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Floataway

8 Ironside Way , Hingham - NR9 4LF
Norfolk , United Kingdom  United Kingdom
+44-1953851515 http://www.floataway.com

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The name Floataway was coined and registered by Colin Stanwell-Smith in 1999 while the product was being developed. Colin used his experience to design and engineer the Floataway Tranquility float pod from the ground up. That experience included an Honours Mechanical Engineering degree at Bristol, England and a graduate apprenticeship at the British Aircraft Corporation where Concorde was getting ready to fly for the first time.

Floataway's strength, as a small company in a global market, is in its technology roots. The Tranquility product still has the same inspired shape but the technology keeps improving and new design challenges occupy Colin and his son Toby who has joined the team. Toby has a first class honours degree from Brunel University in Industrial Design and received the Gold Medal in his final year. Responding to customer requests Floataway has also designed float rooms, first rectangular and the circular "floataround" for larger spaces and is active in the area of special needs floatation tanks.

In the years of this new millenium Floataway has pioneered new technologies to make better float tanks and remains a family run business with international sales.  Indeed we have sold to many countries all over the world on every continent except Antarctica!Gini Stanwell-Smith is the Managing Director and will be happy to discuss your requirements.Buying a float tank?  Join the Floataway family!

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One or more sessions of floatation, usually for sixty minutes, in a purpose built float tank containing Epsom salt solution at 35.4 degrees Celsius. The solution's relative density is 1.25 making it impossible not to float, usually supine (except for pregnant women see below). The temperature is correct for maintaining body temperature without muscular action and there is no postural requirement either, so a profound state of relaxation is achieved within 15 to 20 minutes. Endorphins are released encouraging a feeling of well being. Blood flow in capillaries and soft tissue is maximised. Muscles in spasm tend to release.

Because there is no contact pressure it is possible to float for many hours without any impulse to turn, even in deep sleep. Floatation has been academically studied extensively since about 1975, particularly in America, and currently in Sweden.

Pregnant women can float up to near term and often find a unique posture helpful. This is prone with the chin supported on the hands, elbows on the floor of the pool. The depth is correct for this in most cases. In this position the unborn baby is underneath and floating thus relieving back postural muscles. This reduces pain and offers great relief to pregnant women. The time spent in this position is optional since normal supine floating is also possible.

In general mental illness including clinical depression is a contra-indication because the effects of floating are unpredictable in these cases. Obviously patients with open wounds or incontinence are unsuitable candidates. Patients with severe hypertension may experience such drastic reduction in blood pressure as to faint but when this is controlled by a drug regime, there is little risk. Similarly there is little risk for controlled epileptic patients, but it is recommended to have a suitable helper present during the float session.

Floating under the influence of narcotics or soporifics or indeed any drug affecting consciousness is strongly opposed because deep sleep can result. Most commercial centres will exclude such use in their terms.Mid term pregnant women often find considerable relief from pain and stiffness, particularly while floating prone, with elbows on the floor of the tank and chin cupped in hands. In this position the fetus is fully floating and the mother's back and pelvic girdle are released from load. What a good idea!

A new dissertation shows that relaxation in a flotation tank can serve as an alternative form of treatment to reduce stress or relieve persistent pain, and it has no side-effects whatsoever.

In times like these, we are surrounded by stress and troubled by burn-out. Stress seems to retain its place as the greatest enemy to good health, well-being, and self-esteem. A major international field of research is now focusing on neurogenesis, that is, the generation of new nerve cells. This is against the background of our losing an estimated several thousand nerve cells per day. It has been known for the last few years that the formation of new nerve cells is constant. The latest findings about neurogenesis indicate that stress blocks the new formation of nerve cells and that relaxation, regular exercise, and an interesting environment increase and optimize the capacity for this. In most studies that have appeared, increased neurogenesis has been related to enhanced creative and intellectual performance.

To lie on your back and float in a tank filled with salt water induces extremely deep and pleasurable relaxation. It is dark and quiet in the tank, which enables maximum relaxation and well-being. To sink into deep relaxation, 45 minutes is a suitable length of time in the tank.

Patients with chronic muscle flexing pains in their neck who have been regularly treated with flotation-tank relaxation for three weeks experience a reduction in pain.

After this treatment they also feel much happier and have less anxiety, alongside finding it easier to get to sleep at night. Blood samples taken before and after this period of treatment indicate that the count of stress-related hormones (MHPG) has declined. These studies have been carried out at the Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Karlstad University.

People in pain are not the only ones who can benefit from floating in a tank. Anyone looking for an environment that can help reduce stress or lend a moment of pleasant relaxation will find this technique helpful. It has been shown that after treatment in the flotation tank, subjects experience greater creativity: the number of new and original thoughts increases after a session in the tank. It has also been experienced as beneficial to spend some time by oneself in peace and quiet, perhaps to think thoughts or experience feelings that are crowded out of stressful everyday consciousness. Many people experience that they attain a pleasant state between dreaming and waking or a state of daydreaming and fantasy.

Almost everyone who has tried floating in a tank thinks that it is pleasant and agreeable, and they want to do it again. Problems associated with the fear of feeling closed in are extremely slight. For those who might be concerned about this, there is the possibility of leaving a light on in the tank or of having the door to the tank remain partly or fully open during the session. The knowledge that you can get up and leave any time probably also helps create a feeling of security.

