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Floating For Athletes

A Must Have For Your Athletic Performance And Recovery

 

The sun is shining on the Gold Coast and sports activities are happening in full force. It's that time of year that you feel more motivated to join the local gym and get Summer fit! 

Did you know that float therapy can enhance your sports performance and aid in physical recovery? A lot of our clients that come in either have a regular physical fitness regime, or compete in a sport.  

 

Float Therapy provides an optimal zero gravity environment so your body can heal itself. The physical benefits of floating in one of our state of the art pods are unmistakable:

  •   Float Therapy reduces stiffness & tenderness in the muscles.
  •   Enhances athletic performance by speeding up muscle recovery time and eliminating fatigue with a one hour float
  •   Promoting blood circulation through the limbs.
  •   Floating also assists with boosting endorphins
  •  Reducing inflammation, stress hormones & heart rate
  •   The magnesium in the Epsom Salts assists with metabolism, transmembrane transport, muscle contraction and relaxation, hydration and even sleep
  •    Floatation Therapy alleviates chronic pain symptoms (for example arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis & migraine).

There are so many fun filled sports events happening over the coming months on the Gold Coast! 

Here's a few to get amongst:

If you're competing in any of these events BOOK yourself in a float beforehand to aid in your preparation as well as after (you'll speed up your recovery process)! Win-win!

 A DUO float pack is $138 (saving of $20). Purchase via HERE

 

Happy days filled with sunshine!

 

Asher x

 

 

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How Floating Combats Addiction

Floating for Addiction

Addiction exists in all aspects of our lives as the mechanisms that occur in the brain and body reward us when we eat, when we are with loved ones when we are excited and entertained. It also gives us signals when we lack something that the brain believes is paramount to our ability to survive and thrive in this life. Some of us are addicted to sugar, smoking, alcohol or caffeine, while others tend to turn to more explicit substances on a regular basis because it simulates feelings we are genetically programmed to seek. To understand the ways in which floating can reduce addictive behaviour, we must first understand the primary causes. It is important to recognise that while every individual suffers from addiction for different reasons, there are physical mechanisms in the brain and body that cause addiction to occur. Whether someone is filling a void, chasing a rush or stuck in a rut of addictive consumption patterns, there are ways to treat and overcome these patterns and floating is one of them. In this article, I will be outlining 3 proven physical causes of addiction alongside the correlating benefits of floating.

Last week, I bumped into a guy called Henry, who opened up to me about his newfound discovery of floating and it absolutely warmed my heart. This is what he said:

"Hey, you may not remember me but we met when my mate bought your car. You were talking about the float tanks and I actually ended up going down to Freedom Float to give it a try and I have been quite a few times since then. You see, I used to have a heroin addiction and although now I'm completely cured, I never really knew what I was looking for in my life until I tried floating. It has really helped in my recovery and with giving me that feeling I had been looking for. I think I have been turning to substances for sedation or something and I didn't know what I was really trying to achieve before. Floating has changed my life, it is exactly what I needed". - Henry

This blog is for those who of you who are interested in facing your addictions with floating, or those who want to help their loved ones. Here is an outline of the key hormones involved in addiction and how floating can help.

SEROTONIN

Serotonin, the neurotransmitter in the brain involved in sleep, sensory experiences, and sense of well-being, plays a key role in many cases of addiction. Decreased serotonin levels have been linked to behaviours associated with:

  • Intoxication.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Poor impulse control.
  • Aggression.
  • Suicidal behaviour.

In some cases, addiction occurs when people seek substances to escape these feelings or fill a void which is often caused by a lack of serotonin production or release. Float tanks can assist in the production of serotonin because as outlined in this study, Magnesium in the Central Nervous SystemMagnesium causes serotonin production and release which reduces symptoms associated with low levels of this hormone. 

In a Study published by the US National Library of Medicine on the antidepressant effect of floatation, 50 participants who were diagnosed with anxiety and depression tried floating. The results concluded that “the float experience induced a reduction in self-reported state anxiety that was evident across all 50 participants”. That's a 100% rate of improvement after floating.

DOPAMINE

The neurotransmitter dopamine is responsible for incentive, reward and motivation, and is a key neurotransmitter involved in addiction.

Drugs of abuse activate reward pathways, releasing excessive dopamine. Dopamine surges produce:

  • Euphoria.
  • Strong behavioural reinforcement.
  • Cravings or compulsions to perform certain behaviours

When floating, you are benefiting from ‘REST’ which is Restricted Environmental Stimulation Treatment. During your float, your body is placed in ideal conditions for relaxation and healing to occur. Those who are addicted to a substance due to the Dopamine rush it provides can benefit from floating as it heals the body and neurotransmitters by replenishing the supply of endorphins and dopamine in the body. For many, after a float, they will experience a healthy release of Dopamine which can prevent them from seeking other harmful substances to feel similar feelings. 

GLUTAMATE

Another neurotransmitter, glutamate, the primary excitatory brain neurotransmitter stimulating brain cells to fire, is associated with learning and memory, and has been implicated in the perpetuation of addiction.

Research has demonstrated that glutamate, operating independently and interacting with the dopaminergic system, fosters the development and maintenance of addiction through:

  • Reinforcement.
  • Conditioning (cues in one’s daily routine become associated with use).
  • Craving
  • Relapse 

The brain adjusts to surges of Glutamate by reducing dopamine production and the number of receptors that can receive signals. Dopamine depletion, along with disruption in other neurotransmitters, reduces one’s ability to experience pleasure. Dopamine depletion following major release of dopamine use may account for binges and craving.

Floating in sensory deprivation tanks can regulate Glutamate to healthy levels because rest and sleep play an important role in repairing neurotransmitters and restoring them to their optimal functionality. Many people visit float tanks because it assists the brain in falling into deep sleep faster and in some cases, a 1 hour sleep in a float tank can equate to an 8 hour sleep when it comes to repairing neurotransmitters. This is because you can fall into a deep REM sleep faster inside Sensory Deprivation Tanks. Also, for those who don’t sleep in while floating, but instead practise awareness of their addictions and focus on changing their habits, the tanks provide excellent conditions for creating new neurological pathways and positive habits. 

 

Other ways floating can help with addiction

1. Relaxation of the Mind and the Body

Addiction can often get worse when you experiencing stress, worry, or anxiety. Floatation therapy (also known as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) allows people to experience a change in their state of being which is more relaxed, and at ease due to the lower cortisol (stress hormone) and increased melatonin (sleep hormone), that occurs within the tank. Floating allows the mind and body to replenish hormonal supplies in the brain and body which can reduce addictive tendencies. 

2. Shifting Biochemistry

As our biochemistry and the nervous system shift into a place of relaxation and expansion, the need for addictive substances can be lessened substantially. Since endorphins (pleasurable, happy chemicals) and dopamine are released when you float, the biochemical “need” for pleasure is satisfied, and thus reduces one’s likelihood of needing to seek out other ways of meeting this need.

3. Increased Awareness of Internal States 

Being in the float tank cuts out the need to place attention on external events, and instead shifts awareness inwards. With attention placed on one’s internal state, (i.e. awareness of how you are feeling, what you are thinking and what is going on inside you), there are no distractions from your internal state. As there are no external problems to solve, problem-solving can be turned inwards instead. Observing and monitoring the internal state can be motivating to do something about changing it. Increased consciousness of one's actions can play a significant role in overcoming addiction.

4. A Safe Alternative to Activate Pleasure

Floatation therapy is a safe and effective way of reducing stress, anxiety, depression or other challenging feelings. Since these states can trigger the desire to repeat addictive behaviours for the sake of feeling pleasure as opposed to these pain-related states, the float tank can be a wonderful tool in providing a safe space to relieve both physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal and post-withdrawal. Even long after we have quit an addictive behavioural pattern, there are circumstances that will cause us to want to return to the addiction. When we realise there is a chance that we may return to our addictive behaviour, we can simply take a float, stimulate our pleasure pathways, and avert the return to the habit. 

If someone you know is struggling with an addiction, why not suggest one of our floatation therapy packages as a safe and effective way to overcome addiction. Feel free to pop in to say hello any time. We will be more than happy to have a chat with you, show you around and hopefully brighten your day in some little way. 

Call us on 55 35 77 78 to make a booking or book online here.

Thanks for reading xx

- Skye 

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Floating For A Healthy State Of Mind

Free Your Body, Free Your Mind.. 

