Want to know a new kind of therapy that is de-stressing thousands of people across the world? This is float therapy! Want to know more? Read on!
float·ing /ˈflōtiNG/Adjective Buoyant or suspended in water or air: “a massive floating platform”. Not settled in a definite place; fluctuating or variable: “the floating population that is migrating to the cities”.Synonymsmobile – buoyant
WELL THAT’S ONE WAY TO DESCRIBE IT…But here’s how we describe it as well do many others…
Float therapy simulates zero gravity by dissolving 1300 lbs of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) into approximately 200 gallons of water in a small shallow tank. There are several important benefits to creating this dense salt water solution. The most immediately recognizable benefit is that a person floating in a float tank will float like a cork in only 10 inches of water, with their face and the top of their body actually poking out of the water. This is regardless of the person’s body type or their ability to float in a swimming pool.
As opposed to a swimming pool where gravity is lowered, gravity in a float tank is essentially nullified by the extreme buoyancy caused by the dissolved Epsom salt. This provides a rare opportunity for people who are suffering from various types of joint and/or muscle pain. Without the constant pressure of gravity, a person resting in a floatation tank is able to relax and unwind more thoroughly than even the most comfortable bed allows.
Float Therapy Releases Endorphins:
Taking a break from gravity in a floatation tanks also causes fascinating and significant changes in the brain. Endorphins are released. These are powerful natural pain relievers and mood enhancers that promote a sense of well-being while further enhancing the healing benefits of the zero gravity environment.
Meditative State of Relaxation:
A person who has a high stress level will find it virtually impossible to maintain that stress level after a float session due to endorphins being released in the brain as well as their brainwaves shifting from beta to alpha and even theta. Theta is a rare brain state that is normally reserved for people trained in meditation. An important contrast to meditation is the fact that a person can achieve a theta brain state in their very first float session, making it a quick and easy shortcut to deep relaxation. The benefits achieved in a 60/90 Minute session at Float Therapy are significant on their own, but when compared to other therapies, float therapy wins by a long shot.