LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FLOTATION THERAPY
Try to imagine for one second, you find yourself floating in peaceful water. In a place very far away from the daily stress of work. You can feel your mind beginning to drift and the tension slowly goes away. During the float, you are feeling relaxed, floating in a pool of Epsom salt. This helps you feel as if you are floating in space, experiencing zero gravity. As you find yourself in the state of absolute tranquility. Every fiber of your muscle gradually begins to feel relieved. You entire body, finally feeling at ease.
Even though it is possible to create artificial music and color-light systems, there is usually no light or sound during a typical float session. The water and air of the float room is constantly monitored to be at skin temperature. Your brain begins to expand into other areas that are typically inaccessible except for a deep meditative state. Therefore, as a wonderful and open world experience begins to take effect, the typical daily routine stress is incrementally faded behind the scenes. Your body’s healing process begins to take place now more rapidly than ever. Your process of learning and creativity capacities are beginning feel enhanced. Suddenly, you begin to develop new insights and inspirations that was previously inaccessible. You will start to have a profound feeling of peace and inner sense of joy. This is developed from the endorphin’s that begin to release as the process begins to take place. Which may even last for days to come.
THE REASONS PEOPLE FLOAT
It is viewed as a very effective stress reducing process. People emerge from floating amazingly calm, grounded, and happy. The reduced sensory input is combined with a feeling of weightlessness and complete relaxation. This allows the mind to drift into a peaceful and undisturbed state. An experience that is increasingly hard to replicate in the world today.
According to established research:
”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.”
The state of deep relaxation is beneficial in another ways as well. It’s 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. Control of mental imagery is the key to self regulation.
FLOATATION TANKS 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 inateresting 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.