HOW IT WORKS
Imagine where your mind could go, how healing would come if you could completely quiet your body and mind. In a Royal Spa Float Pod, you’re treated to an amazing weightless experience unencumbered by the normal aches and pains of your daily state. In water temperatures that match your body’s own internal temperature, you become detached from its presence, suspended in a float bath of Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate—a mineral of which nearly every person on the planet is deficient. As you float you absorb and increase magnesium and sulfate levels as you learn how to relax in the deepest sense of the word—weightless, silent, peaceful. The magnesium sulfate calms your nervous system, enhancing your body’s natural ability to heal. Floatation pods are designed to create a space that is ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation of your mind and body. Research shows that the effects of a two hour float session is equivalent to eight hours of deep sleep, making it one of the most efficient and comprehensive relaxation techniques available; floating is even more relaxing, enhanced by complete sensory deprivation.
Benefits Of Floatation Therapy
Pain is a mysterious feeling. While it's value in avoiding injury is obvious, it is not always obvious what benefit it has on chronic pain. However our bodies have natural pain killers which are just as effective, in fact often much more effective than drugs. They are called endorphins, a class of hormones. Hormones are very powerful chemical messengers which control all aspects of our bodies. We do not have conscious control of them but they work for us all the time. Profound relaxation causes the brain to release endorphins which control pain. The deep relaxation state achieved allows the body to recover from stress and pain is relieved. Blood flow is stimulated through all the tissues and natural endorphins are released. It just feels good.
STRESS & ANXIETY
Floatation therapy is very effective at lowering the stress hormone cortisol which causes anxiety and contributes to weight gain. The pod offers such a soothing experience that many floaters fall asleep...this is completely normal. Floating has also been shown to produce spontaneous reduction in, or the elimination of habits such as smoking. Stress is replaced with an over all sense of well-being. An ALPHA state of mind kicks in, which is the mental state of deep relaxation & meditation. ALPHA denotes a state of consciousness detached & relaxed.
Perhaps one of the greatest qualities of the pod is that it helps to stimulate the body’s own power of healing and regeneration and maintains homeostasis within the body, strengthening the body’s resistance to the effects of stress, illness and injury. The effects of floating are cumulative- every time you float you strengthen your body’s resistance.
CREATIVITY & CLARITY
Floating offers an individual experience, one that is different for everyone. The most common reports are those of profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration, creativity & clarity. Not only will the experience be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time. It activates the THETA brain waves. THETA is the state of mind where it is believed you can create everything and change reality instantly. A THETA state is a state of very deep relaxation, used in hypnosis....absolute perfect calm.
The quality of creative work is improved by floating. Students are able to remember facts and to concentrate better after floating.
Chronic joint pain is often relieved for prolonged periods after floating.
A very positive impact on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Controlled tests have shown that athletic performance is improved by floating before an event. Additionally, because of the high concentration of magnesium sulfate from the salt, it mineralizes the body and dissolves lactic acid. This reduces or eliminates muscle soreness and tension.
People with jet-lag express feelings of relief and improvement.
Epsom salt has been shown to not only strengthen your mind/ body connection, but skin and nails as well.
It generally takes perhaps fifteen minutes to enter the first deep stage of relaxation, and the remaining 45 minutes of a typical hour-long session pass quickly and effortlessly. The benefits begin during this stage but continue for the rest of the day, and into the next day...your body and mind feel refreshed.
FLOATING IS SAFE
The floating experience is completely safe. However, if you have been diagnosed with epilepsy, are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, those with infectious diseases, open wounds or suicidal tendencies, we ask that you not use the pod. It is even safe enough for pregnant women to float, as long as they consult their physician.
FLOATING IS HIGHLY SANITARY
The water in the float pod is completely filtered through our high-tech filtration in between each float session. Every individual is required to rinse off in the attached shower immediately prior to entering the float pod as well as after floating. Although the high salinity of Epsom salt kills 99.9% of bacteria in the water, our sophisticated engine system continuously monitors the water and adds the specific appropriate amount of chlorine to maintain a constant water hygiene. The water in our float pod is hundreds of times more sanitary than the normal swimming pool or hot tub.
Q: What is floating?
A: Floating is an experience of ultimate peace and relaxation in which you spend one hour in a private, specialized pod filled with ten inches of highly-saturated Epsom salt water causing one to float completely effortlessly atop the water at near zero-gravity.
Q: Can Anyone Float?
A: Yes, everyone can float....the density of the Epsom Salt allows for it to occur naturally without any effort. Floating can be done by nearly anyone from stressed-out managers, overworked moms, athletes, and those individuals just wanting to escape from everyday life and experience a state of complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. We do however highly recommend that if you suffer from any medical conditions (clinically-diagnosed depression, etc) that you consult with your primary care physician prior to floating.
Q: What if I am claustrophobic?
A: Many people are concerned with whether they will feel enclosed or trapped like in a coffin or tanning bed. However, our float pods are spacious (8ft long and 5 ft wide), allowing one to put his/her arms over their head, out to the sides, and sit up in the pod if necessary. Although many choose to float in complete darkness, inside lighting is available and at the control of the floater. Lastly, although the doors to the private float room are locked, the door to the float pod can easily be opened at any time by the floater.
Q: What if I cannot swim?
A: The floatation pod is only filled with 10-12 inches of water and has such a high-density of Epsom salt that any individual, big or small, will float like a cork atop the water. In fact, many people restfully sleep while in the floatation pod.
Q: What is Epsom Salt?
A: Similar to in the Dead Sea, Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate) is a mineral which has been shown to help detoxify the body, strengthen the immune system , trigger the release of endorphins, and provide relief for physical, mental, and emotional stress and fatigue.
Q: Will I get hot or cold in the water?
A: No, you will not feel either hot or cold. The self-monitoring homeostatic tank continuously regulates the temperature of the water to 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the temperature of the surface of the skin, creating a feeling of truly floating in the air.
Q: What effects does floating have on the mind?
A: The deep mental relaxation initiated by floating allows the brain to produce a greater amount of theta waves, which are accompanied by an increase in mental clarity, creativity, imagery, and memory. In addition, the release of the endorphins induces the feeling of elevated mood states which are effective in helping alleviate anxiety, depression, and negative mental habits.