Floating

I hated my first float. It was fortunate that I persevered though because it changed my life. Not only did it help me overcome the PTSD I suffered after my daughter became seriously ill (she’s fine now thanks to the wonderful staff at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital), it gave me a whole new perspective on how I could look after my wellbeing and help others to do so. When my dad told me that lying in salty water could help my PTSD symptoms, I thought he was mad initially but he was right and this is how it works:

WHAT FLOATING IS

Yes, floating is essentially lying in a tank of very salty water but there is more to it than that. The saturation of the salt in the water is such that any person can float in it effortlessly taking all their weight so there is no pressure on their body anywhere. Because the water is skin temperature, it feels like you’re floating on air completely free from gravity. Float pods don’t let any light or sound in so you are completely free from external stimuli. By lying in this environment for an hour, your mind eventually relaxes and clears. It often takes a few sessions to allow the mind to completely relax.

HOW FLOATING WORKS

The complete lack of pressure on the body and the way it is completely supported in the water allows all the muscles and joints to completely relax which sooths away aches and pains while improving blood flow. Allowing the body to completely relax encourages healing and reduces stress hormones in the body. Epsom Salts, which saturate the water, are rich in magnesium which can improve heart health, fight against diabetes, help muscles to relax and ease long term pain, improve bone density and relieve anxiety. Floating also supports your mental health by reducing stress hormones and increasing ‘feel good’ hormones like endorphins and serotonin. Being totally shut off from external stimuli sounds like it would be really boring and oppressive initially but once your mind gets used to it, it’s actually an incredibly relaxing experience that gives your mind the break it desperately needs.

WHAT FLOATING HELPS WITH

Floating has been proven time and time again to help with PTSD as I can attest to. There are a number of other conditions that people have found it very helpful in relieving too and these are:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure

FLOATING ALSO HELPS TO IMPROVE

  • Creativity
  • Clarity of mind
  • Athletic performance
  • Immune system
  • The ability to kick addictions
  • Calmness in people with autism
  • Skin and hair health
  • Learning
Floating has made a huge positive change in my life and since opening The Float Spa, I’ve seen how much it can help other people too. I believe trying floating is one of those baby steps people can take towards making dramatic positive changes in their lives.

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