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WHAT IS FLOAT THERAPY?
Float therapy involves floating in 30cm of body temperature water in an enclosed float pod. When you lay in a float pod, your body will float effortlessly on the surface because of the 500kg of Epsom salts that have been dissolved in the water.
The float pod is light proof and sound proof, and the high density salt solution makes you totally weightless, allowing you to enjoy sensory deprivation in the float pod – this is what makes float therapy special.
The salt solution in the float pod is 35.5oC and incredibly soft and silky. The lid to the float pod can be left open if preferred and there is a light that can be operated from inside the pod.
Alternatively, the lid can be closed and the light left off, making the most of the sensory deprivation experience. Your body can achieve a state of deep relaxation that is more beneficial than sleep.
After your float therapy session you should expect to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Your thoughts should be more calm and you should feel more centred. Float therapy is a great time for meditation.
Floating has been around for quite some time. Floatation therapy, sensory deprivation and isolation tanks were developed in the 1950’s when the theory of R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) was discovered.
Significantly reducing the external stimuli like gravity, light, sound and temperature, reduces the response function of the brain, allowing the perfect environment for mindfulness, meditation and the ultimate rest.
Through heat and light, infrared saunas relax and detoxify the body. They are used to relieve pain, increase circulation, purify your skin and ultimately encourages relaxation. Unlike a regular sauna, the infrared sauna heats your body by penetrating deep into your joints and muscles, just as the sun would, without the UV damage.
DETOXIFICATION | CIRCULATION | RELAXATION | PAIN RELIEF | SPEED METABOLISM
Optimize your float experience with a 10min sauna
Adding an infrared sauna prior to your float assists with opening up the skin pores allowing you to absorb even more of the magnesium from the Epsom salts in the POD while you float. Also the relaxing nature of the Sauna lowers the Cortisol (stress hormone) so encourages fast endorphin realise once you are floating. Enhanced benefits also include achieving deeper levels of relaxation, pain and stress relief, and improved detoxification.
The benefits of floating will last for several days past your float therapy session. The more often you float, the more benefits you will enjoy.
Float therapy has been used to help recover from injury and alleviate chronic pain. Spending time in a float tank allows your muscles, joints and bones to completely rest and help with recovery.
Floatation therapy is every pregnant woman’s dream – complete weightlessness. A float session offers relief from your sore back, pelvis and hips and helps alleviate swollen ankles and feet.
Please be sure to check with your doctor or midwife before you float if you are expecting
Stress and anxiety relief
The sensory deprivation in a float pod, is the most relaxing experience for the over stimulated mind. Float therapy lowers the cortisol levels in your body (the stress stuff), and helps your brain release dopamine and endorphins (the good stuff).
Mental clarity and creativity
Floatation therapy helps your mind slip into the theta state – a euphoric state usually only experienced moments before falling asleep, waking up, or during deep motivation.
The theta state is the magic place where your mind experiences insight, inspiration, vivid imagery and clear, creative thoughts.
Our brains are constantly bombarded by devices, noise and the stress of home and work pressures. It’s difficult to find down time, and almost impossible to find peace and quiet – until you’re floating.
The float tank is a perfect place to relax and escape from life’s stress and pressure. One hour of floatation therapy is the equivalent of up to four hours of rest.
Enhanced athletic performance
Float therapy is being used more and more as a tool for professional athletes to not only recover, but get in the right head space for “game day” whatever that might entail.
Float tanks are used to promote positive performance visualisation and mental preparation for training and competing. Floatation therapy helps prevent injury (by releasing muscle stress and tension) and assist with recovery.
The biggest issue for insomniacs can be the transition from awake state to theta state. Float therapy helps the brain get into the theta state, effectively re-training your body to get to sleep.
Many of those that have used the float pod have reported sleeping much better after just one floatation therapy session.
Recovery from fatigue and jet lag
Floatation therapy is one of the fastest and most effective ways to induce your body into a relaxed state. A session in a float pod is a great way to reset sleep patterns and ease inflammation and discomfort after a long flight.
Recovery from injury
Float therapy accelerates healing and recovery from injuries by removing pressure on the whole body at the same time. The weightlessness allows your blood to flow freely through your body and the relaxed state allows your cells to focus on repairing injuries.
Detoxifying the body
Floating in the natural salt solution draws toxins out of your body through your skin. The solution in the float tank contains high levels of magnesium which is absorbed by your body where it is used by every organ.
Lowers blood pressure and increases circulation
Floatation therapy has been shown to immediately reduce your blood pressure and heart rate. While floating, the effects of gravity are at an absolute minimum, allowing for blood to be pumped and flow freely throughout the body, reducing blood pressure.
The float tank is an excellent place to practise meditation. The lack of external stimulation and time pressure, helps your body to relax. The sensory deprivation, makes it easier to quieten your thoughts and slip into a meditative state.
Magnesium is a nutrient used in every organ of our bodies. While floating magnesium from the Epsom salt is absorbed transdermally through the skin. The high concentration of magnesium in the salts allows muscles to relax and become loose which helps to dramatically minimize the risk of injury, relieve muscle pain, stiffness, prevent cramping and promote injury healing. Magnesium absorption is also used for prevention of Asthma, Diabetes, Heart attacks, Osteoporosis, and Strokes, and helps improve migraine symptoms. Magnesium also regulates over 300 Enzymes and facilitates calcium absorption