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Questions we get a lot, that this blog post is trying to address.

-what is the point of lying in the dark for an hour?

-Oh, so I can just do this in the bath a home?

-Won’t I get bored?

Why sensory deprivation is so beneficial

(AKA why should you lie in the dark doing nothing for an hour)

Quite a lot of people who come in to float for the first time have the same question – what is the point of coming in to lie in the dark for an hour doing nothing? Surely I could do the same thing at home by lying in the bath and turning the lights out?!

The Idea behind Floatation tanks is that by placing someone in a sensory deprived environment the brain doesn’t have to do any work processing sensory input, and is therefore much more likely to slip off into a deep meditative state, or even fall asleep completely.

Whilst in that deeply relaxed state you get from floating, the brain generates Theta waves, which are usually associated with lucid dreaming, creativity and meditation. At the same time as this, levels of stress hormones (such as Adrenaline and Cortisol) are lowered, whilst the pituitary gland produces Endorphins (which have been known to provide a feeling of euphoria).

This is what makes float tanks so special – everything about them is designed to reduce sensory input, whether it be the feeling of weightlessness that comes from having so much Epsom salt (over 500kg) that you float naturally in the tank, much like in the Dead Sea, or the silence and pitch black that comes from having the lid closed and the lights off. It even comes down to the temperature of the water (35 degrees Celsius), which is as close as possible to skin temperature so that you can forget there is even water there! It is therefore extremely unlikely that people attempting to recreate the floatation experience at home will succeed.

Some clients on their first float have occasionally said they had a sense of boredom before they fully settled into their float. This is usually an unfortunate side effect of how we are so conditioned by the modern world to always be productive or on the go, meaning it can be hard to completely switch off and fully settle into your float, due to that feeling that you should be doing something.

The important thing to remember is that by the very act of doing nothing you are looking after yourself in an important way –removing all of that built up stress and exhaustion that comes from our hectic modern lifestyles.

Try Out Sensory Deprivation

Floatation therapy, also known as sensory deprivation or isolation tank therapy, has gained popularity in recent years as a unique wellness practice that promises deep relaxation, stress relief, and enhanced mental clarity. However, with its growing popularity, several myths and misconceptions have also emerged. In this blog, we will delve into the world of floatation therapy, explore the benefits and debunk the myths surrounding it, challenging the status quo and shedding light on the truth behind this intriguing practice.

Myth #1: Floatation therapy is just floating in water

The truth is, floatation therapy is not your typical water float. It involves floating in a specially designed tank filled with a highly concentrated solution of Epsom salt, creating a buoyant environment that allows you to effortlessly float on the surface. The tank is also soundproof and lightproof, providing a sensory-deprived experience where you can disconnect from external stimuli and enter a state of deep relaxation.

Myth #2: Floatation therapy is claustrophobic

While the idea of being enclosed in a tank may seem daunting to some, floatation tanks are designed with the comfort of the user in mind. Most floatation tanks in modern float spas are spacious, well-ventilated, and equipped with interior lighting, giving users a sense of freedom and relaxation. Additionally, you have complete control over the experience – you can choose to leave the tank door open or even float with the tank lid partially or fully open, providing a customised experience that caters to your comfort level.

Myth #3: Floatation therapy is only for relaxation

Floatation therapy offers much more than just relaxation. While it can certainly help reduce stress and anxiety, it also offers a host of other benefits. The sensory deprivation aspect of floatation therapy allows your brain to enter a state of deep relaxation, which can lead to enhanced creativity, improved concentration, and heightened mindfulness. Some users also report improved sleep quality, relief from chronic pain, and accelerated muscle recovery after physical activities.

Myth #4: Floatation tanks are unhygienic

Floatation tanks are designed with hygiene as a top priority. The high concentration of Epsom salt in the water creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria and germs to thrive. In addition, most floatation spas adhere to strict hygiene protocols that include regular filtration, sanitisation, and maintenance of the tanks. Users are also required to shower before and after their float session to maintain cleanliness.

Myth #5: Floatation therapy is not suitable for everyone

Floatation therapy is generally considered safe and suitable for most individuals. However, there are certain medical conditions or circumstances that may require caution or consultation with a healthcare professional before floating. These may include open wounds, contagious skin conditions, uncontrolled epilepsy, or acute health conditions. Pregnant women should also consult with their healthcare provider before floating. It’s always best to check with the float spa and disclose any relevant health information before scheduling a float session.

Myth #6: Floatation therapy is expensive

While floatation therapy may seem like a luxury, the cost can vary depending on the location and duration of the session. At Zero Gravity Float Spa in Altrincham, Manchester, we offer a float for £44.00, and we also have various pricing options, including packages and memberships. When considering the benefits of improved mental and physical well-being, floatation therapy can be seen as an investment in self-care and overall wellness. Don’t let cost be a barrier to experiencing the transformative effects of floatation therapy.

In conclusion, floatation therapy, despite its unique nature, is a legitimate wellness practice that offers a range of benefits beyond relaxation. It is a safe and hygienic practice that can be customized to cater to individual preferences and needs. If you’re curious to experience the benefits of floatation therapy, why not visit Zero Gravity Float Spa in Altrincham, Manchester? With their state-of-the-art floatation tanks, experienced staff, and commitment to hygiene and customer satisfaction, you can challenge the status quo and embark on a sensory-deprived journey of relaxation, creativity, and enhanced well-being. Don’t let the myths hold you back!

Questions we get a lot, that this blog post is trying to address.

-what is the point of lying in the dark for an hour?

-Oh, so I can just do this in the bath a home?

-Won’t I get bored?

Why sensory deprivation is so beneficial

(AKA why should you lie in the dark doing nothing for an hour)

Quite a lot of people who come in to float for the first time have the same question – what is the point of coming in to lie in the dark for an hour doing nothing? Surely I could do the same thing at home by lying in the bath and turning the lights out?!

The Idea behind Floatation tanks is that by placing someone in a sensory deprived environment the brain doesn’t have to do any work processing sensory input, and is therefore much more likely to slip off into a deep meditative state, or even fall asleep completely.

Whilst in that deeply relaxed state you get from floating, the brain generates Theta waves, which are usually associated with lucid dreaming, creativity and meditation. At the same time as this, levels of stress hormones (such as Adrenaline and Cortisol) are lowered, whilst the pituitary gland produces Endorphins (which have been known to provide a feeling of euphoria).

This is what makes float tanks so special – everything about them is designed to reduce sensory input, whether it be the feeling of weightlessness that comes from having so much Epsom salt (over 500kg) that you float naturally in the tank, much like in the Dead Sea, or the silence and pitch black that comes from having the lid closed and the lights off. It even comes down to the temperature of the water (35 degrees Celsius), which is as close as possible to skin temperature so that you can forget there is even water there! It is therefore extremely unlikely that people attempting to recreate the floatation experience at home will succeed.

Some clients on their first float have occasionally said they had a sense of boredom before they fully settled into their float. This is usually an unfortunate side effect of how we are so conditioned by the modern world to always be productive or on the go, meaning it can be hard to completely switch off and fully settle into your float, due to that feeling that you should be doing something.

The important thing to remember is that by the very act of doing nothing you are looking after yourself in an important way –removing all of that built up stress and exhaustion that comes from our hectic modern lifestyles.

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