tank compresses into a number of hours. By relieving the stresses of gravity, floating takes the weight off strained bones, joints, and muscles and increases the efficiency of the blood circulating through the body. Improves athletic performance and helps prevent sports injuries, speeds healing process.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ How is the tank kept clean?
We have a filtration system that runs after each session. There is more than 800 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in the tank - a concentration so high no living microorganism can survive. In addition, a ultra-violet light sterilization system is used. UV is the safest, most effective system available and uses the same technology as water purification systems used for drinking water. To maintain cleanliness, a shower is mandatory before floating.
+ What effects does floating have on the mind?
During a float, you produce slower brain-waves patterns, known as theta waves, which are normally only experienced during a deep meditation or just before falling asleep. This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy. Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions.
+ Can pregnant women use the tank?
Yes. We suggest pregnant women inform their physicians and midwives or get their opinion prior to using the tank. The reports received from pregnant women have been enthusiastic. As their bodies get heavier, floating is a great relief from the pull of gravity. Floating has given many women a welcome rest.
+ Can I drown if I fall asleep?
No. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in yours eyes. We provide a fresh water bottle inside the tank for spraying off your hands should you need to touch your face once your hands are covered with salt. It is recommended to NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE.
+ Will my hair get wet?
Yes, your whole body will be wet. You are required to shower just before and after your float. Showering helps to keep our tank clean by removal of all hair products and body oils/products.
+ Feminine issues?
Floating is not recommended within 48 hours of any scalp or hair treatment; hair dye, straightening, etc. We also do not recommend floating while on your menstrual cycle as we pride ourselves in ensuring our tanks are as clean as can be.
+ Will the salt water effect me?
The Epsom salt solution is beneficial to the skin and hair. People leave the tank with softer-feeling skin.
+ Do you wear anything in the tank?
Since it is a private experience, most people don't wear anything. Anything you wear will touch against your body, becoming a distraction.
+ Will you definitely float?
Yes. It is impossible not to float in the tank. Eight hundred pounds of salt dissolved in the water makes the solution so dense that your body is pushed to the surface like a cork. Your face is out of the water and your ears are underwater.
+ Is there air in the tank?
Yes. The tank is not airtight, but there is also fresh air brought in by an air circulation system.