So what is floating or float therapy?
Floating is essentially allowing a state of deep mental and physical relaxation by spending up to 90 minutes suspended quietly in darkness,
Without any effort you can alleviate pain, accelerate healing, de-stress and improve sleep, all while you lay peacefully in a unique sensory reduced environment.
Float tanks are helpful for...
REST & RELAXATION
RECOVERY & REHABILITATION
HEALTH & WELL BEING
CREATIVITY & LEARNING
How does float therapy work?
Floatation therapy is the result of decades of mainstream scientific research in human performance and wellness.
It involves being in an environment that is specifically designed for our bodies to experience freedom from gravity and all stimulation of the outside world.
This is done by laying in a pod of super-saturated magnesium sulfate water that allows us to be completely buoyant.
The water is regulated near body temperature and the floating space is virtually sound and lightproof.
In this environment the mind starts to deeply relax, the body releases its tensions
and magnesium sulfates are absorbed through the skin.
Our well-being is influenced, both inside and out.
The effects of floating are cumulative; the more regular we float, the better it is for our physical recovery and
What's the experience of floating like?
No two floats are ever the same, so it is important to come free of expectation during your float experience.
However we will do our best to describe aspects of the process.
The first float experience may range from feelings of euphoria to boredom. In many cases it usually takes 2 - 3 floats to get the hang of relaxing the mind deeply, especially if you already struggle to relax. The float tank is no one quick fix but rather a practise much like meditation or yoga.
Once the disintegration process is complete you may imagine;
Floating effortlessly in a private, warm and peaceful environment, as the smooth salty water holds up your entire body. Allowing your muscles to relax and your spine to lengthen, allowing you to fully let go of the outside world that constantly bombards us with sensory stimuli.
The water is heated to body temperature, making it hard to feel where your skin ends and the water meets.
Floating in this unique environment can be a very personal and introspective journey,
And the experience will be different for every individual,
You can choose from dimmed lights or complete darkness, you can listen to music or have complete silence, either way, our float pods will leave you feeling relaxed and well rested.
Our Tranquility pods are the only float tanks in Perth with motorized doors which can be controlled to any height with a simple push of the button.
Be prepared for the post float feelings to follow you around all day, if not your whole week, and beyond!
What benefits can I expect from being in a float tank?
There are boundless benefits and experiences involved with floating, because deep relaxation can help us in so many ways. Here are just a few;
Eases pain from muscle strains, arthritis, migraines & general soreness etc
Helps prevent injuries, speeds up recovery and rehabilitation
Decreases production of cortisol, adrenaline, ACTH & lactic acid
Increases production of endorphin's
Boosts immune function
Improves circulation and distribution of oxygen & nutrients
Reduces blood pressure, heart rate, pulse & oxygen consumption
Improves energy and athletic performance
Exfoliates and soften's skin
Stimulates left and right brain synchronization
Shifts the brainwaves from unwanted beta levels to theta, alpha, and delta brainwaves.
Induces relaxation and a state of calmness
Intensifies acuteness of all the senses
Stimulates areas of the brain that lead to;
Consolidating and improving memory
Assimilation of thoughts and ideas
Mental clarity & awareness
Introspective thought and insights
Achieves deeper relaxation
Energizes, rejuvenates, and revitalizes
Reduces fatigue and corrects jet lag
Achieve a balanced and holistic perspective
Address fears and manage stresses ,anxiety and depression
Facilitates freedom from addictions, phobias, habits
Great platform for defining goals & character
Who should float?
PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM ACHES AND PAINS - STUDENTS - SPORTS PERSONS - FIFO/SHIFT WORKERS
PREGNANT WOMEN - PERFORMERS - PEOPLE WITH WORK RELATED STRESS - PSYCHONAUTS
ESSENTIALLY.... EVERYBODY. WE ALL NEED TO PRACTICE RELAXATION IN THIS FAST PACED WORLD
The most important tool for self development
a Float Experience
Steven Curry dominates the courts and his mind
Homer and Lisa try Floating
Psychological Benefits of Floatation Therapy
The effect of the floatation version of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (REST) on jazz improvisation. Oshin Vartanian, Peter Suedfeld. Music and Medicine, May 2011.
