mental floating

Floatation Tanks and Mental Health

Have you ever imagined what it would feel like just to let your mind and body go? If you suffer from chronic pain, stress, or anxiety, then it is likely you have dreamed of a place where you can be in complete isolation, not only from the world but from your busy thoughts. Fortunately, a place like this exists, and they are called Floatation Tanks. These tanks, also referred to as Isolation Pods, are first and foremost designed to remove excess stimuli, such as sights and sounds, so that your body can reach a restorative state and begin to heal.


For much longer than Isolation Pods have been around, water has been known to produce soothing effects on the mind and calming effects on the body. Can you recall the last time you sat on a beach and listened to the rhythmic sounds of the ocean or tuned in to the sound of water droplets falling upon your head in the shower? Chances are, it brought a sense of ease to your body and mind as if the water was literally washing away your fears or troubles. Water has that kind of powerful effect, and during Floatation Tank Therapy, you will be fully immersed in this power of tranquility.


Floatation Tanks channel this powerful feeling and combine it with the therapeutic effects of Epsom salt (magnesium saturated water), which is also what works to keep you afloat effortlessly. The Isolation Pods are filled with this highly concentrated Epsom salt water and heated according to your skin temperature. The Epsom Salts alone help aid muscle strain, inflammation, joint stiffness, and stress, but are also what makes Isolation Pods safe so that you can float freely. The pods omit all sounds and light so that the only thing you are surrounded by is warmth and comfort. Without worrying about staying afloat or anything else going on in the world around you, a truly meditative state can be achieved.


We live in a busy and stressful world, where it is far too easy to go about our days without realizing all of the stimuli we encounter. Outside of work, most of us choose to spend even more time than we need to in front of a screen. It is easy to think that some of what we are doing or watching helps us when really it does not. We do not typically realize that the extra moments we spend browsing the internet or Facebook or watching that one last TV show before bed feed our minds all of these extra stimuli to process.  This results in things like adrenal fatigue and feeling off-centered. It also causes stress and anxiety levels to spike, on top of whatever else we are dealing with in life. Floatation Tank Therapy recognizes the value of stillness and isolation from all of this. It is just one hour of your day, but it will benefit you for far longer than that. In fact, the more you float, the greater your benefits will become.


The deep state of relaxation you attain from floating will lower your blood pressure and cortisol levels as it increases your circulation, allowing your body to float with ease. When the body is deeply relaxed, the mind will follow suit. So, Isolation Pods use water, Epsom salts, and isolation to approach mental health from both angles. A healthy body promotes a healthy mind, and a healthy mind nurtures a healthy body.


If you are curious about what other specific benefits there are to Floatation Tank Therapy, here are a few of them:


  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Improved mood and production of endorphins
  • Reduced stress and cortisol and adrenaline levels
  • Revitalization of the body and mind
  • Pain relief
  • Enhanced awareness
  • Calm and relaxation
  • Improved athletic performance and recovery rates
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced heart rate
  • Enhanced creativity and stimulation of the left and right brain synchronization
  • Improved circulation
  • Enhanced immune system


Floatation therapy can also be tremendously helpful with sleep, which is one thing that is connected to and gets affected by all of these things. Heightened anxiety, stress, and adrenaline levels, for example, can all affect your quality of sleep or your ability to sleep at all.


No matter what state you are in with your mental health, chances are there are a few things on this list you would like to work on and that floatation therapy can help you achieve. What is more is that Floatation Tanks are incredibly safe, as the tanks are so highly concentrated with salt that you would have to make a conscious effort to turn on your side. You may feel some restlessness during your first time, and that is completely normal. But the more often you float, the more quickly your mind and body can adjust and settle. At Float Space, we want you to know that relaxation and healing are not only possible but blissful. We provide a safe space for you to connect with yourself and disconnect from the world. Visit us and experience restoration of the body and clarity of the mind. Come and turn back the clock; we will keep an eye on the time.