Welcome to Shrout Family Chiropractic Float Center! The first float center in Carmel, and Hamilton County. Click the button to the left to be taken to our online scheduling for your float pod visit.  Just show up with a desire to relax and heal! If you have any questions or issues scheduling, please call the phone number listed above.  Or visit our FAQ page about float therapy.

 

ABOUT FLOAT THERAPY


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It all starts with 180 gallons of water, or about 10 inches in a 9' x 6' floatation pod.  Then we dissolve 1000 pounds of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in the water to create a super concentrated solution.  This solution is comparable to the density of the Dead Sea.  It is so dense that your body effortlessly floats to the top.  The water is pre-heated to skin temperature to create the sensation that the water isn't even there and you are floating in space.  You float for 1 hour, relaxing your mind and body, while also absorbing the magnesium present in the salt.  Magnesium is a mineral in which almost everyone is deficient due to our modern lifestyle.  There is not as much magnesium present in our food as there was in the past, and many of the chemicals used in food processing leach magnesium from the body.  Magnesium is a vital mineral for the nervous, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular systems and replenishing it allows the body to feel relaxed, relieves pain, helps calm anxiety, and increases the rate of healing.  The floatation tank also acts as a sensory deprivation tank.  You are removed from the sensations of gravity, sight, and sound as you float.  This allows your  mind to relax and focus more than it is able to in any other situation.  It may take a few sessions to get used to calming your mind, after all we are being constantly bombarded with sensory overload now more than any time in human history.  However, as you train your mind to remove distractions, you will be able to reach a state of brain activity that you can only sustain in a sensory deprivation environment.  This state is called the Theta brain wave state (see "Benefits" below for more information).  This not only trains your brain while you are in the float tank, but also in your everyday life.  You will experience stress relief like never before and train your brain to sustain it.  However, instead of relying on our description, why not experience all this for yourself?  Click on the button at the top of the page, or call to schedule your Float Pod Therapy session!  Please visit our FAQ page for even more information.

BENEFITS OF FLOAT THERAPY


The benefits of float therapy are numerous and affect nearly every system in the body.  The benefits are mainly derived from two main categories:  the relaxation of the mind and body, and the absorption of magnesium.  Here is a list of a few of benefits of float therapy as well as some of the conditions is helps treat:

  • Fibromyalgia and other muscle pain
  • Arthritis relief and healing
  • Migraine and other headache reduction
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Muscle, joint, and whole body Inflammation
  • Scoliosis
  • Protection against Diabetes
  • Aids Digestion
  • Autism (we recommend supervision for severe cases)
  • Healing rates can be doubled for muscle strains and other injuries
  • Production of Theta Waves in the brain
  • Pregnancy Aches and Pains
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Stress/Axiety/Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Premenstrual Syndrome

The uses and benefits are too numerous to list in their entirety. More information is included below on how some of these benefits are achieved through float therapy.  Again, most of them are the result of the relaxation and sensory deprivation effect, which is especially due to theta wave production, and the absorption of magnesium from the magnesium salt present in the water.

The Power of Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral for nearly every system in the human body.  Over half of the magnesium in your body is found in the bones of the skeleton.  The rest is found in the soft tissues and organs.  It is difficult to test for a deficiency because the body will always maintain a certain concentration in the blood.  Too little magnesium in the blood will allow calcium to act unimpeded on the smooth muscle of the heart and can lead to cardiovascular disease.  The body will steal this magnesium from the skeleton, muscles, and other organs in order to maintain a proper blood concentration.  Thus, a blood test will usually show a normal level of magnesium, but it does not tell you the whole story.  Also, many of the foods we eat contain less magnesium than they used to due to modern processing and chemicals used to treat our produce.  These chemicals leach the magnesium from our food and from our body after we injest them.  Unfortunately, organic products don't provide much relief as the soil itself has been leached of magnesium due the runoff from other farms that use glyphosates and other chemicals.  Magnesium deficiency can have symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, muscle spasms and tightness, eye twitches, and abnormal heart rhythms (such as the feeling that your heart is "skipping a beat").   It can also lead or contribute to panic attacks/anxiety, osteoporosis, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and nervous system disorders, among many other issues. 

Dr. Melissa demonstrates just some of the bags of salt used when the float pod was delivered.

Dr. Melissa demonstrates just some of the bags of salt used when the float pod was delivered.

Our float pod contains 1000 pounds of magnesium sulfate, which is the solute that makes you float.  During your time in the pod, your body will absorb the magnesium it needs through the skin.  Absorption is the best way to supplement with magnesium because it is not affected by other foods and medications in the same way that dietary magnesium is.  This is the primary reason for many of the benefits listed above.  There are over 3,500 magnesium binding sites on proteins throughout the systems of the human body, which control and catalyze a wide variety of body processes.  Why not get that precious mineral in the most relaxing way possible!  For more detailed information, click here for an excellent article by Dr. Mercola regarding the science of magnesium. 

                                 

The Mind-Body Connection

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In the float tank, you are cut off from most of the sensory stimuli that you are used to.  The sensation to gravity, spacial awareness, sound, and sight are removed, allowing your brain to experience a state that it rarely is able to.  Even when you go to sleep at night, you can hear low level electronic noise and you can feel yourself sinking into your bed.  In the float pod, the water is skin temperature so you feel as though you are floating in the air.  Using ear plugs and submerging your ears in water remove all sound and closing your eyes in the darkness of the pod remove all visual stimulus. This removal of other "distractions" allows your brain to focus on reaching certain relaxing states more easily.   It is basically a form of meditation.  The ideal brain wave state achieved in the float pod is the Theta State.  Theta waves, as viewed on the picture above, are the state between a relaxed, lucid state and a deep dreamless sleep.  Theta waves are associated with REM sleep and meditation.  At the low end of Theta you are closer to sleep than you are to conciousness, and at the high end you are in a very deep relaxation.  In the float pod you would ideally reach a mid to high end of Theta where you are not asleep, but only in a deep relaxation. It takes practice to reach this level.  Many people report that the first few times they float, it takes almost the whole time to relax.  Others fall asleep almost immediately.  Using the sensory deprivation feature of the tank, you can train your mind to reach the optimal level of Theta and enjoy it's many benefits.  

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The Theta wave state allows you to improve memory, as this is the state of the mind that reviews and stores memory from short to long term.  Many studies have shown that it enhances        creativity and critical thinking because these processes are emphasized in the dream like state that Theta illicits. It has also been shown to improve healing, relieve stress and anxiety, increase verbal ability, allow the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate better, and reduce pain by stimulating the release of endorphins.  The training of your mind in the float pod will also help you fall asleep easier, as you will have more practice at reaching the first stage of sleep. Getting to this stage more quickly at night will also allow you to reach the deep healing and replenishing Delta state and stay there while you sleep.  Stress is the enemy of sleep and the float pod is the enemy of stress!  

Hopefully this site answers any questions you have about Shrout Family Chiropractic Float Center and Float Therapy in general.  If you have additional questions, visit our FAQ , call our office, or send us a note via the contact link on the main menu bar.  And don't forget to schedule your Float Therapy visit using the button at the top of this page!