New research regarding flotation therapy as a potential treatment for anxiety has been completed and published by Dr. Feinstein at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. The results of the study were incredibly positive. Learn more about how flotation therapy effects patients with a range clinically severe anxiety diagnoses - including PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Social Anxiety Disorder.Read More
Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is absolutely an elite athlete. So why does he often spend an hour floating in a solution that contains 1,000lbs of Epsom salt? It's not just for aching muscles.
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Good morning, float friends!
I took over the blog for a minute this morning, because I wanted to share a few thoughts that have been spinning around my brain lately. As many of you know, this has been a dream project for me - mostly because I understand how flotation can help all of us in our day to day lives. This is something of a mission statement, I suppose, but far too long to be a formal one. I hope you'll come and experience floating for yourself.
The image above most simply describes my personal mission in life. I hope that I am all of those things - to my family, to my friends, to people I meet in passing...
I hope that our center will be a physical extension of that. I hope that it's a place of peace and serenity, but also of energy and inspiration. I hope, if you come in with the weight of the world on your shoulders, that you leave feeling lighter and loved.
I hope that you understand that there's a place for you there. The real you....the most authentic version. I hope that if you don't know what that is, we can help you discover it. This center, for me, must be a place of acceptance.
If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, if you've worn out your body, if you've pushed your brain too far, if you're exhausted - physically, mentally, or both, if you wake every day to fight demons in your brain that are trying to drag you down - I hope you find us.
I hope you know you can share your story - whatever your story is - and feel it's safe here with us. I hope you know that there's space in my heart for you.
I hope we can empower you to find your voice and step into your purpose.
I hope, that if you're a creative, you unlock ideas and visions in your mind that you haven't given your brain the space to see before.
I hope, if you're a healer of people - a doctor, a nurse, a surgeon, that your Pod time allows you to wash the exhaustion and sad stories away and re-energizes your mind and your hands to continue your work.
I hope, that if you're a responder - a police officer, a firefighter...a warrior against our America's enemies, you find healing and hope and strength to continue to run towards the danger and do what most of us can't or won't. I hope you feel our constant gratitude for your willingness to carry that weight.
I hope, if you're a parent, you find this a place of self-care and true rest so that you can continue to approach parenthood with love and peace and discipline and patience....and that 20,000th rendition of your kiddo/s's favorite song.
I hope, if you're a caregiver, our center provides a place for YOU so that you may heal and recover and revitalize yourself along your journey. You deserve to be thought of, and, you cannot fill the cups of others if your own cup is empty. I hope you know we have open arms for hugging and Kleenex for tears and time to listen if you need it.
I hope, if you've suffered with pain for ages, you can find relief here.
I hope, no matter what your walk or your path or your need, that you'll come into the shop excited for your session and leave feeling lighter and inspired.
I hope that you'll bring us your sore muscles and back pain and head back out into the world feeling rested and recovered.
I hope that, if you're anxious or feeling down or battling something in your personal life, the peaceful time in the Pod helps clear your brain, allows you peace, and helps you find your answers.
I hope that you find it a place of recovery.
I hope to see you all very soon and to have the chance to meet every single one of you.
Please feel free to share this message with whomever you think might need to find us. We're here for the journey.
All my love,
HUGE NEWS from The Float Spa SF. Coming soon to Sneads Ferry, North Carolina - just out the back gate of Camp Lejeune!Read More
FAQ: How Clean is The Water in a Float Tank?
Often, people ask if we change the water in the pods between each user and, equally as often, people are surprised when the answer is "no". That said, the water in the Pod will likely be some of the cleanest water you've ever entered. We'll explain!
The Float Tank Association (yes - it exists!) has created the US Float Tank Standards - a stringent set of regulations regarding sanitation, cleaning, and maintenance. They state the water should be changed every 1000 or every 6 months.
Public swimming pools and hot tubs are used by many at once and the heath department regulations state that all the water must be filtered once every 6 hours. Our Pods are designed to filter the water 24/7 when the Pod is not in use.
Our Pods will filter the ENTIRE contents of the tank 3-5 times between each single user.
Additionally, each Pod contains about 1,100 pounds of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) which is a natural antimicrobial. In reality, the salt content in the Pod is so high that bacteria can't survive. Researchers have actually injected bacteria into this concentration and it died very quickly.
Surely that's enough to cover our bases, right? Probably true, but the float tank industry is committed to the highest standard of cleanliness and Pods often exceed the requirements of the health departments...so there's more!
As humans, we're able to tolerate the UV rays of the sun. Bacteria, viruses, and molds aren't so lucky.
From Float Pod:
UV works to purify by damaging cellular DNA—when anything undesirable in the pod meets these purifying rays, they are killed. UV treatment protects against viruses (including Hepatitis, which is resistant to chlorine), molds and bacterias.
