Floating is one of the best forms of self care available.
The first time I floated was when I was in massage school in Portland, Oregon. I was a little nervous, and didn’t know what to expect. About 30 minutes into the float, I found myself in the middle of a lucid dream… I was shooting out of a volcano and flying high above Mayan temples. I was completely out of my body and enveloped in this amazing experience. I know that sounds really cosmic and woowoo, but I was hooked. I never had that same experience again, each float is very unique. Sometimes it was about my body just unwinding, relieving tension patterns and muscular pain. Sometimes I could not turn the monkey brain off and was thinking about what I was going to get at the grocery store. Other times I felt like a mermaid, a koi fish in a giant river, or primordial ooze melting back into the earth. I know, woowoo.
Floating quickly became one of my favorite forms of self care. A few years after that first float I opened a multi-disciplinary wellness center in Astoria, Oregon and brought the first float tank to the Oregon coast.
The first floatation tank was invented by physician and neuroscientist John C. Lilly in 1954 in order to study the effects of sensory deprivation. Present day floatation tanks are designed to create a space that is ideal for relaxation and the rejuvenation of your mind and body. Research shows that the effects of a two hour float session are equivalent to eight hours of deep sleep, making it one of the most effective and comprehensive relaxation techniques available. Perhaps one of the greatest qualities of the tank is that it helps to stimulate the body's own power of healing and regeneration. This helps promote homeostasis within the body, strengthening the body's resistance to the effects of stress, illness and injury.
Float tanks styles are continuing to evolve. They are essentially an enclosed tank that is filled with 10" of water and hundreds of pounds of medical grade Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate), making you extremely buoyant. It is warmed to skin temperature and you are completely free from light, noise, and the outside environment. You float in the tank for a glorious 60 or 90 minute session. When your session is finished, you feel a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
Floating is an opportunity to alleviate the body and mind of the stresses of daily life. The benefits of floating are endless!
Benefits for the body
Promotes complete relaxation
Helps reduce addictive behavior
Normalizes blood pressure
Improves skin tone
Improves sleep patterns
Relieves inflammation in joints
Strengthens the immune system
Increases magnesium absorption
Helps release endorphins-the body’s natural opiates
Provides pain relief from injuries and ailments
Increases athletic performance (energy, stamina, strength, quicker recovery)
Eliminates the pressure of gravity, allowing the body to free up healing energy
Increases your body’s ability to detoxify with the mineral rich salt bath
Benefits for the mind
Unlocks the creative centers in your brain
Helps achieve effortless visualization
Alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety
Creates an environment for meditation and lucid dreaming
Enhances your learning capabilities, i.e. concentration, memory, and focus
Stimulates right brain activity which allows us to absorb and learn information on a larger scale
Helps the brain produce theta waves which are mirrored in the advanced art of meditation
Theta waves promote productivity, creativity, and a sense of inner peace
Floating creates a harmony in the brain on all levels: the reptilian brain, the limbic system, and the neocortex. This balancing between the brain layers creates an exhilarating experience for the body, including vitality and a feeling of “oneness” with the universe