Most people that have floated may be well aware of all of the physical benefits of floating in 550kg of saturated epsom salt solution for an hour, the daily stressors built up in your body disappearing as you float away in the stillness of the pod environment. What many people floating for the first time don't realise is that there are a plethora of benefits for your mental state of mind too!

When the mind is in an environment where all external distractions and stimuli are removed, it can go into an extremely relaxed state, your worries dissolving one by one. As the brain goes into theta wave (a meditative state), you start to produce a higher amount of happy hormones, and natural pain-relief hormones such as dopamine and serotonin. As your heart rate slows down and you step out of flight or fight mode, your stress hormones lower and your nervous system can go into a parasympathetic state (the place where all the magic happens, different systems within your body can start go into healing mode instead of producing high levels of adrenalin that daily stressors and life brings).  So here is the game changer... These effects can last for days after! Post floaters experience for several days after feeling relaxed, euphoric yet energised and revitalised all at the same time. Yes please sign us up for a bit of those feels! Float Therapy is an incredibly effective therapy to assist with bringing your mind into a balanced, stress-free state. Regular floaters have reported reduced levels of anxiety, depression and a positive effect on the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

It is estimated that over 3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety. Worldwide, depression is the leading cause of disability and it is estimated in Australia that 45% of people will experience a mental health condition within their lifetime. In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime (statistics via BeyondBlue.org - published on Australian Bureau of Statistics 2008). In current day, these statistics are on the rise, however the good news is that therapies and services are readily available in conjunction with an individual's prescribed mental health management, to assist in providing added support.  It is becoming increasingly popular to incorporate mindfulness meditation, and other stress reducing techniques to promote healthy mental health.

In recent neuroscience research scientists have analysed the human brain during practices like meditation and monitored the changes within brain activity. Research from fMRI studies show that meditating activates parts of the brain associated with attention and decreases activation in the amygdala, the part of the brain that triggers fight-or-flight response to a real or perceived threat – changes being more pronounced in expert meditators than beginners. The stance of the National Institute of Health (NIH) is that research supports meditation for lowering blood pressure, lowering stress hormones and easing symptoms of anxiety and depression (TIME magazine, 2016).

We are so elated to be able to provide a therapy that can assist in promoting a healthy mental health state! You can BOOK an appointment via our website or on (07) 5535 7778.  We have other practitioners available in-house that can help provide support with a mental health condition, or if you’re experiencing stress. Check out HERE the info for our Psychotherapist Gustavo, Clinical Hypnotherapist Kyha, as well as other complimentative therapies. 

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month for all of October in NSW. You can check out events and support services via http://mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/about-mental-health-month/

If you are a loved one are requiring urgent mental health assistance contact Emergency Services: (000) or Lifeline Australia Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention: 13 11 14

 

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Floating for Arthritis

Floating for Arthritis

“I have psoriatic arthritis and have been desperate for some relief from the constant pain and this experience is what I’ve been searching for. I’m relaxed and my body was relieved of pain during my time in the pod and even when I was finished. I’m excited to come back again. Thankyou!” - Laura 

 

Benefits:
  • Pain relief (brain)
  • Anti-gravity weightlessness for joints
  • Mitigating arthritis with Magnesium
  • Physical stress relief
  • Cortisol reduction
  • Relaxation
  • Improved immunity
  • Endorphin release
  • Boosts Serotonin and Dopamine

Float tanks, otherwise known as sensory deprivation tanks are recommended by the Arthritis foundation for for reducing symptoms related to Arthritis and for slowing down it’s progression. Some kinds, like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, are caused by inflammation. The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, occurs when the cartilage wears away and bone rubs against bone. When you enter a float tank, you’re soaking in 550kg of Epsom salt, which increases your body’s buoyancy in the water so you float effortlessly on the surface while also giving you a big dose of magnesium which is absorbed through the skin. Floating relieves the body from the effects of gravity, which decreases strain and stress on joints.

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, “works wonders” on arthritis pain, notes the Arthritis Foundation, primarily because magnesium sulfate crystals can boost magnesium levels in the body, which helps relax, lubricate and protect muscles, connective tissues and nerve impulses in patients suffering from both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Floatation therapy also reduces the stress hormone, cortisol. Because stress is a known factor in arthritis complications, this is an essential benefit of floatation therapy. Our brain is affected on many levels when entering a state of deep relaxation during a float.  One way it does this is in signaling a master switch in the brain called the hypothalamus. This directs the pituitary gland to slow down the constant output of adrenaline and cortisol by the adrenal gland, thereby boosting the immune system and signaling other mood enhancing endorphins and hormones, including serotonin and dopamine.

 

Call 55 35 77 78 or book online to experience the benefits of floating.

 

Are you a regular floater? Ask about our range of packages and membership options.

 

Written by Skye Miller

 

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Make The Most Out Of Your Float With Meditation

 

 

 

 

“The monkey mind is strong in this one but the moments of peace and space were blissful and filled with light and laughter, thankyou.”

 

 

 

- Dale, A Happy Freedom Floater.

 

 

 

Float Therapy is an awesome practice to assist in physical recovery, as well as alleviate stress.  Whilst floating your worries away, your stress hormones lower, and your whole nervous system starts to feel relaxed.  For those that have a busy lifestyle, an hour can seem like a long time to lay still, we often get new clients asking “How on earth am I going to last an hour doing nothing but floating!?” Shout out to all of you monkey minds (we all got a bit of monkey mind within) ALOT of all of the good stuff happens for your mind and body in that hour.

 

 

 

Float Therapy is often called the training wheels for meditation. The coolest thing about float therapy is that one hour in the float tank can take you to a deep state of meditation and relaxation, fast! It is pretty rare to be in an environment where all external sensory input is removed, so your brain can go into a completely relaxed state. Meditation is such a powerful tool to reduce stress, improve concentration levels, increase your focus and memory retention, increase self awareness, and give your brain all of those energised, feel good hormones.

 

 

 

We want you to make the most of your float session, so here’s a few meditation tips to enhance your floating experience the next time you’re floating:

 

Just Breathe:

 

 

 

There is so much we can do with your breath. You’ll soon discover in the pod that all you can hear is the sound of your breath’s inhalation and exhalation reverberating through the silent sanctuary. The breath is a great focal point to begin with in meditation. Firstly pay attention to where it is originating from in your body. Are you breathing from your chest, or your throat? A lot of us aren’t even aware that we aren’t breathing to our fullest potential. If we take deep inhalations it can be of great benefit for our whole body and mind. It can start a detoxification system within your body, and lower stress levels and blood pressure. Did you know that breathing into your stomach area works with the parasympathetic nervous system, taking you out of a “fight or flight” state? If your mind is in a more relaxed state it can conserve energy which is primarily used to be in a constant stress response, instead allowing the body to go into a homeostasis state where it can put your nervous and digestive systems through a healing process, as well as increasing your natural painkiller and happy feel good hormones, decreasing your stress hormones. Try guiding your breath to your stomach area. Place your hand on your stomach and feel your abdomen moving in and out as you take a deep inhalation focusing attention on breathing into this area.  Try doing 6-8 rounds of this process, doing 3-4 breath counts each time.  After a couple rounds you will start to feel relaxed, yet invigorated all at the same time as oxygen travels to the cells within your body.

 

 

 

Body Scan:

 

 

 

The zero gravity environment of the float pod can bring awareness to areas you are holding tension within your body. We don’t often allow ourselves to slow down and consciously scan our body to observe where are stiff or holding pain and discomfort.  As you lay weightless in the pod focus on where you are holding tension in your body, is it in your neck or your lower back? Have you noticed as you are floating that there is a twinge in your right knee? We have a local chiropractor that sends his patients in after their appointment for what he calls “your second adjustment session”.  As you float you fast realise where you hold tension in your joints and muscles. For the first few minutes of your float try doing a few stretches, twisting your body from side to side, reaching your arms up over you behind your back, grab your knee and pull each one up towards your chest. Lay back and focus on where you are holding tension in your body. Breathe into that area and visualise the pain and tension releasing, dissipating into nothing. If you feel pain in different areas in your body, why not try start at your head and scan from top to toe your complaint areas, complete this process for each twinge and tension.

