What is floating?
Floatation therapy was created by Neurophysicist Dr. John C. Lilly over 60 years ago whilst doing research on brain waves and altered states of consciousness. The therapy involves lying in a specifically designed floatation tank that is filled with water warmed to your skin temperature at a depth of roughly 40cm. Dissolved in the water is up to 400 kgs of pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). This extremely dense solution enables people of all body types to float effortlessly and escape the pull of gravity.
At Lacor Float Centre, we use the Apollo sensory deprivation tank, which is perfectly designed to eliminate all outside distractions such as sight, sound, tactile sensations and, of course, gravity. Once you are settled in the tank, it is virtually impossible to distinguish between parts of the body that are in contact with the water and those that aren’t, in effect “tricking” the brain into believing that you are floating freely in mid-air.
The reduced stimulation encountered in the float tank refocuses the individual’s attention to internal stimuli. At first this includes the novel sensations of floating effortlessly in darkness and quiet but slowly both mind and body are lead towards a deep state of relaxation and meditation. This relaxation is augmented by the full body absorption of magnesium from the water that elicits the release of muscle tension – perfect for recovery from physical strain and fatigue.
It is recommended to float three to five times to initially understand the process of floatation and begin to reap its long-term advantages. The benefits are cumulative, which explains why floatation devotees incorporate this therapy into their everyday lives.
What are the benefits of floating?
Well, where do we begin? At Lacor Float Centre, we mainly focus on the advantages that floating has towards sports recovery, fatigue and stress relief. However, the list is extensive.
- Promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation
- Eliminates fatigue and jet lag
- Improves sleep
- Alleviates stress (mental and physical)
- Energises, rejuvenates and revitalises
- Increases motivation, diminishes depression, anxiety and fear
- Facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions
Mental benefits of floatation
- Stimulates left/right brain synchronisation
- Shifts brain waves from beta to lower frequency alpha, theta and even delta
- Creates mental clarity, alertness
- Increases creativity, problem solving
- Heightens visualisation
- Deepens meditation
- Expands awareness, intensifies acuteness of all the senses, accelerates learning
- Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis
Physical benefits of floatation
- Decreases the production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline
- Increases production of endorphins
- Speeds up rehabilitation and recovery
- Relieves pain (arthritis, migraines, injuries and so on)
- Boosts immune function
- Improves circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients
- Reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption
- Improves athletic performance
- Helps prevent sports injuries, speeds healing process
- Improves overall skin appearance