Sensory Deprivation Explained
“It’s been said that if someone could capture the effects of floating in a pill, it would quickly outsell Valium, Prozac and Viagra put together. There is a growing movement towards natural solutions to the problems of daily life, solutions with no unwanted side-effects. The benefits of floating are natural, long-term and cumulative. Every time you float, you reinforce the health benefits of the Relaxation Response. In the float room, your body learns what true relaxation feels like, which is a skill it will likely never forget.”
Also known as R.E.S.T. (restricted environmental stimulation technique), floating is a therapy that helps you find that calm by removing all external stimulation so you’re able to truly let go and relax and the results can be spectacular. Our float rooms contain 10 inches of water and 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt creating a solution so buoyant that it allows you to float effortlessly and gives a sensation of weightlessness that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. The water is heated to skin temperature allowing your body to simply melt away and this, along with the restriction of all light and sound, creates a pure state of ‘sensory’ relaxation.
Under these unique conditions, more commonly referred to as sensory deprivation, your body has the opportunity to reconnect with its natural ability to self-regulate and restore, while you simply lie back and rediscover the pleasure of a deeply relaxed mind.
For first-time floaters, it is common to have an overload of thoughts in the mind and tension in the body for the first few minutes of the float session. As you continue to relax and breathe deeply, realizing that no effort is needed to stay afloat, your mind will begin to quiet and your body will begin to release its tension. This is when the real benefits of floating take place.
Most people report looking younger after an hour of floating, and first-time floaters remark feeling happier, healthier, more positive, confident, as well as an increase in sensory awareness for several days after floating. The deep sense of relaxation after a float can carry with you for days afterwards and as we master the process of letting go with regular float sessions, those days can turn into weeks!
Our Spa Suites provide you with a private floatation room. We have three available on site, and each includes your own private shower, dressing area, and float room. These rooms were custom designed for clients to be extremely user friendly.
THE BENEFITS OF FLOATING
for the Mind…
During a float you produce slower brain-wave patterns, known as theta waves that are normally experienced only during the deepest meditation or briefly before falling asleep. Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue.
In our body there is a chemical known as cortisol which is directly associated to feelings of “being stressed”. Modern lifestyles have led to increased levels of this hormone. Floating provides a space where we can truly relax by reducing both cortisol and stress.
Your mind creates, stores and uses its own natural opiates, called endorphins. Floating dramatically releases these wonderful chemical throughout your brain causing the highest levels of mental clarity. At the same time, your anxieties are lessened, as your brain begins to produce theta waves that enable you to think & visualize more vividly.
Floating allows us to be in a “theta state of mind”. This right brain oriented wave unlocks many of our natural abilities of intuition. In doing so, a floater’s mind is opened up to a sense of connection and natural flow between all the events of their life. Furthermore, this new perspective eases one into a mode of “being alert”, “being present” and being “tuned in”.
Our moods and anxieties have both a physical and mental source. Through chemicals in our body and the thoughts in our heads we must be careful to not over stimulate ourselves into an unhealthy state of being. Floating is an especially powerful tool in trying to maintain balance in an sometimes over-whelming world. As your softly navigated to a place of deep relaxation your body and mind is relieved of it’s usual work load through the absence of gravity and a dramatic reduction in sensory input.
Floating has several benefits to those suffering from addictive tendencies. By allowing for a healthier internal dialog while promoting positive thinking floating has been shown to have profound effect on addict’s mental health. Another cause of addiction is in the body: An innate imbalance of chemicals. Epsom salts replenish depleted essential minerals which facilitates the natural production of the “feel good” chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin. Floating not only increase the amount of these endorphins but also the capacity, making these essential chemicals more readily available in the future, Floating Aids Recovery!
Perhaps, the most well documented benefit of floating is the tendency for those who choose to use this tool, regularly, to adopted a long term positive outlook on life. As we all know depression can be rooted in many causes. However, regardless of origination we believe the true path forward is finding a space to reflect and heal while also giving our bodies a chance to balance vital chemicals. Floating is unmatched in its ability to tackle both these needs simultaneously in an extremely efficient manner. By removing almost all external stimulus and relieving ourselves of gravity we can easily center our thoughts and allow our body to produce an abundance of endorphins.
Release Endorphins & Dopamines
While floating the body reaches a state of deep relaxation that otherwise could only be reached when sleeping. During this deep relaxation the electrical activity of the brain drops from about 20 – 25 HZ to 4 – 8 HZ and the brain goes into a wave pattern known as the Theta State and the body releases Endorphins “The Body’s Natural Painkillers” or “Feel Good” hormones and Dopamines. After the Float session the body will continue releasing Endorphins and Dopamines so the beneficial effects of the Endorphins will last for several days.
