reasons to float
reasons to float
Are you a stressed manager, an injured patient, a recovering athlete or an exhausted mum?
Floatation therapy is your shortcut to health and well-being, it can help to stimulate the body’s own natural power of healing and regeneration.
When you really relax, muscle tension decreases, blood pressure goes down, the mind becomes calm, and the harmful effects of prolonged stress are counteracted. You know those times when you’re at your favourite place just being there in the quiet moment and everything seems peaceful, nice isn’t it.
Floating places you into an environment where the external information to your brain is practically reduced to zero. The only input comes from your mind and thoughts. There is no sight, no sound, no touch, no gravity pressures on your body, no balance calculations, no disturbances, and no threats. It’s still scanning the environment but the environment is now dark, quiet, with very minimal incoming information. Due to the lack of incoming information from the outside the brain scans for information from other sources. It finds information and stimulation from looking inward to your bodies systems. The resulting affect is the feeling of relaxtion and well being from the release of endorphins and dopamine and a reduction in levels of Cortisol, the adrenal hormone that puts your body on alert. Floating is a very unique and effective tool that provides the environment to completely relax and adjust the bodies systems affected by daily stresses. This environment allows your body to really relax.
The results from one hour of floating are truly amazing. You get the all the good feeling chemicals flowing into your body and the added benefits of Magnesium intake, awareness and clarity of mind, mental alertness of a four hour sleep, relaxed muscles and decompressed spine and joints and that fantastic smile of bliss and wellbeing.
Sufferers of migraine, back pain, arthritis, skin disorders, insomnia, PMS, Fibromyalgia and other ailments can find relief from regular floatation. There is also evidence that floating lowers blood pressure and heartbeat rate, and can minimise the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
how does it all work?
The Gravity part; that’s easy. The amount of Epsom salt in each tank makes the water twice as buoyant as the Dead Sea. It’s like wearing floaties in the bath. Your body is completely supported by the salt in the water, so no pressure points, no need for your brain to constantly calculate balance and relief for your spine and joints.
The Epsom salts you will be lying in aren’t actually a salt but a mineral compound of Magnesium and Sulphate. The wonders of Epsom salts have been known for hundreds of years and have countless health benefits including relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing backpain and aching limbs, easing muscle tension, healing cuts and drawing toxins from the body. Floating causes the body to release endorphins (the body’s own painkiller) and, in particular, beta-endorphins. These are more powerful than many prescription drugs.
floating and pregnancy
Heavily pregnant women get enormous relief from the soothing water and the complete support that it offers. It’s a wonderful haven to escape to! Floating is very comfortable in the later stages of pregnancy, thanks to the way it alleviates the stresses that gravity places on the body. However, we recommend that, like many activities, it should be avoided in the first trimester
Sportsmen and women around the world use floatation to prepare for and recover from their sport of choice. In the float tank, gravity is not a factor. The total relaxation allowed gives all muscles a much-needed break, and the benefits can be startling.
In fact, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) sees the use of the float tank as an integral part of its athletes’ training regimes.
- Accelerates recovery from injury
- Ideal space for visualisation
- Increases energy (ATP)
- Reduces Lactic acid
- Boosts immune system
- Used by Olympic athletes
Whilst in the tank, every single muscle is allowed to rest and recover. While you may think that lying on your bed or sofa would have a similar effect, gravity is still applying vast amounts of stress on various parts of the body.
The rate of recovery after physical exercise is improved beyond recognition. What normally takes a long period of time – usually days for recovery from a marathon – the tank compresses into a number of hours.
By relieving the stresses of gravity floating takes the weight off strained bones, joints and muscles, and increases the efficiency of the blood circulating through the body. Recovery time after injury can also be much improved.
Athletes who use the tank in conjunction with visualisation techniques have experienced rapid improvement in their sporting performances.
As the brain enters the theta state, it becomes more open to suggestion. The central nervous system can essentially be trained to produce the ‘perfect performance’. The technique has been used for many years in countries such as Australia and America. Well-known athletes such as Carl Lewis have attributed part of their success to visualisation within the float tank. Experts from sporting and medical institutions have carried out lots of research in controlled experiments. The quantifiable results have even led some to claim that an hour in the float tank using visualisation and imagery is better than 10 hours of repetitive field practice.