The Myriad Benefits of 'Floatation' TherapyApr 29, 2022 09:31AM ● By Lauren Sophia Kreider
"Floatation" therapy is a holistic health treatment born from more than four decades of scientific research substantiating its benefits. Float sessions, which typically last 60 minutes, take place in a private float room where individuals control how much soft lighting and music, if any, they wish to have. Water temperature is programmed to match body temperature while over 1,000 pounds of pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salt are dissolved, aiding in the absorption of magnesium, a mineral deficient in many people in this region. Automated filtration, sanitation and air circulation systems keeps the air, water and tank walls sanitized during and between floats.
Individuals lie in a supine position in 10 inches of water while floating buoyantly like a cork. The process enables the body’s muscles to release tension, while the absence of sensory bombardment relaxes the mind into deep brainwave patterns and returns it to a great state of balance and calm. Lessening of chronic pain, reduction in anxiety and stress, improvement in memory and lowering of blood pressure are other commonly cited benefits of floatation therapy.
Since purchasing Bala Float Center in November 2021, many of Kris and John Fernandez’ customers have shared their experiences of improved well-being. One customer, a local farmer suffering from chronic pain and insomnia, began floatation at Bala several months ago. Kris enthuses, “He recently told us that his pain is more manageable and that he’s now sleeping through the night pain-free. He wishes he would have known about floatation therapy sooner.”
Reflecting on her own experience, Kris says, “It’s eased my lower back pain and helped me more effectively manage stress. It’s been a great escape from the daily stressors of life and the intense environmental stimuli, sleep deprivation and environmental toxins that often accompany it.”
“Some people experience results from their very first float, and results can last up to a week following a float,” says Kris. “Floating is the perfect time to reflect on your life. Reports of creative and personal insights also abound.”