Saunas, steam rooms, therapeutic water jets, relaxing water beds... there are a thousand and one water-based relaxation techniques available at spas and thermal baths. And here's one more: the flotation pool. Its aim? To help you achieve deep relaxation by floating in body-temperature water, saturated with mineral salts.
There are many benefits to flotation tanks and pools, mostly related to deep relaxation and the general well-being of the user. A one-hour session in the flotation pool is equivalent to several hours of sleep, and is a great way to combat jet lag. The relaxation session can have a calming effect, soothing and reducing stress, muscle tension and nervousness.
It can also help regulate blood pressure and alleviate asthma, migraines and sleep disorders such as insomnia. It improves circulation and oxygen delivery to the system, speeds the healing of muscle and joint strain, and complements other rheumatological treatments. It's good for the skin, too, soothing, exfoliating, moisturising and revitalising the skin cell tissue as well as having anti-wrinkle and cell regeneration benefits.
What do I need to do? Actually, you don't do anything: it's all about doing nothing. Without meaning to sound contradictory, floating is a passive activity. The salts in the water buoy you up, so you don't need to work at keeping afloat, and the water is at body temperature so you become less conscious of your own body limits. In a few minutes, your mind should start to disconnect and you'll enter a conscious dream state; time ceases to matter, and your body will start to benefit from the mineral qualities of the water.
And it's not just the water: most flotation pool spaces will combine music, soft lighting and slight changes in temperature to enhance the effect and create an ideal environment for relaxation where you can just let your worries float away.