Floating 101: What You Need to Know

According to the CDC, Stress will be the second most debilitating disease by 2020, second to heart disease. and clients are integrating this therapy into their routine wellness practice. Still, I know there are many questions you have about Floating - what it is and how it works. Here's an overview on the history!

Our Evolution Float Pods by Superior Float Tanks are the most contemporary and state-of-the-art Float pods in the industry -- even Tom Brady has the same float pod in his own home! We warm the water to 95 degrees mixed with nearly 1,000 pounds of therapeutic Epsom salt, creating a gravity-free healing environment for deep physical recovery and mental relaxation.

 Tranquility beckons in one of our Superior Evolution Float Pods

Tranquility beckons in one of our Superior Evolution Float Pods

How Does It Work?

The buoyancy of the dense Epsom salt solution creates a weightless environment, removing all pressure and stress that gravity normally places on one’s muscles and joints. Our skin, our largest organ, absorbs the healing effects of Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate. The reduction of environmental stimulation - such as sight, talk, interruption and noise - enables the mind to become tranquil and clear. 

Is It Clean?

Crystal Clean. Our filtration and maintenance system by Superior Float Tanks are so advanced, the water qualifies as drinking water. We test the water three times a day and employ the most up-to-date technology in UV and ozone systems for the purest water possible. Besides all that, we are self-admitted clean freaks.

Some of the Top Ways People Use Floating:

  1. De-Stress, Reduce Anxiety

  2. Problem Solve: Remove distractions and focus on what's important

  3. Reduce Pain, especially back and neck pain; sore muscles

  4. Meditate: For those who have trouble meditating at home, floating makes it easy

  5. Re-Charge. Many clients share it feels like they just had a power nap!

Pro-Tips for Your Float Visit

  1. Rub your skin during your float. Epsom salt is a great exfoliant, making it super soft. 

  2. Don't shave the morning of a float to reduce any skin sensitivity to the salt.

  3. Combine your float with a sauna beforehand for the ultimate cleansing experience.

  4. Listen to a Guided Meditation - we have speakers available to connect to your cell.

  5. There is no right or wrong way to float. Keep the lid open, enjoy soothing music, relax with the ambient lighting. Or, turn off everything for what we call "going baby in the womb." This is your unique time to unplug from the world.

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When Did the Concept of Floating Begin?

Though it has gained in popularity in recent years, floating was invented in the mid 1950’s in the United States by neuro-scientist Dr. John Lilly, flotation tanks were originally dubbed “sensory deprivation tanks” and later renamed to “float tanks” or “flotation therapy tanks.”

Flotation therapy is based on a scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (REST), developed in 1954 at the National Institute for Mental Health in Washington. The theory behind it is that floating triggers a deep relaxation response - even deeper than normal sleep - that allows us to drift into the Theta state, which is normally hard to achieve.


Did You Know?

  • With the elimination of external stimuli, the central nervous system's workload is reduced by as much as 90%. This reduction draws a person's energy inward and promotes relaxation--also known as the parasympathetic response

  • The parasympathetic response is the mechanism by which the body naturally regenerates itself and maintains chemical and metabolic balance.

  • Floating allows old wounds and injuries are allowed to heal faster, and increased T-cell production strengthens the immune system.

  • This deep level of relaxation also benefits the cardiovascular system. Known as the vasodilatory effect, the body's circulation is increased while the blood pressure and heart rate are reduced.

  • The elimination of gravity on the body allows muscles and joints to release tension and heal more rapidly. For this reason, people suffering from musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions greatly benefit from Floatation REST.

  • With such quick and dramatic results, it’s no wonder that the most elite athletes, teams, and wellness practitioners use floating as a regular part of their routines!

What’s Happening to My Brain While I Float?

We continually hear our clients wonder if they are awake or asleep during their floats. The answer is simple and complicated: both. The "Brain Wave Explanation" by Michael Hutchison best describes what happens to us at each of the 4 stages of brainwave frequency. Floating subtly changes our body chemistry, creating profound benefit for an individual's emotional balance. Negative emotions such as anxiety and fear are replaced by positive feelings of empowerment, confidence, and well-being.

As a person floats, the brain waves slow down into theta frequencies, a state of tranquility, creativity and very deep relaxation. Theta waves, measured at 4-7 Hz, represent the brain in a state of REM sleep (dreams), hypnosis, or lucid dreaming. Theta is the twilight state just before sleeping and just after waking, the border between the conscious and the subconscious world. By learning to consciously use a conscious, waking Theta brain wave we can access and influence the powerful subconscious part of ourselves that is normally inaccessible to our waking minds. While in the Theta state, the mind is capable of deep and profound learning, healing, and personal growth.

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