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4 things you didn't know about float therapy

By Sangeeta Kocharekar November 1, 2017
Float therapy

#2: There's a guaranteed walk-away.

If you've heard about float therapy, but haven't given it a try yet, there are more chances than ever now with the boom in float tanks opening up all across Australia. But while many who haven't tried it, or even some who have, know a bit about it, there's still a lot to be learnt. We asked the team at KOA Recovery in Sydney's Waterloo for a full explanation of why people are hopping into salt water-filled pods to float in darkness for an hour. 

The benefits

It allows your body to recover and heal from the stressors in life with float therapy. Experience ultimate relaxation and recovery through sensory deprivation by floating in our luxurious pod filled with Epsom salts. Benefits include:

  • Lower stress hormones
  • Increased endorphins
  • Replenish of neurotransmitters
  • Deep relaxation
  • Enhance hair and skin health
  • Lower levels of pain and inflammation
  • Helps manage insomnia, migraines and infertility
  • Euphoric boost of energy when jet lagged or feeling fatigued
  • Improved physical performance
  • Improved recovery time post injury
  • Enhanced creativity leaving you with a clear head and enhanced productivity 
  • Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Boosts immune system to promote self healing following a gym workout, stress, busy schedules and late nights
  • Relief from joint pain during pregnancy and deep connection with your baby

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The guaranteed walk-away

Muscle repair and recovery (given the amount of magnesium in the water) and relaxation are guaranteed. 

How many sessions it'll take

You'll see results following your first session, however, the effects of floating are cumulative and like anything new it takes practice to make perfect. We recommend three sessions initially as it takes most people that long to be able to fully relax and get all the benefits.

Tips on how to relax inside

KOA Recovery suggests people trial the music playing the entire time to give them something to focus on. They also suggest not having a coffee or any other stimulant just before entering the pod. Lastly, they say definitely try three sessions before making up your mind about it. It can be difficult to wind down on the first session and switch off the mind, but, by the third, your body should know what's happening and you'll be able to relax the entire time.