Float Your Way To Stress Free Living

by Simona Terron
Remember what it was like floating in the womb, drifting in the warm confines of your mother’s body?

Okay, neither do I. But I figured that there must be no similar feeling of safety and security. Until I discovered flotation therapy....

How Float Therapy Works

Flotation therapy is a spa treatment that involves entering an isolation tank that is filled with heavily salted water, causing you to float on your back.

The therapy requires you to face upwards, your arms stretched out by your sides so that they don’t make contact with the rest of your body. The air and the water is maintained at a constant temperature that matches your skin's so you don't feel like there’s any boundary. Your ears are plugged to prevent the water from getting in, but this only adds to the feeling of being sealed in a bubble. You can only hear your heartbeat and the sound of your breathing. The water is not treated with chlorine, so you aren't distracted by that unique pool scent.

This therapy is not exactly new. It originated in 1954, when John C Lilly, a medical practitioner and neuropsychiatrist, used it in his experiments with sensory deprivation. Thankfully, it has evolved and now is practiced by holistic centers and alternative medicine healers.

Flotation therapy has many uses, including relief from stress and anxiety. Float therapy is also known to relieve chronic and acute pain. Symptoms of insomnia and jet lag are greatly reduced. It is used frequently by creative people such as musicians, artists, and even those who have a greater tendency for physical injuries, such as dancers and athletes. Professionals who need enhanced focus, such as airline pilots and surgeons, may also find the treatment useful.

Why not head to the nearest flotation therapy center and try it out for yourself?

Here are some places you could check out: Image: Shutterstock
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