 

 

 

Observe Your Thoughts Coming And Going:

 

 

 

One thing you have to remember particularly in your first float is that the monkey mind may be strong within. Within this current digital paradigm we are accustomed to constant sensory input, our mind grabbing onto every shiny object that passes it by.  Don’t be disheartened after your first float experience if you feel that you couldn’t shut your thought processes down. Be kind on yo self! It takes a little bit of training to allow the mind to go to a state of stillness, and what perfect environment than the float tank to be a zen master of the monkey mind! Try giving yourself an allocated time of that first 10 minutes whilst the sound effects are playing throughout the pod to have a brainstorm. Allow yourself to process the day, problem solve, let your mind go wherever it needs to wander.  After this point, if you notice thoughts coming in and out, your to-do list for the day, that argument you had with your partner last night, what you’re going to make for dinner that night, observe that thought, acknowledge it and then come back to your breathing as a focal point. Even try counting forwards and backwards from 1-20. After some point your mind will let go of all distractions, and go into a relaxed state. And if you find you’re still having thoughts pop in and out, it’s totally okay! You’re a meditator in training, not a monk! Meditation is like strengthening and training a muscle, after some time with practice it becomes easier to drop into, hence why the quiet environment of the pod is a perfect place to start!

 

 

 

These are some simple yet powerful tools to enhance your meditation practice within the pod. When you’re next in for a float ask one of our staff what technique they find effective? There is no set path to follow with meditation and we all have a bit of medi wisdom to share! You’re always welcome to use our chill out space if it is free before your float to do a mini meditation session to prepare your for your float. After your float enjoy a tea on our lounge, or pop into the studio space, roll out a mat and explore your meditation further. Every Tuesday from 6.45-8pm Jas has a mindfulness meditation class, let her know you want to enhance your floating experience and she will give you medi tips for the tank!

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the centre soon! You can BOOK via (07) 5535 7778.

 

 

 

Asher

 

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Floating Improves Cognitive Function
Floating Improves Cognitive Function

The Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (REST) utilizes float tanks in order to help people heal, both physically and mentally. Float Tanks, otherwise known as Sensory Deprivation tanks are like big enclosed baths with 550kgs of epsom salts, advanced filtration systems and they provide the perfect conditions for the brain to REST and restore optimal function.

 Benefits on the Brain:

  • Neurological pathways can be rewired during floating
  • General Brain Function is improved
  • Increased concentration and focus
  • Creativity
  • Altered states of consciousness arise without external distractions
  • Clarity of Mind
  • Reduced brain fog
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved brain plasticity (thanks to the high magnesium absorption) improving learning, memory and overall cognitive function
Floating for the Brain

During a float session, the removal of external stimuli allows the brain assimilate the information that has flowed into it. This assimilation can actually help with problem solving and decision making because after neurons have time to rest, new neurological pathways can be easily formed. An example of this is when you have had an epiphany mid-shower which is a moment of creativity and essentially indicated the formation of new pathways in the brain. In the Float Tanks, the brain isn’t trying to deal with a barrage of incoming information so it can actually utilize what you know in more effective ways. This prompts improvement in the individual’s ability to focus, concentrate, and find clarity.

Michael Hutchinson, author of “The Book of Floating,” describes how an increase in full body circulation and oxygen delivery to all the cells in the body directly aids the brain’s capacity for higher mental function and neuroplasticity.

“Floating promotes vasodilation, facilitating blood flow to all the parts and systems of the body, including the brain. It creates a whole body healing effect.” - Dr. John C. Lilli 

Regular float sessions train your motor nerves to rewire your brain to more regularly secrete endorphins, resulting a more consistent state of happiness, relaxation, and sustained positive energy levels. The pituitary glands also releases endorphins during floating. 

Testimonial: "Every time I float, it seems like a completely new experience. There's something so powerful about sensory deprivation and everyone should try it, whether for physical healing, the mental aspects, or for the spiritual journey. The conditions are like nothing you will experience in the outside world." - Adam

Freedom Float Memberships are available for $59 per month which gets you a monthly float, free Birthday float, free infrared sauna session and all additional floats for members are just $50.

Call us on 55 35 77 78

 

Written by Skye Miller

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My float tank experiences weren't always relaxing

What an amazing description of her journey with floatation therapy written by one of our now "experienced floaters" Alyse from An Apple a Day.

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Last night I had yet another incredible float tank experience, but I wanted to let you know that it wasn't always relaxing. The first time I floated, I hated it. I had a million things on my mind, I didn't want to relax but I knew that I needed it. I got bored, I swished around in the water, changed my ears plugs 15 times, at one point I even contemplated checking the time as I'm sure one hour had passed already and they'd likely forgotten about me (they hadn't). When the lights came back on, I jumped out of the tank and told myself I was never coming back. I walked outside of the room and as I was about to tell my husband about my experience, he tells me he loved it and had fallen asleep. I was clearly missing something, so I bought their 2 for 1 Intro pack. 

I had to psych myself up for the second round. I went at 8pm so I was relaxed and tired. I still never fell asleep, but I moved a lot less and definitely didn't want to check the time. I left feeling more accomplished but still not sure what all the fuss was about??

Took me right up until my third attempt to finally get it. After I drifted off for the last 30mins of my hour float, I finally understood what I'd been missing this whole time. I never fell asleep but I zoned out so much I was annoyed when the music came back on (letting me know it was time to get out). 

Now being what some would call an "experienced floater" ...nights like last night (aka.. pure heaven) are my norm. But, I do have the occasional hiccup every now and then. The only difference is I've realised those hiccups (the days where I am swishing around in the water and literally bouncing off the walls... are the days I need it most). 

Have you floated? Did you love it or hate it? And more importantly.... did you go nude? 

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23/8/18 - Excerpt from Alyse's Instagram page.

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What Happens When Your Brain Goes Into Theta State

FREE YOUR MIND WITH FLOAT THERAPY 

 

You know that blissful feeling you get when you’re having an afternoon nap and you’re drifting in and out of a dreamy state, neither awake nor asleep, somewhere in between? Well that meditative state is when you’re experiencing theta brain waves and within this state your body and mind can go through an optimal healing process. Theta brain wave state is one of the 5 frequencies that we can experience, ranging from an awakened state, to a deep sleep state (beta, alpha, theta, delta & gamma). Theta is the gateway to your creativity, learning and intuition, allowing you to access the power of your unconscious mind, which you can’t access in a more alert state. 

 

We thought we would fill you in on the benefits of you being in a theta brain wave, because believe it or not the environment of the float pod can put you into this state fast! So pretty much when you are floating away into bliss, so are your actual brainwaves. The reason why you go into theta so fast is because within the pod all sensory stimuli are removed. You have no outer distractions, no noise (due to the tank being soundproof), you can choose to be in complete darkness (or have your light on). Due to the water being headed to a comfortable skin temperature of around 35.5-36 degrees celcius, you begin to have the sensation of weightlessness, and after a little while you can't tell the difference between where the water ends and your skin starts. The safe cocoon of this zero gravity environment helps you get to a deep meditative state of relaxation (enter theta) that you would not be able to experience in any other environment in daily life!

 

Benefits of Theta Brainwave State:

  • Healing for the Body – If you are feeling burnout, run down, trying to recover from an illness, or post physical exertion, as you go into a deep level of relaxation the body and mind can easily restore and rejuvenate. You start going out of sympathetic nervous system mode (fight or flight) and into a parasympathetic nervous system state (where the systems within your body are relaxed enough to start doing the healing in areas it is needed).
  • Stress and Anxiety Reduction – As Theta state promotes deep mental and physical relaxation, it regulates your cortisol levels within your body (stress hormones), which in turn lowers heightened stress and anxiety levels.
  • Deep relaxation – Our brain goes into theta during sleep, a deep meditation, in hypnosis and most commonly with children.  The relaxed effects of being in theta can last for days after.  This state is pretty rare to get into in the busyness of every day life.
  • Boost Immune System – If our bodies produce too much of a surplus of stress chemicals like adrenaline, it can have a negative impact on our immune system.  As theta puts us into a state of relaxation it releases the happy feel good hormones and neurotransmitters that can assist in building the immune system back up to optimum.
  • Connects you to your subconscious mind – Theta allows you to connect with the unconscious parts of your mind. This part of your mind governs autonomic body functions, as well as your emotions, imagination, memory, intuitions and habits.  So think of it as almost a self-hypnosis. You can access and address negative thought processes that are arising from your subconscious, to your conscious mind. How’s that for a personal development tool? A tip for you, why not recite in your head an affirmation or positive thought process whilst you float, you’ll find yourself bypassing your conscious mind and programming new positive thoughts and behaviour patterns.
  • Creativity – Theta actually activates the right hemisphere of your brain, which is your creative side. So a lot of people report post-float feeling like they have this renewed creative drive to go write music, do art, execute a new idea that has popped into their mind. A lot of inventors, artists, musicians activate Theta on a regular basis, therefore it enhances creativity.
  • Problem Solving & Learning – Sometimes your float session will be an hour of problem solving. Going into theta can bypass mental blocks and get you into a mental flow, enabling new levels of thought and perception, so you can approach problems more effectively.  They also give you the ability to focus better and be greater motivated on one idea.  Onto the topic of learning, when your brain goes into theta it is said you are able to retain 300% more information than you can going about your day in beta (awake state). You can learn large amounts of information fast. What’s really cool is that you could be reciting or visualising practicing something in your brain (i.e. strategy for a game/fight, a music composition) and your subconscious can’t tell the difference between what is real or not. It is as if you are practicing something for real and you’re able to retain it well in your memory!

