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What is Floatation therapy

Floatation therapy is a medical treatment using sensory deprivation within a floatation tank or float room. Years of well documented tests show that floatation tank therapy not only has an immediate effect on pain relief and elimination of stress, it also promotes ‘whole-brain’ thinking. Many athletes, writers and artists have experienced enormous benefits from floatation therapy utilising floatation tanks.

 

Floatation therapy applications for sports people and athletes

  • Deep muscular relaxation
  • Accelerates healing of injuries
  • Enhances Performance using visualisation

 

Floatation therapy benefits for business people

  • Complete physical & mental de-stressing
  • Deep muscular relaxation
  • Rejuvenates energy levels
  • Enhances Creativity

 

Floatation therapy for students

  • Stimulates creativity
  • Promotes clarity of thought process
  • Aids accelerated learning

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Sensory deprivation floatation tank therapy

Sensory deprivation therapy utilises floating as a method of attaining the deepest relaxation one can experience, this type of sensory therapy can help to ease a number of medical conditions and symptoms.

Floatation therapy is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Flotation taps into the senses of the brain and is widely used by sports persons to improve performance. Wind down is also enhanced during sensory deprivation floating therapy. Did you know that one hour of floating in a float tank has the restorative effects of 4 hours of sleep. This is mainly due to the effects of sensory deprivation caused inside the flotation tank.

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Medical benefits of floatation therapy

The use of flotation therapy has a number of medical benefits. In the gravity free floating environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating and flotation therapy measurably reduce bloody pressure and heart rate whilst lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps blood circulation.

This is one more medical reason that explains a sense of balance and well being in the floating patient's everyday life when using floatation tanks. Recent medical flotation research has shown more and more the importance of having a good balance of activity between the two cerebral hemispheres to guarantee a better state of physical, mental, and emotional health.

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Floatation tank philosophy

The present philosophy of floatation therapy or R.E.S.T. is to offer people in the community the possibility of one more way of regaining aspects of health, physical, emotional or psychological. There are many schools of thought at the present time in medicine and psychotherapy that are oriented to teach people how to master their bodies and minds in order to achieve a state of deep relaxation. This is essential in the very highly pressurised society of the Western World. This new concept regarding the need for deep relaxation has been validated by recent research showing that up to 80% to 90% of people that go to visit a General Practitioner do so because of a psychosomatic or stress related disorder.

The advantage of floatation therapy using a floatation tank is that it enables most individuals to experience very deep levels of relaxation from the very early stages of this therapy. It has the advantage of the patient not needing to learn any special technique to trigger the relaxation response. Other very useful methods like biofeedback, self-hypnosis, autogenic training, progressive muscular relaxation or meditation generally need a period of learning the specific technique to be followed require a certain period of time and practice to reach deep levels of relaxation, especially when the patient practices on his own using floatation.

 

History of the floatation tank

The origins of the floatation tank started in 1954 when Dr. John C. Lilly, a medical practitioner and neuro-psychiatrist was training in psychoanalysis and started to do research regarding the origin of consciousness and its relation to the brain. He tried many experiments with different kinds of float tanks that gradually evolved to the highly technological and comfortable floatation facilities that we have today.

The main focus of Dr. Lilly was to create a device that would deprive or restrict the number of external stimuli so that the brain and the individual could be tested in an atmosphere of isolation. Initially these devices were called sensory deprivation chambers but in recent years, with research showing a growing understanding of the benefits of floatation therapy, the terminology has changed to Restricted Environmental Stimuli Therapy (R.E.S.T.).

 

 

What is floating in a floatation tank?

As explained by a pre-eminent scientist; "floating is a method of attaining the deepest rest that humankind has ever experienced." Essentially, it’s spending an hour or so lying quietly in the dark, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt, about 10" deep, and so dense that you float effortlessly. We play some gentle music to help you relax. In short; it’s complete mental and physical relaxation.

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Might I be bored or frightened in a float tank?

Anyone who floats regularly will tell you how blissfully comfortable and deeply relaxed they feel whilst floating. You’re as close as you are ever likely to be to an experience of weightlessness; and, surprisingly, there is no feeling of being confined in a tight space.

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But I’m claustrophobic!?

It’s OK ... most people are. Actually, we don’t use float tanks, rather, float rooms... you can stand up inside them. Also, the light is controlled from inside, giving you total control of your environment.

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What effects does floating in a floatation tank have on the body?

In the gravity free environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate whilst lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps blood circulation. Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Sports performance and ‘wind down’ is also enhanced during floating. Also, one hour of floating has the restorative effects of 4 hours of sleep!

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What effects does floating in floatation tanks have on the mind?

During a float, you produce slower brain-waves patterns, know as theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep). This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools for Super Learning.

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Is floating in floatation tanks successful for everyone?

Floating, as with other things, doesn't suit everybody just almost everyone. It needs willingness on your part to let go and see what happens, and you may need to float a few times before you are able to relax completely, both physically and mentally. Depending on your own journey through life, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation – or a profound healing experience, emotionally and spiritually transforming. Floating can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels at which real changes take place.

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What if I can’t swim?

Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills what so ever. You’ll actually float like a cork, and, it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are.

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Is it private?

Yes, you float within your own individual room (so there is no requirement to wear a swimming costume or trunks). Each of our rooms has it’s own shower and is for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.

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Will my skin wrinkle?

No. Because the water contains high salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves you skin soft and silky.

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Am I locked inside a floatation tank?

No, you’ve been watching too many horror movies! The door simply pushes open. Also the light switch is located inside the Floatroom.

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How is water hygiene maintained in floatation tanks?

We have to comply with stringent health and safety regulations. The water contains heavy concentrations of salt and so the solution potentially sterile. We add a limited amount of (swimming pool) chemicals to ensure that floatation tanks are totally clean. Also, we filter the water thoroughly between each float tank session.

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