Floatation Therapy

Also known as R.E.S.T. (restricted environmental stimulation technique), floating is a therapy that helps you find that calm by removing all external stimulation so you’re able to truly let go and relax and the results can be spectacular. Our float rooms contain 10 inches of water and 1,000 lbs of Epsom salt creating a solution so buoyant that it allows you to float effortlessly and gives a sensation of weightlessness that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. The water is heated to skin temperature allowing your body to simply melt away and this, along with the restriction of all light and sound, creates a pure state of ‘sensory’ relaxation.

For first-time floaters, it is common to have an overload of thoughts in the mind and tension in the body for the first few minutes of the float session. As you continue to relax and breathe deeply, realizing that no effort is needed to stay afloat, your mind will begin to quiet and your body will begin to release its tension. This is when the real benefits of floating take place. Most people report looking younger after an hour of floating, and first-time floaters remark feeling happier, healthier, more positive, confident, as well as an increase in sensory awareness for several days after floating. The deep sense of relaxation after a float can carry with you for days afterwards and as we master the process of letting go with regular float sessions, those days can turn into weeks!

Our Spa Suites provide you with a private floatation room. We have three available on site, and each includes your own private shower, dressing area, and float room. These rooms were custom designed for clients to be extremely user friendly.

EXPERIENCING YOUR FIRST FLOAT WITH US!

  1. START. Create an account within our booking system to get started.
  2. BOOK. Choose which day and time works for you.
  3. SHOW UP. Come 15-20 minutes prior to your float and our friendly staff will familiarize you with floating and the center.
  4. FLOAT. Enter your float suite, shower and step into your float room to enjoy your experience.
  5. GLOW. After your float rinse off the Epsom salts, get changed, grab some tea, reflect, browse our retail, talk and share your experience. Enjoy the post-float glow!

entering the float suite

Float Room Tank Pod Suite

Each Float Suite contains earplugs and Vaseline to cover up small cuts and grazes. We recommend earplugs to avoid swimmers ear and salt in your ear canal, however they are optional.

We will ask you to take a quick shower to remove any dirt, hair products, lotions and oils from your body before you enter the float room

TIP: don’t take too long or too hot of a shower, it could effect your float and make it a bit chilly in there.

After showering, you’ll step into our Float Room which contains 10 inches of skin temperature water (heated constantly) and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts which nourish and soften your skin without wrinkling it like sea salt does. You simply sit down and slowly lie back until your head touches the water.

As you lay back, your body slowly lifts to the surface of the water and about 1/3 of your body is floating above the water line. RELAX! Your body and head are completely supported by the water. You do not need to force you head up and your are in no danger of rolling over.

in-room experience

It is difficult to gauge how relaxed you are whilst floating, but will you notice afterward! Guests with sports injuries or back pain experience some discomfort in the early stages. One’s brain focuses on even minor sensations due to a complete lack of “feeling” elsewhere. Keep relaxed and the aches and pains will drift away.

It may take awhile for your brain to settle down, but we offer the option to play our chakra balancing relaxation music or some of  your own tunes to distract you from your own thoughts. Please do not become frustrated if it takes your mind a bit to settle down as everyone experiences this at first. 

The real benefits are normally noticed after the session is complete.

Remember you are in a private suite, so you can leave the glass float room door open if you wish. However, you may feel a chill if you leave it open the entire session, so we highly suggest closing it. If you want to leave the float room’s interior light on, the button is to your left when you are lying down (you can change the colors too).

If you get salt in your eyes, we provide you with a bottle of pure water and a clean towel which are hanging inside each float room.

We also have a Nekdoodle in each float room if you have difficulty releasing the tension in your neck.

ending your session

To let you know your session is over, a light and circulating pump will turn on letting you know it’s time for a shower. If that doesn’t wake you up, then we will contact you through the intercom.

After getting out of the room, step right back into the shower to thoroughly rinse off all salty water and to rinse your ears thoroughly, as in rare cases crystalline salt can cause ear aches. Your skin will be very soft and silky after floating. We do our best to conserve water here, so we ask that you take a quick shower after your float so we can provide the other quests with hot water as well.

Please try to vacate the room within 10 to 15 minutes after your session has ended. We do have a Prep Room with brushes, mirrors and blow-dryers if you need a little bit more time to get ready. This allows us time to reset the rooms for the next float sessions. If you are unable to exit the Float Suite in a timely manner and we cannot reset the room for the next guest, we will have to charge you for the next float session. 

After your float, you may be feeling a few different ways. From extremely relaxed and loopy, to energized and ready to take on the world. Not only do we have tea for you to enjoy post-float, but our relaxation room has extremely comfy chairs for you to lounge on. We even have a giant chalkboard for you to share your float experience! This chalkboard is for our guests, new and old, to see just how different everyone’s experiences can be. And we encourage you to share yours!

Here are some simple tips to help you prepare for your float and techniques you can use while in the room to help you optimize your floating experience. Each float experience is completely unique! Expectations are one of the greatest hindrances to having a good float. It’s very important that you allow yourself to let go and know that whatever your experience, your body is receiving the benefits of deep relaxation. There is much to say about an individual’s ability to just be and we encourage that you allow yourself this time and space to do exactly that.

PRE-FLOAT TIPS

SHAVING

For men, avoid shaving your face at least 6 hours before you float. For women, avoid shaving your body at least 12 hours before your float. Any lesions will be distracting due to the Epsom salt sting.

