Float Therapy

Float Therapy: How Can it Help Me?

If you’ve ever enjoyed a nice warm Epsom salt bath at the end of the day, sat and listened to the calming waves of the ocean, or just laid on your floaties in the pool on a nice summer day, you know that water has amazing healing properties, mentally and physically.

Float therapy takes the power of water and adds 1000 lbs of Epsom salt to give you the best possible environment for mental and physical relaxation and restoration. The high concentration of Epsom salt changes the density and buoyancy of the water which makes you float instead of sink! A float tank is one of the rare spaces that you can go to literally shut out the rest of the world and just exist as you are in that moment.

What is float therapy?

You may have heard it referred to as a float tank, floatation tank, sensory deprivation tank, float therapy, or other names, but they are all the same thing! It is a tank (or a big bathtub with a lid) that is filled with water warmed to body temperature and filled with enough Epsom salt to make you float on the surface! These tanks are generally large enough that you can lay back and stretch out without touching the sides to give you the ultimate sensory deprivation experience. You have the option to turn the lights off and float in darkness or have calming coloured lights on. You also have the option of floating in silence, with a guided meditation playing, or calm meditative music.

How does float therapy help my physical health?

Whether you live with chronic pain, migraines, or sore muscles after a tough workout, float therapy has so many benefits for your body. In water, Epsom salt breaks down into magnesium and sulfate, which we absorb through our skin when floating. Epsom salt is known to reduce inflammation in the body and regulate electrolytes which optimizes the functioning of your muscles, nerves, and enzymes. A float tank is one of the only spaces that you can go to completely relax all your muscles and feel the tension melt away. Not to mention the Epsom salt leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized!

How does float therapy help my mental health?

Float therapy has been shown to improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, and PTSD. Regular floating can help boost endorphins which are the “feel good” hormones in your body! The environment that the float tank provides you also promotes relaxation and a meditative state which can regulate breathing and heart rate and reduce stress levels. Float therapy can also help improve your sleep by dropping your blood pressure and heart rate, mimicking what happens when your body goes into rest mode to prepare for sleep!

In the end, taking an hour to lay back, relax and float is a treat to your mind and body that you deserve! Free2Be offers float therapy separate from our regular memberships so that anyone can come and enjoy the benefits that it has to offer. Visit our website at www.free2bewellness.com to book your float today and see for yourself why float therapy is so beneficial!

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