Float Los Alamos opens today at 927 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos.
The new business provides floatation therapy a.k.a. Floating, or R.E.S.T (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), which involves lying in a spacious, dark tank floating atop a super saturated Epsom salt water solution. The goal of floatation therapy is to limit sensory input and allow the body to shift into a parasympathetic state to achieve rest, relaxation and restoration of normal function and behavior.
Sound: Your ears (with earplugs in) stay just below the water; the tanks are insulated against sound leaving you in peaceful silence.
Sight: After you shut the door and turn off the light, you float in total darkness – you won’t notice a difference between keeping your eyes open or closed.
Touch: Inside the tank you’ll float atop a 10” solution of 200 gallons of water and 850lbs of Epsom salt. The water and air are both kept at 93.5 degrees, which is skin-receptor neutral meaning that when you fully relax, you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins.
During your float, the outside world is gone and amazing things may happen. It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or receiving sensory input, your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to navigate without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and the parasympathetic nervous system gets to work helping you Relax, Heal and Reset. Floating is likely to be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced.
Pain Management: Floatation eases chronic pain in the neck, back, and well, pretty much every body joint. It also helps with spinal misalignment issues and pairs well with some chiropractic work. Floating has been shown to ease the pain from such conditions as arthritis and fibromyalgia; conditions with few natural treatment options.
Increased Blood Circulation: The zero-gravity environment of the floatation tank allows for the muscles and joints of the body to relax, reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow and helping to accelerate repair of muscle tissues. This is especially beneficial for those recovering from intense activity, current injuries or chronic pain.
Relaxation Response: Floating weightless in the tank suppresses the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response. Simultaneously, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated which is responsible for relaxation, stimulation of digestive secretions, replenishment and general recuperation.
Increased Immune Function: Regular floatation has enhanced immune system function by suppressing stress hormones like cortisol, which not only weaken the immune system but also suppress the digestion and reproductive systems, affect regeneration processes, and decrease insulin sensitivity.
Use in Athletic Training: The water in the tank has the added benefit of being super saturated with Epsom salt, which have well-established healing effects, helping to draw out toxins and lactic acid build-up, and speeding up recovery time.
Heightened Senses: Anecdotal evidence suggests that regular floating leads to increased visual acuity, improved tangible perception, increased taste sensitivities and improved auditory sensitivity.
Magnesium Absorption: The high concentration of Epsom salt or Magnesium Sulfate are absorbed transdermally or through the skin. Magnesium has been shown to be deficient in the standard North American diet. Magnesium assists in regulating high blood pressure, preventing cardiovascular disease, preventing osteoporosis, relieving menopause symptoms, providing PMS relief, creating healthier bones and teeth, and is involved with detoxification.