What is floating?
Float therapy was developed in the 1950s by American scientist John C. Lilly, floating goes by many names, including float therapy, floatation therapy, restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST), and isolation therapy. Research over the years has shown evidence of a wide range of health-boosting and therapeutic benefits to the mind and body.
Float Therapy Suspends the Senses
The key to float therapy’s success appears to be its action in temporarily suspending the near-constant assault on our minds and body from external stimuli—that is noise, light, smell, touch, pressure, and friction. That brief suspension gives our body and mental systems a chance to recharge themselves unencumbered by other functional needs—A supercharged recharge, of sorts.
As noted by an assistant coach of a world championship sports team, 45 minutes of floating is “the equivalent of four hours of sleep,” among many other benefits he cites about his team’s use of floatation therapy.
Suspending the senses involves entering a light-proof and sound-proof cabin that contains 10 inches of water heated to within your body temperature range. It contains over 1,100 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts which is rich in magnesium. Epsom salts are designed to give you positive buoyancy, while the water temperature is designed to mimic your own temperature. Once you’ve settled down and are floating naturally in the cabin, you will no longer feel the water, the sense of gravitational forces, nor much in the way of other sensory inputs.