This is a very common response, and even those know don't consider themselves claustrophobic may have a fear reaction upon first seeing the tank. After the first float, however, even strong cases of claustrophobia have been dispelled. This may be because you have total control over your environment while floating. You may float with the door open, and you may get out whenever you like. Most everyone ends up shutting the door and staying in until the music comes on, because it's actually quite nice in there. If you consider yourself claustrophobic and would like to change that, the float tank is the perfect tool.
Yes. For many reasons. We start with the highest quality of salt you can get, USP grade Epsom Salt made in the USA. 1,000lbs of salt in the water creates "the high salt effect": According to Dr. Oscar Pancorbo (Director of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Analytical Division and Station Chief of the Wall Experiment Station in Lawrence, MA), “No pathogenic organisms can survive salt concentrations above approximately 10 percent.” With a solution of at least 25% salt, the float tank is above and beyond the level of pathogenic decomposition.
On top of those natural safeguards, we add a rigorous sanitation and filtration regimen: In between each client, the entire content of the float tank passes through the micron-sized filter 3 times! Also in between each float Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is added to the solution, which oxidizes impurities and breaks down into water and oxygen. For anything that does not react to H2O2, a small amount of Chlorine is added to the filtration system weekly. This stays in the filtration system and binds with impurities, making sure they stay put. The filtration cartridge is then cleaned and maintained.
To top it off, the walls and ceiling of the float tank are wiped down and sprayed with colloidal silver, ensuring that all components are attended to. Also, since we require a shower with soap before your float and a bathing suit is not necessary, The amount of impurities coming into the tank are kept at a bare minimum.
Our water is crystal clear, and when you come out of your float you may notice how clean you feel. Epsom Salt is amazing stuff, and human bodies tend to love it.
While no one has EVER drowned in a float tank, we do have some proactive restrictions: Epileptics must disclose their epilepsy to us, be on medication, and have a note from their doctor saying they are safe to float. Please do not come under the influence of alcohol or drugs, with infectious diseases or with open skin wounds. While infectious diseases stand no chance of survival and propagation in the float tank, we want to protect the environment around it. Individuals under the age of 16 must have a legal guardian present to float.
Pregnant women probably get more relief from the float tank than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for a woman in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. The float tank is a wonderful haven for pregnant women. We do, however, recommend that pregnant women avoid floating during the first trimester. If you have any concerns about the effects of floating on your pregnancy, we ask you to consult and get permission from your physician before you float.
Yes you probably have! Other names for floating include: sensory deprivation, isolation tanks, and restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST), to name a few. Whatever you call it, floating has been around since the 70's, when some more extreme and less enjoyable psychology experiments evolved into modern floatation therapy, which is friendly and fun and still keeps all of the powerful and intriguing benefits of sensory deprivation. We recommend 60 to 90 minutes for your first float. Some people use the tank for shorter sessions, and others find 2 or 3 hour sessions very valuable. Generally the benefits increase with longer floats. Experiment with your own time in the tank to discover what is best for you.
You will float in here! Seriously though, one thousand pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in the water make the solution so dense that your body is pushed to the surface like a cork. Your eyes, nose, and mouth float out of the solution while your ears are underwater. We have silicone earplugs for you.
We recommend 60 to 90 minutes for your first float. Some people use the tank for shorter sessions, and others find longer sessions very valuable. Generally the benefits increase with longer floats. Experiment with your own time in the tank to discover what is best for you.
One of the most remedial and enjoyable aspects of floating is that your brain gets to let go of constantly scanning the environment for change, danger, social triggers, balance adjustments, and so much more. During your first float, however, you are in a whole new environment and your mind may take some time to assess the surrounds. This is the main reason we recommend that if you try floating, you should give it at least 3 tries. Experts agree that the benefits of floating increase with frequency. One float a week is great, and we've priced our sessions to enable even more frequent floating. We float as much as we can, and we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity!
There doesn't seem to be a bad time to float. The experience won't disrupt your ability to go about your day, and you'll most likely be more coherent and capable than when you went in. A morning float is a fantastic start to a coherent day, an afternoon is a wonderful refresher, and an evening float can help you integrate your day, plan for tomorrow, and unwind for a restful night of sleep. After a workout, floating helps to recover quickly, gain mental clarity, and maximize your benefits of training. Successful athletes know that rest is as important as activity, and a float pod is the ultimate rest machine. Floating before an important event of any kind is tremendous help to your ability to be present and perform. Floating after healing sessions of all types has been shown to amplify the effects of the therapy. Offering Infrared Sauna and Normatec Pulse Massage is our way of trying to give a complete health recovery environment to our clients. As a side effect we've created one of the most satisfying spa-type experiences available.
How to Prepare For Your First Float
