What is Float Therapy? (aka Sensory Deprivation)
Floating is an amazing experience that you will never forget.
At Float Away Spa, we use the Float Pod®, a large fiberglass tub designed to be sound proof and light proof. Inside the Float Pod® is 11 inches of water and roughly half a ton of dissolved Epsom salt, which makes it effortless to float with no fear of sinking or rolling over. No swimming skills are required!
We keep the water heated to about 94 °F, roughly skin temperature, which makes it difficult for your mind to determine where your skin ends and the water begins. This translates into an almost out-of-body experience where you feel as if your mind is floating through space!
If this seems like too much to bear all at once, not to worry! You have the freedom to adjust the interior lights to whatever color you wish or turn the lights off completely. You may also choose to play soothing music from our library or plug in your own!
If you experience any discomfort or have any questions during your float, our staff is available through an intercom inside the Pod.
Benefits of Floating
Stress and Pain Relief
In a world of constant over-stimulation and multitasking, floating may be the easiest thing that you can do to relax. It doesn’t require any effort on your part, and it‘s as simple as laying in water that is heated to roughly the same temperature as your skin. Once you let go of any tension in your muscles and let your mind decompress, you can attain a level of relaxation you may have never experienced before.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, nearly a third of adults experience one or more symptoms of insomnia.
There are many factors that can contribute to keeping you up at night. WebMD lists stress, emotional and physical discomfort, light, noise, extreme temperature, high blood pressure, and anxiety as causes of insomnia. Interference in normal sleep schedule, such as jet lag or switching from a day to night shift can contribute to night of restless sleep.
Many, if not all, of these factors can be eliminated by a float session, which can lead to better sleep. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep at night, we recommend floating as close to your bedtime as possible. There is nothing more restorative than a good night’s rest.
Although there have not been any controlled studies regarding PTSD and flotation therapy as of yet, we know that flotation lowers cortisol, ACTH, epinephrine, blood pressure, and heart rate. These are all factors that contribute to PTSD. Navy SEALS are also using float tanks to help recover from concussions or traumatic brain injury.
Floating has been known to induce an altered state of consciousness, similar to deep meditation. The can lead to beautiful, amazing, profound, and transformative experiences, allowing you to face the day's problems with a clear head.
For those without meditation experience, floating may be an easy way to begin. With the removal of outside stimuli and the effortless relaxation of the body, floating can be an ideal environment for both new and experienced meditators.