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The Effects & Benefits of Floating

Carlyn Weiler May 1, 2016 0 comments 0

Turn your back to the water, lie down on your back, relax. Spread your arms and legs straight like a star and look at the sky. Take a deep breath, this will allow you to float more easily. Your stomach touching slightly above the water, breath in and out slowly.

Floating on your back in the water often conjures up images of childhood and innocence. And while floating on your back is a core lesson of ‘Swimming 101’ – it is also an important method to consider to relieve pain, improve sleep, address lack of energy, help with anxiety and discomfort or even diminish bad habits, phobias or addiction.

If you experience any of these issues in your day-to-day, some time in the flotation or relaxation pod may be just what you need to do your body and mind some
good.

The float pod combines the sensation of weightlessness with a technique known as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, or R.E.S.T. The buoyancy created by the dense Epsom salt solution effectively removes the effects of gravity on the body, and brings the individual close to an experience of total weightlessness.

Scientists estimate that up to 90% of the brain’s normal workload is caused by the effects of processing routine external stimulation. Simply put it takes a lot of energy for our bodies to fight gravity, and operate our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems which are responsible for the fight-or-flight response and the relaxation response.  Modern research has thoroughly documented how chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system by routine daily stressors is the hallmark of the modern stress epidemic.
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Floating screens out these external physical stimuli, creating a pure state of sensory relaxation. It is then that your body has a chance to restore itself naturally, while you lie back and simply relax.

Here’s what you can experience during a float pod session.

Before Your Float

  1. Shower
  2. Step into the pod

During Your Float

  1. Turn off the lights (if you’d like)
  2. Relax
  3. Breathe

At The End Of Your Float

  1. Music will play to let you know your float session is done
  2. Shower

After Your Float

  1. Rest
  2. Rejuvenate at the oxygen bar if you’d like
  3. Leave peacefully

Historically reserved for professional and Olympic athletes, float pod technology has only recently been introduced to mainstream training. Used in conjunction with Weiler athletic training, the float pod will also play a role in improving athletic performance and help prevent sports injuries or speed healing. Stay tuned for Weiler Academy’s new float pod – coming in June 2015!