Float Therapy: The Anti-Stress Remedy

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If you’re feeling overworked, overconnected and overstimulated, cast your cell phone aside and try float therapy, which promotes extreme relaxation by immersing the body in a spacious, state-of the-art isolation tank for the ultimate “unplugged” experience. More than half a ton of Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is dissolved into warm water to provide relief for sore muscles, digestive irregularity, skin issues and stress.

“Floating is a great way to maintain wellness because it offers the user an opportunity to unplug from the constant stimulus of everyday life in a totally supportive, safe, womb-like environment,” explains Tyler Spofford, co-owner of Remedy Float. “Think about what it feels like to get a really big hug from someone that you really love. It’s comparable to the warm embrace of the ultra-dense saltwater.”

Because of the high salt content, it’s easy to float without exerting any effort. In this condition, the spine elongates, joints decompress, circulation improves and breathing relaxes, enhancing the body’s systems. Floating serves as a natural counterbalance for stress, offering a silent sanctuary designed to promote relaxation and healing.

Floating serves as a natural counterbalance for stress, offering a silent sanctuary designed to promote relaxation and healing.

“An hour of nothingness can help bring us back to a more peaceful, less rushed baseline feeling of well-being,” says Spofford. “Regular floaters report an overall increased general sense of well being, clarity, pain relief and ‘flow’ in their day-to-day lives.”

Floating boosts magnesium levels while reducing inflammation, both of which can support a healthy immune system function. However, it’s designed to be an ongoing form of hydrotherapy, rather than a one-time quick fix.

“Floating is a tool and it must be used regularly and in conjunction with other healthy lifestyle activities to maintain a healthy body and mind,” says co-owner Lizzy Spalding. “Mindfulness … is like a muscle that must be trained. The float tank is the gym. You have to show up and put in the time if you want to see the results.”

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