MEDICAL BENEFITS OF FLOATATION THERAPY IN NEW LIGHT

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“How can sitting in a dark salt bath be therapeutic? I’ll just fill my bathtub with Epsom Salts and call it a day.”

Anyone who has tried to describe floatation therapy to the uninitiated is familiar with those dismissive retorts. An all-natural, wonderfully simple holistic therapy that boasts a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits? Sounds too good to be true.

Not to Dr. Justin Feinstein, a neuropsychologist with the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), whose research on anxiety and flotation therapy is giving skeptics pause.

While he was familiar with floatation therapy as a fringe fad, Dr. Feinstein had his first personal experience with floating while studying cognitive neuroscience at California Institute of Technology. His interest in anxiety, the evolution of brain structures, and theories of consciousness lead him to pursue an understanding of interoception.

Interoception is our sense of and connection to our internal physiology. Interoceptive stimuli are responsible for hunger, respiration, and immune system response, for example. Quite simply, interoception helps us relate to our physiological status and provides a psychological bond to our bodies as a part of ourselves.
Our sense of interoception is also deeply connected with our sense of exteroception – externally originating sensations like touch, sight, and motor awareness that also provide valuable information about our physical status and safety.
Through the courses of his research, Dr. Feinstein found that patients with anxiety disorders experienced a disruption in their interoceptive pathways. He hypothesized that the currently rising rates of anxiety are caused by a flood of external stimulation.
In short, our smartphones are distancing us from ourselves.
Society clearly isn’t going to reverse the tide of technological change, but Dr. Feinstein pursued floatation therapy as a potential antidote to the stimulus overload. Could floating restrict external stimulation and heighten our sense of interoception, effectively treating the root cause of psychological distress?
Early testing shows promising results; Dr. Feinstein and his associates at LIBR’s Float Clinic and Research Center have seen positive outcomes for those experiencing anxiety, depression, and disordered eating. Participants in these exploratory studies not only report feeling better after three sessions, but results from fMRI and EEG scans taken both before and after floating support claims that floatation has a real impact on our brains. In some cases, the difference in pre- versus post-float brain scans mirrors the effects of medication used to treat clinical disorders, without potentially harmful side-effects.
Still think all you need is an hour away from your e-mail to reap the relaxation benefits? Think again. The control groups in Dr. Feinstein’s studies were also placed in a dark, soundproof room, reclining in an anti-gravity chair. While many of the control participants report feeling more relaxed after each session, the physiological effects just don’t stack up when compared to those of the floating group.

It’s still too early to claim floatation therapy as a psychological cure-all, but research is starting to verify what your local float guru has been saying all along: Floatation therapy offers the purest path back to your true self. Schedule a float in Relaxopod or RelaxORoom to Experience Nirvana

BENEFITS OF EPSOM SALT BATH IN FLOAT POD / ROOM

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There are a number of benefits of adding epsom salts to your bath but it can not replace the benefits of soaking in float pod or tank filled with 350 kg of epsom salts.
They will be as follows:

1.TOP UP MAGNESIUM LEVELS IN YOUR BODY
As magnesium is readily absorbed through the skin, into the muscles and blood stream, soaking or floating is an ideal way to top up your levels and promote relaxation. A float pod/ tank has 350+ kgs of Epsom salt available in it, which cannot be replicated at home and is impractical to keep or maintain for at home! So visiting a float centre would be the next best thing to do.

2.RELIEVE STRESS
Not only is 100 % me time ideal for stress relief, the added benefit that epsom salt has to offer is enormous! Magnesium helps produce serotonin which is a mood elevating chemical found in the brain, it also boosts energy with the assistance in production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

3. RELIEVE MUSCLE CRAMPS
A float tank session with Epsom Salts will help mitigate inflammation, relieve muscular soreness and most importantly assist in minimising painful muscular cramps. The magnesium component of Epsom Salts acts a muscle relaxant further contributing to stress reduction by relieving muscular tension

4. DETOX
Epsom Salts are commonly used in the detoxification process, through the skin by way of a bath. The sulfate component of Epsom Salts, helps in drawing the heavy metals and toxins out of your body.

5.HEART HEALTH
Magnesium has long been known to improve heart health and help in preventing heart disease and strokes. It does so by improving circulation and keeping arteries elastic.

6. FOOT HEALTH
The benefits of soaking feet during a float session in the managing of symptoms of Athletes foot, removing splinters from feet, treating toenail fungus and easing any pain produced by gout.

7. RELIEF FROM CONSTIPATION
Magnesium has long been used as a remedy to help relieve constipation. Most of the minerals that Epsom Salt contains can be absorbed by our body and will reach the blood stream. When you are constipated, taking an Epsom Salt bath can help ease stubborn bowels.

