It’s something we’re seeing more and more of in the health and wellness industry… and floatation tanks are fast becoming a part of many health advocates’ weekly routines. But if you’re unfamiliar with the concept of floatation tanks, the purpose of floating aimlessly in a closed container might seem a bit strange…. So here’s a look at what exactly a floatation tank is and why you should be trying it for yourself.
What is a floatation tank?
A floatation tank is a capsule in the form of a large bathtub with a closeable lid. The idea is to fit an individual inside the capsule comfortably, along with the ability to open and close the lid as they please.
Inside the tank is about 500kg of super-saturated Epsom salt solution, which works out to be around 25cm deep. The idea behind this is to create a buoyancy effect similar to that of the Dead Sea, which allows you to float effortlessly (ie with no kicking or waving of arms) at the top of the water. This glorious sensation makes you feel weightless, and once you’re properly settled in, it’ll actually feel more like you’re floating in air because you won’t be able to tell which parts of your body are in the water and which aren’t.
What happens inside the tank?
Once you’re inside the tank and settled into the water, the lights will be switched off and it’ll just be you and your thoughts. Since your body will feel completely weightless, you’ll feel every muscle in your body to the point where you’ll no longer even feel your physical being. You won’t hear outside noises – it’ll be completely dark and quiet.
So, why is it good for you?
This state of complete relaxation has been found to have a hugely positive impact on your mood. As well as increasing your levels of dopamine and endorphins, you’ll also reach a deep meditative state during your session. Research has shown that the amygdala – the brain’s centre for emotions, emotional behaviour and motivation – can almost shut off, which will remove any strings of anxiety floating around your brain.
It’s not all about your mental state however – and a session in the floatation tank can also have numerous benefits on your physical wellbeing, such as increasing the production of endorphins, speeding up rehabilitation and recovery, pain relief, boosting the immune system and more. The concept is also becoming popular amongst athletes, as floatation tanks have been found to help prevent sports injuries and speed up the healing process.
Where can you try it?
Floatation tanks are currently popping up all major cities, and your local health and wellness centre is sure to be able to help you. Make sure to have a look at Scoopon too, as with plenty of local offers on floatation in each local area, it’s a great way to get a taste of the experience for yourself and see if it’s right for you.
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