HYDRATION

Being dehydrated before the float may not be the best state, particularly for your brain. A healthy daily hydration practice is just good for optimal biology!

EATING

A full stomach is not great for floating, nor is and empty stomach. Having a light, easily digestible meal 1.5 to 2 hours pre-float is ideal.

WASHROOM

Be sure to use the washroom prior to showering before you float. Talk about a distraction while in the room!

SMOKING

Smoking just prior to the room may stimulate you too much. Even if you are craving a cigarette the room may very well suppress your craving. However, you’ll need to figure out what the best formula is for you and your biochemistry.

CAFFEINE

Definitely avoid having caffeine before you float. The stimulation you experience from caffeine is the exact opposite way you’ll want to go when you are in the room. By the end of your float you most likely will not feel like you need your fix.

HAIR DYES

For guests with recently colored hair or highlights, we recommend not floating until you have shampooed your hair at least twice. Dyes can (in some cases) bleed out or be affected by the heavy concentration of epsom salt. We say to wait at least 7 days before floating.

TANNING

Please wait at least 2 weeks after a receiving a spray tan before floating.

COUPLING ACTIVITIES

We have found performing physical activity (yoga, cardio, or resistance training) before you float can greatly enhance the floating experience. Your body has expended pent-up energy, your muscles and tissues are loose and flowing with blood, and your mind is clear and calm.

IN THE ROOM TIPS

DONT BE SHY-GET NAKED!

Although first-time floaters might feel shy about entering the float room naked, floating in the nude is the most effective way to enjoy the benefits of floatation therapy. Bathing suits are certainly permitted, but the way they pull on your skin will likely detract from the experience. Floating naked allows you to experience complete sensory deprivation.

BREATHING

Your breath can be an amazing tool for calming the mind and relaxing the body. Try to breathe primarily from your nose. At first, you can consciously take deep breaths, but once you settle into your experience try less to manipulate the breath and more just observing the breath. Your body will always remember to breath, there is no need to control your breath.

POSITIONS

There are only two real positions in the room: with your arms at your side, palms down; Arms over-head with your palms up. Play around with the two to see which feels better for your body. Also, try to position your body in the middle of the room to avoid “ping-ponging” from side to side. To do this, brace your arms and legs against the sides of the room to position your torso in the middle, and once you feel the water to be calm, slowly and evenly retract your limbs back to the mid-line of your body. Once you like your position and feel comfortable try to remain still and consciously relax all of your muscles.

LETTING GO (LACK OF EFFORT)

Don’t “try” to do anything in the room, don’t force something to happen, don’t expect something to happen; this is the exact opposite direction from where you may want to go while in the room. You will not fall asleep necessarily, just be present. Repetition of a focus word such as “peace”, “relax”, or “let go” spoken in your mind in unison with your exhalation can help at first, but the message here is to just let go of conscious control.

STILLNESS

Being physically still by finding a comfortable position and remaining there combined with stilling your mind either through breath awareness or a focus word (mantra) can lead you into a state of holistic stillness. This can generate the perception of timelessness, your state of being will be extremely relaxed and this is when the body is in a state of healing.

SENSITIVITY

With external stimuli at a minimum, your nervous system will turn up the volume to try and sense anything. Since there is still “nothing” coming in there is a great opportunity to simply sense whatever is left to be felt within your internal body. Feel your arms, legs, torso, head, as intensely as possible. Cultivate as much sensitivity to these parts as possible. Feel the energetic uniformed consistency of these parts and observe them without judgment, without limits. Observe your thoughts, emotions and sensations.

FLOATATION THERAPY BENEFITS

for the mind

During a float you produce slower brain-wave patterns, known as theta waves that are normally experienced only during the deepest meditation or briefly before falling asleep. Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue.

In our body there is a chemical known as cortisol which is directly associated to feelings of “being stressed”. Modern lifestyles have led to increased levels of this hormone. Floating provides a space where we can truly relax by reducing both cortisol and stress.

Up to 90% of our attention is used by the brain and nervous system to manage gravity and the input of our five senses. However, when you float you’re in a zero gravity environment wherein all input from the senses is restricted. Once in this new state of relaxation the capabilities of your creative mind are freed.

Your mind creates, stores and uses its own natural opiates, called endorphins. Floating dramatically releases these wonderful chemical throughout your brain causing the highest levels of mental clarity. At the same time, your anxieties are lessened, as your brain begins to produce theta waves that enable you to think & visualize more vividly.

The essence of learning is the ability to understand ideas and concepts. This often boils down to one key aspect, focus. This is ultimately why floating is a perfect tool to use for someone trying to more fully grasp ideas, as well as retain more information. Without the presence of everyday distractions that we are able to take control of our focus and can apply its full power to whatever we choose.

Floating allows us to be in a “theta state of mind”. This right brain oriented wave unlocks many of our natural abilities of intuition. In doing so, a floater’s mind is opened up to a sense of connection and natural flow between all the events of their life. Furthermore, this new perspective eases one into a mode of “being alert”, “being present” and being “tuned in”.

In simplest terms, a problem is an unwanted situation we refuse to address appropriately. When we loose sight of the issue, fail to act or get on an ego trip a problem is born. However, as water is to the flame, floating is to problems. Gently taken to a state of complete relaxation a synchronization occurs between the left and right sides of your brain. Your mind becomes organized, forming a new whole far greater than its parts. From here you can enjoy an objectivity about your life, your role in it, and what needs doing that I can find no where else on Earth.

