The first float tank was invented by John C. Lilly in 1954. A float tank is an enclosed tub filled with 500kg of Epsom salt dissolved in 30cm of water. This abundance of salt creates a buoyant environment which allows you to float effortlessly on top of the water. The water and air are heated to the same temperature as the surface of your skin, creating an indistinguishable boundary between the two. After settling in, you will begin to feel weightless and forget about any physical tensions. The tank lid can remain open or be closed to create a light and soundproof setting, immersing yourself into the complete sensory deprivation experience.
Stress Relief & 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 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.
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 recent peer-reviewed research demonstrating that floating can reduce anxiety, increase calmness and promote a better sense of well-being.
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. We recommend you check with your GP before your first float.
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 chronic pain conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, back, neck and shoulder pain, tendinitis, migraines and inflammation.
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.