There is now a float tank in Flagstaff Arizona.
Float therapy, also known as sensory deprivation therapy or floatation therapy, is a unique relaxation and wellness technique that involves immersing oneself in a sensory isolation tank or float pod filled with a solution of water and Epsom salt. The water is heated to skin temperature, creating an environment in which an individual can effortlessly float on the surface due to the buoyancy provided by the high salt concentration.
The concept of float therapy was developed in the 1950s by neuroscientist John C. Lilly, and it has gained popularity as a way to promote relaxation, stress reduction, and various physical and mental benefits. The experience typically involves a quiet and private space where participants can escape external sensory stimuli, including light, sound, and physical sensations.
Here’s an introduction to the key aspects of float therapy:
Sensory Deprivation: The main principle behind float therapy is to provide a sensory-deprived environment. The isolation tank or float pod is designed to block out external stimuli such as light and sound, creating a space for deep relaxation and introspection.
Epsom Salt Solution: The water in the tank is enriched with a high concentration of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), which increases buoyancy. This allows the body to effortlessly float on the surface of the water, relieving pressure on muscles and joints.
Physical Benefits: The buoyancy of the water relieves pressure on the body, which can be particularly beneficial for those with chronic pain, muscle tension, or joint issues. The magnesium from the Epsom salt is also absorbed through the skin, potentially contributing to muscle relaxation and overall well-being.
Mental and Emotional Benefits: The sensory-deprived environment can promote a deep sense of relaxation, reduce stress, and encourage mindfulness. Many people report enhanced clarity of thought, improved creativity, and a heightened sense of awareness after a float session.
Stress Reduction and Relaxation: Float therapy is often used as a tool to manage stress and anxiety. The absence of external stimuli can help the nervous system shift into a state of rest and relaxation, promoting the release of endorphins and reducing the production of stress hormones.
Mind-Body Connection: The sensory isolation can facilitate a stronger connection between the mind and body. Some practitioners use float therapy as a way to explore meditation, self-awareness, and personal growth.
Preparation and Experience: Before entering the tank, individuals typically shower to remove oils and lotions from their skin. Once inside the tank, they can choose to float with the lid closed or partially open, with the option to control the lighting and music. The experience varies from person to person, but many find it profoundly relaxing and rejuvenating.
Safety and Hygiene: Float centers prioritize cleanliness and sanitation. The water is filtered and treated with appropriate chemicals to maintain hygiene, and participants are often required to shower before and after the session.
Float therapy has gained a following among individuals seeking alternative approaches to relaxation, stress relief, and overall well-being. As with any wellness practice, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional before trying float therapy, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions.
Northern Arizona Massage & Wellness
222 N. Verde St.
Flagstaff AZ 86001