Float therapy. What is it? (sponsored)
December 23, 2015
By Jasmine Bible, brought to you by VIVE Float Studio
In Summit County, we're no strangers to alternative therapy techniques, and now we have a new option — float therapy. It's a technique that simulates zero gravity, allowing users to float in salt water within a private, shallow float room lacking external stimuli.
The float therapy practice has origins that date back to the 1950s. Physical and mental benefits were discovered during sensory deprivation testing. Findings showed that when external stimulus was eliminated, it allowed a person to enter into a serene state that resulted in clearer thinking and increased creativity. Unexpected physical benefits were also found in research performed at the Human Performance Laboratory at Karlstad University in Karlstad, Sweden. The practice has evolved over time, and has recently gained increasing popularity.
So how does it work, exactly? A float room is filled with water that has a high concentration of Epsom salt, which increases the water density. This high density allows the human body to float, regardless of physical size. In a relaxed position in the darkened room, users float face-up with their face above water and ears submerged. Earplugs can be used to further quiet the experience. Sense of smell is also reduced. The water and air in the room are set to the same temperature as the user's skin. This allows the user's feeling of a 'body boundary' to fade. Floating with arms out to the sides, away from the body, reduces skin sensation. The high density of the water also prevents users from rolling over, even if they were to fall asleep.
The reduction of these bodily sensations allows the users to relax and experience both physical and mental benefits in a unique way. This kind of deep relaxation helps the body recuperate faster and more thoroughly. The salt water, which has well-established healing effects, helps to aid in the removal of toxins and lactic acid from the body, speeding up recovery time for athletes. It can also lessen chronic back pain, neck stiffness, sprains and strains, as well as the stresses of gravity and sensory overload, letting the body allocate its resources towards maintenance and healing.
"Another health benefit associated with float therapy is the absorption of magnesium," explains Andi Sigler, owner of VIVE Float Studio, a recently opened float therapy studio in Frisco. "Magnesium is the second-most abundant element in human cells, and is vital to good health. Recent research shows that most of us are lacking in magnesium. Soaking in a float room with a high concentration of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) has been found to promote the absorption of magnesium, which is the fourth-most important positively charged ion in the body,"
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Mentally, the 60-minute session allows users to quietly connect with their thoughts. This can aid in the reduction of stress, depression, anxiety and migraines. The session can be used as a personal meditative practice. This clear and uncluttered state of mind can be used as a tool for enhanced creativity and problem solving. The deep relaxation experienced in a one-hour float session is thought to be equal to four hours of restorative sleep.
Perfect for a recovery session after a day on the slopes, or a calming start to a hectic weekend, this platform for well-being is now available for Summit County residents and visitors, thanks to the opening of VIVE Float Studio. Located on Summit Blvd. in Frisco, the studio will offer single-experience and membership options. Owner Andi Sigler shares, "Float therapy has the potential to simultaneously restore the body and revive the mind, leaving a person centered and connected."
VIVE Float Studio, 720 Summit Blvd.,
Ste. 101A, Frisco, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(970) 668-0136, http://www.vivefloatstudio.com