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Escape and Flaunt - Fairview, Alberta | Float Bed

Float Bed

Float Bed is a lightless, soundproof tank with 900lbs of Pharmaceutical Grade Epsom Salt that allows your body to become completely buoyant in 10" of skin temperature water.

WHY Flotation Therapy?

Getting rid of all sensory input allows your conscious mind to chill out for a second, allowing your creative, and relaxed part of your brain to come out and play. Halting the constant pressure of analyzing the world around you, your body lowers its levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress. Your brain also releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness.

While floating weightlessly, your muscles, joints, and bones take a well-deserved break. Your body suddenly has loads of extra resources which it gets to focus on things like healing and resting.
The benefits of flotation are never ending, and new discoveries are being made EVERYDAY!

Floating really is a pain reduction technique, thanks to our natural response to relaxation. Pain is a mysterious feeling. While it's value in avoiding injury is obvious, it is not always obvious what benefit it has in chronic pain. However our bodies have natural pain killers which are just as effective, in fact often much more effective than drugs. They are called endorphins, a class of hormones. Hormones are very powerful chemical messengers which control all aspects of our bodies. We do not have conscious control of them but they work for us all the time. Now here is the good news. Floating in water automatically causes profound relaxation. Profound relaxation causes the brain to release endorphins which control pain. That's how floating in a float tank reduces pain. This effect is powerful and has been demonstrated in research, and experienced many, many times by pain sufferers.
Just one float session can be so effective as to break a long pattern of bad sleep, because one good night's sleep will lead to another. Give it a try, you may be surprised how good it feels.
The density of the salt water puts the floater in an environment where approximately 80% of the gravity we usually feel is no longer affecting our body. We use a large portion of our mental and physical resources counteracting the force of gravity on a moment to moment basis, and the relief of this effort leaves our body with a surplus of energy and processing power at its disposal. When left with this abundance, our body spends its efforts on resting, recuperating, and healing anything that needs attention. In addition to this, the gravity-reduced environment allows our body to decompress, especially throughout the joints and the spinal column. It is the combination of these elements that creates the deep physical healing benefits.
Everything you experience with floating comes within yourself. It's the perfect time to reflect on your life and your body. Your mind will be freed to explore your inner creative being and personal insights can be evaluated. Float tanks can also be used as a tool for easily achieving a deep meditative state. After about 30-45 minutes of floating, your mind starts producing theta brainwaves, which occur during the period between sleep and waking. After many years of practice, people can enter theta state through deep meditation. Float tanks get your there effortlessly.
Float tanks are possibly the most relaxing environment we can put our bodies into. Stress relief comes almost instantly from floating, and simply gets stronger and lasts longer the more you float. Calm the mind and body with regular floatation.
Your breath can be an amazing tool for calming the mind and relaxing the body. Try to breathe primarily from your nose. At first, you can consciously take deep breaths, but once you settle into your experience try less to manipulate the breath and more just observing the breath. Your body will always remember to breath, there is no need to control your breath.
The most important thing is to get comfortable. There are only two real positions in the tank: With your arms at your side, palms down; Arms over-head with your palms up. Play around with the two to see which feels better for your body. Also, try to position your body in the middle of the tank to avoid “ping-ponging” from side to side. To do this, brace your arms and legs against the sides of the tank to position your torso in the middle, and once you feel the water to be calm, slowly and evenly retract your limbs back to the mid-line of your body. Try not to generate any momentum from either side so that you remain in the middle and avoid the distraction of bumping into the side. Once you like your position and feel comfortable try to remain still and consciously relax all of your muscles.
Letting go (lack of effort)
Don’t “try” to do anything in the tank, don’t force something to happen, don’t expect something to happen; this is the exact opposite direction from where you may want to go while in the tank. You will not fall asleep necessarily, just be present. Repetition of a focus word such as “peace”, “relax”, or “let go” spoken in your mind in unison with your exhalation can help at first, but the message here is to just let go of conscious control.
Being physically still by finding a comfortable position and remaining there combined with stilling your mind either through breath awareness or a focus word (mantra) can lead you into a state of holistic stillness. This can generate the perception of timelessness, your state of being will be extremely relaxed and this is when the body is in a state of healing.
With external stimuli at a minimum, your nervous system will turn up the volume to try and sense anything. Since there is still “nothing” coming in there is a great opportunity to simply sense whatever is left to be felt within your internal body. Feel your arms, legs, torso, head, as intensely as possible. Cultivate as much sensitivity to these parts as possible. Feel the energetic uniformed consistency of these parts and observe them without judgment, without limits. Observe your thoughts, emotions and sensations.
How long are the sessions?
90min. Some floaters like book back to back 90 min sessions for a total of 180 min. (back to back sessions are discounted because we don't have to clean or prepare the tank in between!)
What if I am claustrophobic?
Being in the tanks is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.
How is the tank cleaned?
Our float tank has a high quality pool pack attached to it. After each client the water is fully circulated four times thru a filtration system and a uv sanitizer. At least once a day a solution of 35% Hydrogen peroxide is add during circulation to maintain sterilization levels. The Epsom Salt itself is also sanitizing. We physically get into the tank 2-3 times a week and spray a h202 solution and wipe down all the walls and crevices so that micro bacteria is killed. Regular pH testing is also done. The tank is a very clean environment!
Can I float if I am menstruating?
Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.
Can I float if I am pregnant?
Absolutely! There will be a womb within a womb! Floating can relieve a lot of the aches and pains caused by pregnancy. If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
You can get out anytime. There aren’t any latches on the tank doors and you control your experience, that said, the 90-minutes usually go by quite quickly.
Do I get dehydrated from soaking for so long?
No - your skin doesn’t even prune up. You do absorb a lot of magnesium from the Epsom salt which has oodles of benefits.
Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?
Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
Is this 'hippie' stuff?
Floating has been around for over 40 years and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here. LOTS of scientific research has been done, and more done everyday.
Can I float if I've just dyed my hair?
The simple answer is No. If you have not washed your hair multiple times after you have got a color - please do NOT float. The dye will be stripped from the hair and ruin our water solution causing us to replace it. Not fun. If you've just had your hair dyed, please let us know and we will have no problem rescheduling your appointment. Please feel free to ask us any and all questions about this!
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