A few weeks ago, I got invited to try out the first ever Floating Therapy in Singapore at Float House Singapore at Novena Medical Centre.
I am sure your first question will be…
WHAT IS FLOATING THERAPY?
It is floating in 11 inches of water filled with 550kg of magnesium salt.
The environment is controlled so there’s no stimulus (Distractions) you can’t see, hear or feel anything else. (If you are a more scientific person, it is best described as Sensory deprivation)
Hence it’s designed to trigger the relaxation response in the body and brain.
Your whole body is weightless as it is near zero gravity so any pressure on your body resulting from weight bearing is removed.
What do you Float in?
Below shows a Floatation Pod. It looks like a huge bathtub shaped like an egg. Big enough to fully stretch out in there.
If you are wondering how come I am posing with so many different pods below? It is actually the same pod(although they have a few luxury treatment rooms), just that the LED lights changes to different beautiful colours. Pretty cool right? It reminds me of a space shuttle from the sci-fi movies.
What are the benefits?
Floatation therapy is not only for relaxation, but also to treat injuries, overcome jet lag , insomnia to depression.
You can improve circulations, soothe aches and pains, sport injuries, back pains , joint pain, it even speeds up healing.
Magnesium salt is very good for your skin, it’s like a muscle relaxant, they help draw out Lactic acid out of the muscles, so that speeds up healing process.
(Very good for people who run, work out, martial arts)
Magnesium is the second most abundant element in our bodies, and is used in regulating over 300 enzymes and reactions in the body.
To summarise, magnesium is good for:
Headache/ migraine relief
Speeds up wound healing
For acne, eczema and other skin problems
Joint pain relief
Improve skin hydration.
DETOX (Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed thru’ the skin. Sulfates play an important role in the formation of brain tissues, joint proteins and the proteins that line the digestive tract, they stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are thought to help detoxify the body.
My Review for the float session:
I am rather amazed at first to be able to float effortlessly on the water so it took me a while to get used to it and finally get into the relaxation mode. I am always curious about how it feels like to be floating on the dead sea while nourishing my skin with the minerals but dead sea trip seemed way too far for me.
So this is what it feels like, felt so weightless and absolutely no pressure anywhere on my body when I am floating.
Basically, I just stripped down to my birthday suit, took a shower and hop into the pod and close it.
The LED lights created a good relaxation mood and there was also music of the rainforest which stays on for about the first 10 minutes in the pod before the lights dimmed and the music fade away.
After about 15 minutes, I already got used to being inside the warm, dark and quiet chamber. Just relaxing and drifting off to sleep mode. The water temp in the pod is heated up to 35.5 degrees which is the same temp as your skin. I just felt like my whole body had blended in with the water.
Face towel and eyewash to spray in the eyes if the salt water gets in the eyes during the session in the chamber so you need not get out of the chamber to wash your eyes. Very thoughtful as the 550kg of salt water would surely will sting the eyes if it gets in the eye.
Look at my fingers after 1 hour of soaking in the salt water, my fingers did not even wrinkled up at all. Usually after swimming for 20 minutes in a normal pool, my fingers and toes kind of look like my 86 year old grandma.
The whole place look so white and clean.
How about Water Hygiene?
Towards the end of every session, the music will come back on and then the LED lights for about 5 minutes then there will be a voice telling you that your session has ended. You will automatically wake up if you have fallen into a deep sleep as the water will start swirling. This is actually the water being sucked in to the filtering system and the water is then filtered through a cleaning system to remove all particles and impurities in the water.
Besides there is 550kg of magnesium salt in the water. No bacteria can survive in that kind of environment anyway.
Floating good for the busy mind
We have about 70,000 thoughts going through our head a day, that is 48 thoughts a minute! We are constantly multi tasking, chasing after children, sitting in front of the computer, facing deadlines, bombarded by noise, lights and demands.
It’s so hard to slow down. That’s why everyday stresses manifest themselves as pain, back pain, neck pain, aching joints and muscles, headaches.
So when we take a little time just for ourselves and allow our mind and body to just slow down, take a break. It gives us a chance to recuperate and bounce back better to deal with our hectic city life.
It is said that 1 hour of floating is equivalent to 4 hours of deep sleep.
So if you would like to try this out! Here is a special promotion for my readers.
Quote ”Jessie Blogger” when you call for appointment for half price, 50% off for your first trial at only $50 (U.P $100)
Call 63976865 for appointment
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 9pm
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