Time to Reset the Body Clock
Understanding Floating Therapy
Think of floating as a time for your body to reset its clock. You are placing yourself into a calming cocooned environment that removes the effect of the five senses to really let your body enter a state of deep relaxation.
Float therapy has actually been around for 40+ years. John C Lilly who founded floatation tanks first began his research in 1953 while working for the National Institute for Mental Health. Floatation therapy is based on a scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique or R.E.S.T. for short.
While floating in the tank your mind and body are freed from your surroundings, distractions and environment. Once you are settled inside the tank, liberated from light and sound, the water warmed to the temperature of your skin so that as you settle into your float the sensations of the water against your skin will begin to dissolve – you become weightless – floating in the 450kg solution of Epsom salts, your body in turn will absorb magnesium from the water which relieves tension in your muscles, with your senses faded the world will slowly melt away. The reduced stimulation ‘tricks’ your brain into believing you are ‘floating in space’.
How often should I Float?
Like anything you need to give yourself a chance to get use to the routine of float therapy. You will find after your first 3 sessions or introduction to floating you will have grasped the basics of what to do, what you will experience and then you will truly feel the benefits floating can have on your life.
Initially floating 2-3 times a month for a couple of months is a great way to dive into the practice. If you are really eager, floating once a week is incredible! However, even 1-2 / month for 4-6 months is a great start too. Once you’ve cleared your first 10 floats, done within one of the frequencies suggested above, you should be able to see how floating can benefit you and your life. Then typically 1-2 floats / month is a great place to be. Even taking little breaks is good and then coming back with greater passion (3 floats in 2 weeks) is another approach.
If life is getting busy and you are FEELING the stress accumulate this is the SIGN that you should FLOAT, this is when you want floating to be supporting you and your life. By opting to not float during these busy times is not purposefully managing stress. When things are rolling smoothly, you can decrease the intensity of floating, but when sh*t is hitting the fan, that is the time to notch up a float every week or two to support yourself – your mind, your actions and behaviours.
“Float in Zero Gravity... Clear your mind... Heal your body... Connect with your inner self"
Dr John C Lilly | Creator of Floatation Therapy