While floating in the tank your body gets a complete break from processing any sensory input. This allows the nervous, skeletal and muscular systems to be at ease, effectively eliminating the workload for each; blood pressure and cortisol levels lower, dopamine and endorphin levels rise, muscle tension eases, and the parasympathetic nervous system takes over so the body can “rest and digest.”

In other words, the environment inside of the tank naturally induces a state of relaxation at a fundamental level, helping to create a sense of safety and comfort that allows you to unwind and decompress completely.

Stress Relief

Inside this restricted sensory environment the sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight” response gets suppressed, and the parasympathetic nervous system's “relaxation response” is allowed to take over. With this system in control, blood pressure and cortisol levels lower, dopamine and endorphin levels rise, and the body enters a beneficial state of deep relaxation. Read more:

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Pain Management

The 1200 lbs. of Epsom salt dissolved in the water of these tanks counteracts the force of gravity to create a feeling of weightlessness while you lie comfortably on the surface. This total body support allows your spine to decompress and tension in the muscles, tendons and joints to ease away. Read more:

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Accelerated Recovery

The reduction of gravity and onset of the "relaxation response" work to decrease muscular tension, which helps increase circulation and allows the body to flush waste and delver nutrient rich blood throughout. Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and supplies the body with an optimal amount of magnesium to aid in healing and repair. Read more:

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Improved Athletic Performance / Visualization Space

The profound sense of relaxation along with the absence of stimulus inside of the tank makes the practice of manipulating mental imagery more vivid and intense, and ensures a continued concentrative flow. From athletes looking to sharpen up before a competition to public speakers and performers stepping into the spotlight on stage, the tank is a great environment to get you mentally prepared. Read more:

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Meditative Practice

The float tank provides a comfortable, safe, quiet and relaxing space where your focus turns inward, supporting the development of insightful exploration, body awareness and mindfulness. Read more:

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Enhanced Creativity

An increased flow of endorphins supports creative thought, while the insulated environment encourages an uninterrupted encounter between your truest self and the muse. Read more: 

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Magnesium Absorption

The high concentration of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) results in absorption through the skin to satisfy the body's need for this essential mineral. Studies show that proper levels of magnesium help the body metabolize carbohydrates, regulate blood pressure, and maintain healthy levels of cholesterol— not to mention it'll leave your skin feeling silky smooth! Read more:

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