What is Floatation Therapy?
Floating is your new secret weapon for self improvement. Eating well and regular exercise are just as important as proper relaxation and keeping your stress levels in check. Float tanks are a revolutionary tool for human optimisation and liberating the true power of your body and mind.
Floating is completely uninterrupted YOU time. Away from the noise, stress, and distractions of busy-ness. All while floating weightlessly in a warm and safe setting where the only thing you notice is the sound of your breathing and heart beat, but even this eventually subsides as you journey deeper into an enlightened path of self discovery… That is floating.
A float tank is not as much an object as it is an environment. An environment whose purpose is to act as a counterbalance to every other interaction we have with the world around us. It is the pursuit of a pure nothingness. A place of rest. It is an environment that allows our bodies and our minds to sink away from the society that has been built around us, and to instead turn focus internally. A chance to check in with ourselves, uninhibited and unadulterated by the external forces that are otherwise omnipresent. There is no magic in the float tank, the magic is us. Our bodies have spent millions of years learning how to take care of themselves, and the float tank simply provides the optimum environment with which to do it.
how does it work?
The float tank holds a solution that is about 2/3 water and 1/3 Epsom salt. With the 10” of solution that our float tanks is designed to hold, this comes out to about 450Kg of Epsom salt. The Epsom salt adds density to the water, which in turn makes our bodies very buoyant. As a person lies on their back in the float tank, their body floats on the surface, half in and half out of the water. This buoyancy has an incredibly rejuvenating effect on the human body.
The temperature of the water is kept at 34.5 degrees celcius, the average external temperature of the human body. This is a temperature known as skin-receptor neutral, meaning the water creates no cues for the skin to report as tactile stimulation.
The tanks and the rooms around them are soundproofed to block all noise from the outside world, and light-trapped to create complete and total darkness.
The combination of these elements creates an environment that is free from all external stimulation. Our body responds to this environment by basically taking a gigantic mental and physical sigh of relief. No longer worried about filtering the outside world to look for potential danger, our production of stress-related hormones drop to almost nothing, our brainwaves lower in frequency to a state associated with mental relaxation and free-thinking, and there is a natural spike in the neurochemicals that make us feel joy.
All of this is compounded by the inherent relaxation created by absorbing Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate). While used primarily in the float tank to actually make people float, Epsom salt comes with the added benefit of softening skin and hair, cleansing and detoxifying the body, and getting people the magnesium most of us are lacking.