By now you’ve probably heard about all the benefits of a floating practice. It calms the mind, it relaxes the body. It helps with sleep, creativity, focus, inflammation and pain. The list goes on and on. It’s easy as adults to make decisions about our self-care practices. We usually do some research and try a few things to see what works – this even includes how to care for our children. Parents always want what’s best for their children’s health and well-being. Practices like yoga and mindfulness are becoming more widely available for kids and even babies. Those in the know wouldn’t think twice about bringing a child to a “mommy and me” yoga class. What about floating? Is it safe for kids, and will they reap the same benefits as their adult counterparts?
The Benefits of Floating for Kids
REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy), or floatation therapy, has become an increasingly popular activity for children, especially those with autism. Undoubtedly, there’s no better place for children with autism than a sensory deprivation spa. Studies have found that being in a float pool can reduce overstimulation (among other symptoms) in autistic children and allow them to process regular levels of stimulation after their float sessions.
Additionally, another way floating helps kids’ brains is by slowing down their brainwaves to a lower frequency. This includes alpha, theta and sometimes even delta states, which are reached during a sensory deprivation float. Generally, these states are calm and restful, which helps to quiet overactive and over-stimulated brains often found in kids today. While it might be difficult for a child to develop a deep meditative practice, floatation therapy can shift their brains into those states quickly and easily.
Is it Safe?
At LifeFloat, we love seeing kids get the benefits of floating. Our open-air pools are not only spacious and less scary for a young new floater, but they are also more accommodating for parents to supervise their kids during the session. We allow children under age 14 to float with a parent or guardian present in the room. We offer pool noodles for extra comfort and child-size ear plugs.
If you’re interested in making floating part of your back-to-school routine, call the spa to learn more about the process for bringing your kid in for their first session.