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Flotation R.E.S.T. for acute recovery from strenuous exercise

09 September 2019

For some of us, exercise can be a good walk with the dog or a yoga class but, if you are someone who participates in some kind of demanding sport, such as running, cycling or football, or seriously working out at the gym, you are probably aware of blood lactate. But what really is it?

When you participate in strenuous exercise, your breathing rate increases, delivering extra oxygen to the necessary muscles. Some exercise is so intense that the body can’t produce oxygen fast enough and moves into anaerobic mode. The energy stored in the body is then broken down into a compound called pyruvate, which is, rather handily, turned into lactate to fuel the muscles, making it possible to push a little bit harder and get through a difficult race, cycle, or other vigorous workout.

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The benefits of using floatation tanks regularly

18 August 2019

We’re all pretty busy, aren’t we? There are so many demands on our time. Whether it’s studying, working, relationships or hobbies, we seem to be constantly on the go. Whilst it’s great to be busy with work and friends and family, more of us are realising the benefits of looking after ourselves and having a bit of ‘me time’. We practice yoga, or swim, or run, to focus on our health and well-being. We try to eat healthily, we drink lots of water, and mindfulness is the new buzzword, encouraging us to live in the moment instead of agonising over what has been or will be. Then, of course, there’s floatation.

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Don't be a Float Tank Rookie - 5 Top Tips!

06 August 2019

Float tanks. Sounds great, right? Sounds easy and restful and, hey, isn’t it supposed to be hugely beneficial, both mentally and physically? Yes, it is! But there are a few things worth bearing in mind in order to get the best from your first floatation experiences.

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How Float tanks can help you achieve beautiful skin

05 July 2019

Floatation is widely known to be an effective therapy to help us relax and ease stress and anxiety, or to help our body heal from physical or emotional trauma. Wonderful, right? Who doesn’t love the idea of floating weightlessly, quietly, letting go of our tensions and feeling refreshed and revived? What could be better? Well, it seems that this amazing therapy can also be hugely beneficial to our skin. This is like the best, most unexpected, buy one get one free offer for our wellbeing!

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Sensory Deprivation: How float tanks can ease anxiety

21 June 2019

We all experience some degree of stress in our lives. We worry about paying bills, about global warming, or being stuck in traffic. Some of us have other anxieties to deal with, such as shyness or, perhaps, a fear of heights, or worries about our health. It’s normal, and probably essential to our development, to feel some level of stress. A certain amount of pressure can be a positive thing because it motivates us to get things done or to take care of something, or someone, important to us. But stress and anxiety can all too often become overwhelming, and this can cause both physical and psychological problems.

The World Health Organisation has called stress the “health epidemic of the 21st Century” and, according to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2017/18, in Great Britain, 15.4 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, anxiety and depression. This is 57.3% of the 26.8 million workdays lost to ill health during this period. The average number of working days lost per person to stress, anxiety and depression was 25.8, with 595,000 workers reporting that they suffer from stress-related conditions. This has increased from 526,000 in 2016/17. Plainly, stress is a problem for many of us.

The natural response of our bodies to tension and pressure is to release adrenaline and cortisol into our bloodstream. As cortisol is naturally released as a defence mechanism in times of perceived threat or worry, it should ideally only be released for short periods of time but, in the busy lives we lead in the modern world, the body produces it more often. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone and, when we are enduring prolonged stress and tension, the increased level of this hormone can lead to various health problems. These problems are manifold, ranging from stomach pain and changes in appetite, dizziness, trouble sleeping and muscle tension, to difficulty in concentrating, becoming unreasonably irritable, and experiencing feelings of impending doom or disaster. Eventually, nervous anxiety over a prolonged period of time may lead to more serious health concerns, such as high blood-pressure, stomach ulcers, depression and heart disease.

So, what can we do to alleviate our anxieties before they take too much of a toll on our state of mind and our physical health?

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Floatation Therapy for better sleep

29 June 2018

Anette Kjellgren of the Karlstad University, Sweden reported in her 2010 peer reviewed paper on 25 floatation tank users as follows:

“Clients reported generally improved sleep during the course of treatment, in particular, during nights that followed flotation-REST. The clients experienced an effortlessly relaxed state while lying in bed, as well as a deliberate and unintentional ability to influence the level of relaxation by imitating the resting body position experienced in the tank and composing their respiration. The quality of sleep was enhanced by a deeper, more tranquil sleep, with fewer awakenings during the night, and a sense of renewed energy upon awakening in the morning.

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Floatation Therapy and pain relief

11 May 2018

Clients who use sensory deprivation tanks come to enjoy the process for all sorts of reasons. Some enjoy using a floatation tank to relax, some to practice mindfulness, to meditate and some find that the pain reduction qualities can be hugely beneficial.