So turns out the float pod is not only giving your body the ultimate physical rest and recovery, it’s making you more creative, less stressed, helping you problem-solve and retain information for longer, and most importantly giving your brain all of those happy, feel good hormones that’ll have you floating on air for days after!

 

If you’re all “sign me up for all that amazingness”!! Give us a bell on (07) 5535 7778 and one of our friendly Freedom Team will BOOK you in + let you know about all our packages we have on offer.

 

Pssst. Little tip for you, if you have an infrared sauna session before your float, it’ll get you THAT relaxed, you’ll drop into theta state even faster! Woooo!

 

Happy Floating!

 

Asher

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Benefits Of Floating For Hard Working Dads

Gift Dad An Hour Of Relaxation Power..

We are pretty certain that nearly every household has a hard working dad (be that of little humans or fur babies) that between the hours of a long day at the office/out in the field/on the worksite is doing home maintenance, dropping kiddies off at footy training, helping with evening routines in the house, catching up with the fellas, whilst trying to fit in there somewhere his own fitness training. Gone are the days where an afternoon spent pampering is just for the ladies. With the busy demands of life in current time, some time out to relax the body and mind is greatly welcomed by the millennia dude!

Enter into the main man’s life to ease those sore overworked muscles, and chill out the stressed monkey mind, Float Therapy.

Float Therapy is an hour of ultimate relaxation power. The float pod environment is 12inch deep water, with 550kg of magnesium saturated Epsom salt solution dissolved into it. Due to the buoyancy of the water your body can float effortlessly, taking all of the pressure off your muscles and joints. You can have the option to have your light switch on or off In the pod (which you can control). The water is heated to skin temperature, which makes you feel like you can’t feel the difference between the water and the air, giving the sensation that you’re floating in zero gravity.  The removal of external stimuli creates a state of physical and mental relaxation. The coolest thing is these effects can last for days after. Floaters report post-float feeling rejuvenated, energised, loose in the muscles and feeling like they just had the best night’s sleep ever!

Professional atheletes worldwide, like NBA superstar Steph Currey, football teams and professional fighters utilise floating for performance and recovery. Float Therapy is not only a powerful tool for the body it’s an awesome form of meditation, quietening the busy headspace, we like to call it a "Beginner’s Guide to Meditation".  Some awesome things happen when the mind goes into a meditative state, your stress hormones lower, your parasympathetic nervous system can kick in and start doing the repairs it needs to in the body because you’re not in a fight or flight state. MMA Commentator and Comedian Joe Rogan (aka The Poster Boy for Floating) proclaims floating being “the most powerful tool for self-development”. 

 

Benefits for a Hard Working Dad:

 

·Enjoy the physical benefits from the high levels of magnesium...

·Alleviate pain and built up lactic acid in your muscles

·Enjoy some well deserved Theta/ REM sleep (1 hour in tank is said to be equivalent to 4 hours sleep

·Escape the responsibilities and stresses of the outside world while you are in the pod

·An hour of relaxation can work wonders for your body

·Experience the feeling of bliss as you float in this anti-gravity escape

 

A testimonial from one of our happy post-floaters:

"Just finished my second float and my body is so relaxed. It’s hard to write. Tried a few different positions this time and my body feels amazing. Thank you for creating my favourite way to relax ..."  - Sam.T


Why not gift the man of the house this Father’s Day an hour of time out for himself, to relax the weary body and mind. Or even better treat him to a Bliss Combo – 1 hour float + a 1 hour massage  HERE If he has a massage before his float he’ll be full zen by the time he hops in the pod!

If you’ve got a dad that does a lot of intensive physical training or works a laborious job, book him in a ½ hour infrared sauna session before his float (for just $15) and he’ll be feeling like a new man after! If he's hooked on floating after the first one, we also have package options available HERE, the more you float the better you feel, so check out our Duo Float Pack or the Taste of Freedom - 3 pack!

We have gift vouchers available in-store or via our online store

Call us on (07) 5535 7778 to enquire & book in or via ONLINE.

 

Asher & Skye.

 

 

 

 

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Float to Sleep

Floating for Sleep 

Float tanks, otherwise known as sensory deprivation tanks, are filled with 1000 litres of water and over half a tonne of magnesium sulphate enriched epsom salts. The water and air temperature in the tanks are kept at body temperature which simulates a feeling of floating in nothingness, while the lack of sight and sound creates the perfect environment for relaxation and sleep. Studies have shown that floating can improve REM sleep which is the deep sleep required to effectively heal and rebuild neurological pathways in the brain improving clarity, focus, problem solving skills and hormonal imbalances.

 

How floating can help with Sleep:

  • Without external distractions, the mind naturally enters a state of relaxation
  • REM sleep is easier to achieve with minimal external input from your senses
  • The high concentration of magnesium in the tank activates the parasympathetic nervous system in the body which is responsible for helping you feel calm and relaxed.
  • The anti-gravity environment alleviates physical tension allowing the nerves and muscles to truly rest
  • Floating can assist with resetting sleep cycles for those who are suffering from jet lag or insomnia by healing the neurological pathways associated with sleep.

In the tanks, your brainwaves can drop from Alpha state into the Theta state, making it easier to make the transition to Delta waves required for REM sleep which heals neurological pathways. Insomniacs can benefit from this healing sleep state to prevent ongoing fatigue, heart disease, anxiety, mood swings, cravings and brain fog. The anti-gravity environment in the sensory deprivation tanks allows muscles to relax which can also benefit those who suffer from insomnia caused by physical tension or pain.

 

“To have the time and space to truly feel and let go… priceless. Thank you!” - Andrew

 

Memberships available for $59 per month which gets you a monthly float, free Birthday float, free infrared sauna session and all additional floats for members are just $50.

Call us on 55 35 77 78 to book

 

Thanks for reading!

- Skye Miller

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How Floating Can Speed Up Recovery

Whilst thinking about writing this article and how floating can aid in recovery, I was mulling over what defined recovery and who could benefit? Upon reflection I realised that most people at some point in their life will have to recover from some sort of injury, or even need support in their regular training or exercise routine, therefore we all can benefit from the physical benefits of floating.

If you follow NBA basketball you may be familiar with Golden State Warriors champion Stephen Curry, who has played a huge part in the team’s victory. His moves are watched in awe by fans worldwide and it is becoming known that he attributes a lot of his focus and stamina dominating the court to using float therapy as a recovery tool. Click HERE to check out an interview with him in regards to floating.

Elite athletes globally are seeking tools to aid their recovery so they can be top of the game of their sport, and floating is becoming increasingly popular as a proven effective therapy for muscular recovery after intensive training, as well as post injury.  The therapy is becoming so recognised for it’s positive physical benefits, that science institutions and performance recovery centres globally conduct research on the results from floating for recovery. 

So how does float therapy help so greatly with recovery time?  The environment of 550kg saturated Epsom salt solution, combined with no sensory input that puts an individual into an ultimate restorative state.  For many years not just athletes, but people with muscular aches and pains have soaked in Epsom salts to alleviate symptoms. So you can imagine how beneficial it is going to be soaking for an hour in 500kg+ of saturated Epsom salt solution. The magnesium sulphate in the Epsom salts acts as an anti-inflammatory, reducing any swelling and inflammation in the muscles and joints, as well being a muscle relaxant and helping shift lactic acid build up in the body (which can be what gives us the aches and pains as the muscles are trying to rebuild and recover from strenuous exercise). The buoyancy of the Epsom salt in the tank creates a weightlessness for the body, where all pressure is taken off your joints, muscles, particularly in the lower back and limbs. Many clients have arrived limping into the centre after an intensive training session, and been amazed when even within a short period they’ve felt physical relief.

