Floating has been around since the 1960s, originally developed by Dr. John C. Lilly. What began as an effort to study the effects of isolation on the human brain has since become one of the most effective therapies for overall wellness in the modern world. You may have heard of "floatation therapy," "sensory deprivation," "isolation tanks," and "R.E.S.T." among other terms—they all refer to the same thing—simply known as "floating" today. There are many benefits of floating regularly. Most commonly our guests and members float for stress relief, pain relief, and meditation.
While the various float tanks and pods that we have are different aesthetically, the inside environment and experience are always the same. Each tank contains a super-saturated solution of 10 inches of water and 1000 lbs of Epsom Salt. It's very shallow, but you'll be perfectly buoyant and suspended effortlessly on your back. Unless you've been in space, this is your first chance to get some relief from gravity! An hour in this environment does wonders for your body and your central nervous system, not to mention that Epsom salt is also a natural anti-inflammatory. Floating is an incredible tool for physical recovery. Your joints and muscles will thank you!
The other key aspect of the float environment is the vast reduction of external sensory input. Once you've gotten settled and closed the door, there's no light, no sound, and the water is heated to the same temperature as your skin at 93.5 degrees (the average resting skin temperature). We live in a world where we are bombarded by sensory input. This is a unique opportunity to take a break from it all! This is meditation made easy, with no distractions and an environment that is inherently warm, buoyant, and relaxing. A perfect introduction if you've never meditated or a big help if you find yourself getting frustrated or discouraged. And if you already have a meditation practice, floating will help you to reach and maintain deeper states of awareness.
A regular floating practice has been scientifically proven to reduce cortisol—a major stress hormone. Flat out, when you float once per week or more, you’re undoing the stress that has built up in your mind, body and spirit. The reduced stimuli, the Epsom salt and the weightlessness create the perfect environment for you to release tension. Since you’re not glued to your phone, in a conversation, or trying to solve the world’s problems on top of your own, you get a chance to reset and get back to baseline. We all need time to get away from things, and for 10,000 reasons floating is the antidote for a stressed out world. Float regularly and the return on your investment will pay off; your life will improve. We’ve seen first-hand how thousands of people have become more present, more balanced, and overall happier from developing a consistent practice around this amazing therapy.
There can be a bit of a learning curve, which is why we always recommend floating at least 3 times before deciding if floating is your thing. One float certainly has the potential to be transformative, but the effects are cumulative! Ask our staff, ask our members — they've all got inspiring personal float journeys to share.
So why are you here? Interested in meditation? Looking for a break from stress? Recovering from injury or soreness? Want to learn more about yourself and discover your true potential?
Floating is your solution. We offer one-hour float sessions at both of our studios in Greenlake and downtown Bellevue. What are you waiting for?