Float Tank is Here!

Float Tank Now Open!!!

If you haven't heard...NWIC is the ONLY office in Northwest Indiana with a float tank! We are currently accepting appointments for floats as early as next week and they are half off through the end of July. Have a friend who would love to float but isn't a patient? No Problem! Everyone is welcome to float. This service is not covered by insurance.

Non-Patients

1/2 Off First Float

July 18th - July 30th

$30 for 60 minute float
$55 for 90 minute float

August 1st and after

$60 for first time 60 minute float
$90 for 60 minute float
$110 for 90 minute float

Existing Patients

(1/2 Off First Float)

July 18th - July 30th

$30 for 60 minute float
$55 for 90 minute float

August 1st and after

$60 for 60 minute float
$110 for 90 minute float

 

Packages are also available at a discounted rate. Please contact our office for more information!


So what is a Float Tank and how can it help YOU? A Float Tank (aka Sensory Deprivation Tank) is a specially outfitted floatation tank that holds 94-degree water containing 900 pounds of pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salt. The water is as dense as the Dead Sea, where one can float on the surface effortlessly without any body manipulation. Clients enter the tank nude,wearing earplugs and close the hatch behind them. They then lie back and float for 60 to 90 minutes in complete darkness. Because the temperature of the water is the same as skin temperature, within a few minutes you lose the sensation of where the body stops and the water starts. Basically you are deprived of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell (all five senses) for the duration of your float. This technique was developed by John Lily, a physician known for his work between humans and dolphins in the 1950s, as part of his quest for a psychedelic adventure. Today, it is used for so much more. Here are just some of the conditions that can be improved by floating:

  • Decreases pre-menstrual tension
  • Improves sleep
  • Flushes toxins from body
  • Reduces inflammation and bloating
  • Deepens meditation
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Reduces post-natal depression
  • Increases mental clarity, focus, learning capabilities, mental recall, creativity, problem solving and visualization.
  • Promotes total calm
  • Eliminates fatigue and jet lag
  • Speeds healing process
  • Quickens rehabilitation and recovery
  • Boosts immunity
  • Helps reduce pain associated with but not limited to: arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, injuries and muscle strains.
  • Alleviates stress and anxiety (both mentally and physically)


Evidence Behind Floating

Impact on Pain: Our bodies have natural pain killers called endorphins (a class of hormones). These hormones are very powerful chemical messengers that are constantly working in our body yet we have no conscious control over them. These endorphins are often more effective than drugs, so we want to promote their activity as much as possible. One way to do this is through floating. Floating in warm water automatically causes profound relaxation. Profound relaxation causes the brain to release endorphins which control pain. In fact floating in a float tank is one of the safest thing you can do. It’s even safer than bed rest, which often is not a realistic cure for pain. Bed rest always involves contact pressure which shuts off the blood flow locally requiring you to move and adjust your posture regularly. Tossing and turning is not good for pain relief! Floating is a perfectly still experience with no contact points, no movement, no postural muscle action. The release of endorphins to kill pain is a completely natural and powerful effect working alongside natural healing and repair processes.

Benefits for Athletes: Floating is essential for athletes for many reasons. First, the physical benefit is that the body absorbs magnesium from the Epsom salt infused water, which facilitates flushing of lactic acid from tired muscles. This process leads to faster recovery time from both strenuous training and injury.Secondly, it increases focus when floating pre-competiton. Floating allows your subconscious to concentrate. Why is this important? It turns out that a sure way to put any athlete off his stride is to ask him to explain in detail how he does it. The conscious brain is too slow and maybe "in the wrong place" for complex, fine-tuned physical performance. The physical coordination needed to catch a ball, to strike a ball or even just to walk is rooted in our subconscious. Stress interferes with this subconscious coordination, but floating can correct it. Professor T. Fine of Ohio State University has been assessing float tanks for many years.  He took a group of postgraduate students who were all expert competitive rifle target shooters.  Their performance was measured by their target scores.  Randomly divided, one half of the group floated for one hour before an event while the other half enjoyed quiet, dark, bed rest for the same period.  The floaters performed significantly better both when compared with the bed rest group and with their own previous scores. Float tanks were recently used by the Australians in the Australian Olympics for this very reason. Now sports teams like the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks have incorporated them into their treatment programs as well. Even comedian Joe Rogan, of the popular TV show Fear Factor and colorful commentator for the UFC, proudly endorses floating.