We get it all the time, "How the hell is floating in water gonna help me?"
Well, I'm here to tell you, FLOATING CHANGED MY LIFE! First, know it's not just "floating in water."
You're in a super comfortable, temperature controlled environment, floating on an epsom salt solution so dense that you are completely buoyant. (We're talking 1000+lbs of Epsom salt dissolved in only 10 inches of water!) It's as close as you're going to get to zero gravity, unless you're an astronaut.
The float room (some places have pods/tanks, we have large rooms with high ceilings) is sound proof and light tight. Our sessions are 90-minutes (usually feels like 45-minutes per our clients), and it's the perfect amount of time to get kicked into the most relaxed state you've ever been in! But wait...there's more!
Here are 12 Ways Floating Can Change Your Life
1. Floating on a pool of Epsom Salt solution = ULTIMATE RELAXATION!
After about 25 minutes of floating, you get kicked into a deeply relaxing state of mind while the epsom salt solution does its work relaxing your muscles.
2. Float therapy will relieve physical pain and headaches.
Floating takes all the pressure off your muscles and joints, increasing blood flow and decreasing inflammation. Add in the pain relieving powers of magnesium and the resulting dopamine release and say good-bye to the ouchies!
3. Floating facilitates meditation and mindfulness.
Learning how to meditate takes a lot of practice (we are talking years, sometimes) as it can be difficult to isolate yourself from outside distractions. The float tank is the perfect environment, free of distractions, to put you on the fast-track to meditative bliss.
4. Floating results in deeper, more restorative sleep.
Floating is a great way to reset your mental clock. During a float your brain waves change to the easy going Theta waves that allow for deep, worry free relaxation, that carries over into bedtime. Factor in the soothing effects of magnesium coupled with the feeling of having a brand new body post-float, and you practically melt into your bed at night.
5. It's a great way to speed up athletic recovery and improve performance.
Free from distractions, the tank is the perfect space for visualization exercises to sharpen your focus. Floating increases blood-flow, reduces lactic acid, eases away aches and pains, leaving you feeling totally refreshed!
6. Floating means instant stress and anxiety relief.
With nothing to disturb you, dopamine and serotonin are released into the blood stream as cortisol exits, resulting in an overall feeling of peace and calm.
7. The tank is the ideal environment for introspection, self-exploration, and personal growth.
Time alone in the tank is a great way to get to know and reconnect with who you really are, not how you are as a result of your day to day experiences and surroundings. It's a great opportunity to muddle through your issues and identify areas for personal growth in a more balanced mind-space. It's evolution, baby!
8. It's a total hangover cure!
It's the ideal healing space with total silence and complete quiet. The magnesium even helps your upset stomach.
9. Floating is the perfect digital detox!
There are no phones allowed in the float tank! Enough said!
10. A float is a great way to boost creative flow.
Theta state is the most creative state of mind! During a float you can tap into your left brain and subconscious more readily where all kinds of inspiration can surface.
11. It improves circulation and lowers blood pressure.
Studies show blood pressure goes down substantially as soon as 5 minutes into a float session.
12. Floating is an instant mood booster! Clients generally leave feeling life a brand new person.
Mood boosted? CHECK! Aches and pains gone? CHECK! Sharpened focus? CHECK! Stress free with a renewed sense of self? CHECK! Feeling well rested and refreshed? CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!!!! THIS IS THE WAY YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO FEEL!
BONUS: You can totally have a psychedelic experience in the tank, naturally, complete with color swirls and visuals. But, like most of the benefits, it takes practice.
For most, it takes at least 3 sessions to "get it." So, if you are gonna do it, I recommend floating at least 3 times in the first 6 weeks, to get you started off on the right foot.
And if you live in the Philly area and want more info about how you personal float practice CLICK HERE!