Weightless. Calm. Meditative. Free.
These are some of the words that best describe how it feels to float.
For millions of people, floating isn’t just a method of healing and meditation. It’s also a journey to a higher state of wellness and being. The experience, aftermath and benefits are as different as the people floating, but we’re starting to gain a better understanding of the multifaceted benefits of floating through continued scientific research. That being said, we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.
The below is just a snapshot of some of the benefits of floating. We encourage all our clients to do their own research for a better understanding of just how powerful floating can be.
How do you float?
Floating is simple. All you need to do is strip off and hop into the float room.
When you step into the room, you close the door, turn off the light and just…exist. No light. No sound. Just you.
The high concentration of epsom salt will allow you to defy gravity, as you float effortlessly in the warm body-temperature water. The sensory depravation aspect of floating is crucial to most people, however for those who feel slightly claustrophobic or would simply prefer not to float in pure darkness, the door can be left slightly ajar.
Then it’s time to lie back, completely relax your muscles and let the water’s incredible buoyancy take over. What happens next is your own journey.
Mental health benefits
In the Alpha Float Room, your feeling of physical existence is nearly completely wiped away.
There are no distractions in the float room. No mobile phones, no car horns, no deadlines, not even light or gravity.
In an environment completely free from stimuli, floaters can escape the stresses faced on a daily basis. The mental and spiritual benefits of floating can range from a greater sense of peacefulness to profound and life-changing experiences, but almost all floaters feel a deep state of relaxation.
Recent studies in Sweden examining the preventative health care benefits of floatation therapy found that “stress, depression and anxiety were significantly decreased whereas optimism and sleep quality significantly increased for the flotation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) group. There was also a significant correlation between mindfulness in daily life and degree of altered states of consciousness during the relaxation in the flotation tank.”
For many people, floating is a meditative experience. Whether you’re scattered or stressed, nervous or clouded by negative energy, it all starts to dissolve into the water as you leave the outside world behind. When you leave the float room, you’ll feel refreshed and centred. Maybe even creative!
Like anything we do to try and better our health, a certain level of consistency is required to gain full benefit. With commitment, floaters may be able to open up new roads to recovery for conditions including:
Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, provides the body with magnesium that can reduce muscle and joint issues as well as pain associated with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, whiplash etc.
While the benefits of floating differ from person to person, most people feel good after getting out. The magnesium in particular can help in relieving pain and muscle aches, decrease restlessness and promote calm, while increasing energy and induce sleep. It’s also good for the heart, beneficial to skin, and helps with bone density.
Studies have found floatation-REST to have a significant impact on blood lactate and perceived pain compared with a one-hour passive recovery session, deeming the therapy useful for both recreational and professional athletes in helping to reduce blood lactate levels after eccentric exercise. It’s no wonder more and more athletes, like basketballer Stephen Curry and NFL quarterback Tom Brady, use floating as part of their recovery routine.
Floating can be an important part of any rehabilitation or recovery program, as it creates an environment that allows your body to truly heal.