During a float, your body is suspended in 10 inches of water that is heated to the same temperature as your skin and contains over 600kgs of Epsom salts. The Epsom salts, by themselves, have a wide range of incredible health benefits, including stress and pain relief, improved energy levels and mental clarity, and balanching sleep patters and hormones.
But aside from that the experience is a weightlessness that is often described as like being in outer space or achieving neutral buoyancy while scuba diving.
Your body fully relaxes – you really don’t realise how un-relaxed your body normally is until it fully unwinds in a float tank – and your mind is free to relax into nothingness, reflect on solutions to your concerns, or simply wander into other realms and states. The ultimate goal is for your brain to achieve a Theta state, which brings forward heightened receptivity, flashes of dreamlike imagery and inspiration.
The results are as unique as each person floating; some experience a simple deep relaxation of their body, some experience profound meditative insights or epiphanies, some see existing pain disappear altogether. This is largely due to what is going on neurologically when the brain is put into a Theta state and central nervous system is put into a “parasympathetic state”; this one-two punch of effects dramatically affects neurotransmitter production.
In particular, floating increases production of:
- Endorphins – the body’s natural pain killer and inflammation reducer
- Serotonin – a primary contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness
- Dopamine – associated with feelings of motivation and rewards.
Simultaneously, floating decreases production of stress markers:
- Adrenaline – the ‘fight or flight’ hormone
- Cortisol – an established stress- maker in the body
- Norepinephrin – another know marker of nervous system stress.
While everyone will experience these brain benefits on some level, the experiential reality for most people – in the beginning, at least – is somewhere in the middle of the range of possible experiences. Nobody should expect an “Altered States” experience or immediate cessation of that back pain that’s been plaguing them for 20 years.
But what we promise everyone is a unique and thoroughly pleasant and relaxing experience that is unlike any you’ve tried before, with the potential for deeply profound experiences that come with float practice.
Feeling happy, stress free and more energetic is only a float away!