What is floating?
Neurophysicist Dr John C Lilly discovered floatation therapy in the 1950’s, when he was researching brain waves and altered states of consciousness through sensory deprivation. From the desire to isolate the brain from external stimulation, he devised the first float tank, a dark soundproof tank of warm salt water where subjects could float for long periods in sensory isolation.
Today, we have progressed a long way from the early tanks, using modern and sophisticated pods where the water is saturated with over 500kg of Epsom salts. This salt is dissolved in around 25cm of water, regulated at your skin temperature of 35.5 degrees. This dense solution allows the body to defy gravity and float effortlessly, relaxing your entire body.
The floatation pod is both light and sound proof, allowing the floater to withdraw from external stimuli. The body frees itself of tension and gives way to a heightened state of relaxation which prompts the production of theta waves within the brain (a state meditators can take years to achieve). The global response to floating is of profound relaxation, heightened clarity and a sense of wellbeing.
First time floating?
This is a new concept for many people and you maybe a little apprehensive when you arrive for your first float. To gain the most out of your float experience arrive with an open mind, free of any expectations. Allowing yourself to relax before you float will enhance your experience.
Having said all this, it really takes around three sessions in the float pod to fully let go and take full advantage of the amazing experiences floating can offer.