Our moods and anxieties have both a physical and mental source. Through chemicals in our body and the thoughts in our heads we must be careful to not over stimulate ourselves into an unhealthy state of being. Floating is an especially powerful tool in trying to maintain balance in an sometimes over-whelming world. As your softly navigated to a place of deep relaxation your body and mind is relieved of it’s usual work load through the absence of gravity and a dramatic reduction in sensory input.

After settling into the floating experience research has shown greater hemisphere synchronization (promoting greater communication between the right (creative-side) and left (analytical-side) lobes; the majority of people are left-dominated. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neocortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.

Floating has several benefits to those suffering from addictive tendencies. By allowing for a healthier internal dialog while promoting positive thinking floating has been shown to have profound effect on addict’s mental health. Another cause of addiction is in the body: An innate imbalance of chemicals. Epsom salts replenish depleted essential minerals which facilitates the natural production of the “feel good” chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin. Floating not only increase the amount of these endorphins but also the capacity, making these essential chemicals more readily available in the future, Floating Aids Recovery!

The combination of being extremely relaxed while intensely awake allows techniques of visualization to become very powerful. From athletes preparing for competition to public speakers rehearsing a presentation, the tank can induce the calm needed to perform at ones best. Mental rehearsal research has shown it to be just as practical as physical rehearsal.

Perhaps, the most well documented benefit of floating is the tendency for those who choose to use this tool, regularly, to adopted a long term positive outlook on life. As we all know depression can be rooted in many causes. However, regardless of origination we believe the true path forward is finding a space to reflect and heal while also giving our bodies a chance to balance vital chemicals. Floating is unmatched in its ability to tackle both these needs simultaneously in an extremely efficient manner. By removing almost all external stimulus and relieving ourselves of gravity we can easily center our thoughts and allow our body to produce an abundance of endorphins.

Meditation has a plethora of researched benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed; presence. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency instead of falling asleep. Floating may induce an altered state of consciousness.

Floatation therapy has been used as a way to effectively remediate many symptoms of PTSD an often dehabilitating condition. One of the postulated explanations for the effectiveness of this treatment is the release large amounts of endorphins and dopamine. The environment in the float tank also provides a safe space to process experiences and can aid the integration of difficult experiences.

While floating the body reaches a state of deep relaxation that otherwise could only be reached when sleeping. During this deep relaxation the electrical activity of the brain drops from about 20 – 25 HZ to 4 – 8 HZ and the brain goes into a wave pattern known as the Theta State and the body releases Endorphins “The Body’s Natural Painkillers” or “Feel Good” hormones and Dopamines. After the Float session the body will continue releasing Endorphins and Dopamines so the beneficial effects of the Endorphins will last for several days.

In our fast paced world, the amount of information put in front of us is nothing short of immense when compared to what our minds can actually absorb. Many people are feeling the effects of this as they reach a point of sensory overload. There minds simply cannot process the amount of information being sent. So, what then happens when we float in an environment without light, sound or a sense of touch? Free of universal forced of gravity and essentially without any stimulation the opposite to our daily lives. Come explore and enjoy the beauty of nothing.

for the body

Research shows that floating reduces blood pressure and heart rate while lowering the levels of stress-related chemicals in the body. Sports performance and recovery are also enhanced by floating as it compliments many other rehabilitation therapies.

Most people are not aware that 90% of our muscles energy is spent dealing with our nervous system and the effects of gravity. Our float rooms consist of 1000 pounds of Epsom salt being dissolved into a ten-inches of water. The solution is so thick it is impossible for you not to float effortlessly. Your muscles are instantly and totally relieved of all their normal work allowing your body to use its energy to repair itself. Unless you have floated before, you have never experienced this level of absolute relaxation.

Our blood pressure is controlled by our nervous system which has two main parts. One part, looks out for dangers and tells us when to fight or to run away, the other part is responsible for relaxing us. When you float the part of your nervous system that needs to be alert goes on pause while the part responsible for relaxing us takes over. Due to the zero gravity environment and the restricted input from our senses the we enter a state of complete calm which can causes blood pressure to lower significantly.

Each of us has an internal clock that we’ve likely been running on for more or less our whole lives. When this get disrupted, thrown off, or ignored we become fatigued and eventually need to rest. In our fast paced global society, it is easy to ignore the needs of our body. Fortunately, with powerful technology like floating we can effectively give our bodies the rest it needs in less time. A 60-minute float is the equivalent to six-eight hours of deep sleep.

Soaking in Epsom salt baths has been used by many cultures for hundreds of years. By taking one it allows for a reverse osmosis to occur. During this process harmful toxins are pulled out of the body while magnesium and sulfates are allowed to enter. Magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes in the body some of which promote the healthy functioning of our immune system which in turn regulates inflammation in the body. Its believed that over 68% of American’s are deficient in magnesium and is likely a key reason for many suffering from an over active inflammatory response.

Athletes around the world use floatation to prepare for and recover from sports activities.While floating, you are able to experience the lowest state of gravity – without leaving Earth. This total relaxation gives every muscle a break from fighting gravity, and the benefits can be startling. By relieving the stresses of gravity, floating takes the weight off strained bones, joints and muscles, and increases the efficiency of the blood circulating through the body – leading towards a faster recovery time. Athletes who use floatation in conjunction with visualization techniques have experienced rapid improvement in their sporting performances. As the brain enters the theta wave state, commonly experienced in deep meditation, it becomes more open to suggestion. The central nervous system can essentially be trained to produce the ‘perfect performance’.

