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Although flotation therapy has been around for many hundreds of years (think Dead Sea!), and float ‘tanks’ available since the 1950’s, it was not until the early 2000s and the introduction in the UK of the modern ‘float pod’ supplanting the earlier rectangular ‘tanks’ that the benefits of floatation began to make inroads into mainstream health and wellbeing. Modern pods have been designed to enhance the float experience, dispel fears of confined space and deliver lasting mental and physical benefits. The sleek and modern design of ‘pods’ is matched by enhanced functionality to maximise benefits; features include ease of access, significantly increased size, float area and salt water, scientifically enhanced water filtration and management technology and digitally managed sound systems.
In metropolitan areas floatation has expanded significantly and word of its benefits is spreading fast. Significant research has helped the cause and in addition to growing referrals by health professionals, floatation therapy (with its unique sensory deprivation) is increasingly used by those with demanding work loads, sports men and women, and those in the creative industries such as performing, writing and music.
Researched proven benefits of regular floatation sessions include decreases in stress, PTSD, anxiety and depression with improved sleep patterns, relief in physical pain and muscle tension, (e.g. fibromyalgia, arthritis), enhanced athletic performance, and increased creativity (one study found that floating improved the technical ability of musicians during jazz improvisation!).
A typical float session lasts 60 minutes, although many people float for 90 or 120 minutes depending on their individual needs. If you are new to ‘floating’ it is not uncommon to experience restlessness during your first session until your body and mind settle into the uniqueness of the environment and the sensory deprivation it delivers. To help you with this, at Sensom we offer an introductory offer of 3 floats in 2 weeks – why not come in and see how significantly a floatation therapy session in one of our pods can improve your health and wellbeing. Book your float here
Have you been away on a holiday during the school/uni break and enjoyed some fun and pleasure? Perhaps it was 5 Star all the way for you or maybe you trekked with pure abandon and freedom. Most of us try and pack as much activity as we possibly can into our holiday days; we also look forward to our holiday ahead of going away to the point where we don’t really focus on anything else other than ‘I’m going on holiday and I can’t wait’! Then departure day arrives and off you go - yet before you know it, you’re back home, and possibly feeling a little flat and uninspired. If you do, you are not alone - this is such a common feeling it is often referred to as ‘post holiday blues’ (well now that’s original!).
So how can you shift these feelings? Lots of people try to just carry on and hope they will subside or allow life’s duties (e.g. school activities, work and family commitments) to take over and essentially camouflage the negative feelings of being flat and dull. It may sound strange, but I’d like to offer that it’s OK to feel flat and dull. Our lives are not meant to be all up, fun loving and super positive. We really are meant to experience the highs and the lows, the ebbs and flows of physical and mental energy changes. The challenge is how we handle these changes.
Difficulties arise when we fight these feelings, rather than accepting it is what it is…. for now. One of my favourite sayings is “this too will pass”. Everything passes… everything. The discomfort, the boredom, the lethargy, the euphoria, the joy. It is a constantly moving, ever changing shift of feelings, emotions and bodily sensations.
To practice self-acceptance with non-attachment, non-judgment of self can sometimes be challenging. This is where yoga can be helpful. In yoga it is not just about stretching your body into postures and holding them. It is actually about connecting your awareness to your body and mind through breath awareness. This allows you to move into a space of acceptance of yourself and others without being competitive or comparing. Yoga can help you to feel really good, physically and emotionally, alleviating stress and anxiety, even after just one class!
It is just over a year since the launch of our floatation pods at Sensom and we are noticing a steady increase in the number of ‘overwhelmed’ business people that are beginning to use floatation as an alternative method for reducing chronic stress and anxiety.
There is no doubt that higher levels of stress, depression and anxiety being felt in the workplace are having a significant impact on the quality of people’s lives. Indeed National organisation beyondblue’s State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia (TNS Global 2014) report estimated that untreated mental health conditions cost workplaces approximately $10.9 billion per year.
The many and often immediate physical and mental health benefits of using floatation therapy to help address and cope with these issues can be profound. Indeed you only have to look at the feedback we have received from clients to see how immediate the positive effects can be.
These are increasingly busy and demanding times and many people are finding that proactively managing stress and anxiety is a good start to addressing what can often lead to burnout and additional health related issues if left untreated.
And it is not limited to the business world. Whether it’s professional, personal, or sports related, people suffering from chronic headaches, arthritis, lower back and shoulder issues, sport injuries or simply a loss in performance, will find floatation therapy extremely therapeutic.
And yoga, massage and meditation therapies complement and support the floatation therapy on offer. In our “New York style” studio we really do offer a unique space and place to restore the mind, body and soul. Our holistic approach to supporting and managing health and wellbeing is unrivalled in the Hunter – why not come by, try for yourself and... feel different!
When did you last have a really good night’s sleep? You may be one of the lucky ones - as soon as your head hits the pillow you are asleep and wake refreshed in the morning! But did you know Australia has sleep issues? Sadly, research shows that for many Australians inadequate sleep is a significant problem. Indeed a 2016 survey undertaken for the Australian Sleep Health Foundation found that up to 45% of Australian adults have sleep issues.
If you follow us regularly of Facebook or Instagram you will know of our engagement with yoga, meditation, floatation and massage and just how much we regard them as fundamental building blocks for good health and wellbeing. What you may not be aware of is that yoga, meditation, floatation and massage all can contribute significantly to the quality of sleep you can enjoy and benefit from, regardless of your age.
Yoga done on a regular basis results in longer sleep and feeling better during the day; it helps you to fall asleep faster, and return to sleep more quickly if you wake up in the middle of the night. The same is true for mindfulness/meditation – a study undertaken by the Harvard Medical School that took a group of 49yr + adults through 2 hours of mindfulness meditation a week for 6 weeks resulted in less insomnia, fatigue, and depression. The benefits of flotation for sleep are now well documented. One result of the sensory deprivation of floating in a pod is a change in the activity of the brain, making falling a sleep easier. A regular 60 minute ‘float’ that promotes relaxation is a really effective way help to improve sleep quality. Regular massage that helps relaxation and decreases in pain, also contributes significantly to improved sleep; studies show that regular massage sessions decrease anxiety and depression, and reduce stress and muscular discomfort, contributing to deeper, unbroken sleep.
If you have sleep issues and want to do something about it why not treat yourself to a float in one of our state of the art pods, check-in for a massage or try our 5-class introductory yoga membership – we are sure you will notice a big improvement!