Dry Float Therapy – Wellness Through Zero Gravity

Dry Float Therapy – Wellness Through Zero Gravity

Do you have trouble “switching off” your brain, and do you feel exhausted? No wonder! In our modern world, our brains are constantly confronted with sensory overload due to the presence of technology, our demanding lifestyles, and the influences of social media. Are you ready to unlock a revolutionary approach to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body, and brain? Dry flotation therapy has emerged as a groundbreaking wellness treatment that combines the benefits of sensory deprivation, meditation, and zero gravity. In this article, CARE will explore how dry float therapy works and its numerous health benefits. Prepare to be captivated by the incredible potential of dry floating to elevate your quality of life.

Blog Author Elena Health Coach at CARE
Elena Iagovitina

Health Coach

Published in Mental Health
6 min read · Mar 13, 2024

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What Is Dry Float Therapy?

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Dry float therapy, also referred to as “dry floating” or “dry floating meditation,” involves immersing yourself in a specialized float tank filled with a dense solution of Epsom salt and warm water. As the name suggests, you stay dry during a floating session since your body is separated by a dry membrane from the water solution.

But why should you dry float in the first place?

Our growing reliance on digital technology has inundated our senses like never before. Your brain is adept at processing external sensory information, especially through social media and the internet, on a demanding and tiring scale. Additionally, your personal thoughts and internal monologue engage your brain as well. Most of us lack the skill of turning our attention inward and tuning out external and internal distractions, even though this is incredibly important for our mental and physical health. It can be quite challenging for most of us to achieve relaxation and a resting mind, even for short periods. [1]

Now, guess what can help you with this? Correct, dry float therapy!

The unique combination of feeling weightlessness and being deprived of most of your senses allows you to float effortlessly but also to sink into deep relaxation during dry float therapy. Imagine being suspended in a tranquil environment, free from external stimuli, where you can truly disconnect from the outside world.

The star of Dry Floating Therapy is the “Zerobody,” a state-of-the-art dry flotation tank that offers a sensory deprivation experience like no other. At CARE, we also use the Zerobody for the dry floating sessions of our members.

The Zerobody's design ensures that you are not only buoyant but also cradled in a deep sense of relaxation and weightlessness, promoting a unique mental and physical experience.

But how does all this work? What exactly does dry float therapy do with your body?

How Does Dry Floating Affect Your Body?

The benefits of dry float therapy extend to the very core of your body and mind. As you float in the Epsom salt solution, several physiological changes occur within your body:

1. Less Stress Hormones & More Endorphins

The floating triggers the release of endorphins (“feel-good-hormones”), which combat stress hormones like cortisol. But how so? The sensory-deprivation environment and the sensation of weightlessness induce a profound state of relaxation and reduce stress, prompting your brain to release these natural feel-good chemicals as a response to the calming and stress-relieving effects of the therapy. This reduction in stress hormones can lead to lowered anxiety levels and an overall sense of well-being. [2]

2. Enhanced Blood Circulation

As you can imagine, it is quite the task for your heart to pump your blood through every capillary, artery, and vein of your body, especially if you stand upright or sit in the same position all day. The buoyancy of the float tank promotes improved blood circulation, delivering essential nutrients and oxygen to your cells and aiding in the removal of waste products. This boost in circulation can contribute to faster healing muscle recovery and a healthy blood pressure. [2]

3. Pain Modulation

Do you have a chronic pain condition, or did you recently injure yourself? Dry float therapy has been found to modulate pain perception. The relaxation and sensory deprivation experienced during a session can reduce the sensation of pain, making it an attractive option for those dealing with chronic pain conditions or in need of recovery. [3]

4. Improved Immune Function

High levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) can suppress your body’s natural immune activity. As stress levels decrease and circulation improves during dry float therapy, your body's ability to maintain a healthy and strong immune function to defend you against illness and infection is bolstered. [2]

What Are the Benefits of Dry Float?

