Hydrotherapy Float

Float Therapy is a form of Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy Float or Float Therapy is hydrotherapy and by definition, hydrotherapy is a form of treatment considered alternative medicine that involves the use of water, at varying temperatures. When trying to manage chronic pain Hydrotherapy  is a good option. Therefore we can safely say that Hydrotherapy float uses water properties therapeutically. Records indicate that Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations used hydrotherapy combined with essential oils and flowers in their baths to relief and manage pain. We can safely say that all cultures, at one time or another, have used water to treat illnesses.

 

Water is healing, refreshing, relaxing, soothing and comforting. From a very early age, we learn that a soak in a warm bath can work wonders not only for the body but also for the mind and soul. Hydrotherapy Float or Float Therapy has all of the properties and characteristics of hydrotherapy. It uses water to provide healing, relaxation and well-being. Hydrotherapy, done at health centers, spas, public baths, clubs or homes, takes many forms, floating being one of them.

Humans and animals have enjoyed the relaxing feeling provided by water for centuries.

Humans & animals enjoy relaxing in water.

Types of Hydrotherapy

Some of the more common types of Hydrotherapy are:

Hydrotherapy Pool Exercises:  Considered useful to help alleviate back pain, arthritis, and musculoskeletal related conditions. These exercises, usually guided by a physiotherapist, take advantage of the gentle resistance provided by the water as well as of the fact that the water allows you to exercise without fighting gravity.

Steam or Turkish Baths: Useful to release impurities and relax; these steam rooms are filled with warm, humid air.

Watsu:  A practice where the therapist uses massage techniques while the person floats in a warm water pool.

Sitz Bath: Used to help with hemorrhoids, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menstrual cramps. The individual sits in one tub submerging the lower part of the body with the feet in another tub. One tub containing cold and the other containing warm water.

Wraps: Used for colds, skin disorders and muscle pain. The body is wrapped in cold wet flannel sheets, then covered with dry towels and then blankets. The body warms up and dries the wet sheets.

Contrast Hydrotherapy: Can be practiced in the shower or in pools. The technique consists on alternating cold and warm temperatures.

Compresses: This method of hydrotherapy is widely used. Towels are soaked in warm and/or cool water and then placed on a particular area on the body. Cool compresses reduce inflammation and swelling, while warm compresses promote blood flow and ease stiff and sore muscles.

Warm Baths: The most commonly used home baths. Relaxing soaks in warm water tubs. Essential oils, flowers, Epsom salts, mineral mud, or aromatherapy oils, are added to create a more relaxing feeling.

 

Water Birth: It is believed that the warm water eases the pain associated with labour.

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      Sauna: Water sprinkled in hot rocks produces dry warm air

 

 
Hydrotherapy Float or Float Therapy: Known as Sensory Deprivation relieves stress and anxiety. Enriched Epsom Salt water (full of Magnesium), heated at skin temperature allows individuals to float experiencing zero gravity and deep relaxation.

Hydro-Massage: Given through jets in a Jacuzzi

                                                                                                        

Hydrotherapy Benefits:

  • Osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress
  • Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain. The weightlessness felt under water relieves tension in the limbs, supporting aching muscles and facilitating movement. Hydrotherapy stimulates the release of endorphins “Nature’s pain killers”
  • Rehabilitates injured muscles. Warm water raises the body temperature, increasing blood flow around the circulatory system and alleviating pain. Improved circulation helps heal injured tissues, damaged muscles or joints.
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Encourages detoxification.
  • Relieves stress
  • Recovery After Athletic Activity

Benefits Of Hydrotherapy Float or Float Therapy:

  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Pain management
  • Inflammation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Arthritis pain relief
  • Sports injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Menopause
  • Depression

Hydrotherapy Precautions and Contraindications:

Cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure, fever, acute injuries, kidney disease, certain forms of cancer, pregnancy, very young children or the elderly.

Hydrotherapy Float / Float Therapy is  a type of Hydrotherapy; as it’s benefits and practice become spread throughout the world, it is becoming the practice of choice for many illnesses with extraordinary results.

