Float spas have gained popularity over the last decade and have a dedicated fan base, but for those who are less familiar with this form of deep relaxation, we uncover the methodology, the process and the benefits!
A float spa is a form of sensory deprivation tank, also called an isolation tank or flotation tank, and is used for restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST). When enclosed, the tank is dark, soundproof, and filled with skin temperature water and Epsom salt. The combined factors create an environment cut off from all outside stimulants, including sound, sight and gravity. As you float, your body enters a state of deep relaxation.
Typical float sessions last about 60 minutes. Once you get into the tank music will play for the first 15 minutes to help you relax, followed by a truly silent, meditative experience. When there is five minutes left in your session the music will start again to slowly ease you back to a present mind.
- Sensory deprivation tanks have many benefits, including:
- Relieve stress, anxiety and depression
- Stimulate creativity
- Soothe chronic pain and inflammation
- Improve athletic performance
- Accelerate healing
- Strengthen the immune system
- Decrease muscular tension
- Improve circulation and reduce blood pressure
- Improve quality of sleep