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Float for 60 minutes in 200 gallons of
water mixed with 850 pounds of
medical-grade
Epsom salt

Getting rid of all sensory input allows the ‘constantly-make-sure-you’re-not-dying’ part of your brain to chill out for a second, allowing the creative, relaxed part of your brain to come out and play. Without the constant pressure of analyzing the world around you, your body lowers its levels of cortisol, the main chemical component of stress. Your brain also releases elevated levels of dopamine and endorphins, the neurotransmitters of happiness.

Not having to fight gravity lets your muscles, joints, and bones take a well-deserved break. Your body suddenly has loads of extra resources (usually spent supporting your weight, regulating temperature, and trying not to get speeding tickets), which it gets to focus on things like healing and resting.

Without old-man gravity pushing you down all the time, your spine lengthens an inch, chronic pain is relieved, and your muscles get to fully rest. Unlike lying on a mattress, lying in water allows blood to flow freely all throughout your body. There’s no need to readjust your position to get comfortable.

About 30 minutes into your float your brain stops producing its normal Alpha waves and starts churning out Theta waves. These are responsible for that ‘between-waking-and-sleeping’ state, and you make them naturally every night before you conk out. While it only lasts for a few sparse moments in your bed, you can achieve a prolonged Theta state in the tank, a state of consciousness that is usually only seen in children and people who have spent years practicing meditation.

Even the magnesium-based Epsom salts we use in the tank are good for you. They soften and replenish your skin, and help counteract the magnesium deficiency that most of us have due to depleted magnesium levels in our soil. They’re also kosher, just in case you want to float in water that has been blessed by a Rabbi.

WHY FLOAT?


What’s truly impressive about float tanks/pods is that almost every one of these benefits lasts for several days past the float itself. The longer and the more often the float pods are used the stronger the effects become, the longer they last, and the better off someone is when they come into float again.

This creates a positive spiral of recovery and health that simply works to reinforce itself, giving people a path and a means towards a better life. The following information is taken from over 200 research articles containing both lab experiments and case studies, published between the 1960’s and present day.


The density of the salt water puts the floater in an environment where approximately 80% of the gravity we usually feel is no longer affecting our body. We use a large portion of our mental and physical resources counteracting the force of gravity on a moment to moment basis, and the relief of this effort leaves our body with a surplus of energy and processing power at its disposal.

When left with this abundance, our body spends its efforts on resting, recuperating, and healing anything that needs attention. In addition to this, the gravity-reduced environment allows our body to decompress, especially throughout the joints and spinal column.


We live in a world that is over brimming with sensory stimulation. Our brains take in this information and look for warning of potential danger. This was an efficient system when the only fast moving objects around us were lions pouncing out of bushes to attack. However, our modern world of blinking advertisements, speeding cars, and honking horns overwhelm this system. Our fight –or- flight response is constantly firing creating unwarranted levels of emotional and physical stress.

When you are in a float pod this system is at rest. Our brains look for sights and sounds for warnings, but there are none. The float tank gives us a feeling of safety and comfort that is unparalleled by any other environment. Our fight- or- flight regulates many of the hormones associated with stress, including adrenaline and cortisol. When our fight- or -flight goes dormant, the production of these hormones drops lower and lower, allowing us to relax on a biological level. In response to feeling safe and relaxed, our brains start pumping out dopamine and neurochemical our body uses to reward us with pleasure, encouraging us to repeat the actions that got us to this state.

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Buoyant Float Spa in Chesterfield featured on Great Day St. Louis

Buoyant owner Mikell Rush and KMOV’s Laura Hettiger talk floating
at Buoyant Float Spa in Chesterfield on the Great Day St. Louis morning show.
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