WHAT IS FLOATATION-REST?
- Chronic Tension Headaches
- Chronic Muscle Tension Pain
- Stress-related pain with “burnout depression”.
- Anxiety (including generalized anxiety disorder)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Comorbid Major Depressive Disorder.
The evidence published thus far suggests that Floatation-REST is a safe and effective technique for the rapid reduction of stress, pain, and anxiety. Clinical trials are currently underway in America, Germany, and Sweden investigating the long-term impact of floating in patients with anxiety disorders, anorexia nervosa, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and insomnia. As the evidence base continues to grow, we will continue to update this repository of peer-reviewed publications studying the clinical effects of Floatation-REST.
How Floatation-REST Works?
The environment we create gives the body a rest, the mind a quiet space and the spirit a place to be free.
Floatation-REST (also knows as floatation therapy, floating or sensory deprivation) is renowned worldwide as having numerous health and well-being benefits. Backed by clinical proven publications done on these benefits, Floatation-REST has been shown to offer relief for a wide range of ailments and conditions on top of being a incredibly unique and relaxing experience that promotes total human optimization.
The practice involves entering a safe environment where the body experiences zero gravity by becoming buoyant in 10 inches of clean, filtered, therapeutic Epsom salt water that is the same temperature as your body. As you lay in the water, your body floats effortlessly while all light and sound slowly fade away. It is through focusing on your breath (or nothing at all), that the brain naturally drifts into a dream-like theta state.
Modern society has created a situation where the human nervous system lives in a world of near-constant stimulation. Rarely does our brain and body have the opportunity to relax and disconnect from all this stimulation. As a result, chronic physical and mental health conditions have become ubiquitous, with over a quarter of the population suffering from pain, anxiety, depression, and other ailments exacerbated by stress. This revolutionary technology known scientifically as Floatation-REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) or floating as we like to call it, appears to powerfully counter the deleterious effects of stress in modern life.
Whether you're using floating as a tool for meditation, creativity or rest & recovery, there are a wide-range of benefits that are difficult to get anywhere else.
We all have different reasons #whywefloat, whether it is to reduce stress and restore balance in our lives, achieve a deeper state of meditation, or unleashing creativity. For us, community comes first.
We hope you will be open to sharing your experiences and the reasons why UFLOAT!
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Starting out, for truly optimal results, floating 2-4 times a month for 2-3 months is a great way to dive into the practice. For those really keen, floating once a week is incredible. However, even 1-2 floats / month for 4-6 months is a great start too.
IT MAY TAKE A FEW FLOATS...
Many people can easily sink into the depths of a float session on their very first try. However, we are all formed by our life experiences a little differently and for others it make take 2-3 floats before a deeper connection is made, this is normal. It is in our experience that the floaters whom have a regular meditation/yoga practice grasp the learning curve of floating a lot faster.
Once you've cleared your first 10 floats, done within one of the frequencies suggested above, you should be able to to see how floating can benefit you and your life. Then typically 1-2 floats / month is a great place to be. Even taking little breaks is good and then coming back with greater intensity (e.g. 3 floats in 2 weeks) is excellent.
FLOAT PRO TIPS
Follow these simple tips to help you prepare for your float experience.
+ Shaving :
For men, avoid shaving your face at least 6 hours before you float. For women, avoid shaving your body at least 12 hours before your float. Any lesions will be distracting due to the Epsom salt sting. We provide you with Vaseline to cover any minor cuts.
+ Hydration :
Being hydrated is always an important component to a healthy lifestyle. Be hydrated prior to your float.
+ Smoking :
Smoking just prior to the tank may be too much of a stimulant so try to avoid that. There have been studies that show floating, even irregularly, has been known to suppress cravings. However, you’ll need to figure out what the best formula is for you and your biochemistry.
+ Caffeine :
Definitely avoid having caffeine 4 hours before you float. The caffeine will stimulate your body and mind affecting your ability to relax and get the best out of the float experience. After your float you might be inclined to avoid the caffeine buzz altogether.
+ Eating :
It is best to not have a full stomach or a completely empty stomach. Have a meal that is easier to digest approximately 2 hours before your float.
+ Hair Dyes :
For guests with recently coloured hair or highlights, we recommend not floating until roughly one week or more after treatment. Dyes can (in some cases) bleed out or be affected by the heavy concentration of epsom salt. Please consult your hair stylist before floating.
+ Stacking :
We have found performing physical activity (yoga, cardio, or resistance training) before you float to greatly enhance the floating experience. Your body has expended pent-up energy, muscles and tissues are loose and flowing with blood, your mind is clear and calm. Combining floating to these states can potentially create a deeper state of meditation. Be sure to have a little snack (not junk food) post-activity and pre-float. Nuts, fruit, juice, or smoothies are good options. Just not too much.
