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Stressed out? Now you can float away in Milton Keynes

Send stress packing with a trip to Floatation Life

Imagine blocking out all the stresses and strains of the daily grind, the feeling of complete tranquillity and escapism. Imagine floating on a cloud - that’s the experience you get at Floatation Life. The new family owned business in Crownhill launches this Friday and is set to bring a new dimension of relaxation to people in Milton Keynes.

The Mayor and Mayoress on their visit to Floatation Life

It is the latest trend in alternative therapy through sensory deprivation that allows people to disconnect from the intense digital lifestyle. Floatation Life has two of the most advanced floatation tanks in the world.

 

Each tank is filled to just 10-inches in depth of water containing 25% solution of Epsom salts (Magnesium Sulphate) – more than the Dead Sea –allowing the body to float and reach a sense of complete relaxation.

 

“There is no experience like it,” says Natalie Welham, Centre Manager of Floatation Life. “The tanks are extremely large and, once inside, you lay back, relax and simply float. This sensation removes any pressure points on the body and gives nearly the same sensation as being gravity free.

 

“Technology today means that we’re constantly on the go, always reachable and can hardly ever escape from the pressures of modern life. The need to disconnect is more important than ever and the Floatation Life experience from start to finish gives just that.” On arrival, customers are invited to remove their shoes as the journey begins. The private floatation rooms can be found at the end of a softly lit corridor where guests can change and get into their tank. The one hour float begins.

From: http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/health/stressed-out-now-you-can-float-away-in-milton-keynes-1-771....





Family launches region’s first floatation centre

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MK Pulse Magazine  www.mkpulse.co.uk/family-launches-regions-first-flotation-centre

8th January 2017

New floatation centre will leave you floating on a cloud

Imagine blocking out all the stresses and strains of the daily grind, the feeling of complete tranquillity and escapism. Imagine floating on a cloud – that’s the experience you get at Floatation Life.

The new family owned business in Crownhill launched in December and is set to bring a new dimension of relaxation to people in Milton Keynes. The Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes were invited to be the first to see the new venture.

Floatation Life is one of just a few floatation therapy centres in the UK – the latest trend in alternative therapy through sensory deprivation that allows people to disconnect from the intense digital lifestyle.

Floatation Life has two of the most advanced floatation tanks in the world. Each tank is filled to just 10-inches in depth of water containing 25% solution of Epsom salts (Magnesium Sulphate) – more than the Dead Sea –allowing the body to float and reach a sense of complete relaxation.

“There is no experience like it,” says Natalie Welham, Centre Manager of Floatation Life. She adds: “The tanks are extremely large and, once inside, you lay back, relax and simply float. This sensation removes any pressure points on the body and gives nearly the same sensation as being gravity free.

“Technology today means that we’re constantly on the go, always reachable and can hardly ever escape from the pressures of modern life. The need to disconnect is more important than ever and the Floatation Life experience from start to finish gives just that.”

On arrival, customers are invited to remove their shoes as the journey begins. The private floatation rooms can be found at the end of a softly lit corridor where guests can change and get into their tank. The one hour float begins.

“Some people fall asleep and others just rest and let their mind wonder,” Natalie adds. “We have already take dozens of bookings even before we’re officially open and the support in Milton Keynes has been fantastic. We can wait to fully showcase Floatation Life.”

After the experience, guests have their own private shower and changing facilities as well as a vanity room with hairdryers and mirrors. The journey ends in the post-float relaxation room, where guests can rehydrate on massage chairs, listen the relaxation music and even pick up a colouring book.  

The Floatation experience lasts 1 hour 30 minutes for new customers. Visit www.floatation.life for more details or call the team on 01908 969470.


What are the benefits of Floatation therapy?

Well-Being;

The state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing and floatation has been linked to help users achieve many of these through regular floatation.

Lying in a pod, isolated from all external stimuli such as sound and light helps, in theory, turns off the sympathetic nervous system (the part of the brain which keeps us alert and on guard) and allows the parasympathetic nervous system (the part of the brain which helps us relax and be creative) to take charge allowing you to:-.

  • Feel deep relaxation and calm

  • Alleviate both physical and mental stress

  • Feel rejuvenated and refreshed

  • Improve your sleep pattern

  • Encourages the production of endorphins (the feel-good factor)

Mental Health;

Our constantly “switched on”, 24/7 lifestyles give us little time to truly relax and reflect. With many of us dealing with pressures and commitments such as balancing work, family and social lives, we have become numb to our feelings and senses, living in an almost automated state.

This can cause numerous issues such as unnecessary stress, feelings of unease and lack of focus on the more important things in life. The sensory deprivation that occurs during floatation can help rest the mind and aid clearer thought processes, allowing us to deal with life just that little bit better and to enjoy the good moments more.

Benefits.

