What is Float Therapy?
Flotation therapy is a sensory deprivation tank used for relaxation, stress management, pain relief, focus, and creativity. A sensory deprivation tank, also known as an isolation tank or floatation tank, is a tank that deprives the user of their senses. These tanks should be kept in a controlled environment or float room with light, sound, and temperature calibration. Each float tank contains 800kg of Epsom salt and Magnesium Sulphate, which allows you to float effortlessly. R.E.S.T. (Reduced-Environmental-Stimulation-Therapy) is the combined effect; this results in meditation and relaxation of the body and mind, allowing for natural healing and recovery.
Epsom salts allow float tank users to do more than float. According to ancient wisdom, Epsom salts are a great cure-all, providing stress relief and alleviating aches and pains.
According to research, increasing magnesium levels may have the following advantages:
- Reduce stress – Excess adrenaline and stress cause the body to lose magnesium, a natural stress reliever. Magnesium aids in the binding of serotonin, the feel-good hormone!
- Relaxation — Increases the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain that promote a sense of well-being and peace.
- Heart and Circulatory Health — Enhances heart and circulatory health. They prevent artery hardening, blood clots, and general blood pressure reduction. Magnesium helps in calcium absorption into the bones.
- Migraines – This supplement relieves and prevents migraine headaches. During detoxification, toxins and heavy metals are expelled from the body’s cells. This, in turn, aids in the relief of muscle discomfort and the removal of hazardous elements accumulated in our modern surroundings.
Because magnesium is absorbed via the skin and the body optimises magnesium levels, there is no risk of dangerously high while utilising a float tank.
In addition to increasing magnesium levels, Epsom salt also contains sulphates, which are difficult to obtain through food but quickly absorbed by the skin. Sulphates are involved in the production of brain tissue, joint proteins, and the mucin proteins that coat the walls of the digestive tract, all of which contribute to our ability to live a long and healthy life, especially as we get older.
Epsom salts provide a variety of health benefits, enhancing the therapeutic nature of floatation treatment.
First time in a float tank
A floatation tank is a circular pod filled with about 900 litres of water heated to your body temperature and 800 kg of Epsom salt mixed in for buoyancy. The pod’s cover opens, allowing easy entry into the water. For a more pleasant float, we recommend floating with the lid open at the Float and Restore. You have complete control over your float and are free to close it at any time. A Float and Restore team member will walk you through the entire procedure before leaving you alone. We encourage floating naked to get the most out of your floating experience and get the most out of sensory deprivation (tactile feeling).
The silence and tranquilly of our well-calibrated float chambers will strike you the first time you attempt a float at Float and Restore. The density of saltwater in the pod produces the illusion of zero gravity, allowing you to relax all of your muscles completely. It helps relieve back pain, muscle tension and extend your spine by putting no strain on your body. It’s normal to feel restless during your first session as your mind and body acclimatise to the sensory-reduced environment. This phase will pass swiftly, leaving you in a meditative state of relaxation.
Contraindications – Who Should Avoid Float Tanks
As alluded to above, certain people should avoid float tanks, including but not limited to:
- Those who have kidney impairments, as they may not be able to tolerate the absorbed magnesium correctly
- Those who have wounds or injuries on their bodies Those who have extreme anxiety, which can be triggered by claustrophobia or exposure to water
- Those that suffer from incontinence
- Who have recently received chemotherapy or radiation, as well as those who suffer from epilepsy or seizures.
- Suffering from infectious infections such as gastroenteritis, or those who have had such a condition in the last 2-3 weeks
- Pregnant ladies who are having health issues throughout their pregnancy
- Suffering from vertigo or tinnitus
- Who are prone to ear infections, as salt can enter and settle in the ear canal, irritating it.
- People with delicate skin who may be upset by the high Epsom salt concentration
- Not for People who are under drugs or alcohol, drowning is a possibility.
- Those with medically diagnosed mental health issues and extreme anxiety, as floating can cause hallucinations
What Is the Float Experience Like?
The float tank experience begins with the pre-float process, which entails removing all clothing and any jewellery from the body and a shower. After the shower:
- Put on earplugs (essential to avoid saltwater ear).
- Enter the tank.
- Close the door to keep light and sound out.
It is optional to close the door; if you are uncomfortable in a too contained space, you can keep it open.
You then slowly recline and begin to float in the water. This should be relatively simple because saltwater permits you to be more buoyant than in regular water. For the best sensory deprivation experience, your face should remain above water, but the ears should be submerged.
You remain in this position for the time slot duration, which might range from 45 minutes to 2 hours. Music is sometimes played at the start and conclusion of the session to help you relax and ease into the experience. You then shower again once you exited the tank before getting dressed to go.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can floating improve cardiovascular health?
Sensory deprivation has several advantages, including improved cardiovascular health. Afloat sessions can help you sleep better by lowering your blood pressure, increasing vasodilation (dilation of your blood vessels), and increasing blood flow to your body.
Sleep deprivation and high blood pressure have both been linked to cardiovascular disease.
What are floatation tanks used for?
Floatation tanks are used to relax people. External stimuli such as sound, touch, and light are reduced in the tank. Saltwater (a mixture of water and Epsom salts) is incredibly buoyant, making it simple to float. The depth of the water usually is approximately 300 millimetres.
You float on your back in a floatation tank, with your head slightly immersed (earplugs can be worn). When completely stretched, you should not be able to reach out and touch the tank’s walls, floor, or roof. Floating without external stimuli is thought to induce a state of calm. A typical session will last about an hour.
Do You Fall Asleep During Float Therapy?
Many of our clients, especially those who use float treatment regularly, fall asleep during their float. You may get deep, restful sleep by relaxing both your mind and your body.
Many of our visitors compare one hour of floating sleep to four hours of ordinary sleep! Furthermore, the soothing effects of float treatment improve the quality of your sleep, allowing you to sleep deeper outside of the float tank.
Are floatation tanks clean?
Floatation tanks are incredibly sanitary. Thanks to technological breakthroughs in water-filtration techniques, float pods are now equipped with high-quality U.V. disinfection equipment and a commercial water-filtration system. The advanced filter traps particles 15 times smaller than a standard filter.
Pod rooms have private shower facilities, and the highest quality body wash, shampoos, conditioners, and fresh linen towels are provided with each float. Clients shower before and after their float to maintain the highest hygiene level and wash away any remaining Epsom salt. In our post-float chill room, you will also be offered a complimentary herbal tea and snack.