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