Floating in a sensory deprivation tank is quite possibly the most relaxing thing you can do for your body and mind! Just imagine floating in space . . . Although floating has been around for 60 years with a lot of research conducted, it is only now becoming popular.
The process involves a large tank with a door. You step into the private tank that contains 11 inches of water and over 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) dissolved into the water which is kept at a constant 94 degrees (the same temperature as your skin) making it more buoyant than the Dead Sea and allowing you to float.
Eliminating Sensory Input
The float tank is designed to virtually eliminate all sensory input. This allows the ‘constantly-make-sure-you’re-not-dying’ part of your brain to calm down, allowing the creative, relaxed part of your brain to come out and play. Without the constant pressure of analyzing the world around you, your body lowers its cortisol levels, the main component of stress. Your brain also releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness.
Without old-man gravity pushing you down all the time, your spine lengthens an inch, chronic pain is relieved, and your muscles get to fully rest. Unlike lying on a mattress, lying in water allows blood to flow freely all throughout your body helping to heal old and new injuries.
Even the magnesium-based Epsom salts used in the tank are good for you. They soften and replenish your skin, and help counteract the magnesium deficiency that most of us have due to depleted magnesium levels in our soil.
More information is available at the Float North County website at the “Why Float?” page or call 858-925-6069.