For many people, lying on their back and floating in a pool of water brings a feeling of calm and relaxation. Whether you do this in a swimming pool, lake, beach, or even your own bathtub, the effect is undeniable. Through this familiar feeling of tranquillity, float therapy was born.
The Benefits of Float Therapy
Dr. John C. Lilly devised the first isolation tank in 1954. Since then, hundreds of university research groups have studied the effects and benefits of flotation therapy on the human body. Decades of research have shown that floating on water causes the brain’s evolutionary response to drop into the theta state (falling asleep, deep meditation) automatically. This is a physiological reaction that cannot be replicated by any other means.
Physical benefits of float therapy include muscle relaxation, the release of acute or chronic tension, relief from herniated discs and pulled muscles, reduced chronic pain symptoms, steadier heart rate, lowered blood pressure, improved blood circulation, jetlag relief, and a burst of endorphins for a feeling of well-being.
Mental benefits include theta brain waves for relaxation, quickly getting into a meditative state, synchronising the brain’s hemispheres, balancing overstimulation, and improving resistance to stress.
Preparing for Your First Float Session
The best way to reap all the wonderful benefits of flotation therapy is to be prepared for your first float session. Here are four important things you should do::
- Secure Your Booking – For a smooth experience, make sure to settle all your booking details before heading to the spa. If you’re using a gift voucher or a discount code, bring all the necessary documentation to your appointment.
- Give Yourself Enough Time – Float therapy is meant to be a relaxing experience, so you should allow more than enough travel time before and after your appointment. It’s best to arrive 20 to 30 minutes early to let yourself become calm and settled and to complete your pre-session orientation. After your float session, you should also take some time to relax before continuing with your day.
- Maintain Healthy Habits – Spending an extended period in heavily salted water increases the risk for dehydration. Make sure to maintain healthy eating and drinking habits on the day of your appointment. Drink plenty of water, and don’t skip any meals. Keep caffeine consumption to early morning, and eat a heavy meal 90 minutes before your session.Don’t go into your appointment while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All of these guidelines are for your safety while you’re in the tank and for your body to be able to relax thoroughly during your session.
- Assess Your Overall Health – Keep an eye on your overall health in the days leading up to your appointment. If you have any wounds or scratches on your skin, cover them up before your session. Any contact with salt water will be painful. If you are prone to nausea, vertigo, or claustrophobia, take special care when stepping into the float tank.
Assess your comfort level before your appointment begins. Your body and mind will not be able to relax if you feel any sort of anxiety about being inside a tank, so feel free to ask your attendants as many questions as you want!
There are many physical and mental benefits to float therapy. That feeling of relaxation can be difficult to find anywhere else, so if you’re going through a stressful time in your life, a float session can be a fantastic way to get back to your equilibrium. These simple tips will help your appointment go as smoothly as possible.
Peace in a Pod offers flotation therapy in Perth. We ensure all our clients have a chance to turn their mind off and relax. We promise a 100% safe and sanitary float session for all of our clients. Book an appointment with us today—you deserve it!