Does Floating Reduce Pain?
The pain reducing qualities of using a floatation tank have been extensively recorded. Experts studying the effects of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy, or R.E.S.T, found that floatation benefits chronic pain patients greatly. The majority of users, who have been suffering from chronic pain, even for extended periods of time, can benefit from their very first float session.

How Does It Work?
From the moment you enter the sensory deprivation tank you are immediately surrounded by pleasantly warm water. The water contains a highly concentrated Magnesium Sulphate solution, allowing you to float effortlessly. This relief from the effects of gravity can have instant improving effects on your joints, bones and muscles even when it comes to chronic pain.

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Reasons to start a float pod business

17 April 2018

At i-sopod we’ve helped a whole host of people to get started with their own floatation centres. There are plenty of reasons why you might be considering working for yourself.

Here are just a few:

“I want to do something I love”
As the saying goes “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Actually, people who run their own float businesses work really hard, but if you enjoy what you do, then it really won’t ever feel like a chore. (Plus you get a chance to use your floatation pods as much as you want!).

You can choose who you work with
This goes beyond just being able to choose your colleagues. When you’re running a float spa you’ll be able to choose which companies you work with. From suppliers, to banks, you’ll be able to partner up with those who are in line with your ethos and philosophies.

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Float tanks maximise the benefits of fitness training and workouts.

11 April 2018

While exercise stimulates muscle growth, the strengthening process itself occurs 30 to 40 hours after the work out. The deep physical relaxation achieved in the float tank can improve circulation and accelerate the growth and regeneration of muscle tissue.

Physical exercise can cause a build up of lactic acid, which is often experienced as pain and cramp in the muscles, and has been linked with the feelings of depression known as ‘post – game letdown‘ which can affect even part – time joggers.

Research conducted by the Northern Illinois University has confirmed the long held belief that floating resets the body’s chemical and metabolic balance, thus reducing the risk of over training. The study has also shown of a significant reduction in blood lactate levels, revealing that floating has “a significant impact on blood lactate (37% reduction) and perceived pain compared with a 1-hour passive recovery session”.

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Infertility issues? Float tanks might help.

16 March 2018

Deciding to have a baby is a wonderful and life changing time for any parents-to-be. However, no one can say how long this will take. The journey to getting pregnant can take longer than you might like and the waiting and uncertainty can be extremely stressful.

The links between stress and fertility are not reassuring. Stress can have a huge adverse effect on a couple’s ability to conceive a child. For women, the hormones produced during times of stress (namely adrenaline, catecholamines and cortisol) can reduce the production of one of the body’s major sex hormones. The reduction in this sex hormone can hinder ovulation, making conception less likely.

It has also been proven that stress can lead to a lower sperm count in men.

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Will a floatation tank work in my town, city or country?

22 February 2018

Are you asking yourself whether or not a float tank business would work in the town, city or country where you’re based? At i-sopod we’ve worked with numerous people across the globe to supply their new businesses with our isolation tanks.

The growing concept of floating is gaining momentum and we’re seeing a lot of interest from those who are looking to be involved in this exciting industry.

In June of 2016 the i-sopod team installed 3 of our ground-breaking flotation tanks at Les Bulles à Flotter in Paris. This was the first designated float centre to be seen in France, and it turned out to be the start of something big.

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23 ways to get the most from your float

16 February 2018

Floatation tanks have been around since the late 1950s and recently have started to gain some serious popularity both in the US and Europe. Lying in the dark, upon skin temperature water that’s so salty that you float effortlessly leads to complete mental and physical relaxation. Floating in this zero-gravity environment removes pressure from the body and allows blood vessels to decompress and your circulation to flow more freely.

Research conducted in the US and Sweden indicates that floatation brings about extensive benefits, these include; reductions in stress, chronic pain, headaches, depression, anxiety and insomnia while lowering blood pressure and improving skin health. Additional studies demonstrate that regular sessions can “reset” stress response hormones such as cortisol, ACTH and improve the sense of well-being with these positive effects being detectable days and weeks later.

So how do you get the most from your 60 minutes?

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Neuropsychologist Dr Feinstein proves that floating strongly reduces anxiety and stress

08 February 2018

Developed in the 1950s, the original goal of the floatation tank was to explore and experiment with consciousness. However, the benefits of floating meant that it grew in popularity, mostly in new-age and hippie communities initially, and then in more mainstream settings. As the practice has developed, so did the designs of the tanks and new research has been conducted into the effects of floating.

Now, ground-breaking research on the effects on the brain while floating is being done at Tulsa’s Laureate Institute for Brain Research and we are seeing real, measurable benefits of the practice. Neuropsychologist Dr Feinstein has conducted the first study into the effects of floating on patients with debilitating anxiety, like panic attacks and PTSD.