The second component that plays a part in the effectiveness of float therapy is the sensory deprivation environment of the float pod. The human brain is a powerful tool that has an amazing ability to facilitate a healing process within systems of the body when it is put in the conditions to be able to do so. When you go into the silent, comforting space of the float pod, with the no sensory input (sound effects only at the beginning and end) and no light (this is also optional to turn your light switch on or off) your brain can easily go into a theta brain wave state.  This meditative state is the phase before you go into a deep sleep. In this homeostasis state of the mind and body, your brain begins to produce high levels of dopamine (your body’s own natural pain killers) as well as an increase in serotonin, which is your “feel good hormones”. Because your mind is not in a fight or flight response, your central nervous system can go into a state of recovery and work on healing the areas of your body that is needed.  Overall float therapy reduces muscle fatigue, increases blood flow and circulation to inflamed areas, reduces your stress hormones and reduces inflammation, so with all of these forces combined, your post game, post training session or post injury recovery process will be sped up so you’ll be top form in no time!

We get many professional athletes coming in for their float sessions after training, but you may also benefit if you have had an injury sustained from an accident, something work-related or training. It’s most rewarding for us seeing all of our local athletes and many of our clients that suffer with chronic pain from injury having a better quality of life and wellbeing, due to the positive effects of floating. If you want to really amplify your recovery process, book in an infrared sauna session with us before your float. Infrared saunas are another modality that is awesome to shift lactic acid out of the muscles, reduce inflammation in the body. 30-45 mins in the sauna before your float will have your muscles stretched, loose and prepare you for your next training session, particularly because the combination of these two therapies can last for days after.  If you book in an infrared sauna with your float, it’s just $15 for a half hour session, with a saving of 50% for you!

To check out other benefits of floating for your mind and body, click HERE.

If you've never floated before, book your first float and receive 3 for $150! For other pricing options click HERE.

Feel free to call us on (07) 5535 7778 if you have any questions and to check out what offers and packages we have in-store.   

- Asher xx

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Floating for Students: Float Through Your Exams

FLOAT THROUGH YOUR EXAMS

Float therapy provides the perfect sensory conditions for deep relaxation of the body and mind. By immersing yourself in the sensory deprivation tank, you are floating in 550kgs of Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salt) with no sound, no light, and the water and air are at body temperature simulating the ultimate experience of nothingness. This allows the brain to enter a meditative state free from external sensory input. Floating can help with re-building neurological pathways while also alleviating the damaging effects of overactive stress hormones. By giving the brain the opportunity to heal, students often gain a sense of clarity, focus and improved memory. Studies also show that floating can help with improving problem solving skills, and improved decision making. For many, floating prior to exams assists with retaining information, as the memory centre of the brain performs better when in a state of deep relaxation. Therefore, while floating, the brain works to focus on recently learned skills and information, making it a great way to process and retain information.

 

Other benefits of floating!

- Increases brain function

- Relax and REST

- Stress relief

- Promotes creativity

- Improves sleep

- Improves memory clarity and alertness

- Increased energy levels, motivation and productivity

- Facilitates the removal of toxins in the body

- Promotes blood circulation

- Improves skin health

- Reach DEEP states of meditation and relaxation

 

Student Testimonials:

"Such an incredible experience! Really relieved a lot of stress leading up to exams! Absolutely loved it :) Thank you."

- Jasper, Year 12 Student, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School.

"I've been floating at Freedom since they opened in 2016. I've found floating has really helped me to de-stress, especially before and after exams. We live in such a distracting world, it's nice to be in a place with nothing going on and you can just focus on yourself without distraction. If you're an over thinker, try floating! It has helped me learn to sit back and relax my mind."

- Jayden, 5th year Engineering and Environmental Science Student, Griffith University.

 

THE EXAM CRAM SPECIAL

From 28th May - 22nd June, we are offering all students the chance to Float Through Your Exams. Whether you are a high school, TAFE or uni students, just sign up below, present your email and show our staff your student ID for $20 off your float.

We provide towels, toiletries, earplugs, herbal tea and filtered water. All you need to bring is yourself! Click HERE to sign up for your $20 discount!

 

Thanks for reading :)

- Skye

 

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How to be a Zen Master in the Pod – Tips to get the most out of your float.

There are a few common statements and questions raised by visiting clients on the topic of floating. “What if I can’t switch off?” “I didn’t switch off as much as I thought I would.” “I wish I was able to fall asleep!” “Can I even fall asleep, will I drown?”. Regardless if you’re a seasoned floater or first-timer, we want everyone to get the max benefits out of float time, so you can then experience the plethora of benefits for your mind and body that that awesome post float glow brings.

First things first – prep time:

·      Try to avoid drinking caffeine for the 2 hours prior. Floating is putting your body into a state of homeostasis, which is an awesome healing mode for your central nervous system. The last thing you want is to be wide awake with a caffeine buzz, staring into darkness and twiddling your thumbs waiting for the hour to pass.

·      Don’t eat a big meal right before your float session otherwise you’ll probably be startled awake halfway through your session from your stomach growling and digesting food (we speak from experience).

·      Wear your reusable ear plugs we supply – placing them firmly into your ears before showering and stepping into the float pod. They will maximise your sensory deprivation experience.

·      Don’t shave right before your float, due to the salt it may sting a bit when you first jump in. We provide organic barrier balm to act as a protectant layer for if you have any small cuts or abrasions.

·      After you’ve showered carefully step into the tank and stabilise yourself on the sides so you don’t feel like you’re bobbing around for ages. Lay back and you’re ready for your zen session.

Don’t put pressure or expectations on yourself:

Every float experience is different, from person to person, and even from session to session, depending on what's going on in your life/day. You may have the deepest meditative experience in one, or be compiling your shopping list in another. Whether it is your first float, or hundredth, go in with no expectations on how the session will go, or if you’ll be able to switch off, last the hour, or fall asleep.  Many podcasts on floating talk about some pretty prophetic, psychedelic experiences occurances, but for most this isn’t likely to happen in your first float, your brain is adjusting to an unfamiliar environment . Just have fun and enjoy thoughts of all the positives it is going to bring for your mind and body!

There’s no need to be nervous:

Sometimes we have a giggle with nervous first timers and ask them if they have bunjee jumped or sky-dived before. If you can do these activities, you most certainly can lay in complete silence and darkness for an hour. For first time floaters it sometimes takes a while to adjust to the environment. It’s an unfamiliar sensation floating in darkness, bobbing up and down in 550kg of saturated salt solution. You’re unsure if you can safely fall asleep (fyi: you totally can, the most that would happen is you may splash yourself if you startle awake), you are testing out if you feel completely ok with having the light on or off (you have your own light switch on in the tank to see what suits you), as well as whether you feel comfortable with the pod door open or closed (you have full control of accessing your pod door).  If you’re feeling afraid about being claustrophobic, falling asleep, or drowning, know that you are in a completely safe environment where you have full control. It is impossible to drown in a float tank and most of our clients nod off to sleep without even realising.

Rock the birthday suit!:

Yes we are fully aware Crystal wears her bathing suit in our Intro to floating video but that’s for obvious reasons of course! If you feel more comfortable wearing your swimmers the first time then by all means do, however we highly recommend though going el naturale. You have your own private room with a lock on the door, shower facilities and we house state of the art filtration system pods. Enjoy fully immersing yourself in the full sensory deprivation experience, sometimes the material against your skin can get crunchy from the saturated salt solution. If you do choose to wear your bathers, don’t forget to rinse them out after. 

Do a lil stretch:

We have a beautiful chill out space within our centre, with relaxation mats and bolsters provided. You’re always welcome to utilise this space before or after your float to stretch out your muscles, listen to a guided meditation on your phone and get super relaxed prior to your session.

Use your breath to guide you to relaxation:

Our breath is such a powerful tool. A lot of us don’t use even 70% of our lung capacity. If you’re getting thoughts coming in and out of your mind space whilst you float, use your breathe as a focus point. Rest your hand on your belly and breathe deeply into your stomach for counts of 4-6 inhaling in and out. Try this several times, breathing as deep into your stomach area as you can. This is awesome to lower your stress hormones, and assist in detoxifying your body. 

