Slí Beatha Float House

  • What is Floatation Therapy?

Floatation Therapy is a unique and powerful tool that is highly effective at combating chronic stress and its associated conditions. Floating is also highly enjoyable and creates profound experiences of relaxation and wellbeing.

Floating combines the sensation of weightlessness with an experience known technically as Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy (REST). Over 1,000 pounds of Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) are dissolved into a pool with water that is heated and maintained at human skin temperature. This super-saturated Epsom Salt solution creates a hyper-buoyant environment where users naturally float on the surface without any effort.

The effortless floatation frees the user from the effects of gravity, facilitating a deep relaxation of the body and a state of meditative calm within the mind.
From a health perspective, meditation has been shown to reduce blood pressure, calm the nervous system and increase alpha wave patterns in the brain. Recent studies suggest that it dramatically improves the immune system by reducing anxiety, worry and stress.

90% of our central nervous system’s workload is related to gravity, light, sound and touch. While in the float tank the water is heated to 35.5 degrees – this is skin-receptor neutral, which means the water is the same temperature as your body so you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins.

It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or constantly taking in information your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal.

Focusing your awareness on your breath the outside world will float away. Allowing you to consciously slow and focus your mind.
Your mind is then free to mull things over without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and your body gets to rest, de-stress and heal.

Experience better sleep,
less stress and more relaxation!

The History of Floatation-REST

(Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy)

The first flotation tank was developed in 1954 by the American neurophysiologist Professor Dr. John C. Lilly while working at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) in Maryland, USA.

Lilly and Drs. Jay Shurley became interested in understanding how the human brain would respond to an environment devoid of external sensory input. Lily ended up discovering that sensory deprivation has a load of benefits that far superseded whatever wild experiments he was doing.

By the 1970s, the tank’s design had evolved from Lilly’s original laboratory chambers to the comfortable commercial tanks that we have now.

The float environment systematically minimizes external sensory input to the nervous system including signals from visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, thermal, tactile, vestibular, gravitational, and proprioceptive channels. Since its discovery, there have been a number of publications exploring the potential therapeutic benefits of floating. The most consistent observation to date has been significant reductions in levels of subjective stress and increases in relaxation as measured from pre- to post-float.

In 1982, the International REST Investigators Society (IRIS) was founded in order to give the increased number of R.E.S.T researchers a platform to share their research findings. For several years float tanks were solely used by researchers in university laboratories or by private individuals. It wasn’t until 1979 that the first float centre opened: a 5-tank centre in Beverly Hills run by Samadhi. The centre was an immediate success that was quickly emulated.

In 1983 floating increased in popularity as more became known about its effects. Today, floatation therapy is a rapidly growing practice around the world.

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