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Floating

Spa Floatation Therapy

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Mind Benefits

Poor Sleep/Insomnia

From managing chronic stress to inducing a natural calm, many people report drastically improved sleeping abilities from regular float sessions. The change in your physical state and your mental outlook can provide you with a healthier perspective in which to put your body and mind to rest if sleeping is an issue. Also, 60-90 minutes of floating can feel like 4-6 hours of sleep. It is extremely therapeutic, refreshing and rejuvenating. So if you pulled an all-nighter, suffer from insomnia or have a baby who never lets you sleep through the night, floating can help make up for any lack of sleep you may be experiencing.

Endorphins

Floating and the relaxation response it induces flood the body with endorphins. These neurotransmitters are responsible for relieving us from pain, enhancing our mood, decreasing feelings of depression and potentially generating feelings of euphoria. They can suppress our appetite, and decrease anxiety leaving us in a calm and clear state of being with a deeply relaxed mind

Brain Synchronization

Research has shown that floating promotes greater communication between the right side (creative-side) and left side (analytical-side) of the brain – the majority of people are left side dominant. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neo-cortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.

Chronic Stressor Relief

The floating environment eliminates as much external stimulation as possible allowing your nervous system to take a break. In a world with a constant buzz or hum, our systems rarely, if ever, experience the calm that floating provides. Having this experience can be very refreshing, nourishing and healthy for our bodies and minds. It can be an escape to your personal cabin at the lake any day of the year.

Meditation

Meditation has a plethora of benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool used to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency without falling asleep – a technique that zen monks spend years trying to perfect.  For some, floating may also induce an altered state of consciousness.

Super-Learning

With the brain being held in the theta state, the mind becomes hyper-suggestible. With less distractions and greater resources at its disposal the mind is able to absorb new material very deeply with research showing improved performance in memory and recall activities. It is great to use in conjunction with exam or business meeting preparation, mastering a new language, and increasing higher education.

Visualization

The combination of being extremely relaxed while intensely awake allows techniques of visualization to become very powerful. From athletes preparing for competition to public speakers rehearsing a presentation, floating can induce the calm needed to perform at ones best. Research has shown that mental rehearsal is just as practical as physical rehearsal.

Physical Benefits

Pain Management

Relief from arthritis, back pain, neck pain, tendinitis, inflammation, and psychosomatic pain relief through float therapy have all been documented. There have been many experiences reporting the drastic reduction or altogether elimination of pain management medication with regular float therapy sessions.

Increased Blood Circulation

The weightless environment of the floatation tank allows for the muscles and joints of the body to relax, increasing blood flow and helping to accelerate repair of muscle tissues. This is especially beneficial for those with injuries or chronic pain.

ADHD/PTSD/Autism/Anxiety/Depression

Arousal levels have been shown to be a significant component of ADHD (and it can be either over or under arousal).  The floatation R.E.S.T method can address the arousal problem and normalize this state by providing an environment, which screens out most visual and tactile environmental stimulants.  Due to the non-demanding process and deep relaxation of floating, there have been many reports of first hand evidence suggesting that regular float sessions provide a positive improvement on symptoms also related to atypical autism, post –traumatic stress disorder, anxiety as well as depression.

Increased Immune Function

Modern research has established clearly the interrelationship between high levels of distress and a depression of the immune system.  In addition, conditions like pain and depression impair the immunological functions.  Floatation therapy is very useful in these cases since the deep relaxation attained through floating releases negative stress, helps chronic pain and depression giving a natural boost to the immunological system.

Sports Recovery/Athletic Performance

Floating maximizes the benefits of fitness training, exercise and workouts.  Although exercise stimulates muscle growth, the growth occurs during relaxation some 30-40 hours after exercise.  The deep relaxation of floating improves blood circulation, promotes the elimination of lactic acid, and accelerates the growth and regeneration of muscle tissue

Magnesium Absorption

Magnesium is the key component of Epsom salt and performs more functions in more systems of the human body than virtually any other mineral, including regulating the activity of more than 325 enzymes.  While you float, the extremely high concentration of Epsom salts are absorbed through skin and can actually supplement your diet for a mineral that has been shown to be deficient in the average person’s diet. Magnesium can prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate high blood pressure, prevent osteoporosis, relieve menopause symptoms, provide PMS relief, create healthier bones and teeth, and is involved with detoxification.

