Float Therapy

What is Float Therapy


Floating in Salt Wellness Centre’s float tanks or float room is a practice in which you enter into a sensory reduced environment, reducing as much external stimuli as possible.

The floatation tank was originally invented by Dr. John Lilly in 1954 while working for the National Institute for Mental Health. Floatation therapy is based on a scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique or R.E.S.T. for short.

Today floatation tanks are used to deliver a plethora of benefits including stress and anxiety relief, relaxation, meditation, enhanced healing and recovery, pain management, creative exploration, introspection and mental conditioning. Floating is also a great way to detox the body, draw out lactic acid build up and increase magnesium absorption.

The float tank contains 10” of water and 1000 pounds of pharmaceutical grade Epsom salts. This creates a very dense solution that allows the body to float effortlessly and minimizes the forces of gravity delivering a feeling of weightlessness. The water is heated and maintained to body temperature so you can’t tell where the body ends and the water begins.


Float therapy and sensory deprivation ushers you into a deep state of relaxation known as Theta state, lowering your blood pressure, releasing endorphins, and rapidly eliminating fatigue and stress. Deep emotional and mental rejuvenation begins when you are able to rest at this level, blocking out all of your senses (even your awareness of your own body).


Because floating is the only form of treatment that eliminates all weight from your joints, bones, and muscle tissue, it’s one of the most effective, natural ways to provide pain relief and support healing in a number of conditions including:

  • fibromyalgia
  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • spinal injuries
  • post op recovery
  • migraines
  • anxiety and stress
  • chronic pain of all kinds (and the emotional stress that comes with it)

For more information on floating visit our Benefits of Floating section.