Creativity enhancement through floatation isolation. Donald G. Forgays, Deborah K. Forgays. Journal of Environmental Psychology, December 1992.
The use of floatation rest in the treatment of persistent psychophysiological insomnia, UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project, 1989.
Case studies on fibromyalgia and burn-out depression using psychotherapy in combination with flotation-REST: Personality development and increased well-being. Åsenlöf K, Olsson S, Bood SÅ, Norlander T. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 2007.
Eliciting the relaxation response with the help of flotation-rest (restricted environmental stimulation technique) in patients with stress-related ailments. Bood, Sven Å.; Sundequist, Ulf; Kjellgren, Anette; Norlander, Torsten; Nordström, Lenneart; Nordenström, Knut; Nordström, Gun. International Journal of Stress Management, May 2006.
Enhanced independence and quality of life through treatment with flotation-Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique of a patient with both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Aspergers Syndrome: a case report. Hanna Edebol, Anette Kjellgren, Sven-Åke Bood and Torsten Norlander. Cases Journal, 2009.
Quality of life with flotation therapy for a person diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, atypical autism, PTSD, anxiety and depression. Anette Kjellgren, Hanna Edebol, Tommy Nordén, Torsten Norlander. Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 2013.
Sensory Isolation in Flotation Tanks: Altered States of Consciousness and Effects on Well-being. The Qualitative Report, December 2008.
Flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) as a stress-management tool: A meta-analysis. Psychology & Health, 2005.
Psychotherapeutic Treatment in Combination with Relaxation in a Flotation Tank: Effects on “Burn-Out Syndrome”. The Qualitative Report, September 2010.
The use of restricted environmental stimulation therapy in treating addictive behaviors. Roderick A. Borrie. The International Journal of Addictions, 1991.
Restricted environmental stimulation and smoking cessation: a 15-year progress report. Peter Suedfeld. The International Journal of Addictions, Aug. 1990.
Restricted environmental stimulation therapy of smoking: A parametric study. Peter Suedfeld, Gloria Baker-Brown. Addictive Behaviors, 1987.
Physical Benefits of Floatation Therapy
The Acute Effects of Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique on Recovery From Maximal Eccentric Exercise. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, December 2013.
Effects of flotation-REST on muscle tension pain. Journal of the Canadian Pain Society, Winter 2001.
The effects of floatation REST on the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Roderick Borrie, Tamara Russell, Stefan Schenider. Presented at Float Summit 2012.
Effects of flotation-REST on muscle tension pain. Kjellgren A1, Sundequist U, Norlander T, Archer T. Pain Research Management, Winter 2001.
REST for muscle contraction headaches: a comparison of two REST environments combined with progressive muscle relaxation training. Randy Rzewnick, Alistair B. C. Wallbaum, Howard Steele, Peter Suedfeld. Restricted Environmental Stimulation, 1990.
Effects of flotation REST on range of motion, grip strength and pain in rheumatoid arthritics. John TurnerJr., Anna DeLeon, Cathy Gibson, Thomas Fine. Clinical and Experimental Restricted Environmental Stimulation, January 2005.
A pilot study to evaluate the effects of floatation spa treatment on patients with osteoarthritis S. Hill, M.J.H. Eckett, C. Paterson, E.F. Harkness. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, December 1999.
Primary process in competitive archery performance: Effects of flotation REST. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, May 1998.
Floatation REST and Imagery in the Improvement of Athletic Performance. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 1990.
One of the added advantages of floating may be increased absorption of magnesium, a mineral present in the vast quantities of Epsom salt that make float tanks so buoyant. Magnesium has its own unique benefits, demonstrated in many studies not specifically related to floatation REST:
Management of fibromyalgia: rationale for the use of magnesium and malic acid. Guy E. Abraham and Jorge D. Flechas. Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, 1992.
Why all migraine patients should be treated with magnesium. Mauskop A., Varughese J. Journal of Neural Transmission, May 2012.
The effects of magnesium physiological supplementation on hyperactivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Positive response to magnesium oral loading test. B. Starobrat-Hermelin, T. Kozielec. Magnesium Research, June 1997.