What Is Floating:
Floating is a way to pause the hectic, over-stimulation of daily life and enter a state of pure mental and physical relaxation. By removing the endless stream of sensory input, your mind has a chance to recharge, rest, and recover with renewed perspective and energy. So how do we do all this? The float tank is also known as a pod, sensory deprivation tank, or isolation tank.
How it works:
Our tank is 8′ long and 5-6′ wide. It is enclosed, but the door never locks or latches. It holds about 10″ of water, which is saturated with 1000-1,200 pounds of Epsom salt. This creates a solution more buoyant than the Dead Sea, and you float on your back about half in and half out of the water.
In the near zero-gravity environment of the float tank, pressure is taken off of your muscles, bones, and joints. This vastly improves your circulation and allows your body to rejuvenate and heal itself. Research shows that floating measurably reduces your blood pressure and heart rate while at the same time lowering cortisol, your main stress hormone.
Floating has some powerful effects on the brain too. The reduced external stimuli allow your brain waves to slow until they reach the theta state. This is the state that your brain is in just before falling asleep and during deep meditation, and is usually combined with vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights, and inspirations, or feelings of happiness. This is all thanks to the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates.
Whether you’re using floatation therapy as a tool for stress relief & relaxation, rest & recovery, or meditation, there is a wide range of benefits that are hard to find anywhere else. And when you can do it on a regular basis and build a practice out of it, your normal state of being can become one of productivity, creativity, ease, and presence.
Benefits for your body and mind:
- Alleviates stress, anxiety and depression
- Relieves pain and speeds up recovery
- Stimulates creativity and learning
- Improves circulation and reduces blood pressure
- Heightens mental and spiritual well-being
- Deepens meditation practices
- Strengthens the immune system
- Soothes chronic pain from fibromyalgia, arthritis, back & neck pain, inflammation and tendinitis
- Improves athletic performance
- Decreases muscular tension caused by daily stresses and prolonged sitting
- Reduces fatigue caused by insomnia and jet lag
- Promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation
Our pod uses the best filtration system available including 1-micron filters, ozone, and UV light. Water quality is tested daily to ensure you a safe and sparkling clean float,
What to expect:
Going into your float – Arrive 15 minutes prior to your float time for a brief orientation – Arrive 5 minutes early for subsequent floats.
Each of our float suites has a private dressing area and shower, so there is no need to bring a swimsuit.
Everything else is provided including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, earplugs, and towels.
Don’t shave or wax before your float – The saltwater solution may irritate your skin.
Remove your contacts – Your eyes will be more comfortable without contacts or glasses on.
Eat a small meal about 1 hour prior – It will be easier for your body to rest if you aren’t too full or really hungry.
Don’t drink caffeine or alcohol before floating – Caffeine is a stimulant and will make it difficult to rest and relax.
DO NOT apply makeup, moisturizer, perfume or spray tan before coming for afloat.
DO NOT smoke cigarettes before coming in for your float.
DO NOT float if you’ve dyed your hair in the past 10 days. With red dye, we require waiting 30 days to float.
You cannot float if you have Henna coloring in your hair (or a Henna tattoo).
Make sure there is no residue on a white towel after a shower. We’ve found that red dye and Henna can leach out of hair for weeks which can damage our float tanks.
How to have the best float:
Before you begin your session, it’s a good idea to use the restroom.
There are a few items located on the shelf. Vaseline can be applied to small scratches and scrapes and sensitive female parts to keep the saltwater from stinging. Make-up remover wipes, q-tips, jewelry tray, hair ties, and a contact case. Remove all makeup thoroughly. We highly recommend removing your contacts before your float. Salt and contacts just don’t mix. If you use our case feel free to take it with you.
If you have long hair you might consider using one of our hair ties. Some people find that their hair floating around them creates a distraction.
The earplugs are easier to insert when your skin is dry. We recommend putting them in before you shower, just be mindful of them during the shower so you don’t knock them out of place. Take each earplug, ball it up and press it over the ear canal. These earplugs can be reused several times before needing to be replaced.
For the first shower, we ask that you are thorough with the shampoo, body wash, and washcloth. It’s important to remove any lotion and body oils before entering the tank. Make sure to rinse thoroughly. Save the conditioner for your second shower.
The inside of the tank is skin temperature. If you take a hot shower you may feel cold inside the tank. We recommend water that’s just warm enough in the beginning, perhaps a bit cool towards the end.
Before stepping into the tank, grab the small towel and dry your face. Drips are ticklish and you don’t want to touch your face once your hands are covered in salt water. Don’t splash yourself when you go to change arm positions and be mindful of the solution that drips from the top of your head when you sit up. If you do get some solution in your eyes there is a spray bottle full of fresh water in the tank, feel free to use this to wash away any salt.
Upon entering the tank, turn around, sit down slowly, lie back and float
If you have any apprehension or anxiety you are welcome to leave the tank door open. That said, if you leave it wide-open for too long you will eventually get cold. You can leave the light on for as long as you’d like. Leaving the lid open helps if you find the tank too warm or humid as well. Remember, you’re in complete control of the situation and can exit the tank at any time.
Press the round button to turn the music on or off.
Throughout your float, try different positions with your arms. It’s not uncommon for some people to experience a bit of neck and shoulder strain during the first couple of sessions. The arms up position tends to alleviate this, but try different positions and see what feels best to you. Make sure you’re not bracing or trying to hold your head up. Your head is not as buoyant as the rest of your body so it does tend to sink deeper into the solution. Do your best to relax your neck and shoulder muscles. If neck and shoulder strain continues to be a problem you can try out one of our neck cushions or noodles. There is a blue halo cushion in the pod.
The first couple of sessions can be challenging for some people. You might find yourself feeling anxious or uncomfortable as you acclimate to the unique environment. This is completely normal and you should not feel bad if this happens. Learning to relax deeply takes practice and time, it may take more than one session to reach the deep level of relaxation float tanks are known to provide. The most important rule is don’t give up! The benefits of floating are worth it.
When you hear music, this is your end-of-session cue. There are 5 minutes of music before the filtration system starts, at which point the session is over. You’ll want to sit up and squeeze the saltwater out of your hair. Be mindful of any saltwater that may drip down into your eyes.
Open the lid of the tank, take a moment to stand, and steady yourself before stepping into the shower. The saltwater can be slick. Upon exiting, close the tank door and take your final shower to rinse off the saltwater.
The lights in the room are on a timer with a motion detector, they will turn on as soon as you open the tank door.
Once you’re dry and dressed please move to the restroom or make use of our blow dry bar to finish getting ready so we can prepare the room for the next appointment.
If you need to exit the room mid-float, we provide robes and slippers. We GREATLY appreciate it if you dry off completely so you don’t track saltwater through the center.
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