A GATEWAY INTO POSSIBILITy
WHAT IS FLOATINg?
Flotation therapy is an effective and an incredibly simple and reliable way to boost our health and well being. It's a method of limiting sensory inputs, achieved through floating in a sound and light proof room that reduces all sensory experiences: sight, smell, touch and sound. The tanks used are filled with water that's nearly the exact same
temperature as our body, combined with eight hundred pounds of medical grade Epsom salt, allowing one to remain peacefully floating at the water's surface, immersed in the stillness and the total silence. It takes no effort whatsoever to stay afloat, resulting in a light, peaceful feeling, which is said to provide many beneficial benefits for body and mind.
Floating was invented in 1954 by a neuroscientist named John C. Lilly, interested in the effects of sensory deprivation on the brain.
By the 1970’s, the tank’s design had evolved from Lilly’s original laboratory chambers to comfortable commercial tanks.
Today's float tanks (also called sensory deprivation tanks) are typically 8′ long and 4.5′ wide.
They hold about 10″ of water, which is saturated with 850 pounds of Epsom salt.
This creates a solution more buoyant than the Dead Sea, and enables you to float on your back about half in and half out of the water.
The water itself is kept at the average skin temperature (93.5° F), which allows you to lose track of your body. The tank is sound proof and, when you turn off the light, completely dark. Air is allowed to freely flow in and out, and the door never locks or latches.
No gravity, no touch, no sight, and no sound. Just pure possibility.
Limiting sensory input allows the incessant thinking mind to relax its grip. This allows the creative, relaxed part of your mind to come out and play.
Without the constant pressure of analyzing the world around you, your body lowers its levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress.
Not having to fight gravity lets your muscles, joints, and bones take a well-deserved break. Your body suddenly has extra resources (usually spent supporting your weight, regulating temperature, and trying not to get speeding tickets), which it gets to focus on things like healing and resting.
Without the relentless push of gravity, chronic and acute pain is relieved, and
muscles are given the space to fully rest.Unlike lying on a mattress, lying in water allows blood to flow freely all throughout the body.
Research shows that about 40 minutes into a float the brain stops producing its normal Alpha and Beta waves and starts going deeper into a Theta and even Delta state.
Even the magnesium-based Epsom salts used to create the buoyancy in float tanks feel wonderful on your skin.
They provide another powerful way for the absorption of magnesium, which is so often lacking in our modern diet.