What Is a Floatation Tank?
A floatation tank which also called an isolation tank, is a therapeutic tub with a non-locking cover. It is used to achieve peacefulness and deep relaxation. The tank is half-filled with a pool of water combined with pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt to achieve the correct buoyancy for the floater. The salt water is warmed to 35.5 degrees – a temperature similar to the skin. That way, when you begin your sessions you will feel as if you were floating on thin air. This is because of the lack of sensation of gravity due to the buoyant action of the dense salt water against the lighter body.
How a Floatation Tank Operates
When a user lays in the tank, the dense liquid creates a push-up pressure called buoyancy. This enables anyone to stay afloat in the tank without effort while the water follows the contours of the body. The user will then experience a state of weightlessness where all distractions are absent such as lights and sound. The body temperature remains the same as the surrounding environment and there is no physical pressure resisting the body weight. It becomes zero gravity experience similar to astronauts after by-passing the earth’s gravity pull.
With the body in a state of equilibrium and without any tension, the mind can then focus inwardly on achieving maximum relaxation. Therefore, it generates, conserves and potentially redirects massive amounts of natural, mental and physical energy. Under this deeply relaxed state, the mind rests and the body resets its metabolic balance away from stress called the parasympathetic state. Thus, it enables itself to assume self-healing against the effects of stress, sickness and other daily life pressure.
How Floatation Tanks Started
The concept of floatation tank was initiated by an American neurophysiologist named Dr. John C. Lilly in 1954. He was able to conceptualise this while studying the conscious mechanism of the brain. Lilly’s inquiry centred on the external stimuli the brain needed to maintain consciousness. He began experimenting on the possible effects the environment can produce on human consciousness if the body is deprived of these sensory stimulations. He used floatation tanks as his vehicle for this experiment. The earlier tanks were sometimes called sensory deprivation tanks or isolation tanks.
The hypothesis was that the vast amounts of energy generated by the brain are not induced by outside stimuli but are internal and biological. This hypothesis argued that if all the external distractions were removed, the brain would go to a sleep or meditative state.
Usage of Floatation Tanks
A therapeutic session usually lasts an hour or a little more but experienced floaters can go for longer. The first twenty minutes are expected to transition from the Beta (awake) to the Alpha (day dreaming) state. The last twenty minutes will shift the mind to theta, the state occurring before sleeping. This is the state that Buddhist monks spend years in training and practice to achieve through meditation. In a floatation tank however, this state of theta is achievable only in a matter of minutes. With practice, you can reach Delta brainwaves which are associated with bursts of insight and high level information processing.
Design of Floatation Tanks
Modern versions of the floatation tanks are much bigger than people think and resemble a sleek egg shape. They are made of superior quality stainless steel or acrylic materials which are impervious to salt. These modern tanks are designed with filtration and sterilisation devices to keep the water free from microbes and sediments. The tub or tank is equipped with a ring heater mechanism. This is systematically wound around the outer walls of the tank to keep the water warm at body temperature. The tank is connected to a plumbing and draining system made of plastic which is known to be resistant to salt damage.
Benefits from Floatation Tanks
With the state of complete relaxation verified to be achievable through the use of floatation tanks, some tremendous benefits can be derived by floating. At a relaxed state, the body can attain relief from various disorders such as:
- High blood pressure;
- Sleep problems;
- Jet lag; and
- Other body coping problems
Floatation has also been proven to enhance the creativity needed in sports, music and academics. Likewise, it has been shown to tremendously improve productivity to help effective problem-solving and critical thinking.
How Elevation Floatation & Yoga Can Help
Elevation Floatation & Yoga is a pioneering wellness, relaxation and creative centre for human potential. We are Melbourne’s first combined Floatation Tank (also known as Sensory Deprivation, Float or Isolation tank), Yoga Studio and Creative Centre.
Our focus and our mission are to elevate the mind, body and the potential of our customers. We want everyone who comes in contact with us to leave feeling relaxed, inspired and revitalised.
The experiences we offer will allow individuals to calm their overly stimulated minds, focus inwardly and unlock their untapped potential. Our modern, bold and welcoming premises will serve as a perfect platform to help our customers become better versions of their selves. Come visit us today at 167 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East, Vic 3123. Or you can call us on PH: 03 8376 6140