MILWAUKEE -- Over the past couple of years, businesses offering floatation therapy have popped up around Milwaukee. Carl spent the morning learning about the benefits of sensory deprivation at Float Life.
How it works (website)
Floatation Therapy combines the sensation of weightlessness with an experience known as Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy (REST). Our float pods contain approximately 200 gallons of water kept at skin temperature and 1000 pounds of dissolved Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate).
This super saturated Epsom salt solution creates a hyper buoyant environment where you naturally float on the surface without any effort. It is an experience akin to floating in the Dead Sea and it is impossible to sink.
The effortless floatation frees you from the effects of gravity and facilitates a deep relaxation of the body. At the same time, the lack of any external stimuli - no light or sound - eventually leads the mind into a slower brainwave pattern.
The modified brainwaves are similar to how the mind acts in dreamlike states when deep relaxation occurs.