Ozone Purification System
You know that heavenly smell in the air after a summer thunderstorm? We can thank Ozone for that! It's (O3) comprised of 3 oxygen atoms, however, it's unstable like this, thus causing a release of one of the atoms. When this extra oxygen comes in contact with anything undesirable in the water, it's almost immediately oxidized and, thus, purified.
Ozone kills bacteria 3,000 times faster than chlorine and has 50 times the power.
It eliminates organic material and viruses in addition to bacteria, mold, and yeast.
Talk about layers and layers of cleanliness, sanitation and protection! Also, don't forget that each user showers before even entering the tank.
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Joe Rogan - UFC Commentator, Fear Factor Host, 10th Planet Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, etc is a huge advocate for flotation therapy. Read more at FloatSpaSF.com - a flotation therapy center located in Eastern North CarolinaRead More
If you're an MMA fan, you know (or have at least heard of) Jens. This video that was taken after his first flotation experience is one of our favorites as we feel it does a great job of capturing the initial post-float feeling. You feel great, but you can't really pinpoint why.
We also love the low volume of his voice. That's very common post-float, too!
Check it out!
While there is a massive impact on mental health that comes from flotation therapy, many initially test it out for it's physical benefits. If you're an athlete, you train rigorously for your job, you suffer from chronic pain, or you just turned your ankle stepping off the curb, you may want to read on!
7 Physical Benefits of Floating:
1. Accelerated Healing:
Healing injuries takes time and often takes us away from the things we love for longer than we'd like. Floating speeds up the process of muscle and injury recovery due to a few reasons. Partly, it's because of the high level of magnesium sulfate in the tank. It's a completely weightless environment which allows your body the full rest necessary to heal. Additionally, the Pod promotes lowered stress levels and healthy blood circulation. Floating after an injury, heavy training session, marathon, triathlon, or strenuous work activity will get you back in action faster!
2. Pain Relief from Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain Conditions
Reclining into over 1000 pounds of Epsom Salt, lowered stress hormones, and a boost of endorphins works wonders for sweet relief from chronic pain. Floaters that suffer from these conditions often report benefits after just one float for hours, days, or weeks, but explain that the benefits are longer lasting with consistent sessions. Gravity is hard on our joints and muscles and allowing your body to rest in a fully weightless environment is heaven.
3. Relief from Fatigue
By now, you'll start to see the trend that fully resting your body in a stress-free, weightless environment can aid in recovery from so many struggles. We're all "on" for much more time than we used to be - whether we're online or on the job. Burnout is absolutely possible. Flotation lowers stress levels, cortisol, ACTH, and lactic acid. It also increases the natural production of dopamine (the happy hormone) and other endorphins, allowing both your brain and your body to reset their natural energy. It doesn't hurt that an hour of sleep in the Pod is equivalent to about 4 in your bed.
4. Lower Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
Floating improves cardiovascular efficiency and the reduction of stress hormones and gravity allow your body to experience a fully restful state.
5. Improve Magnesium Deficiency
Depleted magnesium resources in your body can be the cause of so many symptoms: poor heart health, weakness, muscle cramps, tremors, nausea, high blood pressure, Type II Diabetes, dizziness, poor memory, fatigue, and confusion - just to name a few. Soaking for an hour in an environment that's incredible rich in magnesium sulfate can help relieve these symptoms and balance your system. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin - giving your body the boost in resources that it's lacking.
6. Improve Digestive Function
Oh the things reducing stress and lots of magnesium can do for your body!
7. Great for Hair, Skin, and Nails!
"Post Float Glow" is very real. Magnesium sulfate isn't at all drying and can reduce the appearance of cellulite and increase the natural luster of your hair and skin.
10 celebrities that have found benefits in flotation tanks. Find out why flotation therapy is their go-to resource - and why it should be yours.
The Float Spa SF - Eastern North Carolina's flotation therapy center - Sneads Ferry, NCRead More
What is flotation therapy and how does it work? Check out this great introduction to flotation and the new flotation pods and tanks that some centers (including The Float Spa SF) are using! Serving Eastern North Carolina and located in Sneads Ferry, NC.
We chose The Float Pod from Float Pod Technologies (FPT) really for the comfort of the users. These Pods have internal controls (to be used while floating) that other manufacturers simply don't offer. They have an external MP3 dock so floaters can plug in their own music or audio lessons easily and they also have an intercom so we can easily signal the end of your float with gentle music.
To maintain a static sensory environment, Float Pod has also installed Theta Wave Heater technology in each Pod. This means the water in the tank will stay at a steady 93.5 degrees - all the time!
For the highest degree of cleanliness possible, in additional to a bromine system (and over a 1/2 ton of antimicrobial Epsom Salt), FPT developed a Combined CD Ozone + Germicidal UV Purification System.
"Unlike harsh chemicals, ozone does not create dangerous byproducts, corrosion or disposal issues; it leaves behind ordinary oxygen. The AOP system produces even stronger oxidation and an additional layer of protection beyond the capability of than CD ozone alone."