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Northern Ireland's Original Floatation Centre

Floatation

At Hydro-ease we are passionate about floatation.

We know and have seen first-hand the transformative benefits it has for our many clients. People not only come to us for relaxation but for relief from a whole range of conditions and ailments.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, ME, sports injury, muscular pain, or from emotional, addiction or mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, insomnia or low mood please come and find out more about how we can help you.

Never heard of Floatation before?

Let’s explain a bit more about it.

Floatation involves nothing other than stepping into our spacious cabins filled with 25cms of body temperature water infused with half a tonne of Epsom salt and floating to the sound of your own heartbeat.

Zero-gravity conditions enable floatation with no external pressure or forces on the body.

This is where the magic begins allowing you to unwind in a safe and tranquil space that promotes deep healing and relaxation.

Otherwise known as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy or REST, Floatation is all about taking pressure off the mind and body and allowing it to repair.

Woman going through the pre-float routine of showering first
woman experiencing floatation in our pink cabin
two women floating in our specially designed float cabins
Woman going through the pre-float routine of showering first
woman experiencing floatation in our pink cabin
two women floating in our specially designed float cabins

How does it work?

It works by restricting the stimulation received through our five sense – sight, hearing, feeling, smell and taste enabling the central nervous system to slow down and the brain to drift from its usual alpha and beta state into theta.

Free of commands, the logical left side of the brain slows down until it synchronises with the creative right leaving you in a dream like state similar to how it might feel before going to sleep.

In this state the brain will rapidly release endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer and mood enhancer.

Research shows the brain uses a lot of power to deal with the huge strain that gravity puts upon the body. In fact we use 80% of our daily energy source fighting its effects. Floatation removes that pressure allowing the body to feel supported and weightless in a ‘space or womb like’ condition.

With little else for your mind and body to compete with, soon every fibre of your body will begin to relax. Energy turns inwards activating blood flow, increasing circulation while at the same time stimulating both the lymphatic and digestive system.

This restricts the production of lactic acid and breaks down any already within the system placing the body into detox mode. With the peripheral nervous system gliding into a state of stable balance, the body is placed into a deep state of relaxation allowing it to rest and repair four times faster than resting in bed.

With the entire skeletal structure getting a chance to realign and decompress, floating is a fantastic intervention for sports injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritis and many other forms of physical pain or injury.

Recent research conducted by Dr  Justin Feinstein at the Laureate Institute of brain research in Tulsa, Oklahoma also indicates the huge potential floatation has to relieve mental health symptoms such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder by reducing the activity of the amygdala better known as the fight or flight response mechanism in the brain.

Find out more about floatation benefits here.

Client Testimonial

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Mental health nurse Glenn Haggan

I would like to share my experience of floating. I have just finished a degree in mental health nursing and am working as a mental health nurse. I had been experiencing anxiety due to the stress of the degree and a busy home life and was unable to achieve quality sleep for well over a year. I lacked motivation due to fatigue. I have floated three times and since the first have been able to sleep soundly each night. I’ve also noticed a massive reduction in my symptoms of anxiety. As a result, I have increased motivation and overall well-being enabling me to attend the gym. Overall I’m sleeping better; feel more motivated, less anxious; and now healthier, fitter and happy. Where has this been all my life? Thank you Vivian McKinnon.