Floatation therapy is a preventative and therapeutic health care practice that consists of floating on your back in a highly concentrated magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) solution.
During the session, which lasts about an hour, incoming stimuli including light, sound, and the sensation of gravity are reduced.
Because of the high specific gravity of the Epsom salt solution, when you lie back you float effortlessly. Your eyes, mouth, and nose always remain above the surface of the water even if you happen to fall deeply asleep.
While floating has been around for decades, it is experiencing a resurgence. This is due in part to a growing interest in preventative health practices, especially those that help manage and reduce stress, and also due to changes in the design and technology of float environments (i.e., float rooms, float tanks, float pods).
Our float environments are spacious, have integrated lighting and audio systems, and large lids that can be left open during the float if that best suits your needs. They also contain advanced water filtration and disinfection systems that ensure pristine water quality for each and every float.
The unique conditions of the floatation therapy environment, which includes reduced external stimuli and reduced pressure on the musculoskeletal system, have been shown to bring about positive physiological, psychological, behavioral, and neurocognitive changes.
These include reduced stress, reduced muscle and joint pain, improved mood, improved sleep, and improved athletic and cognitive performance.
This occurs, in part, because floatation therapy reduces the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (the fight-or-flight response) and activates the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest-and-recover response). Chronic and acute stress not only increases the risk of many health conditions including heart disease, obesity, insomnia, and gastrointestinal problems; it can trigger long-term changes in brain structure and function, negatively impacting learning, memory, and mood.
Floatation therapy counteracts these negative effects by providing an ideal environment for your body's own immune and repair systems to function optimally.
Why basketball great Stephen Curry floats:
"Master your thoughts. Calm your body. Truly be still."
- Steph Curry
Floating has recently been profiled in Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Journal, TIME magazine, Oprah Magazine, Glamour, and on ESPN. It has also been listed as a top 10 wellness trend to watch by Mind Body Green. Click on pics below to read more about why floating is being used by so many as a way to reduce stress and improve health.