Float therapy or REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) is a practice where you enter into a Float Pod (also called an isolation tank or sensory deprivation tank) which is a well-engineered enclosed tub.
Each float pods located in Drift Float Studio, which are contained in separate rooms is filled with 10-12 inches of water, 1000 pounds of Epsom salts, heated to 34 degrees Celsius (skin receptor neutral) and as a result, the water is the same buoyancy as your body and you will naturally float. With the lid closed there is no light, no sound and no gravity (pressure) on your body, therefore allowing full and complete relaxation.
All forces of gravity on the musculoskeletal system and nervous system are eliminated from the extreme positive buoyancy; so imagine a space where you don’t feel anything, nor do you see or hear anything. The pods extremely unique environment is designed to allow for a minimal amount of sensory input to enter into your nervous system. This environment then has a plethora of benefits and applications for health, personal development, spirituality, and well-being.
Floating is now recognized as one of the most effective tools to elicit the relaxation response, reduce stress hormones such has cortisol and release feel good hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and endorphins; there has been extensive research published in Europe outlining these very benefits. Those who float are far reaching from people with chronic stress and pain to professional athletes. People with arthritis and fibromyalgia also have used the tank to relieve pain associated with these ailments. Why We Float – for a more in depth look at the benefits of floating. We are the Edmonton and Sherwood Park area float pod, float therapy specialists!