What is Lillypod Floatation?

A Lillypod is a pool of saltwater designed for enhanced relaxation. Just step inside, lie back, and float. More relaxing than an average night of sleep, floating leaves you feeling physically and mentally rejuvenated.

Floatation is a widespread practice. There are over 100 places to float in the US and more than 300 in Europe. Lillypod aims to establish the first dedicated float space and pod showroom in New York City in 2014.

How does floating work?

How does it work?

Floatation ensures relaxation by eliminating the things that make it hard to relax.

  • The float pod is free of light and sound, eliminating distraction. Soft lighting and soothing sounds are available for your comfort.
  • The water inside the pod is salted and heated to body temperature, allowing the body to float and the muscles to relax, eliminating discomfort.

In this state of enhanced relaxation, the body can recover energy lost during the stress of everyday life and redirect this energy to the benefit of mind and body.

What can floating do for you? See Benefits of Floating for more information.

What are the Benefits?

Floating helps the body release endorphins to fight stress, pain and fatigue, and promotes the circulation of nutrients necessary for healing and detoxification.

Floating also promotes the flow of theta waves, the brain waves most associated with mental clarity, creativity, problem solving, and meditation.

The endorphin rush of floating can last up to a week, allowing the body to sustain its gains in mood and energy, enhancing productivity and athletic performance.

Even the water has its own unique benefits. The salt removes toxins and dead skin, and the high buoyancy of the water helps to correct spinal posture.

For more in depth information on the benefits of floating, see ABC's of Floatation.

The ABC's of Floating

Any type of exercise causes soreness to the muscles utilized. The body can release endorphins to relieve soreness and nutrients to repair muscle-cells, but this process can last a few days, limiting the rate at which muscle can be built.

Floating enhances muscle recovery by accelerating the flow of endorphins and nutrients to the muscles in need of repair. Floating thus lessens recovery time, allowing you to advance faster in athletics or for personal fitness.

The endorphin rush and enhanced nutrient flow can persist for up to a week later, allowing the body to sustain a heightened level of physical and mental output. Athletes who float have demonstrated superior marks in endurance and accuracy in sports such as basketball, tennis, rowing, and archery. With regular float sessions, athletic achievement and fitness goals are well within your reach.

The body is exposed to a variety of toxins through food, chemicals, and the surrounding environment, which raise the risk for developing skin conditions such as rashes, acne, eczema and psoriasis, among others. Some of these toxins are flushed out naturally through sweat, but many are left behind.

Floating accelerates the flow of nutrients to enhance the body’s detoxification mechanism, and the salt water, like that of the Dead Sea, eliminates dead skin, leaving you with a much smoother and more radiant complexion.

The body is also subject to the immense pressure of gravity, which weighs the body down and causes the back to hunch over time. Sleep can help to realign the spine, but few people sleep properly and for the necessary amount of time.

Floating eases the back into a prolonged arched position, reversing the effects of gravity on the body. Over time, floating can actually revert the spine to its natural alignment, thus enhancing your posture and elevating your appearance.

For many people, the pressure or buildup of work can trigger stress, which threatens both productivity and career advancement. Endorphins are instrumental in alleviating stress, but when people don’t sleep enough or overextend themselves, the body can’t provide enough endorphins to contend with stress.

Floating accelerates the flow of endorphins, eliminating fatigue and making stress less likely to stick. Floating thus allows you to maintain high levels of productivity, giving you a significant advantage among your colleagues at work.

Stress impedes creativity as well. The theta state of REM sleep, the period when most dreams occur, is known to stimulate creative thought. Since most people fail to reach peak sleep, their creative faculties can become impaired. During floating, the brain actually emits theta waves, unlocking your creative capacity.

Toxins enter the body through food, chemicals and other environmental sources, many with the potential to cause disease. While the body does have an internal detox mechanism at its disposal, due to factors such as fatigue and overexposure, the body does not always have the capacity to eliminate all toxins.

Floating accelerates the flow of endorphins to eliminate fatigue and the production of nutrients that are necessary for cleansing. Contact with toxins is unavoidable, but floating can reduce their impact, making you less likely to get sick.

People who suffer from addictions to food or tobacco, for example, are constantly exposed to toxins, making it more difficult for the body to ward off disease. Floating makes it easier to resist temptation by promoting the flow of theta waves, brain waves associated with mental clarity. Smokers treated with floating, in conjunction with standard treatments, are more likely to quit smoking for good.

For some people, dealing with stress is a constant struggle, making it difficult to focus and live a normal life. Endorphins are vital in helping people to cope with stress, but excess or chronic stress requires an additional boost.

Floating boosts the flow of endorphins, which not only relieve stress, but also help to prevent stress. Although stress is largely dependent on genetics and lifestyle, floating reduces its impact, so you can focus on what really matters.

For those who suffer from more advanced psychiatric conditions, additional stresses can actually hinder effective treatment. Floating has been shown to lessen the burden of stress on individuals suffering from ADHD and autism. Combined with standard treatments, floating can make living with disability a lot easier.

Between work and home, most people have numerous responsibilities, which can interfere with sleep time and quality. Endorphins help to minimize the feeling of fatigue, but they aren’t capable of alleviating excess or chronic fatigue.

Floating provides an endorphin rush, which not only alleviates the feeling of fatigue, it also helps you feel relaxed, thus improving the quality of your sleep. Studies show that floating for one hour produces the same effects as a night of sleep.

Pilots, or people who travel for business, are often fatigued by travel, and yet must be alert to perform their jobs. Floating is also known to eliminate the effects of jetlag and travel-related fatigue, so people can perform despite their travels.

For many people, the routine of daily life can be unsatisfying. It is only natural to want more. Endorphins help people feel content regardless of their situation and provide the energy people needed to be productive and achieve more, but some people are endorphin deficient while others need an additional boost.

Floating boosts the flow of endorphins to help you feel content and increases your energy levels so you can better apply yourself and thus achieve more.

Some who are unsatisfied tend to seek more in a spiritual capacity. Inside a float pod, the brain begins to emit theta waves, the brain waves present during meditation or prayer. And floating, unlike prayer and meditation, eliminates all distraction and discomfort, enhancing a sense of spiritual enrichment.

Any type of injury requires an often-painful recovery process. Endorphins can relieve pain while other nutrients facilitate healing, but fatigue and complications can delay the process, limiting the rate at which one is able to recover.

Floating accelerates the flow of endorphins to alleviate pain and the production of nutrients that are necessary for healing, thus hastening recovery time.

For people suffering from chronic pain, the pain doesn’t just go away and can often become worse. For certain conditions such as migraines, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, floating has been shown to significantly decrease the level of pain experienced, increasing your tolerance for pain, despite living with a chronic illness.

Are these benefits based in science? Have a look at the Scientific Research.

Scientific Research

Floatation has been researched extensively in the United States and in Europe. The findings are available to the public in the links below:

Floatation International

Float Tank Association

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  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Atlantic
  • Slate
  • Belfast Telegraph
  • The Huffington Post
  • Gizmodo