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Float Centre Okotoks provides a relaxing environment to enjoy the experience of floatation. They have two Ocean Float Rooms installed. Floating is a method of attaining deep relaxation. In the gravity-free environment, the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate whilst lowering the levels of stress-related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps blood circulation. Floating is used in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Sports performance and 'wind down' can be also enhanced during floating. During a float, people produce slower brain-waves patterns, known as theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep and when waking up). This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools for learning.