Flotation therapy is undertaken by floating in a warm salt water float tank, or pod. Floating is a safe, and natural way of entering a deep state of relaxation. The highly relaxed state achieved during a flotation therapy session has been found to be a healing state for many conditions including stress, anxiety, depression, pain, muscle and joint swelling, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and jet lag. Flotation therapy has also been shown to help increase creativity, boost mental clarity, and aid in the treatment of addiction.
Floating can greatly improve the lives of people by significantly decreasing their pain, muscle tension, anxiety and stress. It also significantly increased freedom of movement, energy, mood and quality of sleep. Most of these improvements showed long-term relief with regular sessions.
The float pod used for flotation therapy is a fully enclosed pool filled with warm salt water approximately 10 inches deep. Dissolved in the water is nearly 1000 lbs. of pharmaceutical grade magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt). The high salt content increases the buoyancy of the water allowing the user to float weightlessly and effortlessly on the surface. The temperature of the water in the tank is a kept at a constant 94º F (34.4º C).
Floating allows the blood vessels to dilate, reducing blood pressure and maximizing blood flow. The brain activity associated with postural muscles is reduced to a minimum. In this state, known as the floating state, natural endorphins are released reducing pain. Lactic acid removal is accelerated. Flow in the lymphatic system is increased. Brainwaves transition from beta and alpha to theta, which often occurs briefly before sleep and again at waking. While floating, the theta state can last indefinitely without the user falling asleep. Many use the extended theta state as a tool for enhanced creativity and problem solving, meditation, mantras, self-hypnosis, or for super learning.