Taken altogether, this raises hopes that relaxation in a flotation tank can become an alternative form of treatment to reduce stress or alleviate chronic pain, with the help of a method that is safe and entirely without side-effects. If the flotation tank reduces stress, then this must have major consequences for the rejuvenation of nerve cells in those parts of the brain (hippocampus) that are primarily associated with health and intellectual capacity.

The purpose of the presented investigations was to study the influence and effects of altered states of consciousness (ASC) induced through the flotation tank restricted environmental stimulation technique (flotation-REST) in a laboratory setting. The results from the present investigations indicate that flotation-REST may offer a safe and practical method of inducing altered states of consciousness in a controlled laboratory setting.

Throughout, flotation-REST was experienced as a positive event by the participants. In order to optimize the conditions of flotation-REST, possible differences in the type of experiences due to different settings (strict/fantasy) applied in the laboratory were examined; no such differences were obtained. Nor were experiences in the flotation tank affected by participants' earlier experiences of altered states of consciousness. Mental experiences reported from flotation-REST include deep relaxation, experiences of leaving or losing contact with the body, visual and auditory pseudo-hallucinations and transpersonal experiences.

Comparisons between chamber-REST and flotation-REST indicated that the flotation-REST group experienced a significantly higher degree of ASC as compared to the chamber-REST group.The instrument, EDN-scale, was developed to allow these measures. Investigations of creativity indicated that flotation-REST induced more originality and impaired deductive thinking, in comparison to chamber-REST. Chamber-REST induced more realistic and elaborated thinking compared to flotation-REST. Comparison of these two conditions indicated that both flotation-REST and chamber-REST were equally effective in reducing subjectively experienced stress.

An experimental pain procedure was arranged in order to study the experience of pain in connection with individuals experiencing ASC (induced by flotation-REST). A higher level of pain and stress was obtained in those individuals with high ASC in the flotation-group compared with those with low ASC (as measured with the EDN-scale). The individuals presenting high ASC also experienced duration of experimental pain as shorter compared with low ASC individuals, within the flotation-REST condition.

Within the chamber-REST condition, there were no differences between the low ASC and high ASC individuals. To study the possible pain-alleviating effects of flotation-REST upon existing, chronic pain, a series of flotation-REST treatments over a three-week period was carried out. It was found that the participants most severe perceived pain intensity was significantly reduced, whereas low perceived pain intensity was not influenced by the floating technique.

Further, the results indicated that the circulating levels of noradrenaline metabolite MHPG (3-methoxy-4-hydroxy-phenylethyleneglycol) were reduced significantly in the experimental group but not in the control group following treatment, whereas endorphin levels were not affected by flotation. Flotatation-REST treatment also elevated the participants' optimism and reduced the degree of anxiety or depression; at nighttime, patients who underwent flotation fell asleep more easily.

These findings describe possible alleviations in patients presenting with chronic pain complaints. Taken together, these studies on the flotation-REST technique offer a promising avenue of future research on stress reduction, pain treatment and personal development, hopefully elucidating regional brain implicit and explicit processes.

We divide the market into private floating at home and commercial floating. Our products are nearly the same for these two markets although not quite identical. Having a float pool, pod, cabin or "special" enables you to float whenever you want and for as long as you want, all night if you wish. Normally in a commercial centre there is a schedule and a need for attendant alarm, parameter monitoring and session control. Private pools can also be adaptable and even multi-purpose. We think we can rise to any challenge and have designs for solar heateing, infinity pools and pools which are stored when not in use.

People float for so many reasons. Relaxation, stress relief, pain releif, treatment of swellings, focus for competition, meditation, decision making and creativity enhancement. All these have beed demonstrated in studies in America and Sweden.

Apart from general relaxation, floatation therapy has been shown both anectotally and in controlled studies to reduce or eliminate acute pain. The pain relief can be permanent after one session. The reduction of chronic pain lasts for several hours and a reduced need for analgesia. Other benefits include lessening of oedema, increased range of movement in skeletal joints and lower percieved levels of stress. It also appears to help in anger management and PMT, reduce feelings of fatigue and insomnia, lower blood pressure and assist in weight control (in conjunction with talking cures/psychotherapy).

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We divide the market into private floating at home and commercial floating. Our products are nearly the same for these two markets although not quite identical. Having a float pool, pod, cabin or "special" enables you to float whenever you want and for as long as you want, all night if you wish. Normally in a commercial centre there is a schedule and a need for attendant alarm, parameter monitoring and session control.

Private pools can also be adaptable and even multi-purpose. We think we can rise to any challenge and have designs for solar heateing, infinity pools and pools which are stored when not in use.People float for so many reasons. Relaxation, stress relief, pain releif, treatment of swellings, focus for competition, meditation, decision making and creativity enhancement. All these have beed demonstrated in studies in America and Sweden.

Apart from general relaxation, floatation therapy has been shown both anectotally and in controlled studies to reduce or eliminate acute pain. The pain relief can be permanent after one session. The reduction of chronic pain lasts for several hours and a reduced need for analgesia. Other benefits include lessening of oedema, increased range of movement in skeletal joints and lower percieved levels of stress. It also appears to help in anger management and PMT, reduce feelings of fatigue and insomnia, lower blood pressure and assist in weight control (in conjunction with talking cures/psychotherapy).

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Treatments For:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Pain

Consultation Type: Direct ConsultationAll patients have to come to the practitioner's location.


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