Benefits

Muscles, joints & bones

Muscles, joints & bones

Not having to fight the constant pull of gravity allows your muscles, joints and bones time to rest and recover. Regular float sessions are suitable for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, back, neck and shoulder pain, tendinitis, hypertension, insomnia, migraines and inflammation.

Stress relief and relaxation

Stress relief and relaxation

Floating is one of the fastest and most effective ways to elicit the body’s natural relaxation response “the parasympathetic nervous system” and enter a state of deep relaxation. Devoid of all sensory input, your body lowers its levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress, and your brain releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins (the good stuff!).

Sports performance and muscle recovery

Sports performance and muscle recovery

Floating is often used to help promote positive performance visualisation and mental rehearsal during training sessions. When faced with injury or overuse, floating can also help you recover more quickly and return to the game. Researchers believe that the high level of Epsom salt concentration plays a part in helping your body recover more effectively.

Meditation

Meditation

The tank is an excellent tool to facilitate meditation, as the silent and still environment helps your brain produce a theta-wave brainwave state. This induces a pleasant dream-like consciousness experience and allows you to drop into your meditation practice more easily.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy

With its sense of weightlessness and relief on achy joints and muscles, floating while pregnant can be a tremendous source of relief for expectant mothers. Floating can also provide stress relief and help promote better sleep, both which are paramount to both mum and bub’s wellbeing. While most doctors have no concern with pregnant women floating during the second and third trimester, we recommend you check with your GP before your first float.

Creativity and learning

Creativity and learning

With regular floating, you can increase the amount of time that the brain is in theta-state, which is where the mind becomes hyper-suggestible. Many use the extended theta-state as a tool for enhanced creativity and super-learning. Plus, with no distractions the mind is able to absorb new information very deeply including improved memory and recall. Creativity thrives when you are deeply relaxed yet highly focused.

Magnesium absorption

Magnesium absorption

You’ve probably heard of the benefits of soaking your feet in an Epsom salt bath at home. How about floating in a solution of 500kg Epsom salt and 1000L water? New Zealand soils are notoriously deficient in magnesium – a nutrient that is used by every organ in the body. While you float, magnesium from the Epsom salts is absorbed transdermally through the skin and it also softens your hair, skin and nails.

Behaviour modification

Behaviour modification

Floating is an effective way to bring greater awareness to unhelpful patterns of behaviour. It can be used as a meditative and reflective tool to examine how we live in the world and the habits we engage in. There is increasing anecdotal testimony that floating can improve mental health, increase calmness and promote a better sense of well-being.