Why do Veterans and First responders choose to float with us?
1. Deep rest. Often, careers of service come with shift-work schedules and irregular sleep patterns. Floating can help reset your sleep cycle by helping your brain down-shift from Alpha waves into the Theta waves that act as the gateway to sleep. By floating, people’s brainwaves are naturally dropping into this Theta state, meaning their body can easily make the transition into the Delta waves required for REM sleep.
When you float, your body also absorbs Magnesium through your skin from the highly concentrated Epsom Salt solution. Magnesium is helpful for restful sleep as well as many other bodily functions. A 90 minute float session can make you feel as refreshed as a 4 hour sleep.
2 Relief of Anxiety and Stress. Floating can help you fight stress from the inside out. A solid float practice helps to build strength and peace of mind that you can take out into the world. In a recent study including 50 participants, floating was proven to reduce anxiety levels in 100% of the participants – a clinical success rate that is nearly unheard of. Floating lowers the levels of stress hormones including norepinephrine, adrenaline, cortisol and ACTH. Elevated levels of these neurochemicals are directly linked to high levels of stress and stress-related illness including anxiety and depression. Floating activates your body’s relaxation response – reducing blood pressure, heart rate and muscular tension, and releases your ‘feel good’ hormones such as dopamine and endorphins. Post-float blissful feelings have also been proven to last at least 20 hours after your float.
3. PTSD. Studies have shown that PTSD can be profoundly helped by floating. The float tank is an ideal environment for working through painful or traumatic memories without the emotional charge that they normally carry. When you are floating, your body sends out signals via dopamine, reduced cortisol and physical relaxation that everything is “OK”. Although time in the tank can bring up traumatic memories, the reduction of stress hormones prevents the body from triggering the same emotional stress cycles usually created when reliving painful memories, allowing us to reprogram our brains to dissociate these traumatic memories from the stressful neurochemicals they usually release. Our customers who are also receiving help from a mental health professional find the tank a very safe and helpful place to apply and practice mindfulness techniques that they are working with.
If floating sounds like it would benefit you, or if you have any further questions, please give us a call at 250-377-7716.
(Information above inspired by our friends at Float On, The Book of Floating by Michael Hutchinson, and The Float Tank Cure by Shane Stott)