A Float Tank is pretty much what is sounds like. A tank filled with about 10-11 inches of water, densely saturated with Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt). The solution is so dense, that you actually float at the surface of the water with no effort at all. The water is heated to approximate the temperature of the surface of your skin. Light and sound are reduced or eliminated depending on the setup of the tank and room. There are different styles of float tanks, each with their own unique advantages. Regardless of the type of floatation tank, the principles are the same.
Produce an environment where the person floats at the surface of the water effortlessly
Reduce sensory input by removing light, sound, and touch inputs
Create an environment ideal to facilitate a profound level of physicla and mental relaxation
Many people have floating to be an excellent tool in helping with a wide variety of issues. There as been around 50 years of research into the beneficial effects of floating. NASA has used float tanks to study the effects of a reduced gravity environment on astronauts. Some of the benefits reported from studies, and people who have floated include:
There is no preparation needed prior to your float session. However, we have put together some tips that help you get the most out of your float experience. We provide towels, soap, shampoo, hair ties, ear plugs, Vaseline, combs and a hair dryer. So no need to bring any of these items.
Avoid caffeine and other stimulants prior to your float
Eat and light meal 1-2 hours prior to your float
Do not shave 12-24 hours prior to your float
Come without expectations. Everyone’s float experience can be unique. There is not “right way” to float.
Assume a calm and relaxed state prior to and during your float, it will help enhance your experience.
Whatever you are comfortable with. We do recommend the less is better approach. Less clothing further reduces the sensory input form tactile stimulation. Most people who float do so in the nude. This also eliminates the need to deal with wet or soggy clothing when you are done with your float.
Water quality is of the upmost importance. The extremely high salt content makes for an inhospitable environment for germs. Take for instance the Dead Sea. It has a salt content that is high enough, that nothing can live in it. Our Float Tank solution has salt content similar to that of the dead sea. In addition, the entire contents of the float tank is filtered at least 3 times between each floater. Our filtration system uses food grade Diatamaceous Earth. An all natural substance that filters down to about 2-3 microns (really, really small). Diatamaceous Earth (DE) is also naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic. DE is also a natural detoxifier, and has been shown to absorb heavy metals such as mercury. It is also used in organic farming as an all natural insecticide. After the filter, the solution is passed through a UV light treatment system which is designed to kill any harmful pathogens before being returned back into the tank. All of this is designed to keep the float tank solution clean and safe for everyone.
Pregnancy is not a contraindication to floating. In fact, many of pregnant clients utilize floating on a regular basis to relieve the pressure and tension that accompanies a baby growing inside the human body. You should consult with your healthcare provider regarding your individual pregnancy and situation. That being said, we have found that most healthcare providers not only feel that floating is safe during pregnancy, but actually recommend it for their patients.
This is a common question. Similar to any public swimming pool. As long as appropriate feminine hygiene measures are taken to prevent any leakage of menstrual fluid, such appropriate use of tampons or menstrual cups, floating would be ok.
Well, you are in luck. We do not allow claustrophobia in our float rooms. Or should we say, it just doesn’t exist in our float rooms? Our tank is unique in that it a massive 8ft x 8ft inside a 15ft x 14ft Room. We often say, if you can lay in a king sized bed in a darkened bedroom, you can float in our tank. Even if you have felt too ‘closed in’ with other float tanks/rooms/chambers, you should really give ours a try. Many people have commented on how they did not tolerate a traditional tank design, but our was very comfortable with no issues of claustrophobia.
Our large tank offers the ability to accommodate people of many different sizes and shapes. We have been able to float people nearly 7ft tall and 400 lbs. We have floated large football players and powerlifters. As of yet, there has not been a size constraint for our tank.
This is really based on the individual and what their purpose for floating is. We have people that float regularly every week. Others once or twice a month. Some of our athletes may float several sessions in a short period of time for muscle or injury recovery purposes. Recent, or even concussions that have lingering symptoms can benefit from several floats in a reduced sensory environment. There is certainly a cumulative effect that occurs with repeated floating.
Actually, no it won’t. And here is why. Hold on for geeky science stuff. When you sit in a bathtub or pool for an extended period of time, the water washes away the sebum (oily film) from the skin. This allows water to form the bath to enter the skin. The skin becomes waterlogged and takes on that wrinkled appearance. Now, in a float tank, the sebum is still removed form the skin after a period of time. However, since the water solution is so highly concentrated with salt, and water always moves towards salt, the water has more affinity to stay in the tank versus entering the skin.
A typical float session is 60 minutes. However, 90 minutes is common, and even longer floats are utilized. There are reports of people doing 2, 4, or 6 hours floats. And a few cases of people floating for 24 hours. Perhaps this will be a new category for the Guinness Book of World Records.
Yes. But do not float until the hair dye is no longer coming out of your hair in a shower. The hair dye is not good for our tanks and filters. Also, the salt water may leach color from your hair if the dye is still coming out in a shower.