What is Floating?
A float tank (also called an isolation tank or sensory deprivation tank) is essentially the perfect bath tub. They vary in size, but the typical tank is 8′ long and 4.5′ 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 proof and, when you turn off the light, completely dark.
No gravity, no touch, no sight, and no sound. Just pure nothing.
Benefits of Floating –
Getting rid of all sensory input allows the ‘constantly-make-sure-you’re-not-dying’ part of your brain to chill out for a second, allowing the creative, relaxed part of your brain to come out and play. Without the constant pressure of analyzing the world around you, your body lowers its levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress.
Not having to fight gravity lets your muscles, joints, and bones take a well-deserved break. Your body suddenly has loads of extra resources (usually spent supporting your weight, regulating temperature, and trying not to get speeding tickets), which it gets to focus on things like healing and resting.
Without old-man gravity pushing you down all the time, chronic and acute pain is relieved, and your muscles get to fully rest. Unlike lying on a mattress, lying in water allows blood to flow freely all throughout your body. There’s no need to readjust your position to get comfortable. Research shows that about 40 minutes into your float your brain stops producing its normal Alpha and Beta waves and starts going deeper into a Theta and even Delta state.
About Float On –
Sometimes things just click into place. Float On took only 152 days to go from a conversation over beers to the opening day of a 4-tank floatation therapy center on Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland, Oregon.
We eventually grew into becoming a 6-tank center (at that time, the largest in the United States) after only a couple of years of being in business. Our grand scheme is to give everyone the chance to float, as regularly as they care to.
We offer some of the lowest rates in the country for 90-minute floatation sessions and have all sorts of memberships and programs to help people get in the tanks.
Learn more on our website.
Video by Tribe Media House