For those experiencing chronic or acute pain, depression, anxiety, or any other ailments affecting the mind or body, the Samadhi Floatation Tank may be the remedy. First developed in 1972, John Lilly used the tank for meditation, visualization, rejuvenation, self observation, creativity, time travel, prayer, solitude, rest and relaxation. As its name reflects, SAMADHI is a Sanskrit word that means a state of deep contemplation, of extraordinary lucidity, deep meditation, concentration, becoming one with the object of meditation, an enlightened bliss state in Zen Buddhism and Hinduism.
Floatation tanks are designed to create a space that is ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation of your mind and body. Research shows that the effects of a two hour float session are equivalent to eight hours of deep sleep, making it one of the most efficient and comprehensive relaxation techniques available. Your float in a pool somewhat larger than a twin size bed will release many tensions that build up throughout the day. Research indicates that response to gravity and sensory input occupies 90% of all central nervous system activity. In 10 inches of dense salt water, due to 800 pounds of Epsom salt, you will float effortlessly while lying on your back in a calming place. The water is heated to an average skin temperature which reduces the sensation between body and water. There is a door to the tank that you can keep open or close to block out any distractions. Although the tank is enclosed, it is not airtight. There is air circulation that brings fresh air into the tank which adds to the relaxing, fresh experience.
At the beginning of each float, we recommend you set an intention for what you would like to accomplish during your float. With your time spent in the tranquil pool, you may attempt to deal with any pain, muscle aches, insomnia, creative blocks, career choices, business plans, design problems, rejection, mental chatter, or most importantly - nothing at all. You may also use your float to observe where you hold tension in your body or mind. It is a space designed especially for you, and you alone are the benefactor of the miraculous healing and stress relieving powers that this peaceful floatation tank offers.
"At first it was quite a shock, but actually, this is what the tank is all about- revealing to you your own assumptions, which are usually so implicit that you don’t even know they are there."
The floating experience is completely safe. However, if you have been diagnosed with epilepsy, are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, those with infectious diseases, open wounds or suicidal tendencies, we ask that you not use the tank. It is even safe enough for pregnant women to float, as long as they consult their physician. Epsom salt has been shown to not only strengthen your mind/ body connection, but your skin and nails as well. The high concentration of magnesium sulfate from the salt in dissolves lactic acid and mineralizes the body. This reduces or eliminates muscle soreness and tension.
Floatation therapy is very effective at lowering the stress hormone cortisol which causes anxiety and contributes to weight gain. The tank offers such a soothing experience that many floaters fall asleep—this is completely acceptable. Floating has also been shown to produce spontaneous reduction in or the elimination of habits such as smoking. A single session in a floatation tank causes your brain to release endorphins, replacing stress with a sense of well-being.
Perhaps one of the greatest qualities of the tank is that it helps to stimulate the body’s own power of healing and regeneration and maintains homeostasis within the body, strengthening the body’s resistance to the effects of stress, illness and injury. The effects of floating are cumulative- every time you float you strengthen your body’s resistance. The tank offers an individual experience, one that is different for everyone. The most common reports are those of profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much before people use the tank so that they aren’t influenced by what someone else says; not only will the experience be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time.