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What are the benefits of float therapy?

Here's a deep dive into the holistic wellness practice

Float therapy, also known as sensory deprivation therapy, has surged in popularity in recent years, offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Emerging as a holistic wellness practice, float therapy involves floating effortlessly in a tank filled with a buoyant solution of water and a staggering 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt, allowing individuals to experience profound relaxation and numerous therapeutic benefits. At our float studio, we deeply care about the health and well-being of our community, striving to create a nurturing space where members can find solace and support.

Here are some of the therapeutic benefits of float therapy:

Stress and anxiety reduction
In today's fast-paced world, stress has become a prevalent issue affecting mental and physical health. Float therapy provides a sanctuary for relaxation, enabling individuals to unwind and release tension. The sensory deprivation environment encourages deep relaxation by eliminating external stimuli, leading to a reduction in cortisol levels and promoting a state of calmness.

Pain relief
The buoyancy of the Epsom salt solution relieves pressure on joints and muscles, offering relief from chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and back pain. Additionally, the weightlessness experienced during floatation promotes spinal alignment and muscle relaxation, alleviating muscle tension and promoting natural pain relief.

Enhanced mental clarity and focus
Float therapy provides a peaceful environment conducive to mental clarity and heightened focus. By eliminating external distractions, individuals can enter a meditative state, allowing for introspection and enhanced cognitive function. Many float enthusiasts report improved problem-solving abilities, creativity and a sense of mental rejuvenation after sessions.

Improved sleep quality
Sleep deprivation has become a widespread issue, impacting overall well-being and cognitive function. Float therapy offers a natural solution to insomnia and sleep disturbances by promoting deep relaxation and resetting the body's circadian rhythm. The magnesium in Epsom salt aids in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates sleep, leading to improved sleep quality and duration.

Strengthened immune system
Chronic stress weakens the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to illness. By reducing stress levels and promoting relaxation, float therapy supports immune function and enhances the body's ability to fight off infections and disease. The magnesium absorbed through the skin during floatation also plays a vital role in immune health, contributing to overall well-being.

Emotional healing and stress management
Float therapy provides a safe space for emotional exploration and healing. Many individuals report experiencing profound introspection and emotional release during float sessions, allowing them to process unresolved emotions and cultivate greater emotional resilience. The practice of mindfulness cultivated during floatation carries over into daily life, enabling individuals to manage stress more effectively.

Muscle recovery and athletic performance
Athletes and fitness enthusiasts are increasingly turning to float therapy to enhance recovery and optimize performance. The weightlessness experienced during floatation reduces the impact on muscles and joints, accelerating the recovery process after intense workouts or injuries. Additionally, the increased blood flow and circulation stimulated by floatation promote faster healing and tissue repair.

Dr. Jeremy Buhay is the owner Marine Float in Powell River. For information, go to

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