Learn about flotation therapy
Imagine yourself floating effortlessly in a quiet peaceful space… The stress of the day is far away. Your mind is free to drift and tension slowly melts away. While in the spa, you will be completely relaxed, suspended in a dense water solution of pure Epsom salt. This creates the effect of near zero gravity. Your body floats like a cork on the surface of the water. As you lay in absolute tranquility, every muscle is allowed to gradually relieve it’s functional tensions. Your entire body, including internal organs, muscles and bones will be, for the first time, completely rested and at ease.
Although underwater music and color light therapy can be provided, there is typically no light or sound, during your float session. The air and water are maintained at skin temperature and the water is soft and silky to the touch. Free from the functions of interpreting and processing light, sound, temperature, gravitational forces and other sensations, the brain is able to expand into areas ordinarily inaccessible except during deep meditation. Thus, a wonderfully freeing and opening process begins to take effect, stress is left behind, healing takes place more rapidly, learning and creativity is enhanced, sudden insights and inspirations may unfold and problems are more easily solved. Feelings of profound peace and joy are induced by the release of endorphin’s the body’s natural mood elevators and pain reducers. A beautiful silence is experienced and a lightness of being that cannot be felt in any other way unfolds.
After your float you’ll feel positively refreshed, rejuvenated and calm, a feeling that can last for days.
Why Do People Float
A very effective stress reduction tool. Reduced sensory input (no light, no sound, no touch, no other people) combined with feeling of weightlessness and complete relaxation of every single muscle in your body allows the mind to drift into a peaceful and undisturbed state. People emerge from floating amazingly calm, grounded and happy. This state of being will linger for a week or longer.
”Floatation offers a relatively stress-free environment in which to escape temporarily from stressful external stimuli and free your system from its chronic state of arousal. This makes it a useful and life enhancing tool. But if that were all it did, floatation would be essentially a passive tool, and entering the spa would be little different from sitting quietly in a dark room. While the absence of stress is desirable in itself, it doesn’t necessarily bring about the presence of its opposite, relaxation. Floatation goes far beyond the passive. Scientists have now proven that floating activates a physiological response that is parallel to, and as powerful as, the stressful one of fight or flight. This response mobilizes the body’s resources to bring about an active, alert, positive, and beneficial state of relaxation.”
“Through all sorts of tests, including EMG (which measure muscle tension), EEG, blood pressure, and measurements of certain biochemicals, scientists have determined that the floatation spa can bring about a state of extraordinarily deep relaxation-probably deeper than is possible by any other means yet available except for certain drugs. This state of relaxation is in itself beneficial to health, since it allows the body to maintain its internal system of checks and balances, its homeostasis. That is, the body has its own highly effective methods of maintaining itself at an optimal level of well-being, and if allowed to operate freely, it will generally do so flawlessly. But certain mental attitudes can throw this delicate mechanism out of whack.
Stress causes harm by its disruption of our natural biochemistry. For example, researchers have recently discovered that, under stress, Type A personalities secrete forty times as much cortisol and three times as much adrenaline as Type B men. Cortisol has been proven to suppress the immune system. Tests have shown that floating decreases cortisol. Excess adrenaline, and related biochemical’s such as noradrenalin and ACTH also cause our bodies to rev up in fight-or-flight response, and, ultimately, to wear out. Floating, through deep relaxation, lowers the levels of the harmful chemicals.
Deep relaxation is beneficial in another way. Because of what has been called the curare effect, and as explained by the Webber-Fechner Law, floating leads to increased sensory awareness; we simply feel our bodies better, more clearly, and as a result we are able to regulate them more effectively. As John V. Basmajian’s experiments showed, we have the capacity to control the firing of a single motor neuron in the body, once we are made aware of that neuron.
Deep relaxation also leads to improved access to internal imagery. And awareness and control of mental imagery is the key to self regulation.
Floating and Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be hard on your body as you try to adapt to hormonal changes and extra weight. Balancing your pregnancy with daily life; including your job and family, leaves little time to care for yourself. Revel in an hour entirely to yourself, resting in warm water with gentle music and nothing to think about but you and your baby. Soothe your back in water that gives you complete support and the feeling of weightlessness. Give yourself time to bond with your baby. Pregnant women probably get more relief from the floatation spa than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body.
The float spa is a wonderful haven for pregnant women. We do, however, recommend that pregnant women avoid floating during the first trimester. If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your physician before you float. Pregnant women find they can totally relax in the tank, relieved from the burden of carrying the baby, due to the gravity-free environment of the tank. Many report feelings of becoming better acquainted with the new individual growing within them. Floating is a pleasurable experience they can share with their baby. “Most people are in search of a feeling of oneness. Oneness within ourselves, oneness with another person, oneness with our God, or the Universe. One of the most amazing examples of this oneness might be the bond we have in the womb with our mother. Sometimes the need for that fusion with Mother’s strength is very powerful.
The float spa is a striking and convincing analogue of the womb. This may be a very compelling answer to why the floatation spa is such a satisfying and confidence building experience, and why people who float often feel that their lives take on wholeness. If an hour or two of floating can provide us with an intense experience of oneness that is the essential pursuit of our lives, then we have an explanation for floaters frequent spontaneous reduction in fears, spontaneous reduction in smoking, drinking, and drug taking, and a noticeable influx of energy, creativity, and productivity into their lives.” Paraphrased from Michael Hutchinson, “The Book of Floating” Comments from pregnant women about floating: Jessica, 2 weeks prior to delivering a 9 lb. baby – “Like a porter putting down a 30 lb. suitcase, Icould stop carrying for a moment. The burden of holding myself and this little inner body upright wasgone, and I could afford the luxury of expanding our relationship. “Bette, 8 months pregnant – “I enjoyed the lightweight feeling and the stillness.
My legs, which are heavy and retaining fluid, felt at one with the water. Floating is certainly a wonderful way to eliminate stress in pregnancy and to combat the heavy feelings found in the body due to pregnancy. “Tina, 8 months pregnant – “While in the tank, the most interesting part, was the constant movement I was getting from the baby. The baby must have been in complete ecstasy floating away with me. The other part that was most satisfying was the feeling of exhilaration afterwards.