What Is Floating?
Understand the clinical neuroscience behind it
It is quite possibly the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced.
You will be completely weightless. The 500kg. of
The water is kept just above 34 degrees C. This makes the skin-receptor neutral – meaning you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins.
Next, is the sound – or lack thereof. Our float rooms are built to recording studio level soundproofing. Your ears stay just below the water, and the tanks are insulated against sound. Noise from the outside doesn’t reach you.
After you shut the door you can either choose to turn off the light or use colour light therapy. It is important to note that for the best interoception results we recommend that you float in total darkness – like sleeping.
Floating is about everything that you won’t be doing.
Benefits of Floating
- Relaxation response
- Visualization & self-awareness
- Creativity & problem solving
- Behavior modification
- Reduces anxiety
- Promotes great sleep
- Reduces cortisol
- Pain management
- Helps with depression
- Lowers heart rate
- Decreases blood pressure
- Muscle recovery
- Spinal health
- Increased immune function
The effects of floating have been studied in laboratory settings since the first isolation chamber, providing a fair amount of scientific data on the practice. Not all health benefits are created equal, however, and it can be difficult to determine which are backed by research and which are strictly hypothetical. In every emerging wellness practice there are dozens of far flung claims of benefits, and many float center owners can sometimes feel like snake-oil salesmen when explaining even the established research on floating, due to its very unusual nature. Click below for a list of growing research publications.