Flotation therapy allows 90% of the energy our brain and nervous system continuously use to be freed up. No longer concerned with managing gravity and our senses all of our attention can be used in other ways. As a result, our circulatory system speeds up allowing muscle regeneration to happen more quickly.

Insomnia caused by stress, anxiety and an over active mind can be reduced with float therapy. While floating, the body goes into a state of deep relaxation allowing the brain to reach a Theta State that is only reached during sleep. This deep relaxation, Theta State, and calm mind will contribute to a good night sleep. It is very common for people to fall asleep while floating and break the sleepless patterns. It is safe to fall asleep during a float session. The water – Epsom Salt ratio, buoyancy, will not allow you to sink. Floaters may fall asleep on their first session while it may take several sessions for other. Even if the floater doesn’t fall asleep during the session, it is a common denominator to have a good night sleep after a float session.

Floating provides us a space where we can both physically and mentally relax. In doing we energize every system in our body as well as your activating natural killer cells within the body. These special cells have the responsibility for killing defective cells that hinder our immune system. While in float mode you’ll find you give your body a big upper hand in overcoming whatever may be keeping you down

Much of the joint pain we experience is due to wear and tear we’ve sustained in our lives. A big part of that is the extra load we carry operating under gravity. This force which holds us down, quite literally, also causes damage to our bodies in doing so. Floating allows us to bypass this otherwise inescapable entity. In doing so the you experience unparalleled relaxation and give the body its best rest to date. Remove gravity, enjoy relief!

As gravity keeps us in place it is also pushes down on us, compressing our bodies from head to toe. Given that the top of the spine is located in the neck and the bottom in our lower back it makes sense that these are common places for injury or occur. As stated above gravity can be a force for both good and bad. However, we rarely if ever get to escape its more negative effects. This is where floating comes in giving us an place to enjoy a short reprieve from the universal forces. Now that we can at ease out body can begin to decompress and create space for additional blood flow.

Floatation Therapy for pregnant women within the 2nd and 3rd trimesters can bring you to a much needed state of relaxation and pain relief not found outside of the float room. Floating is most valuable during the third trimester of pregnancy, when the weight is putting uncomfortable pressure on your lungs and organs, making it difficult to breathe and sleep. By floating in our zero gravity float rooms, you can escape the added weight that you have been carrying around and take the strain off of your body and spine. Floating also promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy. There is also an amazing ‘mirror effect’ in which the unborn baby is floating in the womb of the mother, and the mother is floating in the buoyant float room. This bond of floating together can be spiritually uplifting and deepening the connection between mother and baby. Check with your doctor or midwife to see if floating is right for you.

The power of floating can reduce the probability of recurring migraines as well as alleviates the pain of an existing one. Through floating we find ourselves no longer needing to worry about or even think about anything which provides a great place for letting the body find calm. Floating can often end recurring migraines.

Epsom salts is named for a natural spring at Epsom, in Surrey, England. It is a natural, pure compound of magnesium and sulfate, which are both readily absorbed through the skin into the blood stream. Most Americans suffer from a Magnesium deficiency which plays a role in maintaining many of the bodies systems – we need Magnesium to regulate more than 325 enzymes and pathways. When you float the solution contains 1000 lbs. of Epsom salts which is dissolved into the ten inches of water, heated to the temperature of your outside layer of skin and placed inside one of our float rooms. Shortly after you begin to float, a detoxification of your body begins as the healing Magnesium enters your body. The first thing Magnesium does is to greatly improve your body’s digestion, which increases its ability to get rid of harmful bacteria. The way Magnesium does this is by improving how your body uses oxygen, which greatly increases the flow of blood. Don’t be like 68% of Americans who are Mg deficient come for a float!

It is said one couple in seven has problems when they try for a baby. There are many reasons but, one of the most important is also one we can help with – stress. Floatation therapy is the most powerful stress relief technique known. For fertility treatment, we recommend for women, a course of ten floats in a month, approximately every two to three days right through the fertile period. The degree of relaxation achieved is wonderful and will of course benefit you in many ways but if stress is the principal cause of your failure to conceive, then floating really is the best treatment. We believe the benefit of floating is the same for natural conception and for IVF treatments.

We will NOT allow you to float if you:
– Have infectious skin, an acute skin condition or respiratory disorders
– Have any open or bleeding wounds
– Suffer from incontinence, nausea, epilepsy or psychotic attacks
– Have a high-risk pregnancy
– Have colored or permed your hair within 7 days
– Are under the influence of any drug or alcohol
– Are not able to climb in and out of the float room unaided (this is no more difficult than climbing into a bath)
– Under 14 without parental presence
– Have been medically advised not to float
 
*We expect you to inform us of any conditions for your own safety and the safety of other floaters! If you are unsure if floating is for you, check with your doctor. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time.
 

athlete's therapy

The greatest efforts in sports came when the mind is as still as a glass lake. 

-TIMOTHY GALLWEY

Athletes around the world use floatation to prepare for and recover from sports activities. While you may think that lying on your bed or sofa would give your muscles a rest, gravity is still applying vast amounts of stress on various parts of the body. Your body must maintain tone while holding itself against that gravity. While floating, however, you are able to experience the lowest state of gravity – without leaving Earth. This total relaxation gives every muscle a break from fighting gravity, and the benefits can be startling.

