Relax and Recharge
Floating is a great way to pause the hectic, stressful world and enter a state of deep mental and physical relaxation. By giving yourself a break from the endless input of sensory experiences, your mind has a chance to recharge, rest, and emerge to face the world with renewed perspective and energy.
Otherwise known as REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique) or sensory deprivation, floating is backed by research and offers immense potential for personal growth, healing and creativity
If you’re feeling stressed or anxious recently, or your body feels run down and tired, there is a good chance that it needs a full, uninterrupted rest. Most of us are living hectic lives, juggling work, family commitments, as well as our own wellbeing. How many times have you said no to self-care because you are ‘too busy.’ We can all relate to this, but that becomes the point when you need it the most. As the saying goes, ‘if your own cup is empty, how can you share with others.’
When we think of resting, we often imagine sitting on a couch or lying in bed. But while our body may be comfortable, our brain still has to filter through the sound of the environment, cars, the TV, or people talking; our brain is still working hard to detect smells; our eyes are processing information at an astonishing rate; we can feel the clothes on our body or the movement of the bed. What happens is that our brain almost never has a chance to recharge in modern society. When people complain of ‘brain fog,’ what they are experiencing is the brains way of saying that it needs to recover.
Developed in the 1950’s by neuroscientist John C Lilly, floating was used to study the effects of sensory deprivation in patients suffering from anxiety disorders, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Over the years the float tank has developed into a tool that helps a wide range of people, from muscular or skeletal pain, to athletes, to those seeking a break from everyday life. Peer reviewed studies compliment over 60 years of anecdotal evidence (www.clinicalfloatation.com).
How It Works
Floating is a way for both our body and mind to recharge in a unique and calm environment. By using 500kg of Epsom Salts to create a super saturated solution, it allows our body to float effortlessly on the surface of the water and relieve our body from the forces of gravity. The water and air is heated to the same temperature as the skin (approx 34.5 degrees Celsius) so that our sense of touch is reduced. The room is dark so that when you choose to turn out the lights, your eyes can rest in a comforting darkness that is the same if you open or close them. Finally, the room is soundproofed so that you cannot hear any external noise. This is the perfect environment to recharge.
The evidence published thus far suggests that Floatation-REST is a safe and effective technique for the rapid reduction of stress, pain, and anxiety. The most common feeling experienced after a float is a sense of deep mental relaxation. When you don’t have to process all this outside information, it leaves your mind free to problem solve, creative exploration, learning, or simply meditation, rest, and relaxation. After you step out of the tank, you may feel your senses are sharpened, the mind is refreshed, and the world may appear more vibrant. The feeling is often one of peace, relaxation, happiness, and calm attentiveness. This feeling can stay with you for a few days after the float.
As your mind experiences a sense of calm, your body begins to relax as well. This allows an opportunity for your body to realign itself and it is common to feel relief from physical tension in the neck, back and joints. Clinical research investigating Floatation-REST, although limited, has reported largely beneficial effects across a range of different stress- and pain-related conditions, including: hypertension, chronic tension headaches, chronic muscle tension pain in the back and neck, and stress-related pain with “burnout depression”. A big physical benefit enjoyed by many is the benefit of an excellent night’s sleep following a float. This is crucial for those suffering from insomnia or those recovering from shift work.
What To Expect
When you step inside the front door of Clear Mind Studio, we want you to feel at ease. This is your time to relax and leave all your worries outside. Think of our studio as a place of comfort and safety. You will be greeted by our staff and asked checked in. When the room is ready, we will guide you through our studio towards your private float room.
At Clear Mind studio, we have two pods and one open float pool. They are in their own private room with a shower and change area, so that when you float you know that you won’t be disturbed. Our staff will explain that you are in full control of the environment, and will show you how to work the light inside the tank, as well as any tips to make the experience as relaxing as possible. There is also a call button if you ever need any assistance. Once you have a quick shower, you can step inside the pod or pool and ease yourself into the water in the same way you might step into a bath. Take this time to get used to the floating sensation and find a comfortable position on your back. Now all you need to do is relax and enjoy the feeling of doing nothing for the next hour. You can choose to have the light on or off, and if you are in the pod you can close the lid to get the full experience. Music will come back on 5 minutes before the end of your session to let you know it’s time to get out. Once you have a shower to wash off the salt solution you can get changed, visit our vanity room if you need more time to get ready, then rest in our architecturally designed relaxation room with a cup of herbal tea, cold pressed juice or water. Stay here as long as you wish, there is no hurry.