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Better Sleep Quality

If you struggle with insomnia or bad sleep quality, dry float therapy might be your ticket to a good night's sleep. The deep relaxation experienced during a session can reset your circadian rhythm and promote better sleep patterns. Many users report falling asleep faster and enjoying more restful sleep after incorporating dry float therapy into their routine. [4]

Sensory Deprivation for Mental Health & Performance

One of the primary benefits of dry float therapy is sensory deprivation, which leads to relaxation and a resting mind. When you enter the float tank, you are enveloped in darkness and silence, allowing your senses to retreat from their constant engagement with the external world. This sensory isolation creates a serene environment that promotes deep meditation and relaxation, helping your mind to reset and stay healthy. [1] [2]

The serene environment and sensory deprivation encourage mental clarity and focus. Many people who do dry floating report heightened creativity, improved problem-solving abilities, and a sense of mental rejuvenation after each session. [1]

Relaxation of the Muscles and Joints

Do you experience muscle pain, joint pain, or muscle tension? The zero-gravity sensation experienced during a dry float session alleviates pressure on your muscles and joints. The weightlessness and warm water additionally soothe tense muscles, promoting relaxation and reducing the risk of muscle-related discomfort This relief is particularly beneficial to support muscle recovery for those suffering from joint pain or recovering from strenuous workouts. As you float, your muscles can fully relax, enabling a faster recovery process and reducing discomfort. [4]

Easement of Anxiety & Stress

Dry flotation therapy can help in managing anxiety and stress. The absence of external distractions and the release of endorphins during the session can significantly reduce anxiety and stress levels. It's like a mental reset button, allowing you to emerge calmer and more collected. [2] [4]

Pricing of Dry Floatation Therapy

The cost of dry float therapy will vary depending on your location and where you decide to dry float. Some hotels and retreats offer the Zerobody dry float as a Spa treatment.

If you are a CARE member, you can dry-float without any additional costs during your regular health check-up.

On average, a single flotation session typically ranges from CHF 50 to CHF 100. Some centers offer package deals or monthly memberships that can potentially reduce the per-session cost.

Considering the wide array of benefits, dry float therapy is a valuable investment in your health and well-being. Please do not hesitate to contact us about your next health check up or an additional dry float therapy session.

What Do You Wear for a Dry Float?

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One of the unique aspects of dry float therapy, aside from the sensation of weightlessness, is that you don't need to worry about what to wear.

The experience takes place in a private, light-protected, and soundproof float tank. Most people choose to float in as little layers of clothing as possible to maximize their comfort, and state of deep meditation and minimize any distractions.

Dry Float Therapy with CARE

CARE is a big supporter of dry float therapy to optimize the well-being of our members. With the help of innovative devices like the Zerobody, dry float therapy offers a multitude of health benefits that can enhance your physical and mental well-being.

From sensory deprivation and relaxation to improved biological processes within your body, dry float therapy is a holistic approach to optimizing your health. Whether you're seeking relief from anxiety, muscle recovery, or simply a profound sense of relaxation, dry float therapy is a powerful tool in your wellness arsenal.

So why not take the plunge and experience the magic of dry float therapy for yourself? Your journey to optimal health awaits you in the tranquil depths of the float tank.

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Blog Author Elena Health Coach at CARE

Elena Iagovitina

Health Coach at CARE Zurich

About the author

Elena is an enthusiastic Health Coach and blog writer at CARE, with a passion for holistic medicine and health. Previously, Elena worked for almost five years as a coach leading retreats, workshops, and seminars. These included mind-body therapy: breath work, meditation, and massage; as well as energy force therapy: reiki, and qi gong; and third expressive therapy: movement, writing and support groups. Elena shares exciting articles on the blog, on the topic of where the alternative and traditional medicine intersect with Western Medicine. Elena is also the driving force behind the CARE community. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling to remote locations and dancing. You might also see her on the lake of Zurich as a coast guard. Join her on her journey to learn more about health and discover the world of preventive medicine! Visit all articles written by Elena!