BENEFITS OF USING A FLOAT ROOM IN SPORT

The benefits of floatation therapy for athletes are many and varied, and generally fall into two categories: psychological and physical. As any athlete knows, performance in sports isn’t just about what you can do with your body, but also how intently you can focus and how far you can push yourself past the point of comfort. The health benefits for athletes who participate in Sensory Deprivation Therapy are nearly endless:

  • Floating reduces muscle tension
  • Floatation rooms improve athletic performance through visualization
  • Speeds healing and recovery from physical activity and injuries
  • Relaxed muscles are likely to heal faster than tired and knotted ones
  • Lowers blood pressure and cortisol
  • Anti-gravity relieves joint pressure and aides recovery
  • Rapid elimination of fatigue
  • Ideal for managing back pain
  • Epsom salt reduces swelling and detoxifies the system
  • Floatation Therapy increases endorphins

In the floatation room, gravity isn’t a factor. The complete relaxation that it provides, gives all the muscles the much-needed break they need. Epsom salts are a magnesium and sulfate – a muscle relaxant and a protein builder for your joints. Not only can you truly decompress in the float room, you absorb the minerals whilst you float directly into your muscles, allowing you to be noticeably less tense as soon as you get up!

From keeping athletes at the top of their game during the season to helping them recover from injuries, floatation therapy has proven to be a crucial part of many teams’ wellness strategy, not to mention their game-winning one!

RECOVERY TIME FRAME

When the athlete is in the flotation tank, the actual rate of recovery post physical exercise is enhanced beyond recognition. Recovery that would generally take a very long time gets compressed into just a few hours. Since floating in the water that has high concentrations of Epsom salt, which reduces the stresses of gravity, the weight and pressure is taken off strained muscles, joints and bones. This increases the efficiency of the blood circulation right through the body. It also significantly improves the recovery time after injury.

WORKING AGAINST GRAVITY

While floating, gravity pressures gets taken-off the muscles and joints & the entire body is put in to a state of high physical relaxation. The blood pressure & oxygen intake reduces but the blood flow and distribution of red blood cells increases. These combined effects are especially beneficial to athletes, as it speeds the recovery from injury & assists in flushing-out cortisol, lactate & adrenaline that might have built-up either via training or performance.

REDUCES INJURY RISKS

Floatation loosens the muscles & gives athletes a higher degree of control in their nervous systems. In effect, this reduces injury risk during training/competition. Floatation accelerates the athlete’s recovery process and releases large quantities of endorphins (natural painkiller of the body).

By being in an environment that facilitates sensory isolation, the athlete truly has the space to reach the level of concentration required to have a tangible effect on his/her performance. Many modern training methods are focused on helping athletes master their “inner game” and assist in developing perfect synchronicity between body, mind and emotion.

SPORTS PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT

Athletes that use this float therapy in combination with visualization techniques experience a very significant improvement in their performances. As the person’s brain transitions into a theta state, it becomes much more open to suggestion.

The CNS (central nervous system) can essentially be effectively trained to produce ‘perfect performance’. Today a number of top athletes across Australia and the U.S use this technique to relax and up their performance in their chosen sport.

Athletes who use Floating together with imaging techniques, achieve rapid improvement in their sporting achievements. Experts from medical institutions conducted that one hour of visualization while floating, is better than 10 hours of monotonous training.

pregnancy & floating

Everyone could benefit from a little floating in life, but there are a few groups of individuals who will benefit most profoundly — key among them? Pregnant women! Imagine the extra weight expectant mothers carry being taken away in seconds; achy joints & muscles relieved & stress floating away as you enter a Float Room. There is little research out there specifically on floating while pregnant, however the several known benefits of floating in general are only amplified for two & can very well play an important role in a healthy pregnancy.

“I enjoyed the lightweight feeling and the stillness. My legs, which are heavy and retaining fluid, felt at one with the water. Floating is certainly a wonderful way to eliminate stress in pregnancy and to combat the heavy feelings found in the body due to pregnancy.”
– Bette; 8 Months

Relieving Physical Discomfort

Perhaps the most obvious perk of floating while floating is the physical relief. Resting in a weightless environment, allowing your body to relax, suspended in a serene ambiance is a moment that all expectant mothers deserve to experience. Removing the physical stress extra weight puts on the body provides immediate relief. While it has been deemed safe to float on your back, some do recommend that if you’re in your third trimester, you float in the prone position — face down, elbows on the bottom of the tank & chin on your hands.

Magnesium for Prenatal Wellness

Women are advised to increase their intake of magnesium during pregnancy as the mineral is crucial for many biological functions. It happens to also be a crucial component to create buoyancy in Pause float tanks. Epsom salt can be absorbed through the skin & may help ensure pregnant women are meeting their recommended intake.

The “Mirror Effect”

There is a little known experience we talk about in the float community known as the “mirror affect”. Women who are expecting have described the practice of floating while pregnant as an incredible bonding experience. As if her & her baby are one, both floating in suspended animation. Weightless & with no one but you & your baby to listen to & feel eachother — is truly something you must feel for yourself!

Better Sleep & Stress Relief

Almost any pregnant woman out there will tell you that as your body changes to carry a baby, so do your sleeping patterns. Many expectant mothers suffer from disrupted sleep & sometimes, insomnia. Floating has been shown to help those struggling with these disruptions get a better night’s sleep. In addition, stress relief from floating has been researched & demonstrated in numerous scientific studies & there is no time more important to invest in stress reduction than during pregnancy. Research has shown that a mother’s stress level during pregnancy can have an affect on her baby’s development in infancy & beyond.

