Floating provides a unique opportunity to disconnect from the five senses and turn inward for a truly relaxing experience. You’ll step into a spacious, enclosed tub with about 10 inches of clean, filtered water, warmed to your external body temperature. As you lie back into the water, you’ll float effortlessly with over 1000 pounds of salt to keep you afloat. You can choose to keep the lights on or off, and listen to music or relish in silence, as you drift into a sense of comfort and stillness.
Since floatation therapy works to calm the mind and body, it is an ideal practice for those that are sleep deprived, work long hours, and need to re-charge. Floating naturally lowers stress hormones and releases endorphins, which can last for days. Those who try our float tanks can look forward to:
If any of the items listed below apply to you, we unfortunately will NOT allow you to float.
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.
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. During your float, any lesions will be distracting due to the Epsom salt sting.
Be sure to use the washroom prior to showering before you float. Talk about a distraction while in the room!
Avoid smoking at least 3 hours prior to Floating. It will stimulate you too much and most importantly, the scent will also disturb the atmosphere of our Float Rooms.
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.
Being dehydrated before the float may not be the best state, particularly for your brain. Therefore a healthy daily hydration practice is just good for optimal biology!
A full stomach is not great for floating, nor is and empty stomach. So having a light, easily digestible meal 1.5 to 2 hours pre-float is ideal.
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. So we say to wait at least 7 days before floating.
Please wait at least 2 weeks after a receiving a spray tan before floating.
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.
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. However, 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.
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.
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. Once you feel the water to be calm, slowly and evenly retract your limbs back to the mid-line of your body.
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.
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.
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. Most importantly, you should observe your thoughts, emotions and sensations.
Here are some answers to the questions we receive the most about our floatation therapy services. If we missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help!
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.
We have had several guests with varying degrees of claustrophobia and each has successfully floated and enjoyed their experience! In addition, you are in control of your environment at all times. You can open the door, leave a light on and play music if desired.
Yes! 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.
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. In addition, our specially designed filters are capable of screening the water down to as little as 1 micron (100th the size of a hair).
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, earplugs, body wash, shampoo and conditioner).
Yes, the benefits of the magnesium are known to ease the symptoms of PMS. However, we just ask that you 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. To clarify, if there is still some color coming out you should wait to float after 7 or more days/showers.
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. So lie back and the solution will totally support you.
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.
No. Floatation therapy is not for everyone. It’s not ‘normal’, but if it connects with you the results are amazing. Like anything it is only a tool, a practiced way to achieve a goal. The closest analogy is that of meditation.
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. 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. However, 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 floatation therapy 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.
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