Float Therapy… is also known as Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST), an “effortless” therapy that reduces sensory input to the nervous system and allows your brain to release dopamine and endorphins as well as your body to rest and destress.
Benefits of Float Therapy:
– Relieve muscle aches, pain and inflammation
– Enhanced recovery for injuries and post training
– Assist with anxiety and depression
– Increases creativity and focus
– Decrease cortisol production (stress levels)
– Improves sleep
– Boost immune function
– Assists with chronic pain management
How does Float Therapy work?
You enter into a tank that resembles a large bathtub that is heated to 35 degrees, the same temperature as your skin.
By having the water at this temperature, you to lose track of where your body ends, and the water begins by giving the sensation that you are floating “weightlessly”.
The water is packed full of Epsom Salt which makes the water extremely dense so when you lie down you instantly float. Due to the high concentration of magnesium found in Epsom Salt which has been proven to assist with muscle tension, aches and reducing inflammation. Magnesium is also known for decreasing cortisol levels which is the stress hormone, this allows the body to unwind and go into a deep relaxed state.
The float tank is quite possibly the most relaxing environment we can put our bodies into.
What is a float tank like?
Our Apollo float tank is 2.3m long, 1.4m wide and 1.4 in height. The interior of the tank is dark blue, and the exterior is white to reflect a nice warm glow from the salt light. There is no more than 30cm of water inside the tank, so it’s impossible to flip yourself, with the Apollo float tank there is a large sliding door, which can be left open during your float and you can exit the tank at any time. There is also lights and audio that can be played during your float session.
What if I am claustrophobic?
YOU are in control of your own float, the door can be left open, the light can be left on and music can be played to provide a more comfortable experience. It is suggested that you focus on your breathing as this will assist with any nerves and anxiety.
Can I float if I am pregnant?
Yes, absolutely. Pressure and strain on the body, spine and pelvis can be lifted due to the ‘weightless’ feeling that comes from floating in a soothing and relaxing environment. If you are pregnant and wanting to float please advise us of this when making your appointment.
One thing to remember – You’re in control of your floating experience, anyway you can relax in the tank is the best way!