At Float.Calm we want to help you disconnect from life’s distractions and the constant busyness of your mind. Finding that calm shouldn’t be just another job in your busy day. It should be as simple as laying back and… floating.
What is floating?
Also known as R.E.S.T. (restricted environmental stimulation technique), floating is a therapy that helps you find that calm by removing all external stimulation so you’re able to truly let go and relax and the results can be spectacular. Float Pods contain 10 inches of water and 850 lbs of Epsom salt creating a solution so buoyant that it allows you to float effortlessly and gives a sensation of weightlessness that cannot be found anywhere else. The water is heated to skin temperature allowing your body to simply melt away and this, along with the restriction of all light and sound creates a pure state of ‘sensory’ relaxation.
Under these unique conditions, more commonly referred to as sensory deprivation, your body has the opportunity to reconnect with its natural ability to self-regulate and restore, while you simply lie back and rediscover the pleasure of a deeply relaxed mind. The deep sense of relaxation after a float can carry with you for days afterwards. And as we master the process of letting go with regular float sessions, those days can turn into weeks.
Disconnect to reconnect and experience some of the amazing benefits of floating:
Benefits of the Body
Relief from arthritis, back pain, neck pain, tendinitis, inflammation, and psychosomatic pain relief through float therapy have all been documented. There have been many experiences reporting the drastic reduction or altogether elimination of pain management medication with regular float therapy sessions.
Arousal levels have been shown to be a significant component of ADHD (and it can be either over or under arousal). The floatation R.E.S.T method can address the arousal problem and normalize this state by providing an environment, which screens out most visual and tactile environmental stimulants. Due to the non-demanding process and deep relaxation of floating, there have been many reports of first hand evidence suggesting that regular float sessions provide a positive improvement on symptoms also related to atypical autism, post –traumatic stress disorder, anxiety as well as depression.
Increased Immune Function
Modern research has established clearly the interrelationship between high levels of distress and a depression of the immune system. In addition, conditions like pain and depression impair the immunological functions. Floatation therapy is very useful in these cases since the deep relaxation attained through floating releases negative stress, helps chronic pain and depression giving a natural boost to the immunological system.
Sports Recovery/Athletic Performance
Floating maximizes the benefits of fitness training, exercise and workouts. Although exercise stimulates muscle growth, the growth occurs during relaxation some 30-40 hours after exercise. The deep relaxation of floating improves blood circulation, promotes the elimination of lactic acid, and accelerates the growth and regeneration of muscle tissue.
Magnesium is the key component of Epsom salt and performs more functions in more systems of the human body than virtually any other mineral, including regulating the activity of more than 325 enzymes. While you float, the extremely high concentration of Epsom salts are absorbed through skin and can actually supplement your diet for a mineral that has been shown to be deficient in the average person’s diet. Magnesium can prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate high blood pressure, prevent osteoporosis, relieve menopause symptoms, provide PMS relief, create healthier bones and teeth, and is involved with detoxification.
The buoyancy afforded by the dense Epsom salt solution eliminates the body’s specific gravity, bringing the floater closer to an experience of total weightlessness. Because gravity occupies up to 90% of the central nervous system activity, our bodies are constantly adjusting against the gravitational force whether we realize it or not. By freeing ourselves from some of the demands of gravity, we liberate the mind and body to provide relief from conditions such as chronic muscular tension, back pain, neck pain, high blood pressure etc.
Increased Stress Resistance
Because of the deep relaxation and meditative state floating provides we become more resistant to the stimuli of chronic stressors bombarding us in modern society. Regular floating literally gives us a physiological higher threshold for what our body considers stress so that the modern urban life-style won’t trigger our stress response as much.
Benefits of the Mind
Chronic Stressor Relief
The floating environment eliminates as much external stimulation as possible allowing your nervous system to take a break. In a world with a constant buzz or hum, our systems rarely, if ever, experience the calm that floating provides. Having this experience can be very refreshing, nourishing and healthy for our bodies and minds. It can be an escape to your personal cabin at the lake any day of the year.
Meditation has a plethora of benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool used to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency without falling asleep – a technique that zen monks spend years trying to perfect. For some, floating may also induce an altered state of consciousness.
Research has shown that floating promotes greater communication between the right side (creative-side) and left side (analytical-side) of the brain – the majority of people are left side dominant. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neo-cortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.
With the brain being held in the theta state, the mind becomes hyper-suggestible. With less distractions and greater resources at its disposal the mind is able to absorb new material very deeply with research showing improved performance in memory and recall activities. It is great to use in conjunction with exam or business meeting preparation, mastering a new language, and increasing higher education.
Floating and the relaxation response it induces flood the body with endorphins. These neurotransmitters are responsible for relieving us from pain, enhancing our mood, decreasing feelings of depression and potentially generating feelings of euphoria. They can suppress our appetite, and decrease anxiety leaving us in a calm and clear state of being with a deeply relaxed mind.
From managing chronic stress to inducing a natural calm, many people report drastically improved sleeping abilities from regular float sessions. The change in your physical state and your mental outlook can provide you with a healthier perspective in which to put your body and mind to rest if sleeping is an issue. Also, 90 minutes of floating can feel like 4-6 hours of sleep. It is extremely therapeutic, refreshing and rejuvenating. So if you pulled an all-nighter, suffer from insomnia or have a baby who never lets you sleep through the night, floating can help make up for any lack of sleep you may be experiencing.
Fall Floating can’t come soon enough for this soon to be first time floater!
OMG… It’s almost time for Winnipeg to get Floating!! The build out is coming along on schedule and its full steam ahead. Fall is just around the corner and I for one can’t wait to get floating. As a mom and an athlete this center couldn’t have come into my life at a better time.
Our goal was to create an affordable, easily accessible environment that helped enrich people’s lives by providing an opportunity for them to DISCONNECT from everyday life. This experience of “exploring the private sea” allows people to RECONNECT with themselves to find a deeper sense of consciousness and compassion.
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