STAR Blog #14 – Float your senses away

Do you know what it feels like to float on cloud nine? Luckily through the effects of floatation therapy you can.

Floatation therapy, also known as sensory deprivation, involves lying in a shallow pod that contains Epsom salt solution (600kg of magnesium sulphate).

Essentially, you are lying in a giant salt bath however this is what creates the buoyancy for you to float effortlessly.

With the float pod being light and sound-proof, and the temperature of the water matching the temperature of your skin, it will free you from any tension and make you feel like you are defying gravity.

Within minutes, you will float your senses away and feel weightless.

Floatation therapy allows you to disconnect from the world around you that constantly bombards your sensory input, bringing your body to a state of total relaxation.

Floatation therapy has been highly documented by medical professionals and scientists to have a wide range of benefits for the human body.

Keep reading as we dive into the benefits of floatation therapy for your mind and body.

Improves Health & Recovery

Floatation therapy is commonly used to treat muscle pain and recovery. As your body absorbs magnesium from the water, it can relieve muscle aches and stiffness you feel after an intense training session. This is further supported with a decrease of lactic acid in your body which leads to an accelerated recovery. Floating also promotes good blood flow, enabling enhanced transportation of oxygen rich blood to the areas that need it most, including sore muscles and tight joints. The effects of floatation therapy have been proven to treat physical pain and aid recovery.

Reduces Stress & Anxiety

The water’s high magnesium levels activate our parasympathetic nervous system and inhibits the release of cortisol, our body’s stress hormone. With the activation of our parasympathetic nervous system our flight and fight responses are put to rest allowing our healing, relaxation, and replenishing processes to begin. As our body experiences this, it yields positive results such as lowered muscle tension and blood pressure and increased endorphins, making us feel good.

In a recent study, it was found that those who floated eight times across a two-week period, saw a 21.6% decrease in their cortisol levels.

Promotes Mindfulness

Floating is designed to unplug you from your sensory input which is why it is known as “sensory deprivation”. It creates the perfect environment to promote mindfulness, meditation and to be in touch with your body. Total isolation will give your mind a chance to focus and be aware. Spending an hour in a float tank will mimic the effects of a couple hours of sleep, despite being your body being completely awake.

Floatation therapy is widely used across professional athletes to improve their training and performance, as well as regular people to counteract their daily stress. Try out floating today and experience a whole new world of relaxation.

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