Incorporate a regular “treat yo self” float routine:

Floating is a pretty affordable treat that you begin to notice the increasingly positive benefits when you make it part of a regular float routine. We get asked how often should you float. Ideally it is good to get a float in once a week, or fortnight if schedule and budget permits. Try one of our Intro to Freedom – 3 float passes to give you an idea of what it feels like within your body and mind after floating regularly. Your sleep improves, stress levels lower, your muscle recovery speeds up, pain within your body reduces and you feel recharged and refreshed from all of those happy, feel good hormones racing around your system on a regular.

Ride that post flow glow after:

You can sometimes feel a bit blissed out and sleepy right after your float. All of those beautiful happy feel good hormones are working around your body and the magnesium is absorbing through your skin, working it’s magic into your muscles, joints and all the other cool stuff it does. We don’t recommend rushing off to tick off the to-do list. Enjoy still-filled moments sipping organic tea in our chill out area, whilst chatting to another post-floater, or doing a little card reading for yourself. Continue on the post float blissful note and go for a beach walk along beautiful Burleigh Heads beach, grab yourself a fresh juice and sit on top of the hill, or curl up on the couch at home with a good book. You’ll feel even more benefits if you fuel your body with healthy stuff after and not rush off to hustle the rest of the day away.

We look forward to seeing you soon at the centre. We would love to hear any tips you have for the float pod that has worked for you, whether before, after, or during!?

Feel free to comment below or share with one of our friendly Freedom Team!

Asher x

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Floating while pregnant - benefits & safety. Pregnancy workshops & $55 floats!

What is Float Therapy?

The art of Float Therapy involves lying back into body-temperature water in a sound-proof, light-proof 'tank' or 'pod' filled with 1000L of pristine water and 550kgs of Epsom Salt. Float therapy is a great way to achieve deep relaxation within your body and mind.  This deep relaxation is achieved by allowing your body the freedom to float weightlessly in a concentrated salt solution. The silent darkness of this bliss filled sanctuary allows your mind to remove all the white noise and sensory input of the external world, where you can easily slip into a deeply relaxed and meditative state. By freeing your mind from all outside distractions, your body can focus on repairing and rejuvenating itself.

The concentrated Epsom salt solution is extremely buoyant with high levels of magnesium sulphate, which is easily absorbed transdermally (through the skin), helping to ease muscular pain, alleviating stress and promote relaxation. Floating is both safe and simple. You firstly shower, get in the roomy floatation pod, lie down and let your mind and body release built up stress, anxiety and tension. The positive effects of floating can often last for several days. 

Floating During Pregnancy 

We see a common theme of pregnant clients coming out after a float session and reporting that the experience felt similar to being back in the womb (if only we could remember this!). You can only imagine the feeling of floating in the warm inviting cocoon of the float tank whilst pregnant. No other group have reported such instant positive effects from floating as much as our pregnant clients!

As with a lot of pregnant clients that enquire, you may be curious about whether it is safe to float during pregnancy? Whilst most doctors have no concern with floating in pregnancy, as with most treatments and activities it is advised to get the ok from your medical professional in the first trimester. It is a known fact that as you go through the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, gravity isn’t exactly in your favour. The lower back becomes increasingly sore, there is discomfort in your muscles and joints, and fluid is retained in your swelling feet and ankles. The zero gravity environment of the float pod offers an hour of weightlessness for a pregnant mum, with the pressure taken off all their limbs, lower back, and their abdomen area. That’s not even the best part, the positive effects of the magnesium in your system last for days after, with increased energy, fluid retention reduced and improved quality of sleep.

Whilst at this stage there haven’t been many research studies conducted specifically on just float therapy in pregnancy, there are known benefits of floating during pregnancy that stand out, and also play a key role in a healthy pregnancy.

 

Why you need to try Float Therapy if you are pregnant

1. Better Sleep Quality

As a pregnant mama’s belly grows and expands each week, it can become increasingly difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. Many women experience disrupted sleep, which can develop into insomnia. The magnesium in the Epsom Salts can act as a muscle relaxant, as well as assisting in lowering stress hormones, therefore floating is a great natural alternative to sleep-inducing medications. The effects from floating can last for several days after, so it can help tired mums get into a relaxed, healthy sleep routine.

2. Magnesium Absorption for Prenatal Health

Magnesium is essential for many different functions in our bodies, particularly during pregnancy. Magnesium Sulfate is found in the Epsom Salts used in the float pod, this is what creates the buoyancy with the water. We can absorb a high amount of magnesium through our skin so this is a great way to ensure you’re getting the recommended intake throughout pregnancy.

3. Relief from Stress

There are many studies showing positive results with floating reducing stress levels. A lot of first-time expectant mums are nervous and stressed leading up to the birth of their baby, not to forget mum’s that already have a toddler or young child to care for! The Epsom Salts, combined with the sensory deprivation environment of the float pod allows you the opportunity to go into a theta brain wave state, where stress hormones are lowered, at the same time as your happy, feel good brain chemicals are increased (with effects lasting for days after). If your stress levels can be reduced during pregnancy, this could also help with healthy development for the baby. Meditation is a great practice to aid in stress relief, and no better environment to meditate than the float pod!

4. Physical Comfort during Pregnancy

We have to admit one of our favourite moments experienced at our beautiful centre is seeing the happy and very relaxed faces of pregnant mama’s as they walk out of their float room. We’ve even witnessed tears of gratitude and relief as they’ve described how it felt after 7+ months of pregnancy to be weightless for an hour. To feel all the added pressure release from their lower back, their tummy, and inflammation easing in their swollen ankles is a wonderfully unique experience. Most women experience aches and pains from carrying a baby (or for some more than one baby) around for months, so you can imagine that the weightless environment of the float pod can provide instantaneous relief. We have several ‘floating during pregnancy’ positions that we can recommend for maximum comfort, and will also put extra floating devices into the pod for you for extra comfort, so let our staff know when booking the appointment in or when you arrive and we will be more than happy to accommodate the most relaxed experience for the expectant mum!

5. "The Mirror Effect"

The float pod is like a womb within a womb for the little human growing inside you! This bonding experience is known in the float community as the “mirror effect”.  You couldn’t get a more perfect setting to bond with your baby than in the silent, darkened environment of the float pod. A lot of our pregnant clients have reported feeling their unborn baby’s movements more, or that their baby was really relaxed (bonus for you if it is towards the end of the pregnancy to have a chilled bub).

 

Other services for pregnant mums

At Freedom Float and Wellness Centre, we have a range of modalities to help you in your pregnancy. This includes floating, pregnancy massage, acupuncture, kinesiology, reiki, naturopathy, hypnotherapy and counselling.

As well as these modalities we also have a range of workshops running at the moment focusing on pregnancy. This includes several 5-week Hypnobirthing courses available. We currently have two ladies running the Hypnobirthing course at Freedom Float - Kirsty (from Birth in Harmony) and Karen (from Believe, Breathe, Birth). 

Hypnobirthing - The Mongan Method

The Mongan Method is a complete childbirth education program that teaches expectant couples to view birth as a normal, natural, healthy part of life rather than a medical emergency. In the absence of fear and tension, a woman’s body is uniquely and perfectly designed to birth comfortably, calmly and safely. HypnoBirthing dispels the myths and fears that lead to anxiety and negative expectations about the process of normal childbirth. Working with Kirsty, parents will learn powerful relaxation techniques that enable mothers to be as nature intended during labour and birth. You will leave the course each week feeling empowered, relaxed and informed ready for your birthing day. For more information about Hypnobirthing - The Mongan Method, please contact Karen or Kirsty :)

Pregnancy Meditation Circles

We also have a weekly pregnancy meditation circle for all women to come and share, learn and relax with their bubs, run by Nurture Birth. Nurture Birth also holds weekend workshops. The key skills being evidence and experience based birth knowledge, body/mind connection, active birth techniques, guided relaxation and more. For more information on NurtureBirth's meditation circles and workshops, visit the Nurture Birth page.  

There’s no better time to take the best possible care of your mind and body than during pregnancy! After all, you’re floating for two. Feel free to phone our centre on (07) 5535 7778 to chat to one of our staff about booking a float or other service to support you in your pregnancy!

To celebrate our pregnant floaters - we want to offer all pregnant mummies/mums-to-be (new and old) a one-hour float in our beautiful pods for only $55 (Off-peak times - Mon-Fri 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm sessions only).