Better Sleep & Stress Relief

Almost any pregnant woman out there will tell you that as your body changes to carry a baby, so do your sleeping patterns. Many expectant mothers suffer from disrupted sleep & sometimes, insomnia. Floating has been shown to help those struggling with these disruptions get a better night’s sleep. In addition, stress relief from floating has been researched & demonstrated in numerous scientific studies & there is no time more important to invest in stress reduction than during pregnancy. Research has shown that a mother’s stress level during pregnancy can have an affect on her baby’s development in infancy & beyond.

Before Your First Float

While most doctors have no concern with pregnant women floating during the second & third trimester, we always recommend checking with him or her before your first visit. Also, take the utmost care when getting in & out of the tank as surfaces are slippery & your balance may be slightly off. As always, our knowledgeable staff is here to support & guide you along the way.

The most interesting part, was the constant movement I was getting from the baby. The baby must have been in complete ecstasy Floating away with me. The other part that was most satisfying was the feeling of exhilaration afterwards.
– Tina; 8 Months

FERTILITY BENEFIT & FLOATING

Fertility

Many women trying to become pregnant, after medical examination for physical causes, are advised to take significant lifestyle changes such as moving house or stopping work because stress is recognized as a factor in infertility.

Floatation Therapy is a useful stress reduction technique in many cases thus assisting in conceiving faster. After eventually conceiving, especially after many months of trial, there is still the tension and stress of whether the pregnancy will proceed successfully. Again in this respect, by floating the mother-to-be will be more relaxed and stress free, thus the pregnancy being able to proceed with ease.

It is said that one couple in seven has problems when they try for a baby, there are many reasons but one of them can be stress. Floatation Therapy is the most powerful stress relief technique known, floating has been shown many times in controlled studies compared to bed rest to be the most relaxing experience on earth.

It is recommended for women to try to have a float every two to three days through the fertile period. The degree of relaxation achieved is wonderful and will of course benefit you in many ways if stress is the principle cause of your failure to conceive.

entering theta state

Throughout our normal waking state our brains are typically producing what are called Beta waves. These brain waves are fast and productive—yet are very active, and far from relaxing.

When we do start to take it easy—even closing our eyes for just a few moments—we start producing Alpha waves, which are slower and more rhythmic than beta and therefore bring about feelings of relaxation and greater calm.

In an even deeper state of relaxation there are brain waves beyond alpha: Theta waves—these are even slower moving and more rhythmic than alpha. We most commonly experience brief glimpses of the serene state that theta waves bring in the peaceful, fleeting instances between wakefulness and sleep. It is rare outside of these moments for most of us to experience the ideal combination of tranquil emotions, quiet thoughts and the physical body at rest that allows a theta state to come about and be maintained.

Even if we do enter a theta state, usually once a significant amount of the waves are produced, we fall asleep! However, Floatation Therapy is known for it’s unparalleled ability to naturally bring floaters into a state of theta brainwave production—while conscious!

Those who are able to reach deep levels in meditation may also experience this state, yet this may take years of disciplined practice. The Float Room is the ideal environment for effortlessly facilitating the deeply relaxing and introspective theta state—no experience necessary.

Greater theta wave production is linked to many rewarding benefits. Some of the most significant include:

DEEP RELAXATION

A deep state of relaxation is possible and nearly inevitable after about 20 minutes in the Float Room, as the brain begins producing large amounts of theta waves. This state of relaxation might be best described as a feeling of truly letting go.

ACCESS TO THE SUBCONSCIOUS AND DREAM-LIKE STATES

Another characteristic of theta brainwaves is their ability to grant greater access to one’s subconscious; creating a fertile space for positive self-suggestions (such as affirmations), spontaneous creative solutions, potential access to long ago memories and dream-like experiences—while awake.

BOOSTED IMMUNE FUNCTION

Because the theta state is so relaxing, the body lowers it’s production of stress hormones—namely cortisol and adrenaline, and instead is given an opportunity to release it’s own feel-good endorphins, while simultaneously allowing the body to focus on its own healing.

BLISSFUL FEELINGS OF WELL-BEING

The body rewards our deep relaxation by responding with it’s own endorphins (feel good chemicals). In addition, increased theta wave experiences have been linked to greater overall psychological feelings of wellness and contentment in the lives of those who experience them.

INCREASED BODY AWARENESS

In the theta state one’s awareness of their body and it’s functions, both voluntary and involuntary is increased. It is through this widened perception that it becomes possible for floaters to more easily have an impact on their own physiological functions, even those which may typically feel inaccessible in a normal waking state (such as heart rate).

MEMORY ENHANCEMENT AND SUPER-LEARNING

It has been shown that greater amounts of learning and information are more readily retained when in the theta state. The Float Pod is the perfect place for those who practice what has been coined as “super-learning”.

RATES & PACKAGES

BECOME A MEMBER!

$59/MONTH

ONE 60 MINUTE FLOAT & 
ONE 45 MINUTE SAUNA
(OR FLOAT UPGRADE)

ENJOY THE MOMENT – OVER AND OVER.

Want more spa for less money? Enjoy the benefits of floats, massages, and sauna sessions every month of the year with our Membership. You can purchase our services individually or in packs at an affordable rate, but you get the best value by becoming a member! Feel renewed and refreshed again and again, at a great monthly rate – because we believe everyone should have a spa day on their calendar. Dive deep into yourself, manage stress, start or supplement your meditation practice, and connect to an amazing tribal community of conscious-minded individuals!