8. INEXPENSIVE MANI-PEDI
Epsom Salt can not only soak tired hands and feet but also to scrub dead skin off in the most natural way by opening up the pores of the skin.

9. IMPROVE YOUR FACIAL
Epsom salt also works as regular skin cleanser to create a gentle scrub that will help exfoliate skin cells and remove blackheads.

So why not take your experience to next level by soaking yourself in floatation pod or tank to experience a whole range of added benefits.

FLOATATION THERAPY -HOW OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLISTS GOT AN EDGE

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Aly Raisman, a two-time Olympic gymnast with a gold medal from Rio already in the bag, recently discussed flotation therapy as a part of her training program: “You literally float in salt water for an hour or so. That stuff is really crucial because you have to find ways to rest.”

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Turns out she’s in good company – elite athletes have been floating their way to greatness for decades, citing both physical and mental benefits.

New England Patriots’ star quarterback, Tom Brady, reportedly owns his own float pod, inspiring the entire team to adopt the practice in preparation for the 2015 Super Bowl. The championship team is now rumoured to have a pod in their locker room.

Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry and Harrison Barnes famously float once a week, telling ESPN that the therapy is “an opportunity to just relax,” as well as a recovery tool for sore muscles during the gruelling NBA season.

Did you know that the Australian Olympic team has used floatation therapy, along with the Australian Institute of Sport, as part of their training program? Sportsmen and women utilise the beneficial effects from the floatation tank to help stimulate muscle growth, speed up recovery and aid visualisation and mental training.
Some other elite athletes who have benefitted from using the floatation tank include Olympic gold medalists Carl Lewis and Phillips Idowu, Ironman Champion Peter Reid and British soccer star Wayne Rooney. Jade Johnson is another sportswoman who loves floatation therapy.

Here is what some of them have said in interviews about their use of the float tank:-

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Phillips Idowu, triple jump gold medallist says:
I’ve got a really good team behind me. I’ve got a nutritionist, physiotherapists, doctors and a masseuse. I’ve got a new coach that I’m working with, so everything’s going really well. I’m using a flotation tank every week and it all seems to be coming together nicely. I’m happy and it’s just flowing.”


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Jade Johnson, high jump silver medallist
Jade Johnson, high jump silver medallist says:
“When I first got into floatation therapy I tried it three times in a week and it was so beneficial that I had another two sessions leading into the 2008 European Cup. It was there that I jumped a personal best of 6.81m and qualified for the Beijing Olympics. I have always used physiotherapy and massage to help injury recovery but floatation is different. When I float I can really feel a lot of pressure being taken off my back and when I compete I feel calm and in tune with my Mind and body”.

“I think everyone should at least have one float in their lives, as they just don’t know what they are missing!”


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Carl Lewis, long jump Olympic gold medallist
FTA states,”Carl Lewis, said to be the world’s greatest athlete, used in-tank visualization techniques to prepare himself for his gold medal long jump at the 1988 Seoul Olympics: the Dallas Cowboys, winners of the 1993 Superbowl, have been using float tanks since 1981 to develop the physical and psychological skills of their players; the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) has been using tanks to train their successful Olympic squads since 1983. In the words of Jeff Bond of the AIS: “The floatation tank represents a new dimension in sports training for the elite athlete”.


Elite athletes may utilise the floatation tank as part of their training to be successful in their field, and you can too! Come and discover how floatation therapy can assist you in being successful on your personal journey – on a physical, mental and emotional level. Whether you are an athlete, performer, writer, musician, student, business person, mum or just curious about exploring your mind’s potential, there are many different ways in which the floatation tank can help you get you to where you want to be.

Floatation therapy in Relaxopod

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Taking a break from gravity in floatation tanks also causes fascinating and significant changes in the brain. Endorphins are released. These are powerful natural pain relievers and mood enhancers that promote a sense of well-being while further enhancing the healing benefits of the zero gravity environment.

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A person who has a high stress level will find it virtually impossible to maintain that stress level after a float session due to endorphins being released in the brain as well as their brainwaves shifting from beta to alpha and even theta. Theta is a rare brain state that is normally reserved for people trained in meditation. An important contrast to meditation is the fact that a person can achieve a theta brain state in their very first float session, making it a quick and easy shortcut to deep relaxation.

The benefits achieved in a one hour session are significant on their own, but when compared to other therapies, floatation tanks are in a category all their own.

Shalom Float and Mind spa is the first floatation centre opened in Pune,India uses a Relaxopod

Book an appointment at www.shalomfloatspa.com or call 69409032 / 33