Heightened Senses & Perception
In our fast paced world, the amount of information put in front of us is nothing short of immense when compared to what our minds can actually absorb. Many people are feeling the effects of this as they reach a point of sensory overload. There minds simply cannot process the amount of information being sent. So, what then happens when we float in an environment without light, sound or a sense of touch? Free of universal forced of gravity and essentially without any stimulation the opposite to our daily lives. Come explore and enjoy the beauty of nothing.
Up to 90% of our attention is used by the brain and nervous system to manage gravity and the input of our five senses. However, when you float you’re in a zero gravity environment wherein all input from the senses is restricted. Once in this new state of relaxation the capabilities of your creative mind are freed.
The essence of learning is the ability to understand ideas and concepts. This often boils down to one key aspect, focus. This is ultimately why floating is a perfect tool to use for someone trying to more fully grasp ideas, as well as retain more information. Without the presence of everyday distractions that we are able to take control of our focus and can apply its full power to whatever we choose.
In simplest terms, a problem is an unwanted situation we refuse to address appropriately. When we loose sight of the issue, fail to act or get on an ego trip a problem is born. However, as water is to the flame, floating is to problems. Gently taken to a state of complete relaxation a synchronization occurs between the left and right sides of your brain. Your mind becomes organized, forming a new whole far greater than its parts. From here you can enjoy an objectivity about your life, your role in it, and what needs doing that I can find no where else on Earth.
Stimulate Left/Right Brain Synchronization
After settling into the floating experience research has shown greater hemisphere synchronization (promoting greater communication between the right (creative-side) and left (analytical-side) lobes; the majority of people are left-dominated. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neocortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.
The combination of being extremely relaxed while intensely awake allows techniques of visualization to become very powerful. From athletes preparing for competition to public speakers rehearsing a presentation, the tank can induce the calm needed to perform at ones best. Mental rehearsal research has shown it to be just as practical as physical rehearsal.
Meditation has a plethora of researched benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed; presence. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency instead of falling asleep. Floating may induce an altered state of consciousness.
Helps Veterans With PTSD
Floatation therapy has been used as a way to effectively remediate many symptoms of PTSD an often dehabilitating condition. One of the postulated explanations for the effectiveness of this treatment is the release large amounts of endorphins and dopamine. The environment in the float tank also provides a safe space to process experiences and can aid the integration of difficult experiences.
Enhance Athletic Performance
Athletes around the world use floatation to prepare for and recover from sports activities.While floating, you are able to experience the lowest state of gravity – without leaving Earth. This total relaxation gives every muscle a break from fighting gravity, and the benefits can be startling. By relieving the stresses of gravity, floating takes the weight off strained bones, joints and muscles, and increases the efficiency of the blood circulating through the body – leading towards a faster recovery time. Athletes who use floatation in conjunction with visualization techniques have experienced rapid improvement in their sporting performances. As the brain enters the theta wave state, commonly experienced in deep meditation, it becomes more open to suggestion. The central nervous system can essentially be trained to produce the ‘perfect performance’.
for the Body…
Research shows that floating reduces blood pressure and heart rate while lowering the levels of stress-related chemicals in the body. Sports performance and recovery are also enhanced by floating as it compliments many other rehabilitation therapies.
Most people are not aware that 90% of our muscles energy is spent dealing with our nervous system and the effects of gravity. Our float rooms consist of 1000 pounds of Epsom salt being dissolved into a ten-inches of water. The solution is so thick it is impossible for you not to float effortlessly. Your muscles are instantly and totally relieved of all their normal work allowing your body to use its energy to repair itself. Unless you have floated before, you have never experienced this level of absolute relaxation.
Fight Fatigue & Jet Lag
Each of us has an internal clock that we’ve likely been running on for more or less our whole lives. When this get disrupted, thrown off, or ignored we become fatigued and eventually need to rest. In our fast paced global society, it is easy to ignore the needs of our body. Fortunately, with powerful technology like floating we can effectively give our bodies the rest it needs in less time. A 60-minute float is the equivalent to six-eight hours of deep sleep.
Muscle Tissue Regeneration
Flotation therapy allows 90% of the energy our brain and nervous system continuously use to be freed up. No longer concerned with managing gravity and our senses all of our attention can be used in other ways. As a result, our circulatory system speeds up allowing muscle regeneration to happen more quickly.
Floating provides us a space where we can both physically and mentally relax. In doing we energize every system in our body as well as your activating natural killer cells within the body. These special cells have the responsibility for killing defective cells that hinder our immune system. While in float mode you’ll find you give your body a big upper hand in overcoming whatever may be keeping you down.