+ BREATHING :
Your breath can be an amazing tool for focusing, calming the mind, especially relaxing the body. Start by breathing through your nose and just observing the breath, don’t try to control it. This will help to quiet the chatter in the mind and allow you to really relax.
+ LETTING GO :
Don’t “try to do” anything in the tank. Don’t expect anything other than feeling really, really, really good afterwards. Let go of all preconceptions of what you think the experience will be and just enjoy the ride. You’ll find it much easier to enjoy the scenery your mind presents to you rather than the other way around. If that doesn’t make sense now, it will in the float experience.
+ Sensitivity :
With external stimuli at a minimum, your nervous system will turn up the volume to try and sense anything. Since there is still “nothing” coming in there is a great opportunity to simply sense whatever is left to be felt within your internal body. Feel your arms, legs, torso, head, as intensely as possible. Cultivate as much sensitivity to these parts as possible. Feel the energetic uniformed consistency of these parts and observe them without judgment, without limits. Observe your thoughts, emotions and sensations.
+ Positions :
When considering your position there should be three points in the forefront of your approach, Comfort, Body Awareness and Trust. Settle in to the tank, get comfortable, feel your muscles relax, your body slowly expand with each breath and trust the water to support your every cell. There is no wrong way to float! We cannot stress that enough. That being said, there are generally two default positions that people go with. One is arms above your head, palms up and the other is arms at your sides palms down. Again, these are not set in stone and the most important factor here is to be comfortable. Feel free to experiment. So if for you that means keeping your palms intertwined behind your head as if you were in a hammock, or possibly on your chest the way one might float in a pool in Palm springs, then great. Go for it. Just do you. Who’s gonna stop you? You’re going to bounce off the sides of the tank a little bit until you get the hang of it, no worries. Just don’t push yourself too hard off the sides or do much to get the water moving. The less the water moves, the easier it is to control your positioning. The easiest way to stabilize yourself is to brace yourself against the walls by extending your arms and legs to four points and slowly releasing them.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What effects does floating have on the mind?
When you float, you produce slower brain-wave patterns; known as theta waves, (normally experienced just before falling asleep or during deep meditation). This can be accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations. Your mind is free to explore thoughts without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness. Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools for Super Learning.
What should I do to prepare to float?
We provide everything you need, and you float in the nude, so there is nothing to bring. We recommend you don’t shave 4 hours prior (waxing up to 24 hrs). It’s best to eat a small meal 2-3 hours prior, and it’s ideal to avoid caffeine before your float. Be prepared to remove contact lenses.
Can I float and cryo in the same day?
Absolutely and we highly recommend it! You'll start by boosting your energy with cryotherapy and end with the float, leaving you feeling zen and relaxed.
Do I need to bring anything?
Nope! We provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryers) and you go in nude, so you’ll be good to go.
Can two people float in 1 room at the same time?
While two people could fit in our rooms, we only allow one person to encourange a deeper practice.
What happens if I fall asleep?
It’s totally safe, happens all the time and will likely be one of the best naps of your life!
How is the water in the float tank kept clean?
After each float, all the salt water in the tank is cycled through an advanced filtering process 3-4 times. These filters are fully effective to one micron, which is 100 times smaller than a human hair. In addition, the 1,200 lbs. of Epsom salt that are dissolved into the water acts a natural disinfectant. On top of this, we maintain a safe level (100 ppm) of hydrogen peroxide, a powerful disinfectant. Water sanitation is extremely important to us, so we continually test and monitor it to make sure it is perfectly clean and safe, so you can relax knowing the environment is completely sterile.
Will the salt damage my hair?
The high density of salt may dry out your hair a bit, but a good solution is to use a mixture of one part white vinegar and one part water in the shower when you get home.
How long am I floating for?
We give you time to shower before and after, so you’re in the water for a full hour.
What if I'm claustrophobic?
People with claustrophobia consistently report no problems with floating. You have a light button right by your side, you’re always in control of the environment, and can get out anytime.
Can I float if I am pregnant?
Absolutely. Floating has proven to be great for pregnant women and is totally safe. Some women report that it’s a great bonding experience with the child and it’s perfect if you’re jealous of the womb experience your baby is feeling ;)
What is Epsom salt?
Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulphate and is non toxic. It can help to relieve stress, soothe your muscles, soften your skin and maybe even reduce the look of wrinkles. Some recent studies have even indicated that Epsom salt baths may be soothing for children with autism.
Magnesium is important in that it helps keep enzyme activity regular in your body, and it helps your bodily functions to run smoothly. More than half of all Americans have a magnesium deficiency, which is believed to be a factor in all kinds of health problems. Sulfate also plays an important role in the way in which your body works: It has a role in the formation of brain tissue and joint proteins, and it can strengthen the walls of the digestive tract [source:Epsom Salt Council].
Can I float if I'm menstruating?
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.