what is floating?
Floating is a unique therapeutic treatment, and the art of doing nothing. The first float tank was invented in the 1950's by a neuroscientist named Dr. John Lilly. He discovered floating in the tank had numerous health benefits, and float therapy was born. Floating simply involves laying in a float tank, a large 4 foot by 8 foot vessel that holds 10 inches of warm highly concentrated salt water. The salt water causes one to float effortlessly (much like the Dead Sea) and feel weightless.
how does it work?
We live in a busy world, and our minds are constantly at work. Our
agendas are full, our jobs can be stressful, and our iphones are
alerting us. While we do our best to balance all of this, our minds are
also behind the scenes controlling our heart rate, breathing, and
digestion. It is processing all of our sights, sounds, and sensations.
The list goes on. Much like any computer, the mind becomes more
efficient when it isn't being bogged down with tasks. The float tank
reduces sensory input to the mind, thus giving it a much needed
rest. Giving our minds this rest gives the mind potential to facilitate
healing wherever we need it the most.
Floating is a very unique therapy because it tailors to all walks of life. Athletes use floating to reduce inflammation and speed up recovery times. Persons with anxiety, depression, or PTSD enjoy amazing results and long term relief with floating. Some who have trouble sleeping use floating to supply the body with rest and re-establish their sleep cycles. Creative minds use the float tank to break through their artist's block. Still others don't have a particular reason to float other than taking a break from the daily grind. People float for an endless amount of reasons.
It's likely to be the most relaxing thing you've ever experienced.