In this post: The other day I found myself wondering, “What is floatation therapy?” I started researching this popular therapy, and now I can’t wait to give it a try!
Recently, my body therapy guru, Tracy Maxfield, shared information about a Joplin, Missouri inn that offers floatation therapy. Because Tracy has introduced me to Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) and Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), I tend to pay attention when he speaks. His ongoing journey to learn more about the body and how to relieve pain inspires and fascinates me.
So, when Tracy mentioned floatation therapy, I got a pencil and made a note to learn more about it. After the research I’ve done, I can’t wait to try this therapy out myself!
What Is Floatation Therapy?
It turns out that floatation therapy is a modern, less frightening term for sensory deprivation. When you receive treatment, you will be in either a pod or a small room. It will be very dark. In some places, there may be light music while others may keep it totally quiet.
The water that you float in is heated to body temperature and loaded with Epsom salts, which are known for their high magnesium content. So much salt is added to the water that it makes it effortless to float. Because of the magnesium, the reduction of gravity from floating, and the absence of light and sound; floatation therapy is believed by some to be incredibly restorative and beneficial for your mental and physical health.
Why Should You Try Floatation Therapy?
Any time you relax, you are going to experience health benefits. For example, your heart rate and blood pressure decrease. Since floatation therapy is known to be extremely relaxing, some of the health benefits you receive are actually from relaxation. Here is a list of some other benefits:
- Pain relief
- Spinal and structural alignment
- Physical rehabilitation
- Arthritis relief
- Scoliosis relief
- Fibromyalgia relief
- Stress relief
- Headache and migraine relief
- PMS and prenatal relief
- Anxiety relief
- Sports recovery
- Increased circulation
- Improved quality of sleep
Don’t Try Floating If…
Since the water is filled with high levels of magnesium, if you have issues with magnesium, contact your doctor before trying this therapy. Also, if you are pregnant, make sure to let your facility know when you book your appointment so they can be sure to have an appropriate modified rest position for you. Finally, if you are currently menstruating, many facilities may ask you to not use the tanks at this time.
How Do I Find Floatation Therapy Near Me?
As always, Google is a great place to start. You can ask about “flotation therapy” or “places to float” or simply “float” near your location. If you want to cut straight to it, though, I’d check out Floatation Locations. This website tells you of the nearest places to float and informs you of any specials they might currently have.
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