Holistic Self-Care Benefits of Flotation Therapy



Nov 3, 2023

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In our fast-paced and often overwhelming modern world, it’s essential to prioritise self-care. We’re constantly bombarded with responsibilities, information, and stimuli, which can take a toll on our mental and physical well-being. One unique and effective way to escape the chaos and promote relaxation and self-care is through the use of Flotation Therapy, also known as a sensory isolation tank, sensory deprivation tank, or Floatation Pod. This article explores the holistic self-care benefits of flotation therapy, including the many Skin-health-promoting benefits!

What is Flotation Therapy?

A flotation Pod is a lightless, soundproof tank filled with a buoyant solution of Epsom salt and water, allowing individuals to float effortlessly. It was originally developed in the 1950s as a therapeutic tool by John C. Lilly, a neuroscientist and psychoanalyst. The Pod/Tank provides an environment of sensory isolation, depriving users of external stimuli and creating a tranquil space for self-reflection and relaxation.

Floatation therapy is when you float in a dark, soundproof pod, that is filled with about 1000 litres of water approximately 30cm deep with 550 kg of specially formulated Epsom salts, the water is heated to body temperature (35.5° C). Meaning it becomes almost impossible to differentiate between where your body is and where the water begins.

What is it like to be in a Floatation Pod?

My first personal experience with a Floatation Pod (see image below) was quite interesting. I was not convinced that ‘floating’ for an hour, enclosed in a ‘Pod’ with nothing to do was my idea of a good time! Ever the multitasker walking/running with music or podcast, having a bath while reading ect it felt confronting to ‘be’ and not ‘do’.

While I do not particularly suffer from claustrophobia I was not sure I would feel comfortable with the lid of the pod closed, especially in darkness! The pods are quite spacious, lids can be kept open and the pod light can be left on, you can even choose between pink, green, red or white light. I was fine with the lid closed and after 10 minutes I turned off the light and was fine.

Relaxing music played for the first few minutes and then faded out to complete silence, for the rest of the one-hour session. In the final 10 minutes the relation music returned signalling the session was coming to an end.

It was the closest thing I can think of to experiencing weightlessness, I imagined I was floating in space and found it incredibly relaxing and was surprised when the session came to an end. It did not feel like an hour. If you like to meditate – this takes you to another level! I highly recommend Flotation Therapy and look forward to my monthly session and the holistic self-care benefits of flotation therapy.

Is Floatation Therapy Safe For Everyone?

Anyone with the following conditions is advised to check with their health practitioner before floating:

  • Heart condition
  • Asthma
  • Allergies to; Salts / Bromine / Magnesium
  • Severe Skin Conditions; Psoriasis / Eczema
  • Mental Illness Psychosis
The Holistic Self-Care Benefits of Flotation Therapy. Inside a flotation tank
Floatation Therapy Pod / Tank

Holistic Self Care Benefits of Flotation Therapy

  • Stress Reduction – One of the most significant benefits of using a Flotation Pod is stress reduction. Research in 2017 noted that Flotation Pod sessions can lead to a decrease in cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress, leading to an overall sense of relaxation and well-being.
  • Enhanced Creativity – Sensory deprivation in a Flotation Pod can induce altered states of consciousness and enhance creativity. During sessions, individuals often experience a sense of deep relaxation, leading to more innovative and creative thinking. Creativity enhancement through flotation isolation eases creative thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Pain Relief – The Epsom salt in a flotation Pod contains magnesium, which has muscle relaxation properties. Floating in an Epsom salt solution can alleviate muscle tension, reduce pain, and promote overall physical relaxation.
  • Improved Sleep – Sleep is a vital component of self-care – Flotation Pod sessions can significantly improve sleep quality. Recent 2019 Studies have shown that regular use of Flotation Pod can help individuals fall asleep faster and enjoy a deeper, more restful sleep.
  • Mindfulness and Self-Reflection – Sensory isolation provides an ideal environment for mindfulness and self-reflection. Without external distractions, individuals can delve deep into their thoughts, gaining a better understanding of themselves and their emotions. The experience of being weightless can also promote feelings of self-acceptance and self-compassion.
  • Pregnancy – Floatation can help relieve the pains and pressure of pregnancy such as fatigue, backaches and sore feet. Floating in the zero gravity environment lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow lulling you into a deeply relaxing and healing state. It decompresses joints, hips and spine.
  • Hair – Magnesium plays an important role in promoting hair follicle growth, which results in healthy hair.

Floatation Therapy: The Holistic Skin Health Benefits

  • Hydration and Moisturisation – The Epsom salt solution in flotation tanks contains magnesium, a mineral known for its ability to improve skin hydration. Magnesium helps the skin retain moisture, which can leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with dry or sensitive skin.
  • Detoxification – Floating in an Epsom salt solution can help draw out toxins and impurities from the skin. As the salt water solution interacts with your skin, it can assist in detoxifying and cleansing your pores, leaving your skin feeling refreshed.
  • Stress Reduction and Skin Conditions – Stress exacerbates many skin conditions, such as acne and eczema. Regular Flotation Pod sessions can reduce stress and promote relaxation. This, in turn, can lead to a decrease in stress-related skin issues and contribute to clearer, healthier skin.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects – Epsom salt contains magnesium sulphate, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a common factor in skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. By reducing inflammation, flotation tank sessions can help improve the overall appearance and health of the skin.
  • Improved Circulation – Floating in the buoyant solution can enhance blood circulation, delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells. Improved circulation can give your skin a natural, healthy glow.

Final Thoughts

Flotation Pods are known for their mental and emotional benefits, they also offer significant advantages for your skin. The combination of hydration, detoxification, stress reduction, anti-inflammatory effects, and improved circulation can lead to healthier, more radiant skin. If you’re looking to enhance your self-care routine and achieve glowing, beautiful skin, consider incorporating Flotation Therapy sessions into your regimen.

Flotation Therapy provides a holistic approach to well-being, promoting relaxation not only for your mind but also for your skin. As you float in this unique environment, you’re giving your skin health a natural boost, making self-care not only a mental but also a physical experience.

After flotation therapy, I recommend while your skin is still damp apply TANU Skin Affinity Coactive Serum. A Luxurious, concentrated, plant-sourced Retinol Alternative, formulated with Cutting-Edge Actives to clarify the skin by balancing sebum production. Lessening the appearance of blemishes, rejuvenating and brightening with a gentle retinol-like action.

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