Feel Better, Look Better, Sleep Better – Why We Float

Float Therapy BurlingtonThere is so much information about self-care and many of us are taking care of our wellness at the gym, with better eating habits and with some form of mindfulness. All of these do contribute to our overall wellbeing. Typically speaking, we find what works the best for us to create balance and wellness in our lives and we don’t often stray from this plan. We often use our wellness regime to help reduce stress.

Working out is an excellent example of a stress reducer and helps to clear the mind. So why is it that we still feel tension in our bodies, experience longer recovery times between workouts and are feeling more fatigued that usual? A couple of thoughts to share, we spend most of our days in our fight or flight mode AKA a sympathetic nervous system response. This is great when we need a quick burst of energy as with high intensity training. The extra boost of calcium released in our body creates a chain of fast responsive neurological reactions. Motion on demand! What happens when we can’t naturally off that response or return to homeostasis?

Extra calcium in the body can create muscles spasms, a faster heart rate which sends signals to the brain that we are in danger and we start releasing stress hormones to protect our body. Ouch!

What also adds to this equation is that we now have many more external stressors than before. We are more mindful of what we spend, working more hours, and cutting back on “fringe’ items. This adds more to our mental stressors leaving us feeling stretched, overwhelmed and tired.

So, let’s get back to calcium for a moment. We know that it is an essential mineral, however too much can play havoc on how our body functions and that is where magnesium comes in. Many of us have taken magnesium supplements whether it is for reducing cramps, to improve sleep patterns or to calm our bodies down! For some of us it has helped tremendously and for other the benefits seemed to lessen over time. Could it be the type of magnesium take? The dosages? Well, I can’t fully answer these questions as I am not a doctor! What I can speak around is what are we doing to change our external environment?

It can be frustrating when taking the right steps and yet not fully reaching our intended outcome. Floating has become a more commonly known modality although without much credit to its full capabilities. Floating for those whom are not as familiar, occurs in a magnesium-based solution and where the body is suspended without gravity. One may ask after hearing this statement; “Isn’t an Epsom salt bath the same thing?” The answer is rather simple, not at all!

When floating you are suspended weightlessly in a magnesium-based solution, that is extremely buoyant that even if you can’t float in water, you can in a float tank effortlessly!

Floating takes all the tension off the muscles and joints of the body leaving stress, anxiety and gravity outside of the tank! The environment of a float tank is balanced in a manner that the air and water are the same as the body’s external temperature.

When removing external stimulus such as light, sound and pressure of the earths gravitational pull, the body’s central nervous system is able to REST while floating in a state of a peaceful bliss.

Floating promotes better sleep patterns, better recovery rate post exercise, and decreases chronic pain in the body.

After experiencing a float therapy treatment there is a feeling of rejuvenation from the intake of magnesium. When with the body and mind are feeling reconnected and rested it improves mental clarity and mindset, as well as the ability to balance stress more effectively.

Floating is affordable and this is not a sales pitch it’s a fact, you’re well-being is worth every cent.