Anti-Gravity Benefits

The buoyancy afforded by the dense Epsom salt solution eliminates the body’s specific gravity, bringing the floater closer to an experience of total weightlessness.  Because gravity occupies up to 90% of the central nervous system activity, our bodies are constantly adjusting against the gravitational force whether we realize it or not.  By freeing ourselves from some of the demands of gravity, we liberate the mind and body to provide relief from conditions such as chronic muscular tension, back pain, neck pain, high blood pressure etc.

Heightened Senses

Research indicates that regular floating leads to increased visual acuity, improved tangible perception, increased taste sensitivities and improved auditory sensitivity.

Increased Stress Resistance

Because of the deep relaxation and meditative state floating provides we become more resistant to the stimuli of chronic stressors bombarding us in modern society.  Regular floating literally gives us a physiological higher threshold for what our body considers stress so that the modern urban life-style won’t trigger our stress response as much.

What is Floatation Therapy?

Floatation therapy, also known as floating, floatation, sensory deprivation, or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) involves lying in a salt-water solution in a spacious tank. It is one of the most effective means of stress relief and relaxation available. Now widely accepted as a legitimate therapy, floatation is also used to treat a wide range of ailments and conditions and has been proven to lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone. During your float, the outside world is gone and amazing things happen. It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or receiving sensory input, your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to navigate without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and the parasympathetic nervous system gets to work helping you rest, de-stress and heal.  It’s likely to be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced.

 

The term sensory deprivation is often used as the environment is designed to limit sensory input and allow your body to fully relax:

Sight

Our float room’s inviting interior is lit by twin underwater LED lights in a rich, vibrant blue. As well starlight lights are on our ceilings. After you shut the door you have two options, you  can leave both the underwater lights and the starlight’s on or either light or you can choose to float in the dark. The beauty of having the button inside the tank is so that you can control your environment.

Sound

Your ears (with earplugs in) stay just below the water; the tanks are insulated against sound leaving you in peaceful silence.

Touch

Inside the tank you’ll find 10 inches of water and 1000 lbs. of dissolved Epsom salts – a solution that allows you to float effortlessly. The water and air are both kept at 34.1 degrees Celsius – this is skin-receptor neutral, which means that when you fully relax, you lose track of where your body ends and the water or air begins.

About our Float Rooms

Ocean Float Rooms Logo

We spent many months researching which Float Rooms to purchase. Quantum Float & Salt Cave is proud to be the first in London Ontario to offer Ocean Float Rooms. By far the highest quality Float Rooms available on the market. Ocean Float Rooms have been making Float Rooms since 1989. Once you try an Ocean Float Room you will not want to try another sensory deprivation tank.

Some Ocean Float Room features include;

Easy Entrance

A large, side opening door offers a far more inviting entrance & ease of use compared to the top hatch type lid common to float tanks. It also gives easier access for the able and the less able. Conveniently positioned internal grab handles offer greater safety, comfort and sense of security.

UV/Peroxide Sanitation

Ocean Float Rooms high specification UV & Peroxide system constantly delivers 100% sterile water, a rare standard for this form of sanitation. How it is done: A powerful magnetic drive pump drives the salt solution through our UV system 4 times during the standard cleaning cycle. With each pass the solution is exposed to powerful UV wavelengths up to 5 times longer than required, guaranteeing full sanitation.

A dosing pump simultaneously injects the correct peroxide amount into the solution while a dedicated control system allows you to increase or decrease the dose level & filtration time to super clean and/or purge the solution at the close of business. Real time feedback on the status of the system is available at any time.

Starlight Ceilings

Over 100 waterproof LED lights in “Night Sky” layout. “Twinkle” effect and/or colour changing moods available. Lights fully controlled by the customer. How it is done: This system provides simultaneous lighting control of the Float room spa lights and the suite lighting. Control is from either the air switch inside the Float room, or from the external suite light switch. This provides an easy convenience for both staff and float clients.

Client Controls

Our float room’s inviting interior is lit by twin underwater LED lights in a rich, vibrant blue. As well starlight lights are on our ceilings. After you shut the door you have two options, you can leave both the underwater lights and the starlight’s on or either light or you can choose to float in the dark.

You are always in control of your environment.  You have the ability to leave the lights on or get out at any time. While it may seem a bit strange at first, we find that if you give yourself a little time to relax and get used to it, you’ll feel very safe and comfortable. Many people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time floating.

Floating Process

  1. Book in, simply schedule online, call in or stop by as we accept walk ins.
  2. Arrive to Quantum Float & Salt Cave, if it is your first float please come in 20 minutes before to sign our waiver and for your tour, all following floats please arrive 15 minutes before.
  3. Get a tour of your float room.
  4. To ensure that our float tanks stay free of contaminates please rinse off any dirt and oils using our natural products.
  5. Once you finish rinsing off please use the petroleum jelly which we provide to cover any cuts or scrapes you may have.
  6. We supply ear plugs please place them in your ears.
  7. Time to float! After you shut your float room door you have three options, you can leave both the underwater lights and the starlight’s on or you can leave either light on or you can choose to float in the dark. The beauty of having the buttons inside your tank is that you are in full control of your environment.
  8. Your body will naturally float however, there are two float positions in a tank. Place your arms over-head with your palms up or place your arms at your side, palms down. For those who want more support for their head we supply a Halo which allows the head to float in a more natural  position.
  9. Try to take time to relax. Having your eyes closed and floating is a new, strange and yet wonderful experience. It takes about 3 session to be able to let go and to get used to this environment.
  10. Music will begin to play to que you to wake up and exit the float room so you can take your next 5 minute shower to remove the salt from your body. Once your session is done we kindly ask that clients not take more than 15 minutes in their float room.
  11. If you need more time to get ready we offer a vanity area in the locker rooms and we supply; hair dryers and q-tips.
  12. Grab some fresh tea and take some time in our post float lounge to relax and reflect before you enjoy the rest of your day.

Floating for Athletic Recovery

Floating is the most efficient way to get heal post work-out. The athletic recovery that clients receive from floating is profound. The weightless environment soothes aches and pains away, eliminating pressure and tension, giving every single muscle and joint the rest they need. Floating reduces blood pressure & oxygen intake, but increases blood flow and distribution of red blood cells. This speeds recovery from injury & assists in flushing-out cortisol, lactate & adrenaline that might have built-up either through training or performance. The turn around time for recovery is astounding, as a result.

Additionally, the magnesium sulphate received while floating is a muscle relaxant and a protein builder for your joints, is absorbed directly into muscles, for immediate relief from tension and soreness.

Floatation Therapy facilitates and speeds athletic recovery;

  • Accelerates the recovery from injury
  • Increases energy (ATP)
  • Ideal space for visualization and mind setting
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Reduces Lactic acid levels in the body
  • Aids in facilitated rest, improving athletes exposure to fatigue
  • Facilitates the reduction of muscle soreness (DOMS)

Athletes Who Use Floating

History of Floating

In 1954, a neuroscientist named John C. Lilly needed to eliminate incoming sensory information to create a control group for his experiments. He ended up discovering that sensory deprivation has a load of benefits that far superseded whatever captivating experiments he was doing. By the 1970’s, the tank’s design had evolved from Lilly’s original laboratory chambers to the comfortable commercial tanks that we have now. This means you’re not submerged in the water with air tubes, you don’t have to wear a diver’s helmet with a black faceplate, and you don’t have to have experiments run on you.