What is Floatation therapy?
Floatation therapy is a treatment using sensory deprivation within a floatation room. Years of well documented tests show that floatation therapy not only has an immediate effect on pain relief and elimination of stress, it also promotes ‘whole-brain’ thinking. Many athletes, writers and artists have experienced enormous benefits from floatation therapy utilising floatation rooms.
What is floating in a floatation room?
As explained by a pre-eminent scientist; “floating is a method of attaining the deepest rest that humankind has ever experienced.” Essentially, it’s spending an hour or so lying quietly in the dark, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt, about 10″ deep, and so dense that you float effortlessly. We play some gentle music to help you relax. In short; it’s complete mental and physical relaxation.
What effects does floating in a floatation room have on the body?
In the gravity free environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate whilst lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps blood circulation. Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Sports performance and ‘wind down’ is also enhanced during floating. Also, one hour of floating has the restorative effects of 4 hours of sleep!
What effects does floating in floatation rooms have on the mind?
During a float, you produce slower brain-waves patterns, know as theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep). This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools for Super Learning.
Is floating in floatation rooms successful for everyone?
Floating, as with other things, doesn’t suit everybody just almost everyone. It needs willingness on your part to let go and see what happens, and you may need to float a few times before you are able to relax completely, both physically and mentally. Depending on your own journey through life, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation – or a profound healing experience, emotionally and spiritually transforming. Floating can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels at which real changes take place.
Might I be bored or frightened in a float room?
Anyone who floats regularly will tell you how blissfully comfortable and deeply relaxed they feel whilst floating. You’re as close as you are ever likely to be to an experience of weightlessness; and, surprisingly, there is no feeling of being confined in a tight space.
But what if I’m claustrophobic?
It’s OK … most people are. Actually, we don’t use floatation tanks, rather floatation rooms… you can stand up inside them. Also, the light is controlled from inside, giving you total control of your environment.
What if I can’t swim?
Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills what so ever. You’ll actually float like a cork, and, it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are.
Is it private?
Yes, you float within your own individual room (so there is no requirement to wear a swimming costume or trunks). Each of our rooms has it’s own shower and is for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.
Will my skin wrinkle?
No. Because the water contains high salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves you skin soft and silky.
Am I locked inside a floatation room?
No, you’ve been watching too many horror movies! The door simply pushes open. Also the light switch is located inside the Floatroom.
How is water hygiene maintained in floatation rooms?
We have to comply with stringent health and safety regulations. The water contains heavy concentrations of salt and so the solution potentially sterile. We add a limited amount of (swimming pool) chemicals to ensure that floatation rooms are totally clean. Also, we filter the water thoroughly between each float session.