Floatation Therapy

Floatation Therapy is a luxurious way to soothe and heal the body from the constant stress of life's daily pressure where you can leave the noise and confusion behind and perhaps, for the first time in your life, experience total relaxation and deep healing in a private, peaceful space.

A therapeutic session in a floatation tank typically lasts for an hour. For the first ten minutes, your body will adjust to the RelaxoPod environment.The next forty minutes will keep you from beta or alpha brain waves to theta state, which typically occurs briefly before sleep and again at waking. In a floatation tank, the theta state can last indefinitely without the subject losing consciousness. Many use the extended theta state as a tool for enhanced creativity and problem solving or for super learning. Floatation therapy has scientifically proved in the USA and in Sweden with published results showing reduction of both pain and stress. The relaxed state also involves lowered blood pressure and maximum blood flow.

Floating can be passive or active, depending on the purpose. For relaxation, one simply floats and 'clears the mind.' Active floating has many different techniques. One may perform meditation, mantras, and self-hypnosis, utilize educational programs, etc. The idea of active floating is that, when the body is relaxed, the mind becomes highly suggestible and any action taken during these states will enter the information into the sub-conscious.

Floatation therapy is therapy that is undertaken by floating in a warm salt water in a float tank.

Floatation therapy developed from the research work of John Lilly although he was not primarily interested in therapy, rather in the effect of sensory deprivation on the human brain and mind. People using early float tanks discovered that they enjoyed the experience and that the relaxed state was also a healing state for many conditions including stress, anxiety, pain, swelling, insomnia and jet lag. As a result float tanks were produced for commercial uses and commercial float centers offering floatation therapy opened in several countries during the period from 1980 to the present day when there are hundreds of floatation centers in dozens of countries. In almost all cases these float centers offer wellness treatments and in particular the release of stress.

Research into floatation therapy began in the USA at Ohio State University where floating was shown to improve creativity in Jazz musicians, accuracy in rifle shooting, focus before academic examinations and stress relief, among others.

Research in Sweden has demonstrated the therapeutic effect on stress and pain.

The technique takes advantage of an innate, natural inclination to relax when floating at a comfortable temperature. The temperature is that which allows natural heat generation to escape without the need for muscle action to raise body temperature in homeostasis. The floating posture, usually the supine position (although the prone position with chin supported on elbows is recommended for pregnant women), allows all the postural muscles to relax. The water pressure on the immersed skin is lower than the blood pressure and thus blood flow continues in skin capillaries. This is in contrast to normal bed rest where local contact pressure inhibits blood flow requiring regular adjustment of posture. When people cannot adjust their posture in bed, e.g. in some illnesses, bed sores can result. When floating there is no tendency to adjust posture and a person can float immobile for many hours.

Effects on body

These are just a few of the conditions known to be improved by floating:

Muscular pain

Rheumatism

Chronic pain

Fatigue Fertility

High blood pressure

Migraine headache

Jet lag

Anxiety

Insomnia

Back pain

Depression

Pre-menstrual tension

Post-natal depression

Stress Relief

The Effect of the salt

Most float tanks use Epsom salt.The density assists floating particularly making the head buoyant so that the nose and mouth are well out of the water for breathing.

It has recently been discovered that there is a secondary effect which is important to floatation therapy. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin due to natural molecular diffusion. This tends to correct magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is absorbed from the diet but in many areas of the world, over-cropping without adequate replacement of magnesium makes the normal diet low in magnesium.

Floatation requires a soundproof and lightproof enclosed float capsule filled with heated water (to skin temperature ) and a very high concentration of Epsom salts. The resultant high density allows one’s body to float naturally and spontaneously without effort. Even the head floats. The center of buoyancy and the center of gravity of the head are in about the same place so you can tilt your head back comfortably without fear of sinking.

Due to the high salt levels in the water, the floatation tank creates a zero gravity environment. Unless you are an astronaut the floatation tank is the only situation you will encounter where your body is free from gravity. Zero gravity allows you to relax every single muscle, your neck, arms, back, and even ears. The tank enables you to find those areas you are holding tense so you can let go. When you start to float you are free from all the gravity computations and the physical world, which leaves the brain free to attend to other matters. The tank creates a state of sensory relaxation as the mind and body are shielded from all the external stimulation. The brains normal workload is reduced by up to 90%. In this situation, the body conserves energy and has a chance to heal and rejuvenate itself.

Floating in darkness allows areas of the brain which are always in use when awake to be liberated from their work. Tests have shown that there is a drop in electrical activity of the brain and you begin to generate theta brain waves, which are associated with deep relaxation. The darkness during floating also induces a balance between the left and right brain.For the first time both sides of the brain are in harmony and the balance creates allows you to use huge amounts of previously unavailable brainpower.