Our tanks are filled with 900 lbs of dissolved Pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt and purified water.
Salt Spa Saint Augustine offers the ultimate relaxation experience by having you float in tanks of silky, skin temperature water, which have been saturated with the purest quality salt. For maximum comfort, our tanks are located in private rooms with a shower.
Floating is a perfectly calming experience having no contact points, no movement, no postural muscle action. You will be fully supported, and will expend no physical energy to maintain your position in the water. The tank lid may be closed for the full experience, or it can be left open for your comfort. The water is kept at a constant temperature of 95 degrees, which feels warm at first, but soon becomes almost imperceptible. The line between the air and the water becomes blurred.
For your protection, the water in the float tank is completely filtered 5 times through a high-tech filtration system following each float session. The cleaning process includes 1 micron filtration, Germicidal UV lamps, and an Advanced Oxidation Process, making the water more sanitary than any swimming pool or hot tub. We are regulated by Florida Health Department as a public pool.
Conditions known to be Improved by Floating
Stress relief, Anti-Inflammatory Muscle Relief, Relief from Fibromyalgia,Rheumatism, Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Fatigue, Insomnia, Back pain, Digestion, Fertility, Autism therapy, Jet lag, Migraines , Anxiety, Depression, Increased healing in contusion and muscle strains, Theta wave healing, relief for pregnancy symptoms- relives pressure from feet and back; also creates symbiotic sense of connection with the baby, reduces high blood pressure.
Benefits of Flotation
The tank suppresses the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system which when active produces our fight or flight response. And it then activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxation, healing, replenishment, etc. Some physical symptoms of the relaxation response are decreased muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, and increased endorphins. The deep relaxation provided by flotation remedies sore muscles by reducing the production of lactic acid and increasing the production of beta endorphins.
Research indicates increased visual acuity, improved tactile perception, improved auditory sensitivity, and increased taste sensitivities after floating.
Arthritis, back pain, neck pain, tendinitis, bursitis, inflammation, and psychosomatic pain relief have all been documented via tank use.
Increased Immune Function
Immune function is enhanced by suppressing stress hormones which not only weaken the immune system but also suppress the digestion and reproductive systems, affect regeneration processes, and decrease insulin sensitivity.
Floating increases circulation to extremities, promotes greater elimination of metabolic by products, decreases the forces of gravity to help promote greater muscular relaxation, and it can prevent adrenal fatigue.
Floating decreases chronic muscle tension and creates greater awareness of less noticeable areas of muscle tension and imbalances.
Although floating is not zero-gravity (like outer space), the density of the Salt solution does create the maximal amount of the forces of gravity to be dispersed across the greatest surface area of the body. Rigid postures and chronic muscular tension from daily life can cause ailments such as lower-back pain, neck pain, shallow breathing, high blood pressure, etc. The anti-gravity environment of the float tank disperses forces to the smallest amount and thus decreases the source of gravity-related stimulation to the minimum possible value providing relief to these specific areas.
Increased Stress Resistance
Regular floating can alter the set-points in the endocrine homeostatic mechanism which can cause adjustments such as a lower adrenal activation threshold. This means that we become more resistant to the stimuli of chronic stressors bombarding us in modern urban settings and lifestyles and literally develop a higher physiological threshold to deal with stress. The state of deep relaxation regulates our breathing and our blood circulation, allowing for extraordinary healing effects through the absence of gravity.
Meditation has a plethora of researched benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed presence. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency instead of falling asleep. Floating may induce an altered state of consciousness especially when done repeatedly.
Chronic Stress Relief
The tanks environment eliminates as much external input as possible. It lets your nervous system have a break. In a life filled with a constant buzz or hum, our systems rarely experience the isolation and silence that the tanks environment provides. Having this experience can be very refreshing, nourishing and healthy for our bodies and minds. We are well adapted for acute stress, however, for chronic stressors such as noise and air pollution; business, social, and family pressures; war; unemployment; street crime fear; general antagonism between the sexes; we are not well adapted and have been cited to be a cause of several forms of disease.
Floating is a great way to bring greater awareness to various patterns of behavior. Floating has shown to have beneficial effects such as decreased anxiety and depression; increased calmness or sense of well-being; it has shown fantastic results towards anti-smoking assistance as well as positive effects on weight-loss programs.
After settling into the floating experience research has shown greater hemisphere synchronization (promoting greater communication between the right (creative-side) and left (analytical-side) lobes; the majority of people are left-dominated. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neocortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.
The combination of being extremely relaxed while intensely awake allows techniques of visualization to become very powerful. From athletes preparing for competition, to public speakers rehearsing a presentation to students preparing for exams, the tank can induce the calm needed to perform at ones best. Mental rehearsal research has shown it to be just as practical as physical rehearsal.
Some of us are known as introverts while others are extroverts. Introverts who float can gain a feeling of safety and security, they often enjoy the break from constant stimulation in which they are usually hypersensitive to. No person or thing will disturb you while in the tank. Extroverts can develop greater internal sensitivity from floating, typically they are always seeking extra stimulation and paradoxically through depriving the senses the nervous systems response is to (turn up the volume) to try and feel more. Since minimal input is coming in they are able to develop greater sensitivity to their internal reality and over time they may not feel the need to be constantly stimulated; i.e. it may heighten their (dulled) senses, and won’t need to be constantly stimulated.
From managing chronic stress and inducing a natural calm, to facilitating introspection and identifying various less-serving modes of thinking, many people report drastically improved sleeping abilities. The change in your physical state and your mental outlook may provide you with a healthier perspective in which to put your body and mind to rest much easier each night if sleeping is an issue. Also, 90 minutes in the tank can feel like 6-8 hours of sleep. It is extremely therapeutic, refreshing and rejuvenating. So if you pulled an all-nighter, suffer from insomnia or have a baby who never lets you sleep, floating can help make up for any lack of sleep you may be experiencing.
The Theta state allows for extremely deep relaxation both physically and mentally.