If you’ve been irritable or easily stressed lately, you should consider taking a brain break.
Just like how your physical body needs sleep, your mind needs some downtime to cleanse itself. These days, there are so many ways of incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine—there are apps you can download into your phone, websites you can visit, and even programs offering in-person zen and meditation courses.
Sometimes, though, you need a deep cleanse, something that gets you through the week quickly and thoroughly. If you’re looking to jump-start your meditation practice or if you’ve been stuck in a rut at work, you should set an appointment for float therapy.
Once confined to people who are deeply interested in mystical experiences, or those who research physiology and neurology, float tanks or sensory deprivation tanks have experienced a resurgence of late. There are many benefits to float therapy, a few of which we examine below.
1. Relieves stress and anxiety
The number one ailment of people in the modern world, stress is the mother of so many other chronic illnesses. It can lead to heart disease, diabetes, insomnia, depression and autoimmune diseases. When you use floatation therapy, you deplete the brain from stimuli. That might sound threatening, but it actually helps.
When your brain has a chance to ‘get away from everything,’ it allows the nervous system to rest, which helps alleviate tension in the body. Resting in a weightless space lowers the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body. It makes you less geared for ‘fight or flight,’ and more attuned to the present.
2. Accelerates recovery
Physically active individuals use floatation tanks as a way to speed up their post-training recovery. Staying in a float tank is like being in an Epsom salt bath, which athletes are known to use for post-workout muscle repair.
A float pod decreases the production of lactic acid in the body. It means it lessens inflammation and helps speed up recovery from arthritic pain and sore muscles. It also contributes to better oxygen circulation, a necessary component of healthy athletic activity.
Aside from the improvements in the body, staying in a floatation tank can boost someone’s mental game. Because it reduces stimulation, a sensory deprivation tank will help athletes better visualize what they must do on-court, which contributes to their concentration and focus while playing.
3. Restores the body’s magnesium levels
When you have low levels of magnesium in the body, it can cause so many other conditions. You get more cramps, nausea, tremors, and fatigue. Magnesium depletion can also lead to poor memory and confusion. When you use a floatation tank, even for one hour, it will allow your body to replenish magnesium.
The tank’s magnesium-rich environment also does wonders for the skin and hair. Because it is antibacterial, it helps reduce breakouts and blackheads, unclogging the pores and leading to smoother skin. Magnesium also promotes healthy hair follicles, so you’ll surely leave sessions with rejuvenated skin and hair.
4. Lowers blood pressure
Because there is no gravity in a float pod, your blood vessels fully dilate. This lowers blood pressure and makes it easy to transport oxygen and red blood cells throughout your body. A lowered blood pressure contributes to keeping your heart rate down.
Maintaining a healthy heart rhythm keeps you healthier overall and is a sign of all systems running efficiently in a normal individual.
Float pods or sensory deprivation tanks give you a way to relax and recharge in the span of an hour. Just a few minutes in a tank will help you calm down, recover, and boost your energy for the rest of the day. Schedule a session at a wellness centre near you and see the difference.
Peace in a Pod aims to make clients ‘walk in and float out.’ We are focused on giving every customer the bliss and tranquillity they need to take on today’s fast-paced world. Book an appointment with us today to learn more about luxurious float therapy.