The process of floatation therapy facilitates an environment that allows the human body to work unencumbered, bringing itself back to optimum health much more effectively and efficiently than any other form of rest.
Effortlessly floating on top of a dense, super-saturated solution of Epsom salt and water creates a weightlessness that allows the muscular, skeletal and circulatory systems to rest in a zero gravity environment. The act of floating allows the muscles to completely relax and the spine to decompress and realign. With this type of weightlessness, the circulatory system is able to more easily pump blood to areas of the body that are normally difficult to reach when the heart and vessels are working against gravity. In turn, the blood flow to the lymphatic system is increased, causing the waste-maintenance system to operate more effectively. This detoxification process encourages lymphatic drainage, diminishing the appearance of cellulite and resulting in vibrant, glowing skin.
The high concentration of Epsom salt in the water exfoliates the skin, but also restores and maintains its moisture and electrolyte balance. When blood flow to the muscles is increased it helps to dispose of lactic acid, which diminishes soreness and accelerates recovery time for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Epsom salt is the commonly used term for magnesium sulfate. Separately, each minerals is involved in key functions that maintain basic health. Magnesium helps to regulate hundreds of enzymatic systems, including blood glucose balance and blood pressure control. It is also correlated with the nerve impulse processes that manage muscle movement and normal heart rhythm.
Sulfates function within the body as a conduit to build proteins in our joints, brain tissues, and muscles. They can also work as a detox powerhouse, aiding the release of toxins from the body.
Magnesium sulfates maintain the basics: blood pressure, breathing, and heart rhythm, and although these processes may go unnoticed for many, a flaw in any of these systems could factor into a variety of medical concerns. When we float, the minerals found in Epsom salts are easily absorbed through our skin for utilization by all of our major health systems.
A session in one of our float pods allows for a sensory deprivation experience that will allow you to escape the stresses of a fast-paced life in a society where we are bombarded with constant stimuli. Sensory deprivation can help to balance the brain’s function. The normally dominant left hemisphere of the brain is forced to relax when there is such a reduction in sensory input, which then increases the activity of the right hemisphere. This will allow the two cerebral hemispheres to synchronize with one another, creating a sense of harmony, balance and clear-headedness. The emphasis of right brain activity can result in increased creativity, big-picture thinking and problem solving.
Floating also encourages theta wave activity in the brain, which Tibetan monks are only able to achieve after many years of disciplined meditation. These rhythmic waves are relaxing and reflective. One hour of rest in the floating theta state is equivalent to approximately four hours of R.E.M. sleep. The extreme relaxation experienced while floating releases endorphins and serotonin, neurochemicals associated with happiness as well as stress and pain reduction.