On Mondays I work at the Oasis Float and Therapy Centre in the Arcturus Clinic, Totnes. Oasis is the longest-established float centre in the South West. I have weekly floats in the flotation tank because there are many benefits:
- Reduction in stress levels
- Alleviation of aches and pains
- Increase in human potential (as during a float you produce slow brainwave patterns called theta waves which can release creative blockages or may give you sudden insights and answers to problems)
- Overcoming unwanted habits – the float tank environment has helped with problems such as excess weight, smoking, drinking and phobias.
The effects of floating are cumulative so the more regularly you float, the more effective it will be.
The water is full of Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) which prevent the skin from wrinkling and are detoxifying. Once afloat you are free from gravity, in a state of weightlessness, in an environment of warmth and peace so you can relax at a very deep level.
You can also combine this with a massage or try another therapy on offer such as polarity therapy, lymphatic drainage or reiki.
I have seen the positive effects on clients, for example one was hit by a car – it has been effective in aiding his nervous system to get out of flight/flight/freeze mode and helping with shock and trauma.