Float pods are a new trend in wellness and deep relaxation, but they build on the ancient human connection with water. The deep affinity between humans and water takes many forms, tangible and intangible. Float pods add the element of total sensory deprivation to being immersed in water to produce a unique and therapeutic experience. If you’re curious about this new treatment, you can try a Float Pod at the Nouveau MedSpa & Salon in Chubbuck, ID.
What Is a Float Pod?
A float pod session is an experience of total serenity, which is rare in our stressed and crowded world. In strictly practical terms, a float pod is a bed-sized container with a water tank and a top that can be closed to cut off all external stimuli. The color of the lights within the pod can be changed or the lights can be switched off altogether. When the top is closed, it also blocks all sound from the outside.
The tank is filled with 6 to 12 inches of water kept at body temperature, or 93.5 F. The water has a high concentration of Epsom salts dissolved in it, which makes it denser, and your body more buoyant. The magnesium contained in the Epsom salts also have therapeutic and beauty benefits, removing toxins and softening the skin.
The technical term for a float pod is ‘sensory deprivation chamber’. Floating in the water produces a feeling of weightlessness, which is also often described as the being in zero gravity. The combined effect of weightlessness and sensory deprivation has a therapeutic effect on mind and body. Studies have shown that floating harmonizes the left and right sections of the brain, enhancing its creativity and power.
Sensory deprivation provides a space for the nervous system to rest and refresh itself, which can produce many beneficial effects like pain and stress reduction. Immersion in a float pod has been likened to deep meditation, or to a refreshing sleep.
What Are The Benefits of Float Pods?
Floatation therapy has been around since the 1950s but has only recently become popular, especially among athletes. It helps to relieve stress and pain, and many professional athletes feel that it improves their performance and helps prevent injuries. Athletes who have suffered injuries find that float pod therapy enables them to recover faster from injuries.
Even if you’re not a professional athlete, an hour in a float pod will leave you feeling calmer, more limber and relaxed, and rejuvenated in body and mind. As well as physical benefits, float pod therapy has a cognitive impact, boosting creativity and focus. It releases endorphins, giving you a natural feeling of happiness and euphoria. You will find that it also increases your energy levels due to improved circulation. Float pod therapy may also help those suffering from PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety or depression.
Who Uses Float Pods?
Float pods sound like a fantasy designed by hippies with a space-age fixation, and flotation therapy was in fact used by John Lennon to end his heroin addiction. But nowadays they’re popular with everyone, from stressed-out CEOs and moms to professional athletes like Tom Brady and Steph Curry. Pregnant women who use float pod therapy feel more relaxed and sleep better, easing the process.
Float pod therapy is not recommended for people suffering from untreated epilepsy or for anyone with infectious diseases or with open wounds. It should not be done while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. People who suffer from claustrophobia may be anxious about getting into a float tank, but they can leave the doors open. Based on actual experience, suffering from claustrophobia does not prevent people from using float pods and benefiting from the experience.
What to Expect In a Float Pod Session
A float pod session typically lasts for an hour or an hour and a half. Avoid shaving for about eight hours before your float to avoid any cuts that may burn or sting in the water. You can wear a swimsuit or float without any clothes. You may wear a bathing cap, but it won’t keep your hair from getting wet. Some experts recommend scheduling a session after a workout to get the full benefit of its relaxing and helping properties.
Because of all the salts dissolved in the water, you will float with your face out of the water, though your ears will be submerged. You can float in the position that feels most comfortable to you and keep your eyes open or closed as you prefer. You can keep the pod doors open or closed.
Most people experiment with a few different ways to float before finding the one they’re most comfortable with. You may go to sleep while floating, and it’s perfectly safe to do so. Your buoyancy in the water will keep you floating on your back, and it is very difficult to roll over accidentally.
You can choose to float in complete silence or to add the sounds of soothing music or nature sounds. Most people who have tried float pod therapy report feeling revitalized by the experience. Many come to love the feelings of weightlessness and serenity experienced inside the float pod.
Setting Up Your First Float Session
If you’re ready to try float pod therapy, call Nouveau MedSpa & Salon Chubbuck, ID for your first session. If you have any questions about what to expect or how to prepare for your session, our professional and experienced staff will be able to help you.