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It is Relaxation, Restoration and Recovery like you have never experienced before.
Jim and Sloane Wendell are living their dream and quenching the burning they’ve had in their hearts for years by bringing San Antonio its first float center for flotation therapy or better known as float spa. Their only regret is that they haven’t been able to do it sooner so that they could help change lives sooner.
In 2013, Sloane bulged several discs in her back as a result of lifting really heavy weights. Jim has degenerative discs in his back that has led to numerous years of pain. They have searched the globe for a non-invasive pain management alternative. Both were in immense pain, couldn’t move and feared surgery was inevitable.
Sloane has a passion for all things health and wellness and knew there had to be an answer out there for both. She began researching how to heal herself and get pain relief without drugs and surgery. One of the blogs she followed at the time, Jim Laird, mentioned that he would drive several hours so that he could float in an isolation room.
Mr. Laird discovered the isolation room as a pain recovery method after a bad car accident years before that left him with crippling back pain. This spurred Sloane’s curiosity to “Goggle” it to research everything she could about float rooms, and most importantly, where to find one of these gems! She learned so much about them and finally had her first float session in June 2014, in which she strung Jim along with her to experience this “Float Thing”.
Jim and Sloane both had the most amazing individualized experiences ever. The back pain both Jim and Sloane had experienced for years retreated, and to have that relief was inspirational. Sloane had the best night’s rest of her life. The effect lasted for days. It was amazing!! Thus the seed was planted for iSofloat.
Jim and Sloane wanted to share this experience for ultimate relaxation, rest and pain relief with everybody they loved. Since centers were so far and few between they decided they just needed to open one in San Antonio. With the help, patience and love of each other, friends and family their dream has finally become a reality and they are so excited to share their love of floating with San Antonio. Sloane and Jim are Texan through and through, have traveled and lived around the world and San Antonio is home after growing up in the Texas Hill Country (Sloane in Boerne and Jim in Round Rock).
Our brains and bodies are bombarded by our environment. Gravity, temperature, touch, light, smells and sounds constantly pull on our muscles, nervous system and senses. We get overwhelmed, and the stress can physically manifest into pain. Reduced external stimulation on the nervous system has a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the brain’s control center. When floating you achieve a level of physical relaxation that is beyond that which you receive when sleeping due to the lack of external stimulation. While floating, research shows that large areas of your brain are liberated from their normal task of processing signals from the nervous system and organs, which allows your brain to enter the theta state or “dream state”. One can only enter the theta state while awake through floating. Floating in a floatation room triggers a deep relaxation response, much deeper than normal sleep.
In the state one experiences a profound state of consciousness, creativity, heightened learning abilities. This state leads to additional benefits on the body that include physical recovery that cannot be met by traditional methods. The mental and physical effects of floating profoundly improve powers of emotional control and a sense of well-being. Negative emotions and unwanted habits melt away along with the physical tension and stresses that accompany them.
Clinical research has shown that profound relaxation in a float room triggers the production of endorphin’s. Endorphin’s interact with the opiate receptors in your brain to reduce the perception of pain and also ignite well-being. They act like morphine, only without the addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
Secretion of endorphin’s leads to feelings of happiness, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of your immune system. With high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress. By taking away gravity from your joints, and soaking up the Epsom salts, floating eases inflammatory pain caused by arthritis.
While floating you will notice your breath deepen, and in turn your heart rate slows down. You won’t even know it’s happening at first, it’s an automatic response. Floating on a consistent basis also aids in regulation of blood pressure.
While floating, the pressure of gravity is taken off the joints and muscles and the body as a whole is put in to a high state of physical relaxation. Both blood pressure and oxygen intake are reduced but at the same time blood flow and the distribution of red blood cells increase. The combined effects are of particular benefit to athletes seeking speeding recovery from injury and assisting in the flushing of lactate, cortisone, and adrenaline that may have built up either through training or performance.
Floatation has been shown to loosen the muscles and give athletes a greater degree of control over their nervous systems. This reduces the risk of injury during training or competition. Floatation not only accelerates the recovery process, but releases vast quantities of endorphin’s, the body’s natural painkiller.
Physical exercise can cause a build-up of lactic acid, which is often experienced as pain and a cramping of the muscles, and has been linked with the feelings of depression known as ‘post-game letdown’ which can affect even part-time joggers. Floating resets the body’s chemical and metabolic balance, thus reducing the risk of over training.
Modern training methods focus on helping the athlete to master the ‘inner game’ to develop the perfect synchronicity between mind, body and emotion which is the hallmark of a champion. In the room the athlete can attain the level of concentration necessary for visualization to have a quantifiable impact on his or her performance, whether it’s running, cycling or seeing the bigger picture.
There are no negative side effects of floating. All the effects of deep sensory relaxation are wholly beneficial and work simultaneously at a physical, mental, and emotional level. Floating is the fastest, easiest, and safest means of achieving a dramatic improvement in the quality of day-to-day living by helping you to make the most efficient use of your mind and your body. Being in a zero gravity, stimulate free environments allows your body to experience profound relaxation leading to faster recuperation.
Benefits of Float Therapy Include:
Float therapy benefits are amplified through regular use. The benefits are cumulative and build upon themselves with each subsequent float session. Floating is an effortless therapy, your mind and body learn how to relax quicker and more efficiently with each float session.
Flotation therapy is a rediscovered concept that humans can benefit from restricted environmental stimuli, including gravity. The Epsom salts create a physically nourishing experience by replenishing essential minerals to the body. Your body has all stimuli removed as you float effortlessly in the super saturated Epson saltwater that is warmed to skin temperature.. The body’s joints and ligaments are allowed to fully stretch. Stress hormones are drastically reduced.
Floating has a plethora of benefits and applications for health, personal development and well-being such as:
- Helps over all well-being
- Improves athletic performance
- Stimulates muscle growth and speeds recovery process
- Decreases Fatigue
- Reduces pain caused by stress and physical activity
- Enhances creativity
- Normalizes blood pressure and heart rate
- Creates an anti-gravity environment
- Initiates deep R.E.S.T.
- Induces harmonious brain waves
Salty Bacon & Sloane Wendell
Say hello to the mascot Salty Bacon and his owner Sloane Wendell, a full service float therapy spa, here in San Antonio, Texas. Salty Bacon quickly became the mascot of this healing organization because he is Ms. Sloane’s Certified Service Dog, in real life.
Best experience I have ever had. My first float! The people were great and the float was unbelievable
– Kathy H.
– Kim R.
– Melissa G.
I was on my way home from the VA and this made my day. I got more pain relief than I did in one physical therapy session. And it calmed my mind!! Thank you iSofloat for taking care of Veterans!!