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Benefits of Float Therapy
The Float Pod creates an easy way to meditate, as the rooms are lightproof and soundproof, eliminating all outside distractions, which is half the battle when meditating. Meditation has been proven to reduce stress, decrease negative feelings, and increasing self awareness. It has even been shown to lower blood pressure and eliminate anxiety. As these results are seen in regular meditation, floating enhances these benefits MUCH further.
In today's culture and work environment most people live a life of high stress and can find little releif. Stress can cause a negative impact on your physical and mental health, leading to many health issues. By taking time out of your day and booking a float and massage your body and mind are able to relax, restore and reboot, leading to a post-glow float in which you feel refreshed and rested. Studies have shown that flotation therapy can be used as preventative medicine, as many health issues are related to stress. This article is about a study that looks at flotation therapy from as preventative health care.
Have you ever just sat in a dark room with no distractions and thought about who you are or why you do the things you do?
Being in the Float Pod allows you to understand your feelings and have a safe place to sort through them. Sometimes it is hard to see a different perspective if you're too busy or don't have a safe place to open up. Introspection allows individuals to understand themselves further and grow and develop into a better person.
There is a famous science experiment done on a basketball team, divided into thirds. One third was told to not practice and don't think about basketball. The second third was told to practice shooting free-throws every day, and the last third was told to only visualize shooting free-throws. At the end of 20 days the results were in. The first group showed no improvement at all, the second group who were practicing every day showed a 24% increase in accuracy, and the group who only visualized showed a 23% increase in accuracy. This goes to show the power of visualization is real and amazing!
In the Float Pod you will experience the greatest environment on the planet to use the visualization method. Take strokes off your golf game, find a solution to that problem that's been eluding you, become a better athlete, no matter the sport you play!
Floating naturally releases endorphins in your brain which is the chemical responsible for feeling pleasure and happiness. Your brain releases these chemicals as a reward for something you've done, such as going for a hard workout or placing first in that competition, making you feel wonderful due to the endorphin rush.
By freeing your body from gravity and all tactile stimulation you also get a huge dose of endorphins, causing even the most stressed out, un-happy person to feel joyful and relaxed after a float.
As almost a side effect of all the other mental benefits listed above you will undoubtedly find a restful, peaceful, full nights sleep after your float. Most of insomnia cases are caused by high stress, anxiety, or the brain working overtime and you can't shut it off for the night. After a float you will feel less stress and anxiety and because of the brains downshift into theta waves while you float, you will find it easier to shut it off for the night.
Your body is constantly working throughout the day, even if you don't realize it. Even if you are just standing still you are still fighting gravity and keeping your balance. While you are floating effortlessly in the Float Pod, your body has absolutely zero work to do and you will feel 100% relaxed!
Your body produces natural pain-killers, and one way to release these chemicals is by being put into a state of deep relaxation. These natural pain killers have been shown to be as effective as opiates, because they are actually a natural opiate your brain produces. Many people who suffer from chronic pain find that floating dramatically helps with their pain management.
+Increased Immune System
With all of your normal sensory input eliminated, your body has many more resources at its command and it can start using that unspent energy to help other systems in your body, one of which is your immune system. Your immune system can then reset and work harder to keep you healthy.
In the Float Pod your body is not fighting gravity or its daily stresses anymore, therefore your circulation system has less resistance and you will start to receive more oxygenated blood to all areas of your body. Increased circulation allows your body to work and feel better.
Due to the increased circulation and extra energy that you would normally be using to process data and help you stand, your body can focus on repairing itself more. Whether you are just sore from the gym, recovering from a broken back, or any number of injuries, you will recover quicker while floating. Please contact your physician before booking your appointment.
Another tremendous benefit of floating in Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) is it acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and stress releiver, which helps with injury recovery. Magnesium is a mineral that is utilized by every organ in your body, especially your heart, kidneys, and muscles. According to Health Canada, magnesium is one of the most common mineral that Canadians are deficient in. As the magnesium from the salt simply absorbs into your body, your skin leaves feeling silky smooth.
As its mentioned above, your body will feel amazing relief from being free from gravity, even for just one hour. Think about it, how often have you ever felt zero weight on any of your muscles or body parts? Never? Even laying in bed you are still feeling the weight of your own body on your back as gravity is pulling you down.
+Increased Stress Resistance
Not only will you feel less stressed out after you float, but if you float regularly, you will find you aren't as easily stressed out in the first place. Almost like a monk who has learned not to stress about the little things in life, you will too!
Float Therapy helps with:
As we use Epsom Salt in our Pods, and Epsom salt is a natural anti-inflammatory, Floating can help relieve the aches and pains cause by inflamed joints from arthritis
If you have ever suffered from a migraine, you know that any light, or sounds or anything really is just too much! A Float will not only provide you relief from any loud stimuli but also the anti-inflammatory properties of the Epsom salt will help reduce the throbbing pain that comes with a migraine.
Have you ever worked out too hard? Or didnt stretch enough before that first ball game of the year? Most people have heard that you should have a bath with some Epsom salt right? Well how about a bath with 1000 times the amount of Epsom salt that you can use at home! Again it is because of the anti-inflammatory properties of the Epsom salt that cause you muscles to become less inflamed and since you have no tension or stress on the body, your circulation will increase which allows more oxygenated blood to flow through your muscles allowing them to recover quicker!
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, or if you are just anxious about that big day you got coming up, a Float has been shown to reduce anxiety and can be just as effective as popular anxiety medications can be. There have been studies performed at LIBR (Laureate Institute for Brain Research) where they have built a float center inside the research facility to better study the benefits of Float Therapy. Here is a video of the Lead researcher on Float Therapy at LIBR where he spoke at last year's international Float conference.
"Magnesium can suppress the ability of the hippocampus to stimulate the ultimate release of stress hormone, it can reduce the release of ACTH (the hormone that tells your adrenal glands to get in gear and pump out that cortisol and adrenaline), and it can reduce the responsiveness of the adrenal glands to ACTH. In addition, magnesium can act at the blood brain barrier to prevent the entrance of stress hormones into the brain. All these reasons are why I call magnesium "the original chill pill.""- An excerpt from an article on how magnesium alone can help relieve stress. Full article can be read here
On top of the magnesium absorption, you are also shutting out the outside world where most if not all of our stress comes from in one way or another. Combine this with the feeling of utter relaxation and your stress will melt away!
Ever been sick of hearing your phone ding, or beep or ring? Or having to talk to that co-worker that is just a little too chipper all the time? Maybe you are working two jobs? Or are a parent? Or even are just overwhelmed with your own life? There is no better solution to overstimulation than understimulation Shut out the world for an hour or 90 minutes and you will feel much more ready and able to take on whatever the world can throw your way!
What Is Float Therapy?
Float Therapy is freeing yourself of distraction by eliminating external senses which provides a stress-free environment, resulting in total mind-body relaxation.
The Float Pod allows you to effortlessly float in Epsom Salt saturated water heated to skin temperature, which in turn eliminates the distractions from the sense of touch. The rooms are light and sound proof, which eliminates the distractions from hearing and sight.
This unique environment frees you from the stresses of day to day life as it allows you to "shut-off" and recharge. This time can be used to meditate, practice living in the moment, digesting things you have gone through recently, or visualizing things you haven't done yet. Or you can simply have the most relaxing nap you have ever experienced!
For more info on the benefits of Float Therapy check out the mental and physical benefits that get better with each float.
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