Alleviate Lower Back & Neck Pain
As gravity keeps us in place it is also pushes down on us, compressing our bodies from head to toe. Given that the top of the spine is located in the neck and the bottom in our lower back it makes sense that these are common places for injury or occur. As stated above gravity can be a force for both good and bad. However, we rarely if ever get to escape its more negative effects. This is where floating comes in giving us an place to enjoy a short reprieve from the universal forces. Now that we can at ease out body can begin to decompress and create space for additional blood flow.
Migraine & Headache Relief
The power of floating can reduce the probability of recurring migraines as well as alleviates the pain of an existing one. Through floating we find ourselves no longer needing to worry about or even think about anything which provides a great place for letting the body find calm. Floating can often end recurring migraines.
Epsom salts is named for a natural spring at Epsom, in Surrey, England. It is a natural, pure compound of magnesium and sulfate, which are both readily absorbed through the skin into the blood stream. Most Americans suffer from a Magnesium deficiency which plays a role in maintaining many of the bodies systems – we need Magnesium to regulate more than 325 enzymes and pathways. When you float the solution contains 1000 lbs. of Epsom salts which is dissolved into the ten inches of water, heated to the temperature of your outside layer of skin and placed inside one of our float rooms. Shortly after you begin to float, a detoxification of your body begins as the healing Magnesium enters your body. The first thing Magnesium does is to greatly improve your body’s digestion, which increases its ability to get rid of harmful bacteria. The way Magnesium does this is by improving how your body uses oxygen, which greatly increases the flow of blood. Don’t be like 68% of Americans who are Mg deficient come for a float!
Lower Blood Pressure
Our blood pressure is controlled by our nervous system which has two main parts. One part, looks out for dangers and tells us when to fight or to run away, the other part is responsible for relaxing us. When you float the part of your nervous system that needs to be alert goes on pause while the part responsible for relaxing us takes over. Due to the zero gravity environment and the restricted input from our senses the we enter a state of complete calm which can causes blood pressure to lower significantly.
Reduce Swelling & Inflammation
Soaking in Epsom salt baths has been used by many cultures for hundreds of years. By taking one it allows for a reverse osmosis to occur. During this process harmful toxins are pulled out of the body while magnesium and sulfates are allowed to enter. Magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes in the body some of which promote the healthy functioning of our immune system which in turn regulates inflammation in the body. Its believed that over 68% of American’s are deficient in magnesium and is likely a key reason for many suffering from an over active inflammatory response.
Insomnia caused by stress, anxiety and an over active mind can be reduced with float therapy. While floating, the body goes into a state of deep relaxation allowing the brain to reach a Theta State that is only reached during sleep. This deep relaxation, Theta State, and calm mind will contribute to a good night sleep. It is very common for people to fall asleep while floating and break the sleepless patterns. It is safe to fall asleep during a float session. The water – Epsom Salt ratio, buoyancy, will not allow you to sink. Floaters may fall asleep on their first session while it may take several sessions for other. Even if the floater doesn’t fall asleep during the session, it is a common denominator to have a good night sleep after a float session.
Reduce Joint Pain
Much of the joint pain we experience is due to wear and tear we’ve sustained in our lives. A big part of that is the extra load we carry operating under gravity. This force which holds us down, quite literally, also causes damage to our bodies in doing so. Floating allows us to bypass this otherwise inescapable entity. In doing so the you experience unparalleled relaxation and give the body its best rest to date. Remove gravity, enjoy relief!
Alleviate Pregnancy Discomfort
Floatation Therapy for pregnant women within the 2nd and 3rd trimesters can bring you to a much needed state of relaxation and pain relief not found outside of the float room. Floating is most valuable during the third trimester of pregnancy, when the weight is putting uncomfortable pressure on your lungs and organs, making it difficult to breathe and sleep. By floating in our zero gravity float rooms, you can escape the added weight that you have been carrying around and take the strain off of your body and spine. Floating also promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy. There is also an amazing ‘mirror effect’ in which the unborn baby is floating in the womb of the mother, and the mother is floating in the buoyant float room. This bond of floating together can be spiritually uplifting and deepening the connection between mother and baby. Check with your doctor or midwife to see if floating is right for you.
It is said one couple in seven has problems when they try for a baby. There are many reasons but, one of the most important is also one we can help with – stress. Floatation therapy is the most powerful stress relief technique known. For fertility treatment, we recommend for women, a course of ten floats in a month, approximately every two to three days right through the fertile period. The degree of relaxation achieved is wonderful and will of course benefit you in many ways but if stress is the principal cause of your failure to conceive, then floating really is the best treatment. We believe the benefit of floating is the same for natural conception and for IVF treatments.