You may be wondering, what is floating? Also known as float or flotation therapy, floating is a natural relaxation and healing practice. It involves restricting sensory input in order to achieve a deep meditative state. Although floating appears to be a passive experience, it actively accelerates the body’s recovery process.
At Infinity Float, we have three tanks. Two are modern pods and the last one is an open float pools. Our tanks are filled with 10-11″ of water and +/- 1,200 lbs of USP-grade Epsom salt. The high concentration of salt makes floating effortless. In fact, you do not even need to know how to swim to enjoy float therapy.
The Epsom salt solution supports your entire body along its natural curvature. As you float weightlessly, your spine begins to decompress. As a result, tension lessens and you can completely relax. Your joints are relieved of pressure as your body settles into a resting state.
The float tank solution is kept between 94-95 degrees, which is about the same temperature as your skin. After a few minutes, you start to lose sensation of where you end and the water begins. Physical aches and pains fade away as your mind adjusts to letting go.
What is Floating?
“At its core, float therapy is a practice that gives your mind and body a chance to unplug and unwind. It’s a temporary pause or rest, that can lead to emotional and physical relief.”
~ Dawn, Founder and Owner of Infinity Float
EVOLUTION OF FLOAT THERAPY
Its been nearly seventy years since neuroscientist Dr. John C. Lilly invented the isolation tank during his sensory deprivation research in the mid-1950s. Since then, the concept of float therapy has evolved into one of the fastest growing wellness trends in the United States. Floating, which is sometimes called “salt tank therapy”, is now practiced for a number of reasons that go 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 developed the LIBR Float Clinic and Research Center to explore the impact of floating on the “intimate connection between the body and the brain”.
Below is a clip of Dr. Justin Feinstein presenting at a recent conference:
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WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF FLOATING?
The desire to achieve sensory deprivation remains a compelling reason to for people to float. In addition, an increasing number of people use float therapy to reduce pain and promote physical healing. It takes advantage of the body’s natural inclination to relax when floating effortlessly. Besides the zero-gravity environment, the magnesium-rich Epsom salt solution offers relief for overworked or 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. As a result, many are able to accommodate a broad range of floater preferences, including options to incorporate sound or light therapy into the session. The design of the float equipment itself also continues to evolve. This provides even more opportunities for relief to people who might not have been interested or able to tolerate a traditional isolation tank environment.