What is floating? | Float8

Floating is what the body craves after a long week at the office and a thousand things left on the to do list – peace and quiet.

It’s one of the most relaxing experiences your body will go through.  A temporary escape from gravity giving your body an opportunity to recharge.  You lay effortlessly on a super saturated bed of epsom salt and water and everything else randomly floats into place.  Your only obligation is to sit back, relax, and enjoy nothing for a little bit.

When living your daily life, you’re given an environment where you must process internal thoughts while handling external distractions at the same time.  For example, you have a thousand things on your mind while completing other daily tasks: Driving your car, answering your phone, responding to email, waiting in line for coffee, etc.  Life is happening at a constant speed and never stops.

Floating gives you an environment that contains no distractions.  You no longer need to take-in information, creating one of the most relaxing experiences the body can feel.

THE BASICS

You float in a big comfy Float Tank.  The tanks are filled with 10 inches of water, and approximately 1,000 lbs of epsom salt.  The water is maintained at 94.5 degrees which is considered skin-receptor neutral.  This means you lose track of where your body ends and where the water begins.

As you lie effortlessly on your back, your ears stay just below the waterline. The tanks are insulated against noise from the outside world, allowing you to relax even more without the distraction of sound.

After you shut the door and turn off the lights, you will be floating in total darkness.  In today’s world, it is very rare to see someone without their cell phone.  For an entire hour you’re left with zero obligations and are able to dedicate some good quality time to yourself.

Your mind is now able to remove clutter without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and your body can recharge, heal, and de-stress.  It’s a crazy world at times and floating is likely to be the most relaxing thing you and your body have ever experienced.

BRIEF HISTORY

You may ask yourself “is this some new age mumbo jumbo?” Of course not. Float tanks have actually been around since the 1950’s. In fact, the first tank was invented by neuroscientist, Dr. John C. Lilly in 1954. Years later, in 1973, Lilly teamed up with Glenn and Lee Perry to design the first float tank to be used commercially and in people’s homes. They called it the ‘Samadhi’.  By 1979 the first float center was open to the public in Beverly Hills, Ca., included 5 tanks, and was run by Samadhi.

Float centers started popping up all around the world for years but took a drastic decline in the 1990’s.  Finally there was regrowth in the 2000’s, and by 2010 float tanks reached their 2nd boom.

Float tank manufacturers have doubled in the past 2 years and are still growing.  The float community holds international conferences every year where people from around the world gather to spread the word to more and more people every day.  Float centers are at an all time high and we are seeing more centers opening their doors every month.

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