Float Pod – 10 Physical Benefits of float therapy
Imagine being suspended in a bath of Epsom salt or magnesium sulfate. It’s dark, quiet, and the water temperature matches your body temperature so you feel like you are floating in mid air. Sounds relaxing right? Floating in a float pod is certainly calming, but this therapy offers more than simple relaxation. While floatation therapy is not a magic cure, it can be helpful at managing or improving many conditions. Always consult your physician about any medical or psychological concerns you are having.
1. Accelerated Healing:
Healing injuries takes time and often takes us away from the things we love for longer than we’d like. Floating speeds up the process of muscle and injury recovery due to a few reasons. Partly, it’s because of the high level of magnesium sulfate in the tank. It’s a completely weightless environment which allows your body the full rest necessary to heal.
2. Pain Relief from Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain Conditions
An Epsom salt bath in a float pod takes this relief to the next level. Floating weightless in 1000 pounds of Epsom salt water reduces the lactic acid levels in your blood, thus easing pain and inflammation. Also, the profound rest and relaxation causes your body to release endorphins — the body’s all-natural “pain killers.” Epsom salt bath benefits include relief from sore muscles, pain and inflammation in joints, including symptoms of arthritis. Floaters that suffer from these conditions often report benefits after just one float for hours, days, or weeks, but explain that the benefits are longer lasting with consistent sessions. Gravity is hard on our joints and muscles and allowing your body to rest in a fully weightless environment is heaven.
3. Relief from Fatigue
By now, you’ll start to see the trend that fully resting your body in a stress-free, weightless environment can aid in recovery from so many struggles. We’re all “on” for much more time than we used to be – whether we’re online or on the job. Burnout is absolutely possible. Flotation lowers stress levels, cortisol, ACTH, and lactic acid. It also increases the natural production of dopamine (the happy hormone) and other endorphins, allowing both your brain and your body to reset their natural energy. It doesn’t hurt that an hour of sleep in the Pod is equivalent to about 4 in your bed.
4. Lower Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
Without gravity in our float pod, your body is relieved of all pressure and contact points, allowing your blood vessels to fully dilate. This instantly reduces blood pressure and maximizes the delivery of blood, oxygen, and red blood cells to your entire body. This Epsom salt treatment also helps your body to replenish magnesium, thought to be a crucial element in reducing high blood pressure.
5. Improve Magnesium Deficiency
Depleted magnesium resources in your body can be the cause of so many symptoms: poor heart health, weakness, muscle cramps, tremors, nausea, high blood pressure, Type II Diabetes, dizziness, poor memory, fatigue, and confusion – just to name a few. Soaking for an hour in an environment that’s incredible rich in magnesium sulfate can help relieve these symptoms and balance your system. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin – giving your body the boost in resources that it’s lacking.
6. Improve Digestive Function
Oh the things reducing stress and lots of magnesium can do for your body!
7. Great for Hair, Skin, and Nails!
“Post Float Glow” is very real. Magnesium sulfate isn’t at all drying and can reduce the appearance of cellulite and increase the natural luster of your hair and skin.
8. Athletic Performance
More and more athletes – including professionals like Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman – are turning to flotation therapy to take their games to the next level. Floating in our float pod helps speed workout recovery, reduce lactic acid, and improve oxygen circulation. Because an Epsom salt bath has been a long-time friend of the recovering athlete, the Epsom-rich water of the float pod has become a “go to” workout recovery for many of today’s top athletes. By improving concentration and focus and enhancing visualization, sensory deprivation tanks also allow athletes to perfect their “mental game.” In this video, Stephen Curry talks to Good Morning America about how floatation therapy helps maximize his performance.
As you may have guessed, one of the most common causes of insomnia is stress. The deep relaxation of an isolation float pod allows our nervous systems to rest and re-set, which leads to a better night’s sleep. The best part? The more you float, the deeper and more positive the effects.
10. Stress & Anxiety
Modern life can be overwhelming, leading to stress and anxiety. And stress has a direct link to a number of other chronic ailments, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disorders and diabetes. Flotation therapy, also known as sensory deprivation, has been found to be an excellent tool for stress management, providing a rare chance to “get away from it all.”
No phones, no deadlines, no commitments, no traffic – no stress. Cortisol, a “fight or flight” hormone, floods the body during times of stress. The Epsom-infused salt water in our pod helps replenish the body’s natural supply of magnesium, thus reducing cortisol levels and easing the symptoms of anxiety and stress.