Have you experienced floating yet?

What is floating?

‘1 hour float equals to 4 hours sleeping’

Finally London is embracing the benefits of floating therapy and the unparalleled levels of relaxation bringing our tired bodies into a healing state.

Floating has even scientifically proven to increase mental and physical wellbeing. It enhances stress relief and relaxation by reducing stress and bringing us back into rest and digest. Floaters have also said it enhances a deeper nights sleep. Similar to meditation floating brings you into the present by increasing your focus.

 
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How does it work?

The experience begins with rinsing off in your own personal shower using natural products and climbing into the pod filled with Epsom salts. The concentration is so high it is impossible not to float with each pod being filled with half a tonne of Epsom salts meaning you’re incredibly supported as you float for one hour.

Each tank matches the temperature of your skin and the air so you feel completely cocooned and comfortable. When you close the pods door it’s silent so you can choose to float sensory free by turning the light off too if you wish. You’ll find you are weightlessness free from weight or pressure which allows your muscles to relax and your spine to realign and lengthen. For those who are claustrophobic and hesitant to shut the pod door entirely it takes a light touch for the door to pop open again. Once you begin to float you will delve into a state of deep relaxation in which your body and mind can heal and switch off.

One float lasts for one hour, with 10 minutes relaxing music at the start to help you transition into the experience. The music begins again at the end of your float to signal 5 minutes before the float ends.

 
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What is the science behind floating?

There’s a wealth of scientific evidence on the benefits of floating on the body and mind. Here are some key points from decades of research

A recent meta-analysis of 27 scientific studies by scientists Dierendonck and Nijenhuis showed that floating:

•  Reduces cortisol levels (when high, cortisol can lower our immunity and leads to prolonged stress)

•  Lowers blood pressure (a symptom of stress that compromises our health. Lower blood pressure allows us to feel relaxed)

•  Increases overall wellbeing

•  Boosts cognitive performance

•  Improves symptoms of chronic fatigue and burnout, and improves sleep.

 
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Floating and the brain

Justin Feinstein, head neurophysicist at Ohio’s Laureate Institute for Brain Research, the leading authority on floating and the brain, discovered that floating decreases activity in the brain’s salience network, which:

•  Reduces anxiety

•  Reduces negative emotions

•  Reduces the perception of pain

•  Reduces confusion, and

•  Reduces the impact of many serious mental health issues.

The Institute’s latest study on floating also found that:

“Participants reported significant reductions in stress, muscle tension, pain, depression and negative affect, accompanied by a significant improvement in mood characterised by increases in serenity, relaxation, happiness and overall well-being.”

Find Feinstein’s work in full on his website, and watch him speak about his findings at the 2016 Float Conference.

Floating for stress and pain reduction

The Human Performance Laboratory at Sweden’s Karlstad University has been studying the effects of floating for three decades, finding that floating:

  • Improves sleep

  • Increases energy (not only through better sleep, but also by increasing production of the hormone prolactin)

  • Increases optimism and mindfulness

  • Decreases anxiety and stress

  • Decreases depression

  • Decreases the perception of pain

They also found that after floating, people were less likely to consume alcohol.

There is far more research into floating than we can fit here, but in a nutshell, floating is scientifically proven to have significant, positive, and lasting impacts on our minds and bodies. As more studies are carried out, we’ll share them with you.

Floating prices are £55 for a single float or £40 /month for a Floatworks membership. You can find the Floatworks in Vauxhall and Angel. Get in touch to book here.

Rebecca Tucker