Why we float

Benefits of Floating

“Floating” or floatation therapy isn't new. Developed over 60 years ago during research, the float tank showed surprising, promising, effects that began a series of studies. It has been used by veterans, young people, workaholics, athletes and everyone in between. You may have heard floatation therapy referred to as REST (restricted environmental stimulant therapy). And you may know the tanks as Sensory Deprivation Tanks. Now a days however we like to keep it simple and to the point and just call them float tanks. And they are changing lives. 

Want to know more about what the power of salt, water and sensory reduction can do for you? Below is a few of the benefits, but it is far from a complete list. Clinical research is currently booming in the field of floatation and we are excited to see where the journey takes us. And we're even more excited to find out where floating takes you.

FLOAT FOR STRESS & ANXIETY


Floating allows us easy access to the relaxation response - one of the most effective techniques we can learn to cope with stress and anxiety. We live in a hyper-stimulated world and because of this our sympathetic system is constantly activated. This can be put in simple terms as our “fight-or-flight” response. Without external stimulus, our natural defense systems automatically relax, and we benefit from significantly reduced levels of adrenaline and cortisol (the “stress” hormones) and can bask in the glow of increased endorphins and dopamine (the “feel good” hormones). Recent float research has been focused on anxiety and the results are outstanding. Clinical research findings are showing that the reduction in anxiety after a 60 minute float is amazing. To read these publications, check out: https://www.clinicalfloatation.com/publications




FLOAT FOR RECOVERY


Floating is great for improving mental focus as well as post-workout muscle recovery. The meditative aspect of floating encourages mindfulness, allowing for improved performance from a relaxed, centered place of calm presence. Floating also helps reduce the buildup of lactate in the blood, allowing athletes to recover from intense workouts more quickly. When you value the time you put into your goals in the gym or for an event, everything you do counts. From College level athletes, Olympians and Weekend Warriors floating is used to focus the mind and recover from injuries and workouts.




FLOAT FOR CHRONIC PAIN


At Mindful Elevation we strongly believe in the mind-body connection. People are finding relief every day from symptoms of Fibromyalgia, Low Back Pain, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, and more. There have also been positive experiences for those that suffer with endometriosis. When you float in zero-gravity, the body has an opportunity to reset and realign itself, and it is common for neck, back, and joints to pleasantly “pop” during a float.




FLOAT FOR PREGNANCY


During this important time, the float tank creates a nurturing, quiet environment where Mama and baby can enjoy a time to bond and prepare for birth. Floating is safe for pregnancy and can help alleviate backache, swollen ankles and sore feet, joint pain, exhaustion, stress and anxiety. After birth, floating is a wonderful way to relax and recharge and can even help bridge gaps in a new mama's sleep schedule.




FLOAT FOR MEDITATION


Reaching a deep meditative state (the theta state) can be difficult. Most of us only experience it briefly before falling asleep at night. We know how good it is for our brains to disconnect from the constant noise and input of our digital world, but this same noise can make a regular meditation practice hard to achieve.In the unique environment of the float tank, brainwaves slow down and slide right into that theta state in even the most inexperienced of meditators. In fact studies show similar brain activity happens in the tank that one sees in high-level meditators, without any practice or preparation.




FLOAT FOR SLEEP & SHIFT WORK


We know shift work, and the toll it takes on our bodies. We also know how critical sleep is, whether you suffer from insomnia or just don’t have the time for a full 8 hour sleep each night. Sleep debt is a real thing and it adds up quickly. There is something to be said for the deep relaxing Theta state you can access while supported, in the float tank. It's perfectly safe and unlike most public places, we expect you to fall asleep here.




BENEFITS OF GRAVITY REDUCTION


  • Pain Relief – relief from back pain, relief from neck pain, spinal alignment, structural alignment
  • Medical Conditions and Chronic Pain Relief - Arthritis, Scoliosis, Fibromyalgia, MS
  • Athletic Training – Lactic acid reduction, improved reaction time, physical recovery
  • Pregnancy - By flipping onto the stomach, all the weight of the baby can be effectively removed from the mother’s body.
  • Injury Recovery – Injuries have been shown to heal up to twice as fast when floating, with a gradually diminishing effect several days after.
  • Strengthened Immune System




BENEFITS OF LIMITED SENSORY INPUT


  • Stress Relief
  • Emotional Pain Relief – PTSD, anxiety, depression
  • Lessen Insomnia and Jet Lag symptoms
  • Addiction – Painkillers, Smoking, Alcohol, Narcotics
  • Enhanced Creativity
  • Hemispheric Brain-wave synchronicity
  • Super-learning – skill acquisition, language acquisition, memorization
  • Overall Well Being




BENEFITS OF EPSOM SALT (MAGNESIUM SULFATE)


  • Skin & Hair Health - despite soaking in water loaded with salt, you won’t come out dehydrated or pruned up.
  • Muscle and Joint Soreness
  • Facilitate Calcium absorption
  • Prevent Diabetes
  • Prevent Asthma
  • Prevent Osteoporosis
  • Prevent Stroke and Heart Attack
  • Prevent Constipation
  • Shorten Migraine symptoms
  • Lessen the severity of PMS





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