Hydrotherapy Float / Float Therapy / Sensory Deprivation

 

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Float Sessions 60 or 90 Minutes

Float sessions can be tailored to your preference; however, most float centres have adopted the 60 min or 90 min float session length. For first time floaters we find that a 60 minutes float session is more than enough, while experienced floaters may like to float for 90 minutes or even for several hours at a time. Floating is a practice and it takes time to master it.

60 minutes Float Sessions for First Time Floaters

Getting used to floating, even though it sounds very easy, does not require any physical effort, apart from getting in and out of the tank, but it requires practice to quiet the mind. When you first float, the first 10 minutes of the float session go by very quickly while you are trying to get used to your surroundings, you will probably try to open and close the pod door a couple of times to reassure yourself that you wont be trapped in, you may turn on and off the pod’s lights to see what works best for you, you may try some stretches and admire how great it feels to actually float without making any effort.

Float Sessions

As time passes, you get used to the pod, the lights, to the fact that you are floating and this is when you start trying to quiet your mind. At first, you can do it easily, you quiet your mind……  you are doing great! And then suddenly your mind starts raising again, and your float goes on like this. It may take a couple of floats and practice to quiet your mind. While all this happens, you have probably moved around and the water may be a bit cooler. 60 minutes is usually more than enough for a First Time Float.

60 or 90 minutes Float Sessions for the Frequent Floater

Float Sessions Once you have floated a couple of times and you are more used to the experience, you will probably not move around so much, you will slide in the water carefully when getting in, without getting any salt in your eyes, and you will start relaxing after having been in the water for just a couple of minutes, you will know how to control your mind and you will be able to quiet your mind more easily.

When you can control your mind and your mind is quiet, you will be able to really determine if you prefer a 60 or a 90 minute float session. People that float often and that have been doing it for a long time, can float several hours at a time. There have been floaters that have floated all night just taking a few bathroom breaks. Floating for 60 or 90 minutes is a matter of preference. Some floaters say that a 90 minutes float session is too long while others say that a 60 minutes float session is too short. Only by trying it will you be able to determine exactly what float session length you prefer.

Are you a 60 min or a 90 min floater?

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Getting Comfortable with Sensory Deprivation

Being more present is something we all can benefit from. Sensory Deprivation through flotation therapy is a unique opportunity for your body and mind. We live in a world that, for better or worse, demands our eyes, ears, fingertips and minds be constantly alert to an increasing amount of information. That’s to say nothing of the physical toll work and life take on our bodies. Especially with the Holidays just around the corner, we all need a break from our screens, and the stresses of the world on our senses. With Floating, you can enjoy silence. Your mind will enjoy the weightlessness of no calls, texts, emails, traffic, or sounds asking for its attention; your body will enjoy the actual weightlessness of floating, of completely surrendering its energy to the moment. You can take a moment to forget about an unchangeable past or an unknowable future by letting your senses be guided by the Float; to only think about the warm embrace of the water, to be present. 

At SensaFloat Spa, we know many people are only beginning to realize the benefits of Epsom Salt and Floatation Therapy. Although we are often hesitant to try new things, and floating is not for everyone. Our facilities are a bit different than most. Our pods make it terribly easy for almost anyone to relax, get comfortable, feel safe, and to float in their own way. Worried about tanks that feel more like a punishment than an escape? Our pods can customize your float so you can float in whatever way makes you feel relaxed!

Floating in our pods is a treat to your mind, soul, and body, not a chore.

We all have different bodies, sensitivities, and ways of thinking. Likewise, we are all going to have different responses to sensory deprivation. At SensaFloat Spa, we understand that one size doesn’t fit all.

That’s why our pods our customizable. Want silence? We can do that. Do you want guided meditation to let you ease into the float? Our pods can do that too!

You can turn the light on or off inside the pod. Giving your senses a break from our overstimulating environments doesn’t have to mean imprisoning yourself in darkness. For others, they may enjoy the calm of no light.

People also might enjoy the closing the pod door; other folks might prefer to leave the top open. Our hydraulic bars make our pod lids adjustable, and easy for anyone to move. Even better, whether open or closed our pods will stay at a warm temperature, similar to our body temperature.

Our sensory deprivation experience is completely customizable depending to your specific needs. You can limit yourself of light and sound as much or as little as your body and mind desire.

If you would like to try a float, give us a shout!

 

 

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