Self-care can be summed up as the intentional actions you take to nourish yourself, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Self-care should always come first, and should never be looked at as a reward, but more a necessity for preventing disease and restoring health.
The challenge many people face is how to fit a regular self-care practice into their days, weeks and months while juggling work, home, kids, school, and more. A once-a-year vacation or occasional massage isn’t what we’re talking about. Instead, scheduling time for yourself on a regular basis is the goal to counteract the stresses of everyday life.
Imagine Float, greater Hartford’s first and only wellness center offers four non-invasive therapies that offer practical and time-efficient self-care options. Not only will they fit your schedule and budget, but they offer all the advantages of self-care to benefit both you and those around you. One of the most effective and efficient services to consider is floatation therapy.
Here are 4 reasons why spending an hour in one of our floatation rooms is the perfect way to take care of you and only you.
Reduce sensory input
Floatation allows you to reduce sensory input more than any other environment. A break from the office, school and your phone can help you refill your physical and emotional stores. You will have more energy to tackle the rest of your day. A much needed digital detox can go a long way.
Allow for physical decompression
A large amount of physical energy and much of our brain is dedicated to dealing with and fighting gravity. Whether we are standing, sitting or lying down; the ground, a chair or a mattress is pushing against us. When we lie in water, blood flows freely throughout your body. Not having to fight gravity lets your muscles, joints and bones get a well-deserved break. No longer focusing on supporting your weight or regulating temperature, your body has more resources to focus on healing and resting.
Reach a deeper meditative state
Upon entering a float room, a strong sense of calmness and relaxation overcomes you. Your brain down-shifts to a much lower frequency producing theta brainwaves. This happens in that ‘between waking and sleeping’ state. In this theta state we experience unpredictable, unexpected, vivid dreamlike images. Sadly, we don’t experience this for very long because we tend to fall asleep or wake up. In a float room, you are able to “hang out” in the theta state and experience free association, sudden insight or inspire creative thoughts.
Increase your magnesium stores
According to World Health Organization statistics, as much as 75% of the U.S. adult population does not meet the recommended daily intake of magnesium. Regular float sessions allow magnesium to be easily absorbed through your skin. Magnesium calms your nervous system and reduces cortisol levels, the stress hormone. Magnesium can help alleviate symptoms related to depression and anxiety. Filling your magnesium stores can improve sleep, muscle recovery and calcium absorption to improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
Make float therapy a staple in your self-care practice. Remember, the more frequently you float, you will reach deeper states of relaxation and recovery.