What is Floating?
Floating is a safe and nurturing way to unplug from a hectic overstimulated world in order to achieve a deep and clear state of mental and physical relaxation. The float tank can be thought of as being like a giant private bathtub, which holds 30cm of water and 350kg of Epsom salts. This amount of salt makes the water extremely dense so whenyou lie down, you instantly float like a cork. The water is kept at a constant 93.5 degrees. This temperature is skin-receptor neutral, which means you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins. With the tank light turned off you float in total darkness and the outside world disappears and amazing things happen. It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or constantly taking in external information, your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to wander without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins (responsible for happiness) and your body gets to rest, de-stress and heal. The body’s natural mechanism for healing is known as the parasympathetic response, which can only occur during deep relaxation. The float tank evokes this response naturally and every time you float this response is reinforced. The effects also become stronger and last longer. Coming out of your float is an experience in itself. Your senses are sharper and your world may seem a lot more colourful. It’s likely that you just experienced the most complete relaxation you’ve ever felt.