Float therapy is typically associated with a traditional isolation tank, which is filled with water and Epsom Salt. We encourage our clients to think beyond sensory deprivation…
The density of the solution essentially creates a weightless environment, helping to relieve tension on muscles, joints, and the spine. During a float session, the brain releases dopamine and endorphins, giving the body and mind the chance to truly rest. Flotation therapy has grown exponentially in the U.S. during the last several years as medical professionals, professional athletes, elite military units, and others have experienced the benefits. Although floating appears to be a passive experience, it actively accelerates the body’s recovery and healing processes.
Sixty years after neuroscientist Dr. John C. Lilly invented the isolation tank during his sensory deprivation research in the mid-1950s, the concept of float therapy has evolved into one of the fastest growing spa and wellness trends in the United States. Float Therapy, which is also know as “floating” or “flotation tank therapy”, is now practiced in pods, tanks, pools, and rooms for a myriad of reasons beyond sensory deprivation.
Not surprisingly, modern researchers continue to affirm the many ways float therapy can positively impact a person’s overall health. For example, the Laureate Institute for Brain Research recently developed the LIBR Float Clinic and Research Center to explore the “intimate connection between the body and the brain”. Their laboratory is seeking to teach patients how to consciously access their brain’s body map to correct disturbances that form the foundation for a number of conditions, including anxiety, addiction, and anorexia (LIBR, 2016).
Although the desire to achieve sensory deprivation remains a compelling reason to float, an increasing number of people use float therapy to reduce pain and promote physical healing. Float therapy takes advantage of the body’s natural inclination to relax when floating in water at a comfortable temperature. The zero-gravity environment, combined with the magnesium-rich Epsom salt solution offers relief for stressed joints and strained muscles. The floating position also results in blood vessel dilation, allowing for maximum blood flow throughout the body.
Today’s float environments vary widely and are able to accommodate a broad range of floater preferences, including the option to incorporate sound or light therapy into a float session. The design of float equipment itself also continues to evolve, providing opportunities for relief to people who might not have been interested in or able to tolerate the isolation tank environment. For example, Infinity Float offers several types of suites, including an open float pool to make it easier for those with mobility limitations and/or claustrophobia to enjoy the benefits of floating.