What is a Floatation Tank?
1,102 pounds of Epsom salts are added to 220 gallons of water, creating an 11.8 inch deep solution, which is heated to 95.9 degrees F (skin temperature).
The temperature of the water means that once you are settled in the tank, it is virtually impossible to distinguish between the parts of the body that are in contact with the water, and those that aren’t, in effect “fooling” the brain into believing that the person is floating in mid-air.
What is Floatation Therapy?
Floating weightlessly, your body is perfectly supported by a cushion of silky skin-temperature liquid. Freed from all sensation of gravity, temperature, touch, sight and sound (which together account for 90% of normal neuro-muscular activity), you conserve and redirect vast amounts of natural physical and mental energy.
The ultra-deep relaxation of floating “resets” the body’s hormonal and metabolic balance, strengthening resistance to and accelerating recovery from the effects of stress, illness, injury or strenuous exercise.
Unless you are an astronaut, this is the only situation you will encounter where your body is free from the harmful forces of gravity. Every single muscle in the body is allowed to totally relax. With ear plugs in and, if you wish, the tank’s interior lights off, the quietness and the darkness allow the mind to drift into the deepest possible state of relaxation.
The buoyancy created by the dense Epsom salt solution removes the effects of gravity on the body and brings the individual close to an experience of total weightlessness. A huge amount of brain-power is used every second to deal with the strain that gravity places on the body. As the body is now totally supported and external stimuli are eliminated, there is nothing for the brain to do and every muscle is allowed to relax completely.
With no commands needing to be sent out, the logical side of the brain is rendered redundant, and its activity slows down until it synchronizes with the creative side. This leaves the individual in a dream-like state, akin to the thoughts experienced just before you go to sleep. In this state, the brain releases vast amounts of endorphins.
While the state of relaxation may be deep and profound, the individual’s brain stays dreamily alert. To get technical, the brain gradually shifts from its usual “beta” (stressful) state to generate theta waves, the state-of-mind that Buddhist monks try to reach through hours of meditation and years of training. You can achieve this in a matter of minutes just by lying back into the silky warm sea of bliss that is the floatation experience!
Conditions That May Prohibit Floatation Therapy:
- There is a drowning risk for anyone who is epileptic and not on medication.
- Floating is not advised for children under the age of 16.
- Anyone with acute medical conditions should consult a doctor before floating. (These conditions include, but are not limited to, low blood pressure, heart bypass, open wounds, a history of heart attack and cancer.)
- Anyone with tubes in their ears should consult a doctor before floating. However, wearing ear plugs while floating is always recommended.
- For women who are pregnant, it is advised that floatation therapy be avoided during the first trimester. Having said that, floatation therapy is highly recommended and always thoroughly enjoyed thereafter, as it relieves the body of the added weight and pressure while floating weightlessly atop the salt water.
***If you have any medical conditions not listed here, please consult a physician before your float session, and bring it to the attention of one of our staff members before you float.***