New to floating? Here is more information for you.
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. We are sometimes faced with life changing traumas, or chronic pain that interferes with us enjoying our lives to the fullest. 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.
Healing Water’s float pods are filled with around 200 gallons of skin temperature water and almost 1,000 pounds of magnesium sulfate (also known as Epsom salt). This wonderful combination allows you float to the surface naturally. The water in the pod is literally saltier than the water in the Dead Sea!
Unless you are an astronaut, floating is the closest you will 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 you have complete control over your environment. You may want to leave the pod lid open, or leave the light on.
There’s more to floating that meets the eye. Many health and wellness benefits can be realized with floatation therapy…
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 pod water, floating also accelerates the recovery time from injury and strain.
In the gravity-free environment of the float pod, 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. It is also known that one hour of floating can have the restorative effects of four hours of sleep!
True peace and quiet comes from within, however, you can also assist your brain to work at its potential. As with any therapy, the more often you practice, the better you will feel AND results will be longer lasting. We recommend floating at least three times to get a sense of floatation therapy and how it can impact you individually.
Relax and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit naturally… at Healing Waters.
Floatation therapy has been embraced by celebrities, as floating for a creative boost is actually very common. Jim Carrey, Kris Kristofferson, Susan Sarandon, Michael Crichton, Jeff Bridges, Burgess Meredith, William Hurt, Peter Gabriel, Kirk Douglas, Neil Young, George Carlin and Elle Macpherson have all been inspired by floating. It has been said that John Lennon actually kicked a heroin addiction by spending time in floatation therapy.
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 also tremendous health benefits for athletes who participate in floatation therapy. The Dallas Cowboys have used it 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 floating before going on to win the team’s first World Series title in decades. Even Tom Brady, 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 float time helped with their already genius-level problem solving skills.