What is Floating?
It is Relaxation, Restoration and Recovery like you have never experienced before.
Floating (aka float therapy) is a tool for pain relief, wellness and relaxation and it comes with many benefits. Our hectic lifestyles today filled with constant stimulation from cellphones, social media and trying to find achieve a work life balance. Float therapy allows our bodies to better equip themselves to deal with all this stress and tension created by our hectic lifestyles. This is possible as floatation therapy decreases external stimuli while placing our bodies in an anti-gravity environment allowing the body to produce natural endorphins that leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated as you have never experienced before.
“Clinical research has shown that profound relaxation in a float tank triggers the production of Endorphin’s”
Why Float Therapy?
Float Therapy is amazing and a must try. Our brains and bodies are bombarded by our environment. Gravity, temperature, touch, light, smells and sounds constantly pull on our muscles, nervous system and senses. We get overwhelmed, and the stress can physically manifest into pain. Reduced external stimulation on the nervous system has a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the brain’s control center. When floating you achieve a level of physical relaxation that is beyond that which you receive when sleeping due to the lack of external stimulation. While floating, research shows that large areas of your brain are liberated from their normal task of processing signals from the nervous system and organs, which allows your brain to enter the theta state or “dream state”. One can only enter the theta state while awake through floating. Floating in a floatation tank triggers a deep relaxation response, much deeper than normal sleep.
In the state one experiences a profound state of consciousness, creativity, heightened learning abilities. This state leads to additional benefits on the body that include physical recovery that cannot be met by traditional methods. The mental and physical effects of floating profoundly improve powers of emotional control and a sense of well-being. Negative emotions and unwanted habits melt away along with the physical tension and stresses that accompany them.
Clinical research has shown that profound relaxation in a float tank triggers the production of endorphin’s. Endorphin’s interact with the opiate receptors in your brain to reduce the perception of pain and also ignite well-being. They act like morphine, only without the addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
Secretion of endorphin’s leads to feelings of happiness, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of your immune system. With high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress. By taking away gravity from your joints, and soaking up the Epsom salts, floating eases inflammatory pain caused by arthritis.
While floating you will notice your breath deepen, and in turn your heart rate slows down. You won’t even know it’s happening at first, it’s an automatic response. Floating on a consistent basis also aids in regulation of blood pressure.
While floating, the pressure of gravity is taken off the joints and muscles and the body as a whole is put in to a high state of physical relaxation. Both blood pressure and oxygen intake are reduced but at the same time blood flow and the distribution of red blood cells increase. The combined effects are of particular benefit to athletes seeking speeding recovery from injury and assisting in the flushing of lactate, cortisone, and adrenaline that may have built up either through training or performance.
Floatation has been shown to loosen the muscles and give athletes a greater degree of control over their nervous systems. This reduces the risk of injury during training or competition. Floatation not only accelerates the recovery process, but releases vast quantities of endorphin’s, the body’s natural painkiller.
Physical exercise can cause a build-up of lactic acid, which is often experienced as pain and a cramping of the muscles, and has been linked with the feelings of depression known as ‘post-game letdown’ which can affect even part-time joggers. Floating resets the body’s chemical and metabolic balance, thus reducing the risk of over training.
Modern training methods focus on helping the athlete to master the ‘inner game’ to develop the perfect synchronicity between mind, body and emotion which is the hallmark of a champion. In the tank the athlete can attain the level of concentration necessary for visualization to have a quantifiable impact on his or her performance, whether it’s running, cycling or seeing the bigger picture.
There are no negative side effects of floating. All the effects of deep sensory relaxation are wholly beneficial and work simultaneously at a physical, mental, and emotional level. Floating is the fastest, easiest, and safest means of achieving a dramatic improvement in the quality of day-to-day living by helping you to make the most efficient use of your mind and your body. Being in a zero gravity, stimulate free environments allows your body to experience profound relaxation leading to faster recuperation.
Benefits of Float Therapy Include:
Float therapy bennefits are amplified through regular use. The benefits are cumulative and build upon themselves with each subsequent float session. Floating is an effortless therapy, your mind and body learn how to relax quicker and more efficiently with each float session.
Flotation therapy is a rediscovered concept that humans can benefit from restricted environmental stimuli, including gravity. The Epsom salts create a physically nourishing experience by replenishing essential minerals to the body. Your body has all stimuli removed as you float effortlessly in the super saturated Epson saltwater that is warmed to skin temperature.. The body’s joints and ligaments are allowed to fully stretch. Stress hormones are drastically reduced.
Floating has a plethora of benefits and applications for health, personal development and well-being such as:
- Helps over all well-being
- Improves athletic performance
- Stimulates muscle growth and speeds recovery process
- Decreases Fatigue
- Reduces pain caused by stress and physical activity
- Enhances creativity
- Normalizes blood pressure and heart rate
- Creates an anti-gravity environment
- Initiates deep R.E.S.T.
- Induces harmonious brain waves
""I must admit at first I was skeptical floating might help my sleep and my stress levels, and most especially I was hesitant it might aid in my treatments for PTSD however, I am very happy to conclude my experiences at iSoFloat now open in San Antonio have been nothing short of AMAZING. My sleep is so much more sound and as far as my PTSD is concerned, loud noises that would have bothered me in the past no longer bother me as much; I'm so much more at peace now and the level of my calm only increases the more I visit. This is an amazing place to rejuvenate and relax - I cannot recommend this enough and I cannot stop telling my friends and family about my amazing experiences. The effects last long after you've left the facility - it's incredible. So, if you have trouble sleeping or if you have post-traumatic stress disorder, please try this and place it in your toolbox as a new addition to your mental health and body's well-being. It really can help calm your nerves - I'm still shocked how my startle response has quieted and I've only been twice. I'm setting up to go for my third time and I'm just so grateful. Thank you, iSoFloat - you have helped me and my family more than you could ever know!""− H.B.