Float Therapy

HOW IT WORKS

Float therapy simulates zero gravity by dissolving Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) into water in a small shallow tank (water depth of 10 inches). There are several important benefits to creating this dense salt water solution. The most immediately recognizable benefit is that the person floating in the float tank will do so effortlessly, with their face and the top of their body protruding out of the water. This is regardless of the person's body type or their ability to float in a standard body of water such as a swimming pool, lake, or ocean.

Floatation therapy is based on a scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique or R.E.S.T. for short. The idea was developed in 1954 at NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) in Washington. Floating in a floatation tank triggers a deep relaxation response, much deeper than standard sleep. It enables the floater to drift into the elusive Theta state.

As a person floats, the brain waves slow down into Theta frequencies, a state of tranquility, creativity and very deep relaxation. Theta waves, measured at 4-7 Hz, represent the brain in a state of REM sleep (dreams), hypnosis, or lucid dreaming. Theta is the twilight state just before sleeping and just after waking, the border between the conscious and the subconscious world. By learning to consciously use a conscious, waking Theta brain wave we can access and influence the powerful subconscious part of ourselves that is normally inaccessible to our waking minds. While in the Theta state, the mind is capable of deep and profound learning, healing, and personal growth.


Benefits

Clinical research has shown that profound relaxation in a float chamber triggers the production of endorphins. Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in your brain to reduce the perception of pain and ignite wellbeing. Not having to fight gravity lets your muscles, joints, and bones take a well-deserved break. Your body suddenly has tons of extra resources to focus on healing and resting.

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation
  • Creativity
  • Boost concentration
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Faster sports recovery
  • Chronic pain
  • Expand visual-motor coordination
  • Increase circulation
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation
  • Pregnancy discomfort