It is now generally accepted that stress is responsible for a large percentage of all illnesses.
Floatation has been medically proven as the ultimate in stress relief. Floating involves relaxing in a room of salt water in an atmosphere of total calm and warmth. Our private floatation room provides a haven from the outside world; you can relax in our peaceful rest room after your float and follow this unique experience with a back massage or full body massage.
Please call The Belmore Centre on 01296 612361 discuss your options, or click here to book online.
Our floatation room provides a haven from the outside world and has been medically proven as the ultimate in stress relief.
It is now generally accepted that stress is responsible for a large percentage of all illnesses, and that the most effective forms of treatment may well be non pharmacological.
We need to include relaxation as part of our everyday routine for living. One of the most effective ways yet discovered of inducing profound relaxation is the use of a Floatation Tank.
Relax in our rest room after your float and follow this unique experience with a back massage or full body massage.
Floating is “a method of attaining the deepest rest that humankind has ever experienced.”
Floatation REST, otherwise referred to as Floating, was developed in America and is for many Europeans a fairly new concept. Floating is relaxing on a bed of salt water in an atmosphere of total calm and warmth. Floating can be used for several reasons such as a means to total relaxation, a tool within a medical therapeutic program, as well as preventive reasons such as against stress, sport injuries etc. But what does Floating mean exactly, how was it developed and who uses the float tanks?
What is Floatation REST?
Floatation R.E.S.T. (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy/ Technique) is floating on top of a 25cm deep pool of salt water in an especially designed tank. The tank resembles a large enclosed bathtub. Usually constructed from fibreglass and built so as to eliminate all outside distractions such as sight, sound, tactile sensations, and gravity. A large amount of Epsom salt is added to the water to create optimal buoyancy. The water is warmed to a temperature of 35.5 centigrade. All these elements help create an atmosphere in which one can achieve a profound feeling of relaxation and well-being.
The effects of using a Floatation Tank
Below are some of the effects that have been reported by researchers and users:
- Promotes total calm, peaceful relaxation, eliminates fatigue and jet lag; improves sleep; alleviates stress- mental and physical; energises, rejuvenates and revitalises.
- Stimulates left/right brain synchronisation; shifts brain waves from Beta to lower frequency Alpha, Theta and even Delta; creates mental clarity, alertness; increases creativity, problem solving; heightens visualisation; deepens meditation; expands awareness, intensifies acuteness of all the senses, accelerates learning.
- Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis; increases motivation, diminishes depression, anxiety and fear; facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions.
- Improves athletic performance and helps prevent sports injuries, speeds healing process.
- Decreases the production of Cortisol, ACTH, Lactic Acid and Adrenaline; Increases production of endorphins; quickens rehabilitation and recovery; relieves pain- arthritis, migraines, injuries etc.; boosts immune function.
Floatation tank FAQ’s
Might I be bored or frightened?
Anyone who floats regularly will tell you how blissfully comfortable and deeply relaxed they feel whilst floating. You’re as close as you’re ever likely to be to an experience of weightlessness; and, surprisingly, there is no feeling of being confined in a tight space.
But I’m claustrophobic!?
This is a common initial concern. The floatation tank or floatroom lights and door are controlled by you, so you can choose to float with the door open and the lights on. Once people realise that they are in total control their fears subside and the vast majority will go on to close the door and turn off the light!
What if I can’t swim?
Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills what so ever. You’ll actually float like a cork and it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are.
Is the floatation tank private?
Yes. You float on your own and within individual rooms (so there is no requirement to wear a swimming costume). Each room has its own shower and is for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.
Will my skin wrinkle?
No. Because the water contains high salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves your skin soft and silky.
Floating, floatation, float therapy… whatever you choose to call it, it is quite simply the most incredible means of stress relief and relaxation available. The 25cm of super-saturated salt solution creates an environment similar to the Dead Sea which enables the individual to float effortlessly on the surface. As the water is heated to skin temperature it is virtually impossible to distinguish between parts of the body that are in contact with the water and those that aren’t, thus creating the illusion of floating in air.
The Floatation Tank and how it works
Unless you are an astronaut, this is the only situation you will encounter where your body is free from the forces of gravity. Every single muscle in the body is allowed to relax. With ear plugs in and, if you wish, the floatation tank‘s interior lights off, the quietness and the darkness allow the mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible. This in turn balances the brain: that is, reduces the activity in the left (logical) side of the brain and increases activity in the right (creative) side. For the first time, both sides of your brain are in total harmony. When you consider that we normally only use 11% of our total brain power, you can see that a session in the floatation tank enables us to tap into a huge, previously unavailable source of creativity, imagination.
For more details on Floatation and its advantages please visit the Floatation Tank Association website.
Whitethorn Fields Mediclinic