Float Tank

Float Tank Therapy

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Float Tank Therapy

What is a Float Tank?

A Float Tank is a vessel of water completely saturated with Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt).  Because of this high concentration of epsom, a person will float at the surface of the water effortlessly.  This essentially removes the effects of gravity on the body, allowing the spine to decompress, stress is removed from the joints and connective tissue, and the muscles can completely relax.

The water in a Float Tank is heated to approximate the surface temperature of the human skin.  Therefore, the perception of hot or cold is neutralized.  Light and sound are significantly reduced, or eliminated, further decreasing the external stimulation to the brain.  This provides an ideal environment for the brain to relax and rejuvenate, which further promotes complete body relaxation.  Visit our Floating FAQ Page to learn more.

Health Benefits of Floating

The health benefits from float tank therapy can be numerous.  The reduction of stress on the spine and joints can be incredibly helpful for anyone suffering with issues in these areas.  The profound physical relaxation allows for improved blood circulation, nerve transmission, and lymphatic flow.

In our fast paced society we are bombarded with constant sensory input.  From phones, watches, tablets, computers, phones, TV, and many other sources.  Never before in history have been exposed to such constant sensory input.  And never before have we seen the number of people who suffer from anxiety, depression, and addiction.  Increased stress is plays a role with almost every adverse health condition that exists today.  Float Tank Therapy provides an environment that allows a significant reduction, or elimination of much of this sensory input.  This allows the brain to relax and renew, and has been shown to decrease symptoms associated with a number of health conditions:

  • Back Pain
  • Muscle/Tendon Strain
  • Sprains
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint Pain
  • Migraines & Headaches
  • Sports Injuries
  • Plantar Faciitis
  • Muscle Recovery
  • Addictions
  • Insomnia
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Depression
  • ADD/ADHD
  • And Many More

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Types of Float Tanks

There are few different general types of float tanks.  Each being somewhat different in there looks and functionality, but all work on the same principle of floating the client in a high Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt) Solution, and reducing or eliminating as much sensory input as possible.

The traditional box style tank is approximately 8ft long and 4 ft wide.  These are typically a couple of feet high with a top on it, and a hatch to enter and exit the tank.

The cabin style tank has similar length and width dimensions, but have walls that extend up that generally allow a person to stand up while in the cabin.  This style provides a larger interior space, and is better for those that may feel claustrophobic in a smaller box style tank.

An open style tank can vary widely in the dimensions and shapes.  The open style float tank does not have a top on it, and provides the least confining experience for the floater.  Open style Float Tanks tend to work better for individuals with mobility limitations, or for those who feel too confined by the other types of float tanks.  Open tanks may also allow for two people to float at the same time depending on size.  This can be great for couple, or parent and child, or those that may have special circumstances that benefit from having a second person in the float tank.

All types of Float Tanks can provide the beneficial effects associated with floating.  Selecting the right type of Float Tank for you will depend on what is available in your area, and your comfort level with the different types of tanks.

About Our Float Tank

We have a large open tank design.  At 8ft x 8ft, our float tank is largest in the midwest.  Easily capable of floating two people at the same time.  With no top or anything to produce a feeling of confinement, our tank is appealing to many people that may have felt “closed in” in smaller tanks.  We often tell people, “If you can lay in king sized bed in a darkened room, you can float in our tank and should have no problems”.  For people in the Quad Cities and surrounding area, our float tank has become place of rest, relaxation, and renewal.  Some traveling from several hours away to have this open tank experience, and combine this with the many other services that we offer.

What about water quality?

Water quality and floater safety is of the up most importance.  The salt solution in a Float Tank is so highly concentrated, that it is inhospitable to almost all microorganisms.  Even HIV and Ebola are unable to survive in such a highly concentrated salt solution.  The Dead Sea is called the Dead Sea for a reason.  Nothing grows in it.  The concentration of salt in a float tank is typically greater than that of the dead sea.

Water from a Float tank is also filtered between each floater.  The type of filter system and filter media varies among tanks.  We completely turn over the entire contents of our large float tank 3-5 times between each floater.  At Integrated Functional Health we also use a Food Grade Diatamaceous Earth (DE) Filter system.  This all natural substance allows for filtration down to 2-3 Microns in size.  (That is really, really small).  The DE is also an antiviral, anti-parasitic, Anti-fungal, and a natural detoxifyer.  It is often used in organic farming as a natural insecticide, and can be taken internally to treat infections, or placed on wounds.  Using a Diatamaceous Earth filter system is certainly not the cheapest method of filtering the solution, but it is one of the most natural ways to do so that also provides additional health benefits.

Our solution is also passed through an ultraviolet light treatment system that can kill many other types of pathogens.  While probably not necessary, given the other factors of a float tank, it is yet another natural way of providing additional safeguards without harmful chemicals.

Some float centers will use other methods of filtration and sanitation such as Ozone, Chlorine, Bromine, and others.  Sometimes these are required by local health codes, and sometimes just the preference of the float tank manufacturer or center operator.