What is Float Therapy?
A floatation tank is a lightless, soundless tank filled with highly concentrated Epsom salt water that is heated to skin temperature.
Float therapy is simply the act of relaxing in a floatation tank; with all sights and sounds removed, and drifting into a meditative state that rejuvenates your mind and body.
The tanks can go by many names: float pods, isolation tanks, sensory deprivation tanks, however they all do the same thing.
The high concentration of salt raises the buoyancy of the water so your body naturally floats with no effort. By removing sound and light and having the water and air temperature set at body temperature there is a complete lack of stimulus, which leads to a feeling of zero gravity with no real concept of time or space.
For anyone who might be concerned about feeling enclosed, the tanks are very spacious, with plenty of room to spread out and you will have complete control to open the lid or have the lights on during your float.
Benefits of Floating
Epsom salts are rich in magnesium, which, in addition to being a natural stress reliever, is vital to good health and well being. The magnesium is absorbed through the skin and the body optimises the levels so there is no chance of magnesium levels becoming too high.
The salt also provides sulphates, which play a role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract – all of which helps us live a long and healthy life, particularly as we age.
Some of the reported benefits include:
- Relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and body
- Relieve mental and physical stress
- Improves sleep and insomnia
- Improves creativity
- Helps with anxiety, depression, and motivation
- Pain relief
- Increases blood circulation and lowers blood pressure
What to Expect
Each of our float pods is in a private room with it’s own shower. We will provide towels, shampoo, conditioner and body wash so you just need to bring yourself.
It is recommended that you float naked, however you can wear a swim suit if you are more comfortable. The salty environment does not allow for any bacteria to survive in the water and a full filter cycle takes place after every use.
It is a good idea to eat a light meal before floating so you aren’t distracted by feeling hungry and you should also avoid caffeine prior to you session.
If it is your first visit, we recommend arriving 10 mins early so our staff have time to run you through the procedures.
Once you have been taken to your room you will do the following:
- Remove all of your clothing and jewellery.
- Shower to remove any oils or products on the skin. Wash your hair but do not use conditioner.
- If you have any minor cuts or abrasions, use the provided Vasoline to cover the area to prevent the salt stinging
- Enter the tank and close the lid.
- Gently lie back and the buoyancy of the water will make you naturally float. Find a position in which you are comfortable.
- Lights will be on and gentle music will play for few minutes and then fade away.
- You will float in the dark and silence for an hour.
- Music and lights will gradually fade in for the last five minutes of your session.
- Get out of the tank once your session has ended.
- Shower to remove all excess salt from skin and hair and get dressed.
- Once done you can move to our chill out area and finish up with a water or herbal tea.
Some Further Information About Floating
- Yes: Float therapy is safe to do while pregnant. It is a great way to relieve some of the pain and pressure that can be present in the later stages of pregnancy. We do however recommend checking with your doctor about your personal circumstances prior to floating.
- No: You can’t float while menstruating for hygiene reasons.
- No: You cannot float if you have recently had a fake tan as it will discolour the water
- No: You cannot float if you have recently coloured your hair.
- No: We don’t recommend floating after waxing or shaving as the water may cause irritation
- No: You can’t float if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
If you need more information, please review our frequently asked questions or give us a call.