Floatation Therapy is a means to achieving a state of deep relaxation which involves lying in Epsom salt solution in a specially designed tank with little sensory stimulation. Floatation therapy is also referred to as Floatation Therapy, REST Therapy (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) or Sensory Deprivation.
The environment simulated in a float tank is unique and difficult to replicate. Floatation tanks have water at a depth of 30cms, containing approximately 400kg of Epsom salt; this water to Epsom salt ratio renders the water buoyant and creates a floating effect similar to that of the Dead Sea. The water is heated to skin temperature at approximately 34.5°C; after a short time the water is imperceptible and where it meets the air is indistinguishable. This, in conjunction with the absence of light and sound makes for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation.
The benefits of floating are in abundance, and 45 minutes into a floatation session is when these benefits truly begin to take effect. At this point, the brain enters the ‘Theta State’; this state is characterised by slow rhythmic waves, and is associated with a deep relaxation akin to meditation. For this reason, 90 minute floats or longer are recommended, so that you may experience this powerful state for an extended period of time.
We live in an increasingly busy society with little relief from an onslaught of stimulation we are constantly overwhelmed by. Floatation Therapy gives you a unique opportunity to truly relax, and delve deep into the mind where the conscious and unconscious meet.
Benefits Of Floatation Therapy?
- Enhanced creativity
- Reduction in stress levels
- Enhanced creativity
- Improved sleep
- Heightened meditative state
- Increased motivation
- Aids with depression and anxieties
- Boost immunity to common colds and viruses
- Increase in endorphin release
- Reduces blood pressure
How to use our tanks
We recommend that all clothing is removed prior to entering our tanks. If any cuts, wounds or abrasions are on the body it may have an impact on your experience. If you have a large wound or cut it is not recommended for you to use our tanks.
During menstruation – It is not advised, but those that are menstruating are requested to use more care so that the tanks will not be contaminated, Please follow the same regulations that you would whilst using a swimming pool as any contamination will incur a $200 cleaning fee.
Men should avoid shaving their face at least 6 – 8 hours prior to floating. Women should avoid shaving body at last 12 hours prior. Any open skin would cause stinging due to the salt density.
Eat a light meal an hour or two prior to floating this will assist in achieving an altered state of conciseness. Heavy meals will greatly impact you achieving this.
It’s always best to be hydrated prior to and after floating, so keep fluids up to your normal standard of between 2-3 liters of water daily.
Smoking is a stimulant and not recommended prior to using our tanks. This may increase alertness and effect your float.
You should also avoid having caffeine prior to floating as this will also stimulant and will effect your experience.
Physical activity or cardio training prior to floating is very complementary and will assist in loosen muscle tension and help speed up your muscle repair.
Who can benefit from REST Therapy and Float Tanks?
Rest therapy and floating in a float tank whilst pregnant has many benefits; one of them being it can increase the natural magnesium in the body. Magnesium is a required element in the body that helps with achieving restful sleep, detouring muscle cramps and helping relieve chronic pain; the mineral also helps regulate blood sugar. Because of the anti-inflammatory action of the magnesium it helps relieve the aches and pains that come with pregnancy.
The weightlessness of floating in a float tank also takes the added pressure of the spine that is often paired with pregnancy whilst also boosting serotonin, leading to more restful night’s sleep, happier and calmer moods, less anxiety and generally more emotionally stable.
*Although floating in a float tank for REST therapy has significant benefits for pregnant women, all pregnancies are different and we do urge clients to speak with their Doctor before using the Floatation tanks.
Being an athlete puts great strain on the body; using a float tank aids in the healing process. Being able to absorb magnesium through the skin the anti-inflammatory properties help the healing process along. Float tanks ensure that every muscle in the body gets the rest it needs; and rest is vital to healing.
The meditative aspect of floating in conjunction with REST therapy also gives an athlete the time needed to visualise and focus on their goals.
As fibromyalgia is a two-part condition both affecting mental and physical health it makes sense that float therapy is used to relieve the symptoms as it helps addressing both aspects. With the body absorbing the magnesium that relaxes the muscles and helps relieve joint and muscle pain the peacefulness of the compete meditative state helps to clear the mind and combat the anxiety and depression that is often one of the major symptoms and triggers of the physical pain.
The high level of Epson salts with in the float tank also helps correct the magnesium levels in the body, having low levels of magnesium can be one of the causes and contribute to the pain that people with fibromyalgia suffer from.
Depression and Anxiety:
The Magnesium that is absorbed through the skin when using float therapy also helps boost serotonin. Increased serotonin helps decrease depression and stabilise anxiety. In a study conducted in 2014, 65 people tried float therapy for 12 weeks and the end results shows a significant decrease in anxiety, depression and stress and a significant increase in optimism and sleep quality. There are countless amounts of testimonies of people suffering from depression and anxiety having gained better quality of life after float therapy. The calmness of the float tank is a great aid in clearing the mind of anxieties and gives a truly peaceful time to meditate without worldly distractions.
Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium is an incredibly important mineral in our body and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 35% of females over the age of 19 and 41% of males over 19 aren’t getting enough magnesium. So, what’s the best way to remedy this deficiency? Float Therapy! The body does not produce its own magnesium so it relies on other forms of intake to get the valuable mineral, although when consumed the absorption rate is only at approximately 25-30%. But when using a Floatation Tank, the body can absorb up to 64% of the magnesium that is applied to the skin.
So why is magnesium so important? Well, it’s found in all tissue in the human body, its essential for protein production, controlling blood glucose levels, and muscle and nerve function. It’s also what helps prevent muscle cramps and spasms, which is why so many athletes use float therapy to heal after training.
One of the biggest benefits people find with the high levels of magnesium in the floatation tanks is its help in reducing anxiety and depression. The magnesium absorbed helps with the neurotransmitters that makes it easier for serotonin to flow through the brain. Another perk of magnesium being such a contributor in the workings of the brain pathways is that it can help reduce and control the pain of migraines and headaches.
With this magic mineral being essential to over 300 biochemical reactions in your body – we’d love to assist in making your experience with float therapy the most relaxing and enjoyable it can be while replenishing your body. Looking after your body can be easy at Innerverse Float Centre.
Reaching the Meditative State
Float therapy/ REST Therapy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reach the true deep meditative state, even those who don’t practice meditation find it helpful. The brain when in conscious state is running on Beta Waves, meaning we are aware and have clear thinking, to reach true and complete meditation we strive to have a brain waves change from Beta to Theta. Theta being a perfect calm, deep relaxation or a light sleep. It’s the moment between conscious and unconscious, the first state of dreaming and the ‘creative wave’. When someone finally reaches theta, they can access a part of their brain where they can reach a level of new found creativity, inspiration, insight and even vivid visualisations.
At Innerverse Float Centre our float tanks are designed to help everyone in their journey to reaching the complete meditative state. Although it takes practice and time to get there we’ve implemented everything we can to assist you. Our Sensory Deprivation Apollo tanks are constantly heated to make sure there is no change of temperature to disrupt your physical person (A subtle change in temperature can pull you out of that tranquil Theta state), paired with complete darkness, in room heater that can be adjusted to your request and industrial grade ear plugs – we’ve taken away most of external distractions leaving you with the perfect environment to help you achieve in reaching your creative state.
Studies have shown that it takes on average approximately 45 minutes for the brain to make this switch from Beta to Theta. Innerverse Specialise in longer Float Tank/REST therapy sessions to give each individual the best chance to achieve this deep meditative state.