Floating, floatation, float therapy…whatever you choose to call it, it is quite simply the most incredible means of stress relief and relaxation available. The tank contains 10 inches of super-saturated salt solution which creates an environment similar to the Dead Sea. When inside the tank, the individual floats effortlessly on the surface.
The water is heated to skin temperature (93.5 degrees) which makes it virtually impossible for the individual to distinguish between parts of the body that are in contact with the water and those that aren’t. In effect the brain is “fooled” into believing the person is floating in mid-air.
Unless you are an astronaut, this is the only situation you will encounter where your body is completely free from the harmful forces of gravity…every single muscle in the body is allowed to totally relax. If you wish to use ear plugs and turn the tank’s interior lights off, the quietness and dark environment allow the mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible.
The buoyancy created by the dense Epsom-salt solution effectively removes the effects of gravity on the body and brings the individual close to an experience of total weightlessness. Because a massive amount of brain-power is used every second in order to deal with the huge strain that gravity places on one’s body, this is the only environment which allows the brain to completely shut down and relax.
With no commands needing to be sent out, the logical side of the brain is rendered redundant, and its activity slows down until it synchronises with the creative side. This leaves the individual in a dream-like state, akin to the thoughts experienced just before you go to sleep. In this state, the brain releases vast amounts of endorphins.
While the state of relaxation may be deep and profound, the individual’s brain stays dreamily alert. To get technical, the brain gradually shifts from its usual “alpha” state to generate theta waves (the state-of-mind that Buddhist monks try to reach through hours of meditation and years of training.) You can achieve this in a matter of minutes just by lying down! Best of all, the effects of floatation are cumulative – the more regularly you float, the better it gets.