It is well known that relaxing sleep in bed is essential to good health and is the best way to recover from stress and illness. Our bodies have amazing powers of recovery and we just need the chance to relax to let these powers work. However, there is this new way in which we can achieve that type of relaxation in just an hour or less. Have you heard of flotation therapy offered in some spas? Yes? If not, here we tell you more about it:
Flotation Therapy Explained
Flotation Therapy is a way to soothe and heal the body from the constant stress of life’s daily pressures. You can leave the noise and confusion behind. Also you may be able to experience total relaxation and deep healing in your private, peaceful space. Floating involves the use of a “flotation tank”, also known as a “sensory deprivation chamber”. It is most often used as a method for relaxation and to boost creativity too. In addition, it can allow one to engage in a deep meditative state, regardless of meditation experience. A flotation tank contains 6-12 inches of sterile of water around body temperature which is filtered after every usage. In the water, there are over 800 lbs of medical-grade Epsom salts to ensure that anyone can float.
How it Goes
After you shut the door of the tank to your level of comfort and turn off the light, you float in total darkness. You do have the option to display a blue underwater light, a starry skylight, or no light. The room has plenty of air circulation bringing fresh air into the room for an extraordinary peaceful, relaxing and safe experience. A therapeutic session in a flotation tank typically lasts an hour.
What are the Benefits?
Floating in a flotation therapy tank definitely relaxing. The deep relaxation state achieved allows the body to recover from stress and there will be pain relief too. Flotation therapy stimulates blood flow and releases natural endorphins which are also known as “happy hormones”. The brain then gives out alpha waves associated with relaxation and meditation. In addition, here are some other conditions that can be treated by flotation:
- Muscle pain and strain
- High blood pressure
- Migraine and tension headache
- Jet lag
- Back pain
- Pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS
- Postpartum depression
Many people have some fear or concern before they use the tank the first time. Some of the most common concerns include being alone in the dark, drowning, not having enough air, and claustrophobia. However, all of these issues can be addressed by trying out the therapy yourself. No adverse effects have been recorded so far. However, if you get any salt water in your eyes you will be uncomfortable for a few minutes. To avoid getting drips of salt water in your eyes, push your hair back on your forehead when you change from lying down to sitting up. Also, if you have cuts or scratches or have recently shaved, there may be stinging too. If you have any open cuts use liquid bandage to seal them.