  • Helps improve concentration and clarity of thought

  • Increases creativity

  • Improves problem solving abilities

  • Helps with stress relief

  • Aids deeper levels of meditation

  • Relieves overactive minds and mind-sets

 

Physical Health;

 

Physical health is critical for overall well-being and is the most visible sign, our bodies can show, that all is not well. Modern life often makes us push our bodies further and further, from the general everyday tasks such as working to the more extreme ones such as exercise. Having the energy available to start with is one thing, but it is important to be able to recover from what we put ourselves through so we are ready to go again.

Floatation is a very effective way to help our bodies rest and recover. The effect of floating in near weightlessness and absolute comfort, plus our body’s absorption of the essential nutrients from the high concentration of Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts) is the ideal environment to help muscles relax and improve our blood circulation, relieving the symptoms of pain and helping the process of recovery.

 

Benefits.

  • Aids the rehabilitation and recovery of the body

  • Reduces headaches and chronic pains, such as arthritis

  • Improves blood circulation

  • Decreases blood pressure and heart rate

  • Can aid physical performance

  • Enhances the immune system

  • Flotation can aid the following conditions;

  • Severe and chronic headaches and migraines

  • Lower back pain

  • Stress disorders

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)


Float My Boat

We asked personal trainer and health guru Duncan O’Brien, to dive in and then write up his floatation tank experience

                                                                                                                          ‘It’s a little bit like trying to tell someone about an awesome movie without spoiling the ending’

I'm the first person to put my hand up to try out something new, especially if it involves relaxing in water. We first heard about this rather unusual way of relaxing a few years ago when a young, insightful entrepreneur called Lee dropped some exploratory questionnaires into the gym, asking if we would speak to our clients about their potential interest in using a floatation tank.

It was certainly something we would want to encourage our clients to do as a way to balance out busy working days. In fact, I don’t think I’ve met a person in the North East who wouldn’t benefit from some deep rest, relaxation and regeneration.


As it turns out Lee only had his first float in 2013. He was so inspired and energised by the experience that he wanted more, and he wanted it locally. Unfortunately, the specialised tanks are expensive to privately own and there were none in Newcastle.

We didn’t hear much more for a while but thankfully, behind closed doors, he was grafting away and in mid-2016 launched the Driftwood Float Spa. Today I had my first float and it was well worth the wait.

While showering after my one hour in cocooning darkness I was contemplating how I would share my experience, and even if I should at all.

It’s a little bit like trying to tell someone about an awesome movie without spoiling the ending. But actually I’ve been unable to resist telling everyone about it, there were some who immediately went for it, but I have heard a few doubters so let’s get the excuses out of the way first...

Scared of the Dark? Leave the mood lighting on. Can’t swim? You float – it’s so salty it does all the work for you. Zero effort.

What if I fall asleep and drown? You’d have to try pretty hard to turn over and would soon wake up with the salty water in your mouth.

Isn’t it claustrophobic? You can leave the lid open and it spacious in there.

I don’t like water? That’s a shame as your body is made of the stuff, but really it feels more like the most amazing mattress than being in water especially with it being around body temperature.

I don't have time? How many box sets, beers or comfort food sessions do you sit down to in the name of relaxation? This is true relaxation, a break from the normal not more of the same.

After being shown to the float suite someone explained how it all works (then he left). It runs like this: seven minutes for toilet, undressing and showering. Enter the floatation tank, close the doors yourself (with the option of internal light on or off). Float for 30 minutes with music and 30 minutes of silence. Music returns to signify the end, shower, get dressed, cuppa and a relaxed conversation about the experience.

I won’t lie, it took about 40 minutes for my thoughts to calm down. I didn’t stop myself from splashing around when I first got in. I tried turning onto my front, closing my eyes and holding my nose to avoid salt intake. I experimented with a variety of arm positions and finally settled on the starfish.

Once I finally let go it was expanding bliss, somewhere between floating in the most amazing bath (without the bubble) and pure weightlessness at the height of a trampoline bounce. At the magic moment just before returning to earth someone pressed pause and I was gently held in total peace. Neither hot nor cold, just still and at ease.

Afterwards my muscles felt great and my skin smooth. I did have a hair do more bouffant than usual – but it was well worth it.

So ask yourself this ... when was the last time life felt effortless? If you enjoy yoga, massage, meditation, pilates, stretching, Alexander technique or Bowen this is already right up your street.

If you love/endure intense exercise and working out this can bring you back into balance as the magnesium works its way in, helping you to recover. It is a bit of an alien environment, but I’ll be encouraging everyone to have their first float.

Amazingly, the night before going to Driftwood my wife had a scan, and we saw our baby floating effortlessly, free from gravity – a perfect environment to grow and explore.

Driftwood Float Spa, Heaton
0191 209 6298
www.driftwoodfloatspa.co.uk

Published in: December 2016                                                             http://www.livingnorth.com/northeast/health-beauty/float-my-boat