We chatted to Rob of Drift Flotation Therapy Centre in Dublin to find out more about what exactly floatation therapy is and how this alternative approach and form of sensory deprivation can optimise our mental and physical health.
Floatation speeds the recovery of muscles and joints after training or sports and helps restore the body’s natural posture after a long working week. Because floating improves circulation to each of the body’s systems, including the skin, you will radiate the post-float glow. There is no need to be worried or intimidated, even first-time floaters can enjoy neurological peace. Floating doesn’t just feel good—it reduces stress, headaches, improves sleep, releases endorphins and provides a lasting state of balance.
Enter your tank, lay back, stretch your arms and legs and become comfortable. Close to 450 kilograms of Epsom salt in the water takes care of you while you float within the tank. The water is kept at a comfortable 34.-35 degrees and Floating tanks are insulated against exterior sound. The salt will naturally take your weight and you will float. The body-temperature water relaxes your sense of touch and feel. The sound of the music and lights will gradually fade away. You will begin to breathe deeper and slower; your body naturally unwinds; your mind naturally opens. Start by taking some deep breaths, focusing on your breath is your first point of relaxing, then focusing on each part of the body starting at any point, think of it like you’re turning off each body part, focusing back on your breath if your mind starts to run again.
Floatation therapy is relaxation through proven and tested scientific techniques. Removing your sensory overload allows your brain to drift away into the half-asleep/half-awake type Theta state, where mind and body restore and rejuvenate. Levels of the stress hormone Cortisol decline, while they are feel-good, happy hormone dopamine rises.
During the float, joints are supported and relaxed, and your lower back begins to decompress and align itself. Once your mind is at rest, your body can focus on healing itself naturally. As you remove the harsh effects of gravity, your joints, muscles and connective tissues begin to rest and recover.
Drift Floatation Therapy also offer Salt Therapy also known as Halo-Therapy. Salt Therapy is used specifically in the treatment for respiratory, allergies and skin related issues. Customers can lie back and breathe in salt-infused air in our controlled environment designed for maximum comfort and peace to promote and enhance your health and well-being.
The pure grade salt we used is naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal anti-bacterial, and antimicrobial. This type of treatment offers a unique, 100% natural therapy that allows you to get a sense of calm and wellbeing, while simply sitting there and breathing. The salt air is made up of negatively-charged ionized salt particles, 84 trace elements and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iodine, bromine, copper, selenium, and iron. All of these particles together help to clear all pollens, viruses, pollutants and toxins of the lungs and nasal passageways, which works to treat and prevent sickness and ill health. Using this therapy takes the hard work from your lungs. Then the salt starts to work to heal the body as soon as its negative ions enter the nasal passageway, which then travel through the respiratory tract and into the bloodstream to be dispersed throughout the body.
To find out more about Drift Flotation Therapy and their treatments visit their website driftfloattherapy.ie or find them on Instagram @driftfloattherapy