Frequently Asked Questions
How does It work?
Scientists estimate that up to 90% of the brain's normal workload is caused by the effects of routine environmental stimulation the combined effects of gravity, temperature, touch, light and sound on the muscles, nervous system and sense organs of the body.
The float bath screens out these external physical stimuli, creating a pure state of "sensory" relaxation. Under these unique conditions your body has a chance to restore its natural powers of self regulation, while you simply lie back and rediscover the latent abilities of a deeply relaxed mind.
While you are floating, your ears are below the surface of the solution, cutting out external sounds. Many people, however, find that gentle ambient music accelerates and intensifies the relaxation process. The Apollo's powerful underwater speaker system creates the feeling that you are floating in a sea of music, enhancing the rich dream-like quality of the experience.
The temperature inside is kept at a constant 34.5 degrees Celsius - relaxed skin temperature. As a result, the nerve endings which cover the surface of the skin no longer perceive any sense of separation between the skin and the silky mineral solution which surrounds it.
In the dark, weightless tranquillity of the Apollo float bath, the boundaries of your body seem to dissolve and vanish. As you enter progressively deeper levels of relaxation, even your body seems to "disappear" from conscious awareness because of the sharp reduction in signals being transmitted through the nervous system to the brain.
Free from all external stimulation, your body can achieve a state of relaxation which is deeper, purer and more beneficial than sleep. With no body to look after, your mind can attend to other business.
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Introduction to Floating
"Most importantly, the float tank is not a hypothetical laboratory phenomenon, but a viable, proven technology" Dr Henry Adams, NIMH, Washington
"Second best thing to being in Heaven" Richard Jones, Australian Senator
The Apollo float bath contains a shallow 30 cm pool of 25% saturated Epsom Salts solution - five times denser and more buoyant than sea water. Lying back, you float effortlessly on the surface with all parts of your body firmly supported. Your muscles no longer have to fight against the constant downward push of gravity, the single greatest cause of wear and tear to bones, joints and body tissue. As muscle tension melts away, you find yourself floating weightless and free, like an astronaut in zero gravity conditions.
The pleasures and perks of the modern float bath are based on a revolutionary scientific approach to deep relaxation called Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique or R.E.S.T. for short, first developed back in 1954 by researchers at the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) in Washington.
During the past 20 years the remarkable effects of the float bath have been systematically studied and applied in such areas as health care, medicine, fitness training, sports science and education. Meanwhile, floating has caught on in America, Australia and, more recently, Europe and Asia as a powerfully productive and creative form of recreation in its own right.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique derived from acupuncture. In acupressure physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points by the hand, elbow, or with various devices.
Traditional Chinese medicine's (TCM) acupuncture theory predates use of the scientific method.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a practice in which needles are inserted into various traditionally determined points of the body via "acupuncture points" and then manipulated.
The practice dates back to at least the 2nd century B.C. in China. Acupuncture typically incorporates traditional Chinese medicine as an integral part of its practice and theory. Different variations of acupuncture are practiced and taught throughout the world.
Acupuncture is based on a belief that flowing through the body is a kind of "energy" called "qi" (or "chi"), although this energy may not be the same as any kind of energy measured by the science of physics. The acupuncture points are located on what are claimed to be paths ("meridians") where the qi is believed to flow.
What is Chinese Cupping
Cupping dates back to the Egyptians period were they used horns and flame to create a vacuum.
It is commonly know through Chinese medicine.
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What is Bowen Technique?
The Bowen Technique is a cross fibre muscle release technique that balances and stimulates energy flows, resulting in a deep sense of overall relaxation. There are regular pauses between the series of gentle moves to give the body the required time to allow the body to reset and heal itself.
There are various schools of protocols originating from the teachings of Mr Tom Bowen, the founder of the Bowen Technique. The healing is not considered massage but rather a non invasive muscle release technique consisting of a series of gentle cross fibre moves that have long term benefits so long as the injury or pain is not reaggravated.
Bowen Technique strives to find the origin of a problem and is therefore very effective for muscular-skeletal problems, including ankle, knee, lower back and neck pain.
A treatment usually requires the client to lie on a bed or treatment couch and can be performed through light clothing. Sessions can last from 30 minutes to an hour. It is usually recommended to have two to three sessions of the Bowen Technique with a break of five to ten days between each session.
What is a Deep Tissue Massage?
Focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is designed to reach the deep sections of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibres.
Uses firm pressure to help the muscles to release toxins.
Allows blood flow to the muscles to help in recovery of injuries and muscle soreness
Is also used in sports recovery and injuries.
Works on the fibres of the muscles with cross friction and deep movement allowing the muscles to release lactic acid from the muscles.
Better improvements than relaxation massage due to the increase of blood flow to the muscle.