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What is Float Therapy Like?

What Is Float Therapy?

Many people seek different ways of relieving tension, improving their health and enjoying an overall better quality of life. If this is you, a process known as float therapy might be worth considering.

Float Therapy Overview

Float therapy, sometimes additionally referred to as floatation therapy or simply floating, occurs when an individual enters a pod/tank filled with approximately 200 gallons of water and over 1,100 lbs of Epsom salt. The water temperature is maintained between 93.5 - 95 degrees to match our skin temperature; making it virtually impossible to distinguish the parts of your body that immersed in water and those that aren't.

The floatation tank is also classified as a sensory deprivation chamber. This is because the tank is completely void of light and sound.

The idea behind this therapy is to create a completely relaxing environment that enables you to alleviate stress void of any possible distractions. The environment in the pod can be set to be completely void of distractions but can also be set to include relaxing music and beautiful light to help get you acclimated to the practice. It's important to note that individuals are in full control of what they want their experience to be.

Floating sessions typically last anywhere from 60 - 90 minutes.

The Process

Once inside the tank, you simply lie back and float. The Epsom salt in the water creates the buoyancy needed to allow you to float effortlessly.

Potential Benefits

Certain members of the healthcare community believe that floating can provide numerous health benefits including:

  • Stress Relief - Numerous individuals who have engaged in float therapy claim that doing so causes a precipitous drop in their stress levels. Chronic exposure to anxiety and tension is said to cause headaches, minor digestive problems and muscle pain. That said, stress can also be a major underlying factor in the development of more serious health issues like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and certain kinds of cancer.
  • Increased Blood Flow - The heat created by the warm water flowing through the tank is said to stimulate blood flow, as well as increase and improve circulation. Better circulation can precipitate the development of improved cardiovascular health.
  • Hormone Release - Float therapy is said to trigger the release of hormones known as endorphins. These chemicals help the body heal and often improve mood.

How to get started with your Float Therapy practice

It is recommended to float a minimum of 3x to truly experience the benefits of float therapy. Your first float will be a completely new experience so there will be some time acclimating to the environment and adjusting to the feeling of being weightless.

Your 2nd and 3rd floats will be easier to settle into given that you now know the process and what to expect. To enjoy the experience of float therapy in Bucks County, PA and meditation visit us at Doylestown Float Studio!

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