One of our favourite under-the-radar wellness treatments for 2020 is flotation therapy, sometimes known as sensory deprivation. This unique practice involves the simple act of lying back into a cocoon filled with 25cm of warm water saturated to 75% with Epsom salts. What happens? You float.
Floating treatments usually last one hour, during which you are left alone in a small room or pod to enjoy the feeling of calm, quiet weightlessness. Some spas offer the option of gentle music and lighting, but the traditional therapy removes all stimuli so that you are virtually cut off from your senses. No light, no sound, no smell. Just you, your thoughts and the warm sensation of saltwater holding you in its gentle embrace.
The benefits of floating are manifold. On the physical level, it improves muscle performance and recovery after activity or injury, increases immune function and reduces pain and joint pressure. For the mind, it raises serotonin levels in the brain for mood regulation, lowers the stress hormone cortisol and reduces long-term anxiety. Finally, for the spirit, it supports deeper sleep, boosts mindfulness and enhances creativity.
The feeling of floating is one that can’t be replicated by any other means. Flotation therapy centres are popping up around the globe and offer a deeply relaxing break from the daily stressors and pressures of modern living.
If you’re looking for a new way to relax on-demand this year, we recommend trying out a flotation therapy session. The only way to know is to float.