What Is Floating Therapy? – Should You Try It?

what is floating therapy

Finding new ways to relax is so important these days especially with stress being a big part of everyone’s lives. Having that moment to yourself to get lost in your thoughts is a dream that everyone can relate to.

With so many different types of therapies out there to help relax the mind, it’s no wonder why some are curious when a unique type of therapy is introduced to the world where it involves floating in water.

So what is this new therapy and should you try it? If it can help reduce stress and help improve your health, then I say why not. But let’s first learn what this type of therapy is.

What is Float Therapy?

It is a form of therapy where one can go and clear the mind from the daily stresses of life. This type of therapy has also been known to help ease pain in certain areas of the body.

How it works is, you are put into a tank filled with water and 800lbs of Epsom Salt. This high dosage of salt is what allows the body to float. While in this tank, you are able to relax and allow the mind to wonder creating a relaxed state of mind.

Since this is a private area, you are allowed to enter the tank undressed and not have to worry about not having your privacy. Each session usually lasts for 1 hour where you have the space all to yourself.

Can It Help Reduce Stress?

Although each experience is different for everyone, floating in water has been known to be a very enjoyable experience.

People have stated that floating has been able to heal many conditions such as stress, anxiety, pain, swelling and insomnia. Swedish researchers have compared floating to taking a hot long bath.

Only difference is the temperature is maintained at the correct level throughout the therapy and your sides are not touching the walls of the tank.

Is it Safe?

It is said to be very safe when it comes to some of the concerns many people have about being put into a tank. Some of those fears are drowning, not getting enough air, being alone in the dark and claustrophobia.

There is no need to worry about this as you are able to have the door open or close as you go through your therapy, giving you total control of the situation.

As far as drowning goes, due to the high levels of salt in the water, it would be hard to sink under water. Thus allowing your body to be free and relaxed.


Float therapy has been academically researched in both Sweden and in the United States. Float Therapy is a great way to relax the mind and allow the body to heal itself both mentally and physically.

Consider it a new way to treat yourself on days where you need to get away and have time to yourself. I’m sure we all could use that alone time away from the stresses of life.

If you have any questions about floating therapy or if you or anyone you know has experienced this type of therapy and would like to share, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Toni - December 14, 2016

A new spa just opened up where I live that has float therapy. The first one around here! I’ve been so curious to try it, I didn’t realize there was Epsom salts in the water. Do they drain it and refill it for each person or how does that work?

    Ralph - December 14, 2016

    Hi Toni! I’m sure each spa is different, but they are supposed to have some filtering system where it is drained after each session.

Eric - December 14, 2016

Hello Ralph, I just read your article on floating therapy, and I must say, this the first time I have heard of it. It sounds like it would really help to reduce stress and help with pain management. I think it would be good to do this type of therapy for just simply relaxing, even if there is no pain or stress involved. Having 800 lbs of Epsom salts is very interesting, I did not know that this would keep a person afloat, and prevent one from sinking. I have used Epsom salt to soak my feet, but the use for keeping a body from sinking during therapy is really cool. I wonder if this way of relaxation and pain management will become more popular in the future, and how much a session would be? Great article!

    Ralph - December 14, 2016

    Thanks Eric! I think the whole idea of Float Therapy is picking up some buzz. As far as the price goes, each spa is different, but I have seen others around $65.

Dennisd1 - December 14, 2016

Floating is so relaxing. When I’m in the pool, I like to use “noodles” to eliminate the concerns of having to try to maintain the float.
I had never heard of floating therapy. As relaxing as a Epsom salts bath is, I can understand how a constant temperature and 800# would send one out of this world.
I’ll have to give it a try.

    Ralph - December 14, 2016

    No problem Dennis! You should definitely give it a try. Anything the help put the mind at ease.

Antonio - December 14, 2016

Sometimes I really wish I own a pool by my house so I can just jump into the water and float around for a little bit to ease my mind.
Anyway, it is a great way to become relaxed and forget about everything for a moment. Whenever I go on a trip to the seas, I always love to jump in the water and just float around 😀

    Ralph - December 14, 2016

    It sure is a great way to relax. Everyone should get a chance to experience such leisure. Thanks for your comment Antonio!

Matt's Mom - December 14, 2016

I love floating in the pool. It is so relaxing. I can just lean back in the water and I float 🙂 So this makes sense to me. It is peaceful and relaxing. So I can definitely see where it would reduce stress. I have a swimming pool in my backyard and I love to just relax for a few hours just doing what you recommend, it’s great!

    Ralph - December 14, 2016

    Hi Matt! Yea it’s amazing how relaxing it can be just floating in water! Anything to help reduce some stress is a must try.


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