First created in 1954 by Dr. John C. Lilly and previously known as Sensory Deprivation or REST Therapy (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Technique), Float Therapy involves lying in a salt-water solution in a specially designed tank (often referred to as a float tank, sensory reduction tank, or isolation tank).
Your experience in a float tank is about everything you won’t be doing. You won’t be fighting gravity. 850 pounds of Epsom salt saturated in 10'' of water takes care of that as you lie comfortably on your back. The water is kept at a skin receptor neutral temperature which means that you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins. Your ears stay just below the water, and the tanks are insulated against sound – noise from the outside is unable to reach you. After you shut the door to the tank, you float in total darkness.
During your float the outside world is gone and amazing things happen. It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or constantly taking in information your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to navigate without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and you body gets to rest, de-stress and heal.
It’s likely to be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced.
What’s truly impressive about float tanks is that almost every one of its benefits lasts for several days past the float itself. The longer and the more often the float tank is used the stronger the effects become, the longer they last, and the better off someone is when they come in to float again. This creates a positive spiral of recovery and health that simply works to reinforce itself, giving people a path and a means towards a better life.
Floating involves lying on the surface of 10 inches of epsom salt water, inside of a float tank. It is a spacious environment where you can be free from the daily overload of external stimulation. There is no gravity, touch, light, or sound. In the calm still water, your body is free to heal and your mind is free to explore.
Free from gravity - Each tank is filled with 10 inches of water and 800 pounds of epsom salts. Lying down on your back, the epsom salt-water supports and disperses your weight, allowing you to float on the surface, experiencing weightlessness.
Free from touch - The water is kept at 34.1 degrees (skin receptor neutral) which means you can no longer tell where your body ends and the water begins.
Free from sound - The tanks are insulated against sound, and with your ears just below the water, noise from the outside is unable to reach you.
Free from sight - After you shut the door, you float in total darkness. Completing your external stimuli free environment.
It is not only fun but also very good for you. When you're not fighting gravity or constantly taking in information, your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to navigate without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and your body gets to rest, de-stress and heal. Floatings mental and physical therapy has a profound affect on many people lives.
People from all walks of life float for different reasons, be it for physical therapy, relaxation, meditation, visualization or for its many more uses benefits. Find out why you'll love Floating!