Floating in the pod, with no light or sound, is one of the fastest and most effective ways to elicit the body’s natural relaxation response and enter a state of deep relaxation. Your brain responds by removing undesirable chemicals and releasing endorphins stimulating feelings of happiness and well-being. Simply put, floating calms our overly stimulated systems and restores the body’s chemical and metabolic balance.
Research has shown that regular use of the float pod can help health problems that are caused or exacerbated by chronic stress such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety disorders, and migraines. By invoking the relaxation response blood flow increases to all parts and systems of the body, including the brain, creating a whole body healing effect. Floating also provides relief from the constant downward push of gravity, the single greatest cause of wear and tear to bones, joints and body tissue.
Amongst the noise and craziness of city life, it’s not uncommon for people to be in a state of constant stress activating the “fight-or-flight” response multiple times during the day. This can be brought on by any number of events such as traffic jams, long lines in the grocery store, or looming deadlines at work. Over time, such low-grade chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and muscle tension. Floating can help people counteract the toxic effects of chronic stress by slowing breathing rate, relaxing muscles, and reducing blood pressure. People often report feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and better able to cope with life’s minor annoyances after floating.