Floating is about learning how to truly relax. Most people lead such active and stress-filled lives they don’t allow themselves the time to take a break from all the madness in their daily life! And if they do, they often feel guilty about it! At Float Effingham, we want to give you the time to indulge yourself and to treat yourself to the most relaxing experience on Earth.
After showering, you step into our Float Pod which contains 10 inches of skin temperature water (heated constantly) and 900lbs pounds of Epsom salts which nourish and soften your skin. Read more about Epsom salts here. You simply sit down and slowly lie back until your head touches the water. As you lay back, your body slowly lifts to the surface of the water and about 1/3 of your body is floating above the water line. It is the closest thing to attaining zero gravity on earth. Scientists estimate that up to 90% of the brain’s normal workload is caused by the effects of routine environmental stimulation the combined effects of gravity, temperature, touch, light and sound on the muscles, nervous system and sense organs of the body.
The Float Pod screens out these external physical stimuli,creating a pure state of “sensory” relaxation. Under these unique conditions,your body has a chance to restore its natural powers of self-regulation, while you simply lie back and rediscover the latent abilities of a deeply relaxed mind.
The temperature inside the room is kept at a constant 93.5°F – relaxed skin temperature. As a result, the nerve endings which cover the surface of the skin no longer perceive any sense of separation between the skin and the silky mineral solution which surrounds it.
In the dark, weightless tranquility of the room, the boundaries of your body seem to dissolve and vanish. As you enter progressively deeper levels of relaxation, even your body seems to “disappear” from conscious awareness because of the sharp reduction in signals being transmitted through the nervous system to the brain.
Free from all external stimulation, your body can achieve a state of relaxation, which is deeper, purer and more beneficial than sleep. With no body to look after, your mind can attend to other business. The body has its own highly effective methods of maintaining itself at an optimal level of well-being and if allowed to operate freely, it will generally do so flawlessly.
The sudden de-stimulation of large areas of the nervous system triggers a spontaneous chain reaction throughout the body known as the parasympathetic response. Muscle tension, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen consumption all drop dramatically. The whole chemistry of the body changes.
Blood vessels including capillaries dilate, improving cardio-vascular efficiency and increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to every single cell in your body. This is called the vasodilatory effect.
Stress related chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol, ACTH and lactate are removed from the bloodstream and replaced by beneficial endorphins. High levels of cortisol and ACTH are known to weaken the body’s immune system and create feelings of depression, while lower baseline levels are associated with feelings of confidence.
These biochemical changes occur naturally and spontaneously as by-products of deep sensory relaxation. No training or techniques are required. Just lie back and let it happen.