What is Floating?

Float Therapy is a powerful, natural and relaxing wellness practice used to relieve stress, manage pain and muscle recovery, to improve sleep quality and mental clarity.

A float tank is filled with 10 to 12 inches of purified water and saturated with 1000 pounds of medical grade Epsom Salt which allows you to float effortlessly on your back. The water is heated to skin temperature, making it imperceptible where you body ends and the water begins. The tanks and rooms are sensory-managed, allowing you to rest in your own private suite free from the lights, sounds and stress of the outside world. You can choose to keep the lights on or off, and listen to music or relish in silence, as you drift into a sense of comfort and stillness.


Don't take our word for it. At Rest & Revive, we rely on the science of float therapy, the hows and whys. Floating was first invented in 1954, and in the decades since, published and peer-reviewed studies have proven why float therapy can have lasting mental, physical and emotional benefits.

Mental Benefits

Significantly reduce your stress levels (1) (2)

Improve your mindfulness (1) (3)

Improve your mental focus (1)

Enhance your creativity (1)

Physical Benefits

Relieve aches and pains (2)

Relieve arthritic pain (5)

Relieve pain from fibromyalgia (6)

Reduce chronic muscle/joint pain (2)

Improve quality of sleep (1) (3)

Sports recovery (7)

Treat migraines/headaches (2)

Treat PTSD (4)

Lower Blood Pressure (1) (2)

Improve magnesium levels (8)

Emotional Benefits

Decrease anxiety levels (1) (2)

Reduce symptoms of depression (1) (2)

Increase optimism (1)

Improve feelings of well-being (1) (3)



Flotation Therapy, also referred to as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) is a

simple, proven holistic health treatment for the mind and body.

Your private float room is filled with about 10 to 12 inches of triple-filtered water, heated to skin temperature.

Filled with 1000 pounds of Epsom Salts, everyone floats effortlessly, just like in the Dead Sea, free of gravity and stress.

Your body & mind slow down, allowing you to go beyond relaxation to a blissful state you simply have to experience yourself!

The science behind float therapy

(1) BioMed Central. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The official journal of the International Society for Complimentary Medicine Research (ISCMR)

2014; Human Performance Laboratory in Karlstad University in Karlstad, Sweden

Department of Psychology; Study of 65 participants vs a control group including before and after study of both groups (7-week flotation study; 12 sessions; 45 minutes each)

Copyright © Kjellgren and Westman; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014

Open Access article, permitting unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4219027

(2) Treating stress-related pain with flotation restricted environmental stimulation technique: Are there differences between women and men?

Pain Research and Management (2009), Sweden

88 Patients: 69 women (78.4%), 19 men (21.6%), mean age 49, 36% had depression. All were recruited from waiting list at the Human Performance Laboratory.

All had been diagnosed by a physician as having chronic stress related back +/- neck pain

Design: Two 45 min sessions/week x3 weeks, 1 week break, two 45 min sessions/week x3 weeks.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2734516/

(3) Promising effects of treatment with flotation-REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique) as an intervention for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): a randomized controlled pilot trial

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Published, March 2016

46 people: 25 REST and 25 control. 22 REST and 24 control included in analyses. Averaged age 43. 70% women. More people in control were on medication.

7 week treatment, 12 flotation sessions, 45 min/each

Surveys done at baseline, 4 weeks into treatment, and after treatment. Float group was also questioned 6 months after treatment.

The main findings were that flotation-REST significantly reduced both the general GAD-symptomatology, as well as several symptoms associated with the disorder, such as difficulties in emotional regulation, sleep difficulties and depression

Source: http://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12906-016-1089-x

(4) Examining the short-term anxiolytic and antidepressant effect of Floatation-REST

2018; Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Copyright © Feinstein et all

This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License

Source: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0190292

(5) Restricted Environment Stimulation Research and Commentary


Mereday C., Lehmanan C. & Borrie R.

pp. 255-259

(6) Floatation REST Therapy Results in Pain Relief and Relaxation for Fibromyalgia Patients


Dr. Roderick Borrie and Dr. Tamara Russell

(7) The Use of REST in the Enhancement of Sports Performance-Tennis


Baker D.A.

Restricted Environmental Stimulation. Research and Commentary.

pp. 181-187

Toledo, Ohio. Medical College of Ohio Press

(8) Report on Absorption of Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts) Across the Skin

University of Birmingham

Date unknown. Dr. Rosemary Waring, School of Biosciences

Source: https://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/report_on_absorption_of_magnesium_sulfate.pdf

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Monday - Saturday: 10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm

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