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Float Therapy for PTSD sufferers

Since opening our doors almost two years ago we have seen many clients present with stress, anxiety and depression symptoms. A surprisingly significant amount have been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). PTSD  is a debilitating disorder that can develop after an individual survives an accident, combat, form of abuse, natural disaster, or even witnessing a traumatic event. Feeling fear and panic during a dangerous situation is normal (essentially, that is our fight-or-flight response), but PTSD develops when those stress response feelings and symptoms linger long after the trauma has passed, affecting daily activities, relationships, quality of sleep and other areas of life.

Many PTSD sufferers have been finding solace in the calming environment of the float therapy pod. The float pod is 12 inch deep of skin temperature water with 500kg of saturated epsom salt solution. You are in complete control of having your light switch on or off, and the door open or closed. The comfortable float pod environment is stimuli-free, where PTSD sufferers feel safe to address any trauma memories and triggered thought responses. It can be likened to an internal counselling session.

Floating in a float tank suppresses the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system which when active produces the ‘fight or flight’ stress response. This then activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxation and healing. Some physical symptoms of the relaxation response are decreased muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress hormones and increased energy hormones. Other PTSD symptoms can be alleviated such as; Deep relaxation, reduction in anxiety levels, a feeling of well-being that is similar to anti-anxiety medications and an improvement in sleep and insomnia symptoms.  

Researchers and Neuro-Scientists worldwide have been conducting research studies on the positive benefits of float therapy, particularly for PTSD and mental health conditions. Last year Time magazine released an article featuring an Australian Veteran, who after suffering severe PTSD post serving in military, discovered float therapy gave him significant relief from his symptoms. You can read this article via: http://time.com/floating/.

In conjunction with a prescribed treatment plan, float therapy is giving positive outcomes and results to PTSD, Anxiety and Depression sufferers. It has been a most humbling and rewarding journey witnessing many of our float community that have suffered PTSD and other mental health conditions, having an improved quality of life due to floating regularly. 

If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD and wanting more info feel free to give our friendly team a call on (07) 5535 7778. 

 

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Stressed? This blog could be the answer you were looking for.

In a modern world, constant external stimuli, cause unreal amounts of stress on a person. Studies show that high levels of stress have a negative impact on brain function. Memory problems, anxiety, learning difficulties... the negative effects are endless. Some Neuroscientists have even shown that chronic stress can cause a difference in grey and white matter in the brain, as well as the size and connectivity of the amygdala and a number of neurons in the brain. 

1. Float Therapy 

One of the latest alternative medicine trends is all about sensory deprivation and it may well be the answer to your stress. One of the many primary benefits of Float Therapy is *drum roll* stress reduction! In this intense modern world we live in, we are constantly subjected to a wave of external stimuli. The fast emergence of technology has led us to a world of sitting hunched over at desks rushing to complete work. Our intense daily lives can lead to extreme physical and mental stress which can have a really bad impact on our overall health and wellbeing. 

Our float tanks are filled with 550kg of high-grade magnesium sulphate (epsom salt), which is just as concentrated as the dead sea, meaning you will completely float. The weightlessness will send you into deep relaxation and bliss. 

How floating helps you stress less:

  1. boosts endorphins
  2. reduces the stress hormones 
  3. alleviating chronic pain symptoms
  4. combats sleep disorders 
  5. increases dopamine and seratonin
  6. initiates theta brain wave state which can boost creativity
  7. & MUCH MORE

 

2. FAR-Infrared Sauna Therapy

FAR Infrared Sauna's helps sooth your mind by enveloping your body from the inside-out in a relaxing warmth. Designed for maximum comfort, you can loosen your body and mind. In this modern world, it is important to take some time off for yourself. Alone time is maximised in the sauna and gives you an opportunity to practise mindful meditation to reflect and move on from the stressors in your daily life. 

On top of helping manage your stress, the sauna can:

  1. improve detoxification and flush out toxins and heavy metals in your body
  2. help you relax
  3. support your immune system and facilitate in increasing your white blood cell count
  4. assist in weight control by burning fat cells, calories and fluid retention
  5. boost your metabolic rate
  6. cleanse the skin and reduce acne and cellulite

 

3. Remedial Massage

Remedial massage combines a variety of gentle and deep tissue techniques to lengthen or stretch muscles to improve body movement and reduce pain. Remedial massage is great for reducing stress as it opens up the muscles and flushes your body with fresh, vibrant nutrients, oxygen and water - the fundamental elements of life. 

How does Remedial Massage relieve stress:

  1. Release stress
  2. Lengthen muscles
  3. Improve joint movement
  4. Dissolve pain
  5. Relax the mind

How can remedial massage help with stress:

  1. massage helps stressed office shoulders by allowing more movement and reducing headaches.
  2. when stressed muscles tighten and reduce the amount of blood allowed through. Massaging these muscles hydrates and feeds then so they are soft and vibrant.
  3. Pain is often caused by muscle fibres that bundle under stress. These are called trigger points. Releasing these points often reduce stress related symptoms like headaches and muscle fatigue. 

Remedial massage is amazing for stress relief as it opens muscles and revitalises them with fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients. Dissolving tight muscles trigger points will release headaches and improve stress related symptoms. Your visit with Adrian will be nurturing and revitalising, with a primary focus on dissolving muscles stress with whatever techniques the customer favours you will walk out feeling calm and connected with your body. Remember, all treatments are tailored to your needs. 

 

4. Kinesiology

Kinesiology helps us identify the causes of stress by accessing the many and varied subconscious connections that lead to a stressed state of being. By working with the subconscious mind to unlock and integrate past experiences and events so the body can begin to let go of stress. 

Kinesiology is a healing modality used to identify and reduce stress on many different levels. Many external stressors such as workplace, family, relationship and financial pressures will trigger an internal emotional response. This usually also triggers a physical adrenal response which can cause the stress to come out somewhere physically in your body. Often we know when we are feeling stressed, but find it difficult to step out of this fight or flight mode and to know how to cope. During your Kinesiology session, you will learn the tools and techniques to switch the brain from this survival stress state to fundamental executive functioning. The result? We can begin to return the nervous system to a balanced state which has an immediate physiological impact - calmness, relaxation, clarity and rationality. 

Kinesiology works with the Chinese medicine system and Ayurvedic chakra system to balance energy centres as well as teaches us new strategies for understanding and coping with stress to help us better deal with future situations. 

How Kinesiology can relieve stress:

  1. emotional release
  2. balance the nervous system
  3. return to a state or calm and clarity
  4. identify causes of stress
  5. teaches you tools for coping

 What can you expect from your first Kinesiology session with Sarah?

  1. You are asked to gently lay back and relax. Sarah will take your case history of the problem and set a goal to work towards
  2. Sarah will perform muscle testing to gather a complete picture of health from a physical, mental, emotional, biochemical and spiritual perspective through the mind and body connection
  3. After finding stored emotions, stress and blockages, Sarah will use a variety of techniques to help bring your body back into balance
  4. After the session, Sarah will email you a summary of the balance and provide you with tools and ideas to help your healing journey

Sarah loves be able to nurture her clients and find the cause of the problem. With her background and love for exercise and nutrition, she believes that no matter how healthy you eat or how much you train if you store emotions, it will always end up storing somewhere in your body or coming back as an illness.

 

5. Naturopathy

Naturopathy utilises a wide array of natural remedies and techniques to restore and maintain health in a way that encourages and support's the body's own innate ability to heal itself. 

Stress is experienced differently by everyone, however most of us can relate to a feeling of mental/emotional strain which may result from an adverse or demanding circumstance in our lives. This feeling it stimulated by the brain when we perceive a threat to our wellbeing. Therefore, the physical responses occurring within the body when we are stressed are still the same survival mechanisms that would have occurred thousands or years ago. These include: blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar, along with decreased digestion and immune function. Our bodies generally handle this quite well, however, when it is sustained for months or even years at a time, it can become very harmful for your body. Chronic stress can cause toxic by-products to damage our tissue, exhaust our adrenal glands and deplete the body's nutrients. 

Naturopathy can help you learn how to manage stress in your life as well as discover the necessary supplements you need for a healthy bodily balance. Brooke has written 6 tips on how to manage your stress effectively. 

