Floatation therapy, otherwise known as R.E.S.T or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, sensory deprivation therapy, Think Tank or Isolation Therapy has been shown to have many benefits which include the enhancement, relief, treatment or management of the following:
Although Float Therapy has been around since the 1940’s and besides a little blip in the 80’s it has only been in recent times that it has come to be recognized as a mainstream treatment for many of these issues. It has grown leaps and bounds in recent years but many people are still hesitant to try floating and experience some of these benefits because of the following 3 misconceptions:
3. WATER QUALITY
People can be funny sometimes. They are very skeptical when it comes to entering a body of water that has just been occupied by another person. Although they will have no problem sharing a pool or hot tub with multiple people who have probably not showered before entering. Technically, because of the high concentration of salt which is roughly 30-40% Epsom Salt (A concentration of 20% salt will kill bacteria) almost a 1000 pounds in less than 300 gallons of water, it is not water anymore but a ‘saline’ solution but for the sake of familiarity, we’ll call it our water!
At Fluid Float Studio along with other float centres, we must follow the same Health Regulation that your local public and hotel swimming pool or jacuzzi which include water testing multiple times a day and lab work every 3 months to maintain proper levels according to local requirements. Unlike a commercial pool or hot tub, only one person at a time maybe two is ever floating at a time. Other things you should be aware of how we treat our water:
- Sanitation -Water in our float cabin is circulated and turned over up to 7 times between every user, which is more than required by regulators.
- Showering – everyone is required to shower before entering the float cabin to remove make-up, creams, hair products, etc.
- Salt -If you’re wondering why salt has been used as a preservative against bacteria, mold, and spoiling since ancient times. Short answer, cells need water to live. Salt absorbs water from cells making the environment too dry to support harmful mold or bacteria.
So consider this next time you jump into your non-regulated backyard pool or spa. The safest place for you may be a float cabin!
2. ALTERED STATES
Once only popular among hippies and artists looking for out of body life-changing experiences. Today the same principals are used to spark creativity, prepare for important events and optimize performance by lowering brainwave activity bringing you into a deep state of relaxation or ‘Dream’ state, similar to what you experience right before sleep where visions or hallucinations can happen.
In the past few years with wellness and ‘mindfulness’ becoming more of a mainstream priority, floating is the perfect way to forcibly remove distractions leaving you no choice but to relax. It provides you with a shortcut to a meditative state only achieved by practising meditation. We find that floating is very complimentary to yoga and meditation practitioners because they are able to enter this ‘Zone’ much easier and quicker than people who don’t. So don’t be disappointed if you don’t enter a wormhole to another dimension during your float experience but you may return from another trip knowing yourself more clearly, feeling re-energized and motivated to make changes, things clearly and accomplish goals.
Misconception No 1.
FEELING BOXED IN!
We’ve found that the main reason people are hesitant to try Float Therapy, even though their body and mind is begging them to, is not the most common reason which is ‘Claustrophobia’ but the idea of being enclosed, in the dark and not knowing where you are. Then there is the silliness that your mind conjures up as it begins to come up with scenarios such as ” is somebody going to sit on the door?” or “saran wrap the lid shut?!” Well, the float therapy rooms at Fluid Float Studio are not equipped with “pods” or “tanks”—they’re CABINS. At almost 5 feet wide, eight feet long, and nearly seven feet high, they ensure that nobody gets claustrophobic during their session. What’s more, they don’t even have to be in the dark. It doesn’t HAVE to be total sensory deprivation. With optional remote controlled music and lights, clients can create their own custom mood, from introspective silence to soothing ambience to peaceful rave. Including an intercom that you can communicate with staff whenever you want.