Those who regularly utilize floatation therapy in their wellness programs report an array of positive long-term and short-term benefits. Some of the most common of these include:
- Increased energy levels
- Improved quality of sleep
- Heightened production of endorphins
- Diminished anxiety, depression and tension
- Enhanced creativity and problem-solving abilities
- Increased concentration, memory and mental clarity
- Improved athletic performance
- Quickened rehabilitation and recovery
- Reduced blood pressure and heart rate
- Improved circulation
- Reduced instances of neuromuscular aches and pains, inflammation and tendonitis, sprains/strains
- Strengthened immune system
Floatation therapy and sensory deprivation are natural therapies with countless benefits. The weightlessness achieved by effortlessly floating on top of a dense, super-saturated solution of Epsom salt and water makes it possible for the muscular, skeletal and circulatory systems to rest in a zero gravity environment. This allows the spine to decompress and realign, the muscles to completely relax, and the circulatory system to more easily pump blood to areas of the body that are difficult to reach when the heart and vessels are working against gravity. In particular, floating increases blood flow to the lymphatic system, causing this waste-maintenance system to operate more effectively. This detoxification process encourages lymphatic drainage, diminishing the appearance of cellulite and resulting in vibrant, glowing skin. Since the saltwater solution in the cabins is very concentrated, floating exfoliates the skin while restoring and maintaining its moisture and electrolyte balance. Increased blood flow to the muscles helps them dispose of lactic acid, diminishing soreness and accelerating recovery time for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for aches, pains and skin ailments, and there are 1,200 pounds of it in each floatation cabin at Adrift Float Spa. Magnesium is incredibly important to health and well-being, and almost everyone is deficient in this mineral that is vital in over 300 enzymatic functions. Adequate levels of magnesium are correlated with lower incidences of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure, better quality of sleep, cholesterol improvement and lower stress levels. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties offer tremendous relief to those suffering from chronic muscular, skeletal or joint pain. Supplementation through the skin while floating is the best way to absorb magnesium due to the large amount of magnesium sulfate dissolved in the water– it would require over 250 pounds of Epsom salt to achieve the same concentration in the average bath tub!
The sensory deprivation experience offers floaters an escape from the bombardment of stimuli received in a fast-paced and stress-filled life. Reduction in sensory input causes the normally dominant left hemisphere of the brain to relax while the right hemisphere becomes more active. This allows the two cerebral hemispheres to synchronize with one another, creating a sense of harmony, balance and clear-headedness. The right brain is able to express itself more fully, resulting in increased creativity, big-picture thinking and problem solving. Floating also encourages theta wave activity in the brain, which Tibetan monks are only able to achieve after many years of disciplined meditation. These rhythmic waves are relaxing and reflective. One hour of rest in the floating theta state is equivalent to approximately four hours of R.E.M. sleep. The extreme relaxation experienced while floating releases endorphins and serotonin, neurochemicals associated with happiness as well as stress and pain reduction.