New to floating? Want to know more? Here's a quick rundown.
Imagine if you could turn off the stress and chaos of your everyday life for just 90 minutes.
In today's society, we are faced with a constant barrage of deadlines, consumed with technology at nearly every waking moment, live hectic and overscheduled lifestyles, and are driven to always stay busy (or at least look it!). We are sometimes faced with life changing traumas, some of us deal with chronic pain that interferes with us enjoying our lives to the fullest. Whatever the issue, we all deserve that moment to reset our minds, rejuvenate our spirit, and fully relax and heal our body.
Invented by Dr. John C. Lilly, a neuroscientist and psychoanalyst, floating is a simple yet life-changing therapy that has been around for over 50 years.
Our float pods are filled with around 200 gallons of body temperature water and almost 1,000 pounds of magnesium sulfate. This wonderful combination makes you float like a cork. The water in the tank is literally saltier than the water in the Dead Sea.
Unless you are an astronaut, floating is the closest you will likely ever get to zero gravity. Known as sensory deprivation or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (R.E.S.T.), floating restricts outside stimuli such as noise and light, and because the water is exactly your skin temperature you won't know what part of your body is on top of the water or below. Ideally, the lid is closed on the pod with the room and pod light turned off, but since this is your time, you have complete control over your environment. You may want to leave the pod lid open or cracked or leave the light on the first time you float. However, the full effects of floating may not be achieved with the outside stimulation.
There are many health and wellness benefits of floatation therapy. They include:
Pain management and reduction
Depression and anxiety treatment
Relief of insomnia
Lower cortisol levels
Float therapy has been widely used by pro athletes to help get them in the zone and build visualization for competition. In addition, because of the extremely high salt content in the floatation tank water, floating also accelerates the recovery time from injury and strain.
In the gravity-free environment of the float tank, the body balances and heals internally as the senses rest. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate while 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 also used to improve concentration and creativity. Lastly, one hour of floating can have the restorative effects of four hours of sleep!
Imagine, in just 90 minutes, you can not only have true peace and quiet, but you can also assist your brain to work at it's maximum potential. As in any therapy, the more often you do it, the better you will feel and the longer lasting the results. We recommend floating at least three times to get a sense of floating and how it can impact you individually.
Notable Public Figures Who Float
Floatation therapy has been embraced by celebrities and floating for a creative boost is actually very common. Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Michael Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Susan Sarandonand Michael Crichton are just a few of the people that have liked getting some inspiration from the still waters every now and then. Other celebrities who have used floatation tanks are Jeff Bridges, Burgess Meredith, William Hurt, Peter Gabriel, Kirk Douglas, Neil Young, George Carlin and Elle Macpherson. It has been said that John Lennon actually kicked a heroin addiction by spending time in the tank.
Joe Rogan (former host of NBC’s Fear Factor, comedian, actor and UFC commentator), is a New Jersey-born martial artist who has done more than any other celebrity to popularize floatation therapy. He describes his personal experience in using floatation therapy for various purposes, such as exploring the nature of consciousness and improving health and wellbeing. You can watch this video of him explaining how floating feels here.
There are tremendous health benefits for athletes who participate in floatation therapy. Some of the most famous sports teams use it to improve their performance. The Dallas Cowboys have used it to great effect in the1980’s to expedite the healing process for injured players. Carl Lewis, one of the world’s most renowned track and field stars, used floatation therapy to help him prepare mentally for competitions. Some of the members of the Philadelphia Phillies used the float tank before going on to win the team’s first World Series title in decades. Wayne Rooney, a member of Manchester United, actually owns a float tank. Even Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, has a float tank in his home.
Floating attracts the intellectual crowd as well. Some of the greatest minds of our time, such as Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman, Prize nominee Buckminster Fuller, Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, R.D. Laing and more, felt that time in the tank helped with their already genius-level problem solving skills.