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The benefits of floating

 
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 The sensory overload of modern life requires recovery periods. Clinical studies have conclusively shown that temporary infusions of peace, quiet and solitude are essential for maintaining health and sanity. Our float pods offer the perfect environment to disconnect from all external stimuli and allow your brain to reset.

 

Deep Relaxation & Stress Relief 

A recent study undertaken by YouGov, showed some alarming results. In the past year, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope. To start the process of relieving stress we need to trigger what’s known as the ‘relaxation response’ (RR). The relaxation response is attainable at a state of deep relaxation, and is the opposite of the “fight-or-flight” response. While floating with zero sensory input your brain waves naturally slow down, dropping you into a profound meditative state - thus achieving the desired RR. RR is an effective remedy to stress symptoms because of the direct link with the parasympathetic nervous system, where it lowers the heart rate and blood pressure as well as reducing respiratory frequency.

Even people who struggle to switch off find it hard to resist the deeply calming float experience - it could very well be most relaxing thing you'll ever do. 

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Well Being

Promotes Wellbeing 

Anxiety and depression are the two most common mental health disorders. The proportion of people who will develop a disorder at some point in life is estimated to be 42% for anxiety disorders and 30% for major depression. Medical research demonstrates that floating can significantly improve your mental state. This is accomplished by the elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, which your brain creates while in the deep meditative state achieved during your float experience.

Floating also sharply lowers your levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone directly related to stress, anxiety & depression. A recent study found that a single one-hour float session was capable of inducing a strong reduction in anxiety and a substantial improvement in mood. The study was conducted on a group of anxious and depressed participants, who suffered from wide range of stress-related disorders (including PTSD, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Social Anxiety Disorder).

 

 

The science behind floating

 

Post float change score in POMP units (% of maximum possible on scale)

Post float change score in POMP units (% of maximum possible on scale)
 

In a recent study conducted by Dr Justin Feinstein and his team, clinically anxious people all reported significant benefits and improvements, confirming that regular floatation is an essential tool for wellness.

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Chronic Pain Management

There is a significant amount of evidence that suggests floatation can be an effective, all-natural treatment for many different types of pain, including:

Back Pain – The zero gravity environment allows your spine to be totally straight, relieving the pressure on your back. One study found that in a group of patients with chronic lower back pain, those who were treated with floatation saw significant decreases in both their stiffness and pain.

Muscle Tension Pain – For individuals with muscle tension pain, one study published in the Journal of Pain Research and Management found that floatation significantly reduced the most severe perceived pain in patients. Floating oxygenates your body by promoting vasodilation — better blood flow to the brain, organs, and limbs - this serves to minimise muscular pain

 

Fibromyalgia – Fibromyalgia, a disorder that is characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain along with fatigue, mood, sleep, and memory issues. One study done by the Flotation Research Therapy Group found that floatation resulted in a reduction in muscle tension and pain, with patients seeing a 25% reduction in pain after their first session, and a 33% reduction in pain after their third session.

Arthritis - Floating is emerging as a safe and effective way to manage arthritis. While there is no cure, many individuals trying to cope with arthritis can find both instant relief from physical discomfort and long-term positive psychological benefits in the float tank. Patients suffering from both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis have reported improved quality of life after undergoing regular float sessions.

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Sports Recovery

Our float tanks can be used as an efficient post workout recovery tool. The zero gravity environment allows you to relax all the muscles & joints in your body, helping to accelerate the repair of muscle tissues. While floating free of gravity, blood-flow increases which allows lactic acid to pass out of your muscles much faster - this promotes an overall reduction in muscular stiffness and pain.

Water in the tank has the added benefit of being saturated with Epsom salts, which have well-established healing effects of their own - helping to draw out toxins, relieve cramps and reduce inflammation - all fundamental in the recovery process. 

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Disconnect 

In today's technology-driven world, it's easy to feel like we are constantly plugged in. Whether we're checking our phones, refreshing our emails at work, or watching a movie on Netflix - the reality often is that we're surrounded by screens no matter where we look. Unfortunately, the average person now spends most of their waking hours (about 11) on electronic media and the internet. Evidence is increasingly showing that overstimulation is a major factor leading to anxiety and depression. Our float tanks offer a blissful haven allowing you to take a time-out from the outside world and let your brain reset to its natural state.

You are welcome to relax at our centre and unplug for as long as you wish after your float - read a book, listen to music or just sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy the beautiful countryside views.

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Improves sleep

Sleep underpins every aspect of your wellbeing. Sleep deprivation is known to cause depleted energy, mood swings, cognitive issues (concentration, reasoning, problem solving), and can be a trigger for depression and other mental health disorders.

Floatation has been scientifically investigated and is today considered a well-developed method to increase sleep quality. The deeply relaxed state you achieve while floating appears to mimic various stages of sleep (both REM and non-REM), this can reset your sleep cycle relieving your body from the frustrating effects of insomnia.

While floating, you are essentially “offline" with minimal to no external stimuli. Many floaters actually do fall asleep during part of their float. Most are somewhere in between sleeping and wakefulness - either way you will step out of our float pods feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 

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