Floatworks Launches All New Ultimate Sensory Relaxation Device, the i-sopod

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"The pace of modern-day life, the credit crunch, and the financial crisis is making many people feel extremely stressed"

The Floatworks is the world's largest floatation centre and receives something in the region of 1200 customers each month to its nine-tank centre.

Floatation therapy is based on the revolutionary scientific method of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy also known as R.E.S.T.

The high-tech i-sopod contains 1000 litres of water and 500 kg of Epsom salts, creating a 30cm silky solution so buoyant that everyone floats effortlessly on the surface, no matter what their size or weight.

The water and air are heated to skin temperature, 35.5C, so that once settled in the environment you cannot tell which parts of your body are in contact with the water, and with gravity pushing down and the buoyancy pushing up in an equal force, you find yourself in a simulated zero gravity environment.

As external stimuli is kept to an absolute minimum (you choose whether to go the whole hog and shut the door and turn the interior light off) and gravity has been eliminated, the usually dominant logical side of the brain is left with virtually nothing to do, and slowly synchronises with the creative side. This leaves the client in a meditative state, almost identical to the brief feelings you get just before you slip into deep sleep each night.

Buddhist monks spend years of training and practice trying to reach this Zen-like stateā€¦. But all you have to do is turn up, climb in and the i-sopod will induce the same effects, all without any effort on your part at all.


You are invited to visit our centre to view the i-sopod and try it for yourself.

Medical benefits of flotation

Whilst floating, the pressure of gravity is taken off the joints and muscles and the body as a whole is put in to a high state of physical relaxation, with blood pressure and oxygen intake reduced but at the same time blood flow and the distribution of red blood cells increase. The combined effects are of particular benefit to athletes, speeding recovery from injury and assisting in the flushing of lactate, cortisone and adrenaline that may have built up either through training or performance.

Floatation has been shown to loosen the muscles and give athletes a greater degree of control over their nervous systems. This reduces the risk of injury during training or competition. Floatation not only accelerates the recovery process, but releases vast quantities of endorphins, the body's natural painkiller.

Modern training methods focus on helping the athlete to master the 'inner game' to develop the perfect synchronicity between mind, body and emotion which is the hallmark of a champion. In the tank the athlete can attain the level of concentration necessary for visualisation to have a quantifiable impact on his or her performance.

Physical exercise can cause a build of lactic acid, which is often experienced as pain and a cramping of the muscles, and has been linked with the feelings of depression known as 'post-game letdown' which can affect even part-time joggers. Floating resets the body's chemical and metabolic balance, thus reducing the risk of over training.

The effects of Floating

Following is a short list of some of the effects which have been reported by researchers and users:

  •     Promotes total calm, peaceful relaxation, eliminates fatigue and jet lag; improves sleep; alleviates stress- mental and physical; energises, rejuvenates and revitalises.
  •     Stimulates left/right brain synchronisation; shifts brain waves from Beta to lower frequency Alpha, Theta and even Delta.; creates mental clarity, alertness; increases creativity, problem solving; heightens visualisation; deepens meditation; expands awareness, intensifies acuteness of all the senses, accelerates learning.
  •     Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis; increases motivation, diminishes depression, anxiety and fear; facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions.
  •     Improves athletic performance and helps prevent sports injuries and speeds the healing process.
  •     Decreases the production of Cortisol, ACTH, Lactic Acid and Adrenaline; Increases production of endorphins; quickens rehabilitation and recovery; relieves pain- arthritis, migraines, injuries etc.; boosts immune function.
  •     Improves circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients; reduces blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption.

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