Amanda Allen, two-time CrossFit Games Masters Champion, four-time Top 5 Australian CrossFit Regionals competitor and 2011 Individual CrossFit Games competitor weighs in on why flotation therapy is an important part of her wellness plan.Read More
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.
FloatPod Technologies has a great breakdown of their reasons for including an mp3 dock on the pods...and they're brilliant! Word has it that the SEALs are using flotation to learn languages faster - would that benefit you?
Check out what FloatPod has to say:
The Float Pod® is the perfect place for guests to bring and experience a guided meditation. Once the brain begins producing Theta waves, an ideal meditative state is entered—as a result we are more open to suggestion and visual and auditory cues. Floating has the advantage of maintaining an aware “awakeness” in this state, whereas we are likely to fall asleep otherwise.
This same deeply relaxed Theta state is sought out by hypnotherapy-based techniques, which thrive in the deepest relaxation possible. Bringing in recordings of affirmations and positive suggestions can be more easily assimilated when the brain is in this state!
It is said that “greater conscious effort = less subconscious response”—thus the effortless experience of a float is perfect for therapies that seek access to this part of the brain.
Speeches, Rehearsals, Dance Routines
While in the deeply relaxed state of a float, we gain greater access to our ability to envision and imagine.
Visualization while floating isn’t just for athletes—who have been using the tool for years to imagine themselves making the play, winning the game and more—it can enhance any type of performance. Speeches, presentations, dance routines and more are just a few examples. Using the Mp3 integration allows guests the opportunity to bring in the supporting audio for visualization (such as the song or a recording of a speech)
Have you heard of Super Learning? It’s been found that the ideal state to retain and learn information in is one in which we are relaxed—yet aware. Sound familiar? Yes, the Float Pod® is built for this, as well.
When the brain is in an Alpha or Theta brainwave state, our ability to learn material is enhanced. In the super learning state connections are more easily made, information is better assimilated and retention is higher!
Flotation is recognized as the easiest way to enter this state and remain conscious. Other techniques to slow the brain waves, such as deep breathing and closing the eyes are easy to bring into a float session as well.
Bring the audio you are ready to learn—whether it be a language, music or other and hook it right into your Float Pod® to experience super learning for yourself.
Whatever audio you and your clients wish to experience, visualize or learn— the unique state offered by flotation and the Mp3 integration that comes standard with the Float Pod work hand in hand to provide it for you on the deepest level possible.
Original article found here: www.floatpod.com/making-the-most-of-mp3-integration/
A news story about a soldier who has used flotation therapy to gain control of his PTSD symptoms and more about how flotation helps establish profound changes in the brains of those suffering from PTS to help them overcome their battles.Read 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.