Nausea and Floating - Why does it happen sometimes?

Nausea and Floating - Why does it happen sometimes?

Floatation Therapy or floating is one of the most accessible and relaxing pain relieving therapies available today.  Floating, for the majority of those who first try it, is a wonderful, safe and effective tool for navigating our modern society. But for a few, the float experience can evoke a temporary sense of motion sickness or nausea, which can limit its relaxing feeling and other potential benefits.

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Float Therapy Mitigates Arthritis

Float Therapy Mitigates Arthritis

Float therapy mitigates the pain, inflammation and lack of mobility associated with arthritis. From anti-inflammatory action, to stress reduction, to improvements in sleep, immunity and mood, floatation is safe, effective and accessible.

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Opioids, Chronic Pain and Floatation Therapy

Opioids, Chronic Pain and Floatation Therapy

Pain. It can be consuming, frustrating, debilitating, distracting, yet always subjective to the individual experiencing it.  Chronic pain is of epidemic proportions and is a major cause of disability.  Until recently, pain was treated like a fifth vital sign. Blood pressure, pulse, respiration, temperature, and…pain?  

Floatation therapy is emerging as a valid, effective and adjunctive means for managing chronic pain. 

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Chronic low back pain improves with floatation therapy

Chronic low back pain improves with floatation therapy

Chronic back pain is of epidemic proportions. Medical professionals are seeking complementary ways to manage pain. Floatation therapy is showing promise and proof through case studies such as those being conducted at The Float Zone in Richmond, VA. 

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Case Study #2 - Floating to Mitigate Lingering Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Case Study #2 - Floating to Mitigate Lingering Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

This traumatic brain injury and floatation therapy study features an individual who has not found any treatment or combinations of treatment that have been remarkably helpful. The case study examines the effect of floatation therapy upon various physical, emotional, neurological and psychological aspects. The results of this case study contains encouraging examples that floating both by itself or in combination with other therapies and lifestyle modifications, can improve the quality of life and functional capability for those with TBI and concussions.

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Floating and pro athletes: A synergy that wins championships

Floating and pro athletes: A synergy that wins championships

Here, the Rough Riders taking a knee in support of their injured and only kicker. They had to play without him and go for 2 point conversions instead of field goals.  Floating helped the team with injuries this season.  

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Gastronomy and Floating

        RICHMOND CHEFS FIND INSPIRATION THROUGH FLOATATION 

WAS THIS A FLOATATION INSPIRED GASTRONOMIC CREATION?

WAS THIS A FLOATATION INSPIRED GASTRONOMIC CREATION?

A symbiotic relationship has always existed between any culture and its food that makes culinary artists such an important subset of any community.   A local example of this is the varied and talented gastronomists of Richmond, Virginia that continually carve local culture.  Over the past several years, Richmond has transformed into a foodie culture. There are an impressive number of rising and talented local chefs whose creations are only limited by their own inspiration.  However, the work of a chef is much more than just the planning, purchase, prep, staff instruction and execution of the meal.  Administrative duties, equipment maintenance,  marketing and other intricacies of the kitchen often hinder proper sleep patterns, which affect the very inspiration needed to keep producing new and different gastronomical masterpieces. This is why chefs like to float - and many Richmond chefs have floated at The Float Zone.

Floating or floatation involves a sleek 8’ by 5’ fiberglass “pod”.  It is filled with 10” of skin temperature water and saturated with 1000 pounds of Epsom salt.  There are light and music controls within the pod for which you can float in the light or dark and listen to music or silence.  The pod can be left open or closed, while you float face up effortlessly like a cork, for an hour.  By removing gravity and other sensations such as light, sound or the sensation of water temperature, the brain enters a very restful, restorative and left/right brain synchronized state.  Further, the magnesium salts have a powerful muscle relaxing and pain relieving effect.  The result is that one feels both physically and mentally refreshed.  

A pleasant side effect of this sleep-promoting, stress-reducing therapy is that it seems to inspire creativity.  Sometimes that new idea comes in the middle of a float. Sometimes it happens on the ride home afterwards or through a float inspired dream that night. But when you feel calmer for the next few days, less reactive and brighter in mind and body, you’ll appreciate the benefit of the float experience. 

The month of July is culinary arts appreciation month. We appreciate great gastronomical efforts and thank all RVA chefs along with their support staff, for all the culinary inspiration that you bring to our city!