Your ears (with earplugs in) stay just below the water; the tanks and rooms are insulated against sound leaving you in peaceful silence.
After you shut the door and turn off the light, you float in total darkness – you won’t notice a difference between keeping your eyes open or closed.
Inside the tank you’ll float atop a 11” solution of 200 gallons of water and 900lbs of Epsom salt. The water and air are both kept at 93.5 degrees, which is skin-receptor neutral meaning that when you fully relax, you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins.
During your float, the outside world is gone and amazing things may happen. It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or receiving sensory input, your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to wander without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and the parasympathetic nervous system gets to work helping you Relax, Heal and Reset
. Floating is likely to be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced.
Floatation eases chronic pain in the neck, back, and well, pretty much every body joint. It also helps with spinal misalignment issues and pairs well with some chiropractic & acupuncture work. Floating has been shown to ease the pain from conditions like Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid arthritis; conditions with few natural treatment options.
Increased Blood Circulation
The zero-gravity environment of the floatation tank allows for the muscles and joints of the body to relax, reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow and helping to accelerate repair of muscle tissues. This is especially beneficial for those recovering from intense activity, current injuries or chronic pain.
Floating weightless in the tank suppresses the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response. Simultaneously, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated which is responsible for relaxation, stimulation of digestive secretions, replenishment and general recuperation.
Increased Immune Function
Regular floatation has enhanced immune system function by suppressing stress hormones like cortisol, which not only weaken the immune system but also suppress the digestion and reproductive systems, affect regeneration processes, and decrease insulin sensitivity.
Use in Athletic Training
The water in the tank has the added benefit of being super saturated with Epsom salt, which have well-established healing effects, helping to draw out toxins and lactic acid build-up, and speeding up recovery time.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that regular floating leads to increased visual acuity, improved tangible perception, increased taste sensitivities and improved auditory sensitivity.
The high concentration of Epsom salt or Magnesium Sulfate are absorbed transdermally or through the skin. Magnesium has been shown to be deficient in the standard North American diet. Magnesium assists in regulating high blood pressure, preventing cardiovascular disease, preventing osteoporosis, relieving menopause symptoms, providing PMS relief, creating healthier bones and teeth, and is involved with detoxification.
Modern life is full of deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Floatation therapy is the most powerful stress relief technique known to man. Floating has been shown many times, (in controlled studies compared to bed rest), to be the most relaxing experience on earth. (Relaxation measured by perceived stress, by hormone measurement and by brain waves all strongly support this claim.) Recently, Justin Feinstein, head researcher of the Float Clinic and Research Center, a state of the art floatation research facility housed in the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, shared some amazing finds with the float industry. View here
A small study of five university professors found that six float sessions allowed them 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.
Left Brain/Right Brain
The two sides of the brain operate in very different ways. The left side assumes control of detail, processing information, math, order, logic, and it it operates analytically and systematically. It’s the essential, lame-brain side of the brain. Now, the right side of the brain is the hub for creativity, problem solving, music, art, pleasure and emotion. It operates visually, intuitively, and rapidly absorbs large scale information.
The right side is usually constrained and held back by the dominant left brain. Floating massively boosts right-brain function by reducing typical external input reducing left brain control. Right brain functions are boosted by the lack of external stimuli, which is likely why so many creative and personal insights abound.