PERKS

  • SHAREABLE!
  • Unlimited additional floats @ $45/float
  • Unlimited additional sauna sessions @ $20/sauna
  • $20 OFF all 60 or 90 minute massage sessions
  • Upgrade to a 90 minute float for $10
  • Bring in guests for $45
  • 10% OFF Retail

TERMS

  • 3-month minimum policy (unused floats have a 3-month expiry post – cancellation)
  • Membership monthly auto payments must be on 1 credit card
  • Unused floats roll-over/never expire as long as your membership is active
  • Membership can be suspended 3x/year for 1 month at a time
THE FINE PRINT

**Our monthly membership is the best deal around for those who want to get the most from floating. After the first 90 days of your membership you cancel at anytime with a verbal or written notice a month in advance of your billing cycle – no long term commitments here! Unused floats have a 3-month expiry post-cancellation.

60 MINUTE FLOAT

INTRODUCTORY | THREE PACK

$150

ONE TIME PURCHASE | ONE PER PERSON | NOT SHAREABLE

We recommend all new customers buy the INTRODUCTORY 3 PACK to get the best deal and get the most out of the experience as a new-comer to floating. We know you’re going to love floating and will want to do it multiple times – it takes a couple of sessions to learn to really let go and realize the full potential of floating. With that, we highly recommend to schedule your first 3 sessions in the same month.  Spacing your first floats too far apart will reduce the impact they have.  Get the most out of your purchase and book your appointments no more than a 7 to 10 days apart!

SINGLE SESSION

$70

ONE 60 MINUTE FLOAT SESSION

THREE SESSIONS

$195

THREE | 60 MINUTE FLOAT SESSIONS

SIX SESSIONS

$350

SIX | 60 MINUTE FLOAT SESSIONS

TEN SESSIONS

$500

TEN | 60 MINUTE FLOAT SESSIONS

90 MINUTE FLOAT

INTRODUCTORY | THREE PACK

$190

ONE TIME PURCHASE | ONE PER PERSON | NOT SHAREABLE

We recommend all new customers buy the INTRODUCTORY 3 PACK to get the best deal and get the most out of the experience as a new-comer to floating. We know you’re going to love floating and will want to do it multiple times – it takes a couple of sessions to learn to really let go and realize the full potential of floating. With that, we highly recommend to schedule your first 3 sessions in the same month.  Spacing your first floats too far apart will reduce the impact they have.  Get the most out of your purchase and book your appointments no more than a 7 to 10 days apart!

SINGLE SESSION

$85

ONE 90 MINUTE FLOAT SESSION

THREE SESSIONS

$240

THREE | 90 MINUTE FLOAT SESSIONS

SIX SESSIONS

$450

SIX | 90 MINUTE FLOAT SESSIONS

TEN SESSIONS

$650

TEN | 90 MINUTE FLOAT SESSIONS

EMPLOYER PROGRAM

Floating is great for people who need to get through a creativity block, clear their minds, recharge their batteries and improve their performance in the workplace. Our Float Rooms offer a space clear of any stimulation where the mind is free to operate with maximum resources.

Have a business and want to reward your employees?
Email us if you’re interested in our employer program: info@abettermespa.com

faqs

We prefer that you wear nothing but your birthday suit. Anything you wear will get very heavy with the salt solution and press against your body, becoming a distraction. Your experience is completely private from beginning to end and there are locks on every treatment room door. However, if you prefer to wear a swimsuit you are welcome to.

We have had several guests with varying degrees of claustrophobia and each has successfully floated and enjoyed their experience! If you have a concern, we encourage you to stop by and take a look at our Float Rooms. Our Float Rooms are custom built like a small room, you’re even able to stand up in them. In addition, you are in control of your environment at all times. You can open the door, leave a light on and/or play music if desired.

Yes! As their bodies get heavier, floating is a great relief from the pull of gravity. The zero-gravity environment is ideal for managing back pain and discomfort during pregnancy. There have also been reports of women having deep levels of connection with their unborn children while floating. Experiences such as hearing the baby’s heartbeat, or feeling the baby move for the first time in early pregnancy are common.

Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.

Generally a 1 hour float consists of a 5 min intro, 5 min shower, 60 minute float and 10 minutes to shower and dress. Feel free to get here 15 minutes early and hang around for 15 minutes afterwards. Don’t rush here or away afterwards; enjoy the post float glow!

*We expect you will emerge 10 to 15 minutes after your session has ended. We have mirrors and blow dryers located in our prep room so you can finish getting ready. This allows us to reset the rooms for the next float sessions. If you are unable to exit the float room in a timely manner and we cannot reset the room for the next client we will charge you for the next float session.

Only one person per float room and each room is contained within an individual suite. Each Float Suite has its own shower which you’ll use before and after your float. We have three sensory deprivation rooms, so you can throw your own float party and invite up to 2 other people to float simultaneously in our Spa! It is recommended not to wear a swim-suit so that it doesn’t bother you by the feeling of anything touching your skin, which is detrimental to the concept of limiting your sensory distractions. Also, they will turn into cardboard due to the high salinity!

If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb.  Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the float room.  Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, blow dryers, body wash, lemongrass ginger shampoo & conditioner).

You may choose to use wax earplugs, which we supply.  If you happen to get the salt water in your ears, we recommend taking a solution of vinegar and water to clean the salt water from the ears after your float if needed.  The salt water is not harmful.

