Found at the lowest point on earth; 423 meters below sea level in a harsh desert climate with a concentration of 34% salt is the world’s original float tank – the Dead Sea.
The rich concentration of salt and minerals has been clinically proven to have great benefits in various health treatments.
Imagine floating in 200 gallons of wonderfully warm water enriched with 850 pounds of magnesium rich Epsom salts.
Being inside the light and sound proof tank transports the body and mind into profound relaxation, pain reduction, enhanced creativity and possibly the ability to sleep better.
Focus on breathing or meditation; allow the tensions of life to fall away. An hour passes in what seems like minutes.
The Studies Began:
Throughout the centuries people have immersed and floated in mineral pools and hot springs worldwide.
It wasn’t until 1954 that the first actual float tank was developed by a doctor interested in sensory deprivation.
Exciting developments showed that flotation therapy was able to improve treatment of many common psychological conditions.
To date the tanks are commonly used to assist with treatments of:
PTSD Depression Rheuatoid Arthritis
Spectrum Disorders Autoimmune Disorder Fibromyalgia
Anxiety Agoraphobia Circulatory Issues
Then it was discovered that Athletes could achieve an even higher competitive edge by floating while visualizing their “inner game”.
Spending time floating also works wonders helping tired muscles to recuperate by increasing blood circulation – which in turn helps faster recovery times.
So many benefits have been found:
Well Known Benefits Include:
1 hour nap in the tank equals 4 hours of regular sleep
Helps to clarify thought process
Helps to unplug from life
Assists with insomnia
Changes “Fight or Flight mode” to “Rest and Recovery mode”
Owners of Float Tank Barrie, Charles and Mitch White have awesome success stories from clients.
Charles explained that one day an elderly woman finished her float and as she was leaving stood holding her hands towards his brother Mitchell in a gesture of welcoming. Mitchell questioned that all was ok, only to have the woman reply “it’s the first time in years these arthritic hands have been able to open!”
Many “Floaters” find that they have a “Post-Float Glow” for a number of weeks afterwards.
Happy Floating Barrie!
Written By: Jane Laker
Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott