Travelers, dating as far back as the ancient Egyptians, make the trek year round to experience the therapeutic benefits of the Dead Sea. They come to de-stress their bodies and minds by floating effortlessly, and to gain the benefits that the high salt content gives. The average ocean contains 4% salt. The Dead Sea contains 33% salt. This high salt content makes the water denser and allows the body to float (effortlessly) on the water. Our float pods contain 37.5% salt. That’s approximately 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts (Magnesium Sulfate) dissolved into 160 gallons of skin temperature (93.5 F) water.
You can experience some of these same benefits right here in Colorado Springs at LEVITY. So just lie back, take some deep breaths, and let the warm salt water and low sensory environment relax and restore you.
Float tanks were developed in 1954 by John C. Lily, an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, philosopher, writer and inventor (busy guy, he really needed to float). During his training in psychoanalysis at the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in Maryland, Lilly experimented with sensory deprivation. His focus was studying the effects of floating on the brain and the mind in a sensory deprived environment. He found that the brain waves change to theta waves with floating, and the more you float, the quicker you switch to theta waves. Theta waves are associated with creativity, learning, memory, focus before a test.
Early floaters reported that they experienced benefits such as decreased pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia and jet lag. Float centers began to open in several different countries in the 80’s. Today, flotation therapy is experiencing an increasing popularity as more people are searching for way to take a break from the feverish pace of life, to combat chronic stress, symptoms of fibromyalgia, pain, altered sleep patterns, anxiety, and muscle tension.
Floating is quickly becoming a recognized form of treatment for many stress related conditions.