No, this is a personal preference. We would suggest the first couple of times you float that you wear them, and once you are used to it you can decide for yourself.

We do not recommend it. Initially they can be a nuisance and therefore a distraction. Also, if you do happen to get salt in your eyes (rare but can happen) you will struggle to clear your eyes with contacts in. If you do happen to forget to take your contacts out, we do have contact solution and contact cases available here.

Yes, the benefits of the magnesium are known to ease the symptoms of PMS. Please use the same sanitary precautions as when swimming in a pool.

What happens to your newly dyed hair when you shower at home? Is the water clear? If not, you should probably wait before you float. Even if your shower water is clear of any dye, all that salt in the float room might still have an effect on some hair dyes. If there is still some color coming out you should wait to float after 7 or more days/showers.

There aren’t any latches on the room doors, and you can get out anytime.  That said, the 60-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect (our average customer usually says it felt like 30-45 minutes long).

Yes.  The room is designed not to be airtight, so there is a plentiful air supply. In addition, fresh air is brought in by an air circulation system.

We have three state of the art float rooms in separate suites with separate showering facilities.

Our sensory deprivation rooms get an hour deep cleaning between each use. Our automated filtration system employs UV, ozone and a dual filtration system, to filter the water particles down. This is performed three times between each session, ensuring pristine water.

We adhere to an extremely strict set of testing protocols. The water is tested every day for hygiene, specific gravity, pH balancing, sterilization, temperatures. Our specially designed filters are capable of screening the water down to as little as 1 micron (100th the size of a hair). The entire contents of the room is flushed inside 5 minutes ready for the next floater within 45 minutes.

No- your skin doesn’t even prune up, but it does become silky soft afterwards.

Yes. The water in each float room is 10” deep, and it is nearly impossible to accidentally flip over. Because of the way the body lies on top, the water line does not approach the mouth or nose. You may exit the float room at any time, and staff are always present on site to assist you. Epsom salt is a commonly used over-the-counter remedy for multiple ailments, and although we highly discourage it, swallowing the water is not dangerous. If the salt water gets in your eye, it is only irritating and can be easily flushed out with fresh water.

Enjoy it! The water has a high content of Epsom salts, which provides natural buoyancy. It is physically impossible to sink or to turn over in your sleep. Lie back and the solution will totally support you. If you do fall asleep whilst floating it will be one of the most rested and deep states of sleep you will ever experience – one hour of delta sleep is equivalent to 6 to 8 hours of very deep sleep. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes

That’s OK. Floating is as easy as taking a bath. You just step in, sit down, and lay back. You can touch the bottom with your hands. There is no skill required, you just let the salty water do the work – you’ll actually float like a cork and it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are.

No, the float room is heated all the time. The temperature of the water feels warm when you get in, but in fact it is at normal skin temperature, and this is exactly right for floating for a long time. The correct temperature is important for feeling comfortable and relaxed for an hour or so.

There are hundreds if not thousands of medical papers and documents supporting the benefits of Floating. Even without the awesome physical benefits, the mental benefits abound. Everyone gets something different out of it, physical spiritual mental.

No. Floatation is not for everyone. It’s not ‘normal’. But if it connects with you the results are amazing. It is unique experience and the only way to know is to try it. Like anything it is only a tool, a practiced way to achieve a goal. The closest analogy is that of meditation. Floatation doesn’t change you, it helps you understand yourself better.

ABSOLUTELY. We have a huge parking lot right outside our doors!

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 whilst lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps reduce signals from the brain. Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Sports performance and ‘wind down’ is also enhanced during floating.

During a float you produce slower brain-wave patterns, known as alpha and theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep). This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations, or feelings of profound 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 a tool for Super Learning.

You may need to float a few times before you are able to relax completely, both physically and mentally. Depending on your own journey through life, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation – or a profound healing experience, emotionally and spiritually transforming….. Floating can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels at which real changes take place.

Yes, although there is little documentation of their responses. Children have found it easier to dismiss their fears of being in a dark, enclosed space after only a few sessions of float therapy. Further research is being conducted on autistic children and the affects of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST). It seems that sensory deprivation provokes positive changes in learning, social behavior, and cognitive function in autistic children.

The benefits of floating will happen even with only one float, however, like any therapy consistent and repeated usage amplifies the results. Expect to go 3 times before you can really notice the feeling and difference that floating can make.

We recommend booking in advance, but can certainly accommodate walk-in clients, depending on availability. Our online booking tool is easily accessible, but should not be used for booking within a 2 hour period of the desired appointment time. Contact the Spa directly by phone.

Going to the spa shouldn’t be stressful. So why worry? Here are some basic rules of spa etiquette. Reading these basics may help you know what to expect and help you feel more at ease so that you can comfortably enter our serene atmosphere.

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CANCELLATION POLICY

cancellation policy for spaWe require 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment, and a credit card number is required to hold a reservation. Group reservations of 3 or more people require cancellation 48 hours in advance. Appointment changes or cancellations must be given by phone during our regular business hours at least 24 hours in advance to avoid any charges for your appointment. Missed appointments will be charged in full to the credit card with which they were held; appointments canceled within the 24-hour window will be charged 50% of the service price.

LATE ARRIVALS

late arrivals to spaPlease arrive no later than 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment. This time allows for a stress-free check-in and a few moments to relax in the spa. To accommodate every guest at A Better Me, we may shorten appointment times due to late arrivals. 

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