  1. Breathe - stress can cause us to shallow breathe which limits the amount of oxygen. This can result in sighing, yawning, dizziness and fatigue. When you're feeling stressed, take a moment to stop what you're doing and breathe. This helps to calm the body and reduce the stress response. 
  2. Avoid stimulants - Stress causes our bodies to be stimulated, so consuming things such as coffee, energy drinks and sugar, can further increase the stress response. Choose to eat foods that nourish the body such as, fresh fruit and vegetables, avocado, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, oily fish and teas such as chamomile and lavender. 
  3. Exercise - 30 minutes a day has been shown to significantly reduce stress levels, psychological well-being, physical health, life satisfaction and cognitive function. 
  4. Magnesium - Low levels of magnesium seems to be common in those who lead busy lifestyles which suggests that stress may increase the elimination of magnesium in the body. Magnesium supplementation can relieve muscle tension, reduce feelings of stress, worry and anxiety and improve feelings of wellbeing and sleep quality. 
  5. Kava - Kava works with the central nervous system to exert a calming effect throughout the body with no side effects of sedation. It can also relieve muscle tension and improve sleep.
  6. Relax - Daily relaxation techniques such as meditation, walking in nature, reading or massage can bring balance to the nervous system. 

 

6. Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture is based upon the concepts of Qi, blood and fluid movement within the body. Symptoms of stress often represent areas of excess or deficiency within the body – take for example insomnia. Insomnia represents an excess of Qi (energy) in the mind resulting in poor sleep. 

There are also numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including:

  1. depression
  2. anxiety
  3. heart attacks
  4. stroke
  5. hypertension
  6. immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections
  7. a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers
  8. autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis

Stress can also have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected. Acupuncture appears to have moderate evidence in the reduction of some of the above signs/symptoms, via various studies on randomised controlled trials (RCT’s) or pooled effect models. Essentially, stress is something we all need to mitigate as it affects our physiology in a negative way. Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about balance. Regular Acupuncture as well as, exercise, eating a varied diet and staying warm throughout the winter months will assist you in maintaining good health.

 

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How can Kinesiology help manage your pain?

What is Kinesiology and how does it assist in pain management?

Kinesiology encompasses holistic health corrections, such as: ESR, bodywork and visualisation. Using the gentle art of muscle testing, Kinesiology accesses information about an individuals health. Each muscle in our body is connected to our brain through the physical and nervous systems. Blockages are identified using gentle, non-invasive techniques. Often caused by emotional trauma, unresolved stress, physical injury or insufficient nutrition in our diet, Kinesiology helps us access certain information to assist the natural healing process.

Sarah is a qualified Kinesiologist, personal trainer and Naturopath student who is passionate for health and well-being. She believes that an individual has three states of being: mental, physical and spiritual, and that, for maximum health and healing potential, a person must treat all three. Using a holistic approach of treatment, Sarah believes in finding and treating the cause of the imbalance within the body, rather than just treating the symptoms.

What can you expect from your session?

  1. tapping
  2. emotional release
  3. magnets
  4. oils
  5. crystals
  6. homeopathic remedies
  7. nutritional advice
  8. affirmations

What can Kinesiology help treat?

  1. allergies
  2. depression
  3. postural problems
  4. poor performance levels
  5. learning
  6. relationship difficulties
  7. digestive and nervous disorders

 

We would like to extend the warmest welcome to Sarah, as our newest therapist here at Freedom Float Centre. To Book, call us on (07) 5535 7778 or click here

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How can Naturopathy help manage your pain?

How can Naturopathy help you with pain management?

 
Naturopathic medicine is based on identifying and treating the cause of imbalance within the body, rather than just suppressing symptoms. It encompasses the use of both herbal and nutritional medicine. The cause of pain is inflammation, which is an immune response stimulated by the body to repair damaged tissues. These pain signals are the body’s way of communicating with us to let us know something is wrong so that we can help it to heal.
 

How can we reduce pain?

Quite easily with 3 easy steps..
1. We need to ensure we are getting enough blood flow to the area and a great facilitator of this is Turmeric. Turmeric improves circulation, enabling our blood to carry the nutrients necessary for repair to the damaged area. You can increase your intake of turmeric in the diet by using a powdered form in cooking (especially in curries, yum!) or in a turmeric latte, adding fresh grated turmeric to a salad/stir-fry or using it to make a tea.
 
2. Reduce your intake of inflammatory foods. Inflammatory foods include all fast and processed foods, especially those containing processed meats, wheat, sugar and dairy. These foods can cause inflammation throughout the whole body (systemic inflammation), which can further damage already injured tissues causing more pain in the affected area.
 
3. Opt for an anti-inflammatory diet. Anti-inflammatory diets are high in foods that contain anti-inflammatory properties, such as all unprocessed vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, oily fish such as salmon and mackerel, and herbs and spices such as turmeric, ginger, garlic, thyme and rosemary. These foods can help to lower systemic inflammation and therefore reduce pain.
 
Of course, there are many ways to manage pain and often a multimodality approach is necessary. Regular massage, acupuncture, float therapy, kinesiology, physiotherapy and sauna use are but some of the other therapies to consider for relief from chronic pain.
 
 

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What is Integrative Remedial Therapy and how can it ease your pain?

You may have had a remedial massage before, BUT, have you had Integrative Remedial Therapy?

What is Integrative Remedial Therapy?

 

Integrative Remedial Therapy combines physical, energetic and technological therapies for holistic wellness. Kylie is a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist who specialises in Energy Medicine. She works from the premise that your biography becomes your biology. Energy Medicine involves the belief that when pain is experienced in the physical structure, it is the result of energetic, emotional and mental patterns of disorganisation stored within the Human Energy Field. Kylie works deeply with your mental and physical state to provide wellness and relaxation. 

IRT is a multi-modality therapy encompassing:

  1. Remedial Massage
  2. Reiki
  3. SCENAR

 

How can Integrative Remedial Therapy help with your pain?

Essentially, Kylie uses a multi-modality approach combining Remedial Massage with Reiki and SCENAR Therapy to alleviate pain caused my mental, energetic and emotional stresses. Integrative Remedial Therapy works on a deeper level, influencing the flow of healing energy that promotes a sense of balance and leads to pain relief in patients suffering from chronic pain in a variety of conditions. Unlike most other treatments, Reiki is a multi-purposed method that can heal both physical and emotional ailments. Studies show that through Reiki, some patients suffering from pain due to cancer, injury, or psychological or emotional distress have found relief where other methods were not successful. 

THE RESULT?
  1. reduced pain and tension
  2. feelings of TOTAL relaxation and rejuvenation
  3. reduced muscle tenseness 
  4. improved range of motion
  5. reduced fatigue
  6. reduced anxiety and depression

 

Hear what Kylie has to say:

"Utilising a combination of Clairvoyant Insight, Energetic Channelling, Reiki, Remedial Massage and SCENAR Therapy, regular Integrative Remedial Treatments work with you 'behind the scenes' to bio-hack your Central Nervous System and shift your perspective on Health and Wellbeing. By approaching the body as a consciously interacting energetic and informational system rather than a mechanical structure. Energy Medicine works to facilitate simultaneous insight and change by connecting us to the ‘meaning’ of our pain, rather than seeing it as something that needs to be fought. By identifying the underlying attitudes and thought forms reflected in the physical dysfunction, releasing the associated energetic blockages contained within the central nervous system, and realigning you to inherent patterns of balance and healthy function, Energy Medicine disconnects you from the thoughts, emotions and circumstances that divert your life force at an energetic level and allows you to re-focus your energy towards prevention rather than management or cure.

 

Book in with Kylie by calling us on (07) 5535 7778 or Book Online now!

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How can you manage your pain with Acupuncture?

Have you ever tried Acupuncture?

 
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice over 2000 years old. It has been used to treat many conditions and relieve pain. The process involves being thoroughly examined and diagnosed and then tiny needles ~ 0.18mm thin to be exact ~ are inserted into the skin to stimulate different points (known as acupoints) of the body depending on the individuals needs.
 
Acupuncture is commonly used to treat many types of pain including: Acute and Chronic lower back pain, Plantar heel pain, Shoulder impingement syndrome, Neck pain, Temporomandibular pain (jaw), Irritable bowel syndrome, Constipation and Menstrual pain. If you are in the hands of a good Acupuncturist, the experience of reducing pain should be relatively pain-free, no matter where it is.
 
 

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:

  1. Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  2. Biliary colic
  3. Depression
  4. Headache
  5. Knee pain
  6. Hypertension
  7. Lower back pain
  8. Sciatica
  9. Stroke
  10. Morning sickness
  11. Neck pain
  12. Sprains
  13. Tennis elbow
  14. & Many more!!
Steve specialises in Acupuncture, Massage and Health and Wellness consultations. Health fund rebates available instantly.
 
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