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Are float tanks claustrophobic?

31 October 2017

It is common for some new customers to be slightly apprehensive and even a little nervous before their first floatation session.

Claustrophobia is the fear of being in a situation where you have little to no control over your environment, such as an elevator that’s unexpectedly stopped between floors.

In the floatation pod you are not trapped nor obliged to stay in, if you don’t like it you can always get out any point. Once we explain this to our customers and they realise that are in control of the whole procedure their worries subside and they usually go on to float with the door closed and the light off. Both of these functions are controllable from within the tank.

The i-sopod floatation tank is one of the biggest float pods on the market and is actually larger than a small car and is much bigger than most customers imagine.

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Why float tanks use Epsom Salt

07 October 2017

Why floatation tanks use Epsom salts

Epsom Salt Floatation Tanks are an excellent way of combating stress, alleviating muscular aches and pains.

Epsom salts Magnesium Sulfate / Magnesium Sulphate MgSO4•7H2O has been used for centuries as an effective cure all.

Soaking in Epsom salts has been found to stimulate lymph drainage, and promote the absorption of Magnesium and Sulfates / Sulphates.

Magnesium is the second-most abundant element in human cells and the fourth-most important positively charged ion in the body, so it is little wonder this low-profile mineral is so vital to good health and well being. Magnesium, a major component of Epsom Salt, also helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.

Magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and diet. Industrial farming has depleted Magnesium from soil and the typical diet contains much less Magnesium than that of our forefathers. In fact, the modern diet with its fat, sugar, salt and protein actually works to speed up the depletion of Magnesium from our bodies.

57% of the US population does not meet the US Recommended Dietary Allowance for dietary intake of magnesium.

Researchers and physicians report that raising your magnesium and sulphate levels may:

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Float, San Antonio breaks record!

09 May 2017

Float, San Antonio adds additional i-sopod float tank within months of opening.

Congratulations to Jeremy and Courtney of Float San Antonio

Float opened in November 2016 with two i-sopod float tanks and a single float room and were at 80% occupancy after only a few months!

Whilst we’re used to i-sopod customers being successful, it’s a record to receive a follow up order in less than 6 months!

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Beyond Rest Install 4 i-sopods in their newest Float Centre in Collingwood, Melbourne

17 February 2017

We’re happy to have recently provided 4 pods for Beyond Rest in Australia for their latest float centre.

Beyond Rest opened their first centre in Perth in late 2013, they chose the i-sopod and had 3 units put in that first location. Very quickly they reached an extraordinary occupancy level as they grabbed the awareness of the people of Perth and educated them about floating and the numerous benefits.

Since then they’ve opened a second centre in Perth with 4 pods, moved out east to Melbourne where they have another 4 pods centre in Prahran and also opened their first franchise in Brisbane also with 4 pods.

The Collingwood centre sees them up to 5 float centres nationwide with another one close to being ready to order pods and a number of franchise centres getting close to fruition too.

There’s no doubt that Beyond Rest are one of the great success stories of commercial floating anywhere in the world.

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i-sopod float tanks helps heal the SEALs

01 February 2017

Before opening Virginia High Performance, a training facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, Jeff Nichols and Alex Oliver were both long serving members of the US Navy SEALs where they experienced multiple concussions.

Alex Oliver worked as the Chief Performance Officer when the SEALs took their first i-sopod delivery. Seeing how floating helped hundreds of Special Forces Operators recover from concussion they went one step further, producing equipment to read what was happening to the brain during a float session. Readings showed that personnel recovered more quickly from concussions. Memory was improved. Chronic pain was less so many users were able to stop medication. They also showed that floating accelerated learning.

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i-sopod install at Australian Institute of Sport

14 December 2016

For 3 decades the Australian Institute of Sport has led the world in terms of sports science and peak performance.

Since 1993 they have utilised the floatation tank for their athletes.

Their expertise has seen Australia punch way above their weight on the world sporting scene, with a population that has only recently topped 20 million the nation has excelled at Olympic Games and in a multitude of team sports… Rugby Union, Rugby League, Cricket, netball and cycling to name a few.

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Floatation Tanks and Sports Science

14 August 2016

Floating maximises the benefits of fitness training and workouts. While exercise stimulates muscle growth, the strengthening process itself occurs 30 to 40 hours after the work out. The deep physical relaxation achieved in the float tank can improve circulation and accelerate the growth and regeneration of muscle tissue.

Physical exercise can cause a build up of lactic acid, which is often experienced as pain and cramp in the muscles, and has been linked with the feelings of depression known as ‘post-game letdown‘ which can affect even part-time joggers.

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