Our Wellness Center offers a variety of options to meet your wellness needs. We offer a variety of services including: Float Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Infrared Sauna Therapy. Floating is part therapy, part meditation, part transcendence, and all relaxation. Classically known as “sensory deprivation“, flotation therapy is suitable for all ages. It has a myriad of documented benefits, including improved health and well-being; deepened meditation; relief of physical pain, mental stress & anxiety; and improved sleep and immune function.
PREPARING FOR YOUR FLOAT
- - Don’t shave or wax the day of floating to avoid being sensitive to the salt
- – Be well hydrated prior to floating.
- – Refrain from eating 1 hour prior to your appointment.
- – Remove your contacts.
- – Don’t drink caffeine the day of your appointment.
- – For your first Float, arrive a few minutes early.
A float tank removes all these influences and allows you to experience total physical and mental relaxation, which has been found to have some pretty amazing effects! The buoyancy created by 1450lbs of Epsom salt lets you float effortlessly on top of the water. The water is skin temperature which helps erase feeling and leaving you wondering where your body ends and the water begins. Without sensory input your mind is finally allowed to wander into the deepest state of relaxation. Your brain no longer needs to spend up to 85% of its energy sending out signals so it slows down.
This leaves you in a dream-like state. Kind of like that space between awake and asleep. In this state (theta state) you find mental clarity, increased creativity and problem solving, heightened visualization, deepened meditation and acuteness of all the senses. Best of all, you get the blissful feeling that comes with the brain dumping endorphin’s into the body!
It may be the most relaxing thing you have ever done.
IS THIS JUST SOME NEW AGE FAD?
Actually floating has been around for over 50 years and has a lot of well designed research by super smart people to back it up. He first float pod was developed in 1954 by neuroscientist, Dr John C. Lily who needed to eliminate incoming sensory information to create a control group for his experiments. He ended up discovering that sensory deprivation has a lot of benefits that have been studied and explored ever since!
WHAT DO I WEAR IN THE TANK?
Since it is a private experience, most people don’t wear any clothing. Swimsuits or material against the body can distract and take away from the sensory experience. In this case, it’s kinda like getting into your bathtub at home.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE FLOATING?
Come relaxed and ready to let go. We provide everything else! Your time in the tank will be much more beneficial if you arrive ready to relax. Feel free to come early and enjoy some tea and enjoy the quiet! There are a few other things to think about:
- – Try not to shave immediately before your float. Salt water can sting and make your tank time unpleasant.
- – Remove your contacts prior to floating. Bring your contact case, or wear glasses to make it easy.
- – Caffeine can make it difficult to relax into the experience. We recommend no caffeine 4 hours or so until your float.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO A FLOAT?
If you wear contacts, bring a case to take them out or simply wear glasses. If you forget a case, let us know. We keep contact cases at the front desk and contact solution in the bathroom.
Other than that, you don’t need to bring a thing!
We provide towels, a washcloth, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel so you can wash before and after your float. Disposable silicone earplugs are also provided.
Your float takes place in a private room so you do not need to bring a bathing suit as it is preferable to float in the nude.
WHAT IF I’M A BIGGER GUY/GAL? WILL I BE ABLE TO FLOAT?
If you’re shorter than 7 feet you are good to go! No problem. Float on! The salt makes the water incredibly dense and you’ll float like a cork on top without effort.
WHAT IF I’M CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
You are in complete control of your environment. You have the ability to open the door to the float pod at any time and leave a light on. It may seem a bit strange at first, but, we find that if you give yourself a little time to relax and get used to it, you’ll feel very safe and comfortable. We’ve had people with extreme claustrophobia and they have reported having no problems with their time in the tank.
CAN I DROWN IN THE TANK? WHAT IF I FALL ASLEEP?
The short answer is this – it’s not possible to drown in the tank. The 10.5” of water in the tank is very very dense thanks to the 1450lbs of Epsom salt. It is extremely buoyant and will support your body. Turning over in the tank is very difficult, but if you should manage it, the salt in the water would sting your eyes and wake you immediately.
This said, we think everyone should nap in a tank now and then! One hour of sleep in the tank is roughly equivalent to 4 hours of sleep in your bed. We encourage sleeping in the tank and do it ourselves on a regular basis.
WHAT IF I CAN’T SWIM?
No problem. No swimming skills required. All you need to do is know how to lay back and relax. If you are able to do that in your bed at night, you are good to go.
HOW ARE THE TANKS KEPT CLEAN AND DISINFECTED?
There is 1450 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in each of our tanks. The solution is so high in saline that no living microorganism can survive in there. After each session, the entire body of water is pumped and filtered through a 3 part filtration and sterilization system which includes Ultra Violet light and food grade hydrogen peroxide. UV is considered the safest most effective system available. It maintains the water’s soft, clean and crystal clear appearance. In addition everyone is required to take a shower before entering the tank in order to wash off body oil, make up, hair products, etc.
HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO FLOAT TO FEEL RESULTS?
The great thing is that the benefits happen with just one float. But like any therapy, consistency yields even greater results. Expect to go 2-3 times before you really notice the difference floating can make for you. It takes a few times for your body to adjust to this unique environment. It’s the perfect way to find out if flotation therapy is right for you!
I DON’T LIKE “PRUNE SKIN”
We don’t either! The salt in the tanks is Epsom salt which means the water will not draw the salt from your skin and cause wrinkles like a long bath does. Epsom salt is actually quite nourishing for the skin and most people leave noticing how silky smooth their skin has become! Epsom salt is also non-toxic and the worst thing that will happen if you accidentally swallow some is leave a bad taste in your mouth.
ARE THERE PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN’T FLOAT?
You will not be allowed to float if you have any of the following conditions or in any of the following situations:
- – Infectious skin or respiratory disorders
- – Open wounds
- – Incontinence
- – Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
- – A high-risk pregnancy
- – Have colored or permed your hair within 7 days
- – Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
- – Under 18 without parental presence
DO I HAVE TO WEAR EARPLUGS?
You are not required to wear earplugs, but earplugs are provided.
If you have a history of ear issues including infections, and are concerned about getting water in your ears, you may want to bring earplugs you trust to protect your ears or use the pillow in the tank to keep your ears above the water. The second option may cause you to hear a bit more ambient sound and we recommend you choose to float in one of the closed tanks for the best float!
CAN I FLOAT IF I HAVE MY PERIOD?
Yes. Just use the appropriate sanitary products (tampons or menstrual cups). Most pool rules apply to the Float room.
WHAT ARE YOUR POLICIES?
We require a credit card to hold your appointment: The card will not be charged, it is for booking purposes only using the Square platform.
Cancellations/No Show: Session time is valuable. we honor your time by being present and reserving that space specifically for you. A phone call in regard to a change of schedule is highly appreciated and is always able to be rescheduled. We’ll work with you!
Late Arrival: Arriving late for a float or service may require us to shorten the length of the service, depending upon availability, with full charges applied, so as not to inconvenience other customers.
Refunds: There are no refunds for gift cards, gift certificates or Floating services.
Float Edwardsville contracts independent and experienced Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT). Each Therapist brings their own unique style, techniques, and energy to the massage session. Do not be discouraged if it takes a week or more to schedule an appointment, as experienced and successful massage therapists have a consistent clientele that schedule on a regular basis (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly).
Massage Therapy is an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, and has proven beneficial for a variety of ailments. Massage increases circulation providing much needed oxygen and nutrients to deprived tissues. Massage therapy loosens facial restriction resulting in increased range of motion in affected joints and muscle tissues. As an adjunct or stand alone therapy massage can bring the body and mind back into balance and facilitate holistic health and wellness through the mind-body connection.
About Our Massage Therapist – Chris McKee
And we are happy to introduce as of April 2018 our newest member, Chris McKee! Trained in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, and will be studying Sports Therapy in the Fall of 2018! This 20 year Air Force Veteran hails from all over the States but has found home in Edwardsville for the last 4 years. With over 3000 hours of massage experience, Float Edwardsville is more than happy to welcome this newest team member! Located upstairs in our comfortable massage studio you can enjoy your time here and leave with not just peace of mind, but also abatement of sore muscles and pain! Book today to get your time in with our newest professional! Book your massage with Chris at our wellness spa in downtown Edwardsville, IL.
Many chronic conditions have been improved through massage including but not limited to;
- low back pain
- high blood pressure
- immunity suppression
- smoking cessation
- stress related diseases
- menstrual irregularities
20 Reasons to Get A Massage
1. Massages Can Alleviate Headaches
Whether you have a tension-type headache or suffer from migraines, medical research has proven that regular massages can help reduce or even eliminate this painful problem.
2. Massages Soothe and Relax the Body
A Swedish or hot stone massage offers the right amount of pressure, sometimes combined with heat, to soothe your achy muscles. If your body is tight from a tense week at the office, either of these massage styles is a good way to relax.
3. Massages Reduce Joint Pain
Joint pain is a common issue that is experienced by everyone from pregnant women to fibromyalgia sufferers. Receiving a regular massage will relieve this pain. In fact, many medical professionals refer patients with joint pain to a licensed massage therapist.
4. Massages Can Dramatically Reduce Anxiety
Approximately 40 million Americans have some form of anxiety, and this can be borderline emotionally crippling at times. Anxiety is even responsible for almost one-third of the nation’s total mental health expenses. The good news is that massage can cut your body’s level of stress hormones in half, which will alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.
5. Minimize Back Pain with a Massage
Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints, but you do not need to live in pain. Studies have shown that massage reduces the need for painkillers by 36 percent, and it is more effective than chiropractic care or acupuncture.
6. Neuromuscular Massage Addresses Repetitive Movement Injuries
A staggering 86 percent of U.S. adults have a desk job, and the vast majority of them perform repetitive tasks that can injure their hands, wrists, arms, neck and back. Although a typical massage will help reduce this pain, neuromuscular techniques can actually address the root cause of the muscular problem to provide you with optimal results.
7. Massages Promote Flexibility
Most people are not nearly as flexible as they would like to be, and this often causes uncomfortable stiffness. Fortunately, a sports massage is tailored toward making it easier to increase your flexibility.
8. Research Shows Massages Help Cancer Patients
Four out of every 10 adults will battle with cancer at some point during their life. Massage is now being widely used as a complementary treatment because it offers a reduction in many of the symptoms associated with cancer, including nausea, pain, insomnia and fatigue.
9. Re-energize with a Massage
Do you often feel drained by the end of your workday? Swedish massages will relax you, but they are also known for making the receiver feel more energetic throughout the rest of the day.
10. Massage Relieves Insomnia
At any given time, one-third of adults are experiencing a bout of insomnia, so it is no surprise that people are constantly looking for ways to improve their quality of sleep. Sleep studies have shown a very strong link between weekly massages and reduced insomnia. This is extremely important when you consider the many health issues that are caused by a lack of sleep, including a weakened immune system and a greater risk of depression.
11. Increase Your Quality of Life with Massages
Medical patients receiving palliative care experience a boost in their quality of life with regular massages, and the same is true for everyone. This is one of the primary reasons that more than half of the 32.6 million Americans who get a massage at least once a year do so for health reasons.
12. Massages Help Digestive Issues
Everyone experiences the occasional digestive issue, and an abdominal massage can help. Regardless of whether you have been constipated for three days or have a chronic digestive issue, a massage is a good way to get your system working more properly.
13. Massage Combats Stress
Chronic stress increases your risk of contracting cancer, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver and lung ailments. Additionally, it is responsible for many accidents and suicides. In other words, stress is quite literally killing some people, but you do not have to remain so stressed out. Instead, you can take advantage of the stress-busting benefits of massage therapy.
14. Boost Your Immune System with Massages
Everyone can benefit from a boosted immune system, especially people who typically deal with several minor illnesses every year. A research group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that a single 45-minute massage alters the human body’s immune response.Therefore, getting a massage weekly or biweekly is a great way to strengthen your immune system.
15. Massages Can Beat PMS
The pain that some women experience before and during their menstrual cycle can be effectively combated by a massage. Even better is the fact that studies have shown a direct connection between massage and a reduction in water retention, depression and other symptoms of menstrual distress.
16. Become More Alert with a Chair Massage
Many businesses now offer chair massages to their employees, and this is a scientifically backed way to make people feel more alert. The mental boost you receive from a simple 15 minute chair massage will make daily tasks much easier and can reduce your odds of being in an accident.
17. Massages Improve Face, Scalp and Hair Health
A simple face and scalp massage is very relaxing, and it will also boost the health of your scalp, hair and facial skin. Some studies have even found that face massages can stop skin from sagging and ward off wrinkles!
18. Massage Fixes Postural Stress
Another major problem associated with sitting all day is the development of serious neck and shoulder pain. This is caused by postural stress, and it can also impact your glutes and lower back. Massages address this physical stress and will relieve your painful symptoms.
19. Massage will Lower Your Blood Pressure
If you have issues with high blood pressure, then scheduling regular massages is definitely a good idea. Individuals with a hectic lifestyle and high blood pressure can benefit from as little as a 10 minute chair massage once a week.
20. Increase Your Blood Circulation with Massages
Massages help your blood circulation, and this offers a long list of benefits. For example, if you have any health conditions that slow down your blood circulation, massage will provide healthier skin, better organ functionality and improved cell growth.
INFRARED SAUNA THERAPY
Infrared saunas are an effective tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits making infrared saunas one of the “hottest” home therapies for overall healthier living. If you want to get yourself back into balance, the benefits of an infrared sauna may be just what you need to achieve your wellness goals.
Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy
1. Detoxification: Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins. Although there is little medical research on the topic, some firefighters use infrared saunas in effort to prevent cancer.
2. Relaxation: Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.
3. Pain Relief: If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.
4. Weight Loss: The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article, titled Effect of Sweating, in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 20-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.
5. Improved Circulation: As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow; improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.
6. Skin Purification: Infrared sauna technology can help purify your skin by eliminating toxins from your pores and increasing circulation, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin.