Hello! This is our first post on the Better Being Float Center blog, and we wanted to kick it off by introducing you to our passion – Float Tanks and Float Therapy.
Let’s start with the basics. A Float Tank also called a Float Pod, Isolation Tank, or Sensory Deprivation Tank, is a unit filled with around 12″ of water and 900 pounds of Epsom Salt. This saturation creates a density that allows one to Float effortlessly on the surface, taking all of the pressure off of muscles, joints, and the spine. Even compressed disks and pinched nerves are relaxed during this time.
This creates a natural decompression period for the body to completely “let go” of the constant fight against gravity, and many beneficial effects emerge. Muscle tension and pain are eased considerably, arthritis and joint pain dissipate, and a variety of healing responses are activated by the body; such as increased circulation, endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), and flexibility, and decreased blood pressure and stress hormones. Research has confirmed many of these effects, and larger scale studies are on the way.
The “sensory deprivation” moniker comes from the fact that many people Float in a completely quiet, dark environment. This, combined with the skin temperature water, effectively turns off all incoming stimuli and adds another layer to the relaxation. With your mind and body completely undistracted and at ease, the experiences in the tank range from utter bliss and relaxation, to intensely vivid personal imagery, to lucid dreaming states. The one universal theme seems to be that it’s very enjoyable!
Also common are athletes using the Float Tank to recover from workouts or visualize their next big win, professionals and parents looking to de-stress, and those with chronic pain or illness (like Fibromyalgia) trying to find pain relief. There’s virtually no limit to how this amazing tool can be used, and we’re excited to see where the future of Float Therapy lies!