What Is Floating?
Let’s start with the basics: a float tank is essentially the perfect bath tub. They vary in size, but the typical tank is 8′ long and 4′ wide. Air is allowed to freely flow in and out, and the door never locks or latches.
It holds about 10″ of water, which is saturated with 850 pounds of Epsom salt. This creates a solution more buoyant than the Dead Sea, and you float on your back about half in and half out of the water.
The water itself is kept at the average skin temperature (93.5° F), which allows you to lose track of your body. The tank is sound-insulated and, when you turn off the light, completely dark.
No gravity, no touch, no sound, and no sight.
The buoyancy puts your body into what is essentially a zero-gravity environment: your muscles and bones get to relax, your joints and spine decompress, and the strain on your circulatory system is greatly reduced. It’s basically like your entire body breathing a sigh of relief.
With no external stimuli coming in, your system stops worrying about all the background tasks that usually keep it occupied. Your fight-or-flight response gets a chance to kick back and stop bossing your brain around, lowering your production of adrenaline and cortisol. Instead, studies show signs that your dopamine and endorphin levels rise, giving you a natural mood high which often lasts for days.
Sensory deprivation effects us in another notable way; as our brains become stimuli starved, their reaction is to start creating their own stimuli. Swirling nebulas, gorillas on surfboards, and frolicking Labradors are only a sampling of the visualizations that people have reported from their time in the tank.
List of Benefits of Floatation Therapy
- Promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation
- Eliminates fatigue and jet lag
- Improves sleep
- Alleviates stress (mental and physical)
- Energizes, rejuvenates and revitalizes
- Increases motivation, diminishes depression, anxiety and fear
- Facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions
Mental benefits of floatation
- Stimulates left/right brain synchronization
- Shifts brain wavesfrom beta to lower frequency alpha, theta and even delta
- Creates mental clarity, alertness
- Increases creativity, problem solving
- Heightens visualization
- Deepens meditation
- Expands awareness, intensifies acuteness of all the senses, accelerates learning
- Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis
Physical benefits of floatation
- Decreases the production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline
- Increases production of endorphins
- Speeds up rehabilitation and recovery
- Relieves pain (arthritis, migraines, injuries and so on)
- Boosts immune function
- Improves circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients
- Reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption
- Improves athletic performance
RISE ABOVE FLOATATION TO BRING SENSORY DEPRIVATION TO WESTCHESTER COUNTY
Mt. Kisco, New York – May 11, 2015
Rise Above Floatation, located in Mount Kisco, NY is set to open its doors this June to be the first and only sensory deprivation float center in Westchester County.
Part of an industry that is exploding across the country, Rise Above Floatation will be opening three unique float experiences to Westchester’s meditators, athletes, artists, and those just looking for some way to relax.
The float tanks are designed to remove any stimulus from the outside world, relieving the floater of stress on a conscious and subconscious level.
This is done during a float session by allowing the floater to bob on top of 10 inches of a supersaturated Epsom salt solution to reduce the effects of the forces of gravity on joints and muscles while the air and water are set to the body’s skin temperature to minimize the body’s homeostatic response. The tanks are insulated from both sound and light.
Floaters have compared the effect to being back in the womb or floating through space.
“We are steeped in a digital culture that is becoming more and more invasive to personal lives and it’s not going anywhere,” says Micah Saccomanno, owner of Rise Above Floatation. “Floating is a way to unplug from that and listen to what you are actually trying to say to yourself. In the float experience, you find yourself able to think one thought at a time instead of navigating through a million thoughts at once. “
By getting rid of all stimulation to the brain, floating allows your body to stop creating all the chemicals and hormones that put you in a state of alert, and a true Relaxation Response kicks in. The brain decelerates from a state of alertness to a relaxed state and then after about 30 minutes it switches over to what is called a Theta state, the place between awake and asleep, where your mind is the most open and creative. In the tank, however, instead of falling asleep, you are completely aware of being in that state.
Being awake while being in the Theta state is what advanced meditators spend a lifetime seeking to achieve as it allows one to see one’s life objectively and with heightened awareness. Float tanks can accomplish the same thing with minimal effort.
“Float tanks are like meditation amplifiers.” says Saccomanno. “ But they are different in the sense that floating is a passive act and for exploring one’s self while meditation takes effort and is for training the mind, regardless of where you are. Floating is great for understanding the goals of where you want to be when you meditate.”
As floating has grown in popularity, the scientific community has found that the effects of sensory deprivation can produce a wide range of benefits.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the LIBR Float Clinic and Research Center is researching the medical effects of patients who experience a greater connection to their internal world by removing the distractions of the external world, hoping to more effectively treat mental issues like eating disorders, addiction, and PTSD.
Physically, floating has been shown to enhance and accelerate recovery from training and injury while improving performance when combined with visualization techniques.
The Theta state also enhances creativity through the Relaxation Response leading many artists and entrepreneurs to float for inspiration and problem solving.
With so many residents of Westchester seeking relief from their stressful jobs and their commute to New York City, Rise Above Floatation seeks to provide easy access to the benefits of floating. A convenient 2 minute walk from the Mt. Kisco Train station, floaters can travel from anywhere from Grand Central to White Plains to Brewster. Private parking is also available.
Memberships will be available as well as bartering and internships to make floating open to even more of Westchester’s community.
Rise Above Floatation is located at 111 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, New York on the first floor of the Elephant’s Trunk Building.
For booking and more information about floating, visit www.riseabovefloatation.com.