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Healthy Science

Jul 19, 2019 01:12AM
Imagine shutting a lid on all the noise, light, and distraction of your day-to-day life to enjoy tranquil time alone disconnected from the world. This is “floating.” The first “isolation tank” was created in 1954 by psychiatrists to test the effects of sensory deprivation. Sometimes referred to as a “sensory deprivation tank” or “flotation tank,” the completely dark, soundproof tanks are filled with body-temperature salt water to promote the sensation of weightlessness.

Advertised as a form of alternative medicine, flotation therapy can significantly lower stress levels, leading to a decrease in blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension. The element of zero gravity in floating pods allows for spinal cord and joint decompression, providing relief from physical pain. In addition, the tranquility provided by eliminating stimuli can help facilitate deep meditative states, which often results in increased mental clarity, focus, and calmness. “It’s a full reset for me. I can draw from this calmness days after having a float,” explains Mike Kansa, an avid floater in Eureka.

For many years, the Humboldt community has had only one option for floating at Chumayo Spa in the rural town of Blue Lake. Chumayo has offered floating since 2003 as a “short cut to meditation," explains Julie Jonte, registered nurse and owner. 

Earlier this year, Platinum Studio Salon and Float Spa in Eurkea opened a modern and stylish facility with several float pods, a sauna, and a blow-dry bar. Each private suite includes a float pod and shower, allowing clients to get in and out of the float pod at their leisure; taking short breaks from floating can help reduce fears of claustrophobia. Outfitted with options for personal lighting and music, Platinum offers float times ranging from thirty to ninety minutes.

In our stressful world, float tanks offer a unique and healthy way to unwind and unplug.