Floating in a super saturated solution of Epsom salts and water frees you from the sensation of gravity, temperature, touch, sight and sound. This highly restorative state will reset your body and mind.
What is Floating?
The relaxation practice of being buoyant in approximately 10 inches of water in a solution of 1,000 pounds of magnesium sulfate, otherwise known as Epsom Salts. Float 60 or 90 minutes - some like it even longer! The temperature of the water is set to the body's normal skin temperature. This practice can be accomplished in a special floatation device like a float pod, a floatation tank or a float room. Some may have heard of a sensory deprivation tank, this is the same type of device as mentioned above.
If you are looking to melt away stress, pain and anxiety, improve athletic performance and feel refreshed and rejuvenated from the tolls of daily life, float therapy may be for you. The restorative environment inside the tank conserves and redirects vast amounts of physical and mental energy and will leave you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and at ease.
Being weightless in the tank decompresses the spine and induces a state of ultra-deep relaxation that lowers cortisol and increases dopamine and endorphins. This environment greatly accelerates our body’s ability to heal itself from the rigors of modern life, such as stress, lack of sleep, intense workouts, jet lag, and more.
In 1953, John C. Lilly began a job studying neurophysiology with the US Public Health Service Commissioned Ocers Corps. At the N.I.M.H. in 1954, with the desire of isolating a brain from external stimulation, he devised the first isolation tank, a dark soundproof tank of warm salt water in which subjects could float for long periods in sensory isolation. Lilly and a research colleague were the first to act as subjects of this research. What had been known as perceptual isolation or sensory deprivation was re-conceptualized as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (R.E.S.T.). – Wikipedia
Many of the other terms related to floating are isolation tanks, chamber REST, relaxation therapy, relaxation technique and relaxation training.
The Rebirth of Float Therapy
By the early 2000s, float tanks had begun to make a comeback both among the general public and the spa community. Research had continued through the industry’s lull, and as interest in the therapy grew, new and positive results were proven.
Centers began to open or reopen around the world, and the float tank community began to strengthen and grow. By 2010, events and conferences dedicated to celebrating and promoting flotation therapy were organized in major cities all around the world. These conferences brought together industry professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts from the flotation community and flotation therapy was reborn.
The Present and Future of Floating
As alternative wellness practices become more available and acceptable, a variety of practitioners in the health and wellness industries are recommending floating to their patients, family, and friends. The community of flotation therapy supporters is growing steadily, the industry is advancing, and the practice of flotation therapy is becoming more available to the general public. Float tank centers from around the world are reporting increased interest and dedication among float tank users.
Float enthusiasts are looking forward to the mainstream acceptance of floating as a part of wellness practices and therapeutic treatment regimens. As the knowledge and use of floating expands, we willl eventually see flotation therapy covered by health insurance companies, which will pave the way for increased access to the plethora of float benefits and the ability for anyone who chooses to use the tanks to heal and strengthen the mind/body network.