What is Floating and how it works
The practice of the Floating or Sensory Deprivation Bathtub basically consists in submerging your body, for a controlled period of time, in a bathtub duly isolated from external stimuli and containing water enriched with magnesium sulphate, kept at a constant temperature of about 34.5-35.5 degrees.
The high salt concentration, besides relaxing the muscles, allows the body to effortlessly float in 25-28 cm.of water, while the body-temperature salt water eliminates any thermal stimuli.
Absence of sensory stimulation leads to a profound psycho-physical relaxation, inducing a state similar to drowsiness, yet deeper. Subjects experience a sensation of peacefulness, detachment from the external world and, occasionally, also from their own body, which can be compared to what can be reached through meditation or yoga.
At the beginning of the Floating session, you will be accompanied by a soft multi-coloured LED lighting and a relaxing Thai original music both of which you can switch off if you prefer. A stars ceiling will further help you to relax with Chromotherapy. When you will close your eyes you will not see it.
After about half an hour of floating in the liquid, deprived of external stimuli and with the musculoskeletal structure freed from the need of maintaining a correct gravitational posture, you will start experiencing the first signs that something unusual is happening to your body. The perception of bodily boundaries generally diminishes until it vanishes completely, so that subjects submerged in the bathtub “forget” the physical constraints imposed by the body, which in some way limits and restricts us.
The deep relaxation experienced in this state induces what is technically called a “parasympathetic response”. The whole body is freed from the constant effort to monitor its temperature and gravitational posture (which normally takes up to 90% of our resources), and starts producing positive substances, such as endorphins. After an hour in this state, all bodily tensions will be eliminated, and also the psychological stress previously accumulated will be largely gone. Our brain and nervous system will be able to move towards a state of complete relaxation, which reproduces the correct relationship between body and mind.
During this phase of profound relaxation reached through the Floating, which goes by the name of Theta phase (from the name of the brain waves produced on this occasion), our mind is free to access a number of resources that we normally do not use and are intimately linked to creativity and intuit. The Theta phase is commonly associated to the state of trance reached by Buddhist monks with meditation and that, besides an innate ability, requires constant and intense practice.
Once relaxed you will not know well where the water ends and the air begins.
Floating adds something really amazing to relax, it is great.
Floating is simply the most relaxing experience before flying in the Space.
Amazing: simply floating in warm salty water is one the most relaxing experience of your Life.
Towards the end of the session, which last 60 minutes, music and lights will gradually come back and lead you to the awakening.
A stronger relaxing effect will be provided by longer times inside the tub, some people would like to experiment a complete night floating, some others would like to float with their partner, etc..
We are planning to offer this new possibilities to our guest soon.
Good reasons to Float
It would be incorrect to consider Floating as a therapy to solve some disorders or diseases. You do not need to be “sick” to enjoy the effects of Floating indeed. The immersion in the Sensory Deprivation Bathtub represents an experience that transcends the borders of cure or therapy.
Floating is, first of all, a way to treat yourself and take care of your body and mind, a place where you can hide from the chaos of our life for a while and come into contact with your inner being, a way to detoxify yourself from the burdens of every day life, recover your energy and look at the things you love the most with greater clarity. This is an experience that eventually makes your stronger and enriches your energy and potential.
But there is something else. Floating is highly recommended to all individuals who, due to their work or activities, are highly stressed, such as business people, students, office workers forced into a sedentary life as well as athletes and whoever is particularly subject to stress accumulation.
The Floating session can benefit all persons affected by bone, vertebrae and joints problems, those with acne symptoms or respiratory diseases, such as asthma, sinusitis or allergies.
Customizing the Floating session
With regard to safety and emergency, the bathtub comes with an emergency button to call the personnel when needed. The Chromotherapy lights are always open and provide a minimum lighting, if you open your eyes. In the rooms there is an emergency lamp that will switch on automatically if Public light will stop.
For those who are already familiar with the floating experience and feel totally confident and safe, it is possible to use their own music.
During the session, it is possible to listen to music under water. Just like the lights, you can opt to keep the music on for the entire session or only at the beginning or at the end.
The music starts with a list of pre-programmed tunes and sounds. You can also connect your own devices, i.e. an iPhone or iPod or other music players, to listen to your favourite or most relaxing music.
Talk with our Staff, please , they will assist you,
Can I float if I’m pregnant?
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