Floating has been around for several decades, and while most benefits of floating are anecdotal (reported unofficially by regular floaters, and not yet studied in a scientific manner), some health benefits of floating have been studied in controlled trials and research published in peer-reviewed journals. Floating is a contemporary and complementary therapy that (on it’s own, or in conjuction with other therapies such as psychoanalysis, massage, meditation etc) can produce remarkable results in individuals. We are excited to be aware of the increasing popularity of floating, and are aware of several scientific and controlled studies being conducted by university researchers on the benefits of floating. We will be sure to inform you of the outcomes of these studies when they are available (although we do not expect to be surprised by the result that floating is good for you!).

We are interested in your experiences in our tanks, and have a comments book in our tea room. Please feel free to share with us your experiences on the day, and we are always interested in hearing from you post float too.

Broadly speaking, the benefits you could prepare for are:

  • deep RELAXATION,
  • better SLEEP and MUSCLE RECOVERY,
  • a REDUCTION IN PAIN and
  • an increase in CREATIVE THOUGHTS
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Floating is relaxing. When you float, you are completely immersed in a warm, comfortable and dark environment (better than being in bed!). Floating induces a meditative-like state (including the theta brainwaves associated with meditation and dreaming), so you naturally feel calmer and less stressed. If you regularly meditate already, and then float, you will probably experience an enhanced meditative state. Floating may help to reduce stress and anxiety, blood pressure and decrease feelings of depression and fatigue. The magnesium can improve your skin health, and other reported benefits of floating include mindfulness, increased vitality and digestion, and an increase in overall feelings of peace and calm.

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Floating impacts you physically in a positive way. The magnesium sulphate is the same epsom salts people have been using in their baths for years (only in much higher concentrations). Magnesium is essential for normal muscle function, and by immersing yourself in it, you absorb magnesium directly through your skin. This can result in muscle repair and regeneration after accident, injury or a big workout. Healthy muscles means less muscular fatigue, better blood flow and increased nutrient supply, and better physical performances. Healthy muscles also means reduced cramping and better, more restful sleep. As a bonus, the hour you spend in the tank is said to be equivalent to four hours’ sleep!

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Floating can help you manage pain. When you fully relax in the float tank, muscle tenderness and stiffness (especially in the back and neck) can melt away. Floating has also been associated with reduced symptoms for people suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS and migraines. The mental clarity acheived through floating may also help you develop resilience and empower you to cope with ongoing or chronic pain.

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Floating can enhance your creativity. When you float, you have full, uninterrupted access to the complete power of your mind. Unlimited potential! You can explore creative visualisation to help heal or solve problems, or simply to expand your mind. Floating goes hand in hand with increased mindfullness.