Many people struggle with hypotonic or hypertonic muscles (those that are too loose or too stiff, respectively). Sometimes this is caused by an illness or disability, and sometimes it happens because of environmental factors. For example, if your job requires you to work at a computer, you may suffer from a stiff neck and shoulders. At NWFC, we believe floatation therapy can help the body as much as the mind, so we recommend floating to help relax your affected muscles.
Overly tight or loose muscles and muscular injuries can limit your physical abilities. However, floatation therapy is unique because it eliminates those limitations. There are no complicated exercises involved. That means there’s no need for stretching that might cause additional pain and no medications that wear off after only a few hours of making you feel relaxed. The most complicated part of floating is entering the tank and situating yourself.
Anyone can use floatation therapy to help with muscle problems. Many athletes float to alleviate the pain and mental stresses of sports injuries. Since floating lets them mentally relax, it may help speed up their recovery. Corporate workers with conditions such as carpal tunnel can benefit because floating takes strain away from vulnerable areas like the hands and wrists. Consistent floating teaches the muscles to respond better to repetitive motions like typing. Over time, work-related pains may lessen or stop altogether with regular floatation therapy.
When some people hear the words “sensory deprivation,” they are skeptical. They wonder how anyone can shut out all the noise and stimulation of our world. However, NWFC’s float team has worked for years to make this possible. When floating, you won’t even smell the water or feel your wet hair around your head. This will allow you to let go, physically and mentally, so your muscles can truly relax over an extended period.
At the Northwest Float Center, we seek to make our guests feel safe and in control at all times. For example, we offer partially or fully open tank for clients who would be more comfortable in that environment. We place all our clients in specific tanks designed for their optimum comfort. Although we don’t recommend falling asleep in a floatation tank, we’ll be there to wake you should that happen. You can stop floating at any time during the session—you are in control.
We recommend clients with muscle issues use floatation therapy in conjunction with physical therapy and other treatments their doctor recommends. If you haven’t considered floating, speak to your doctor about how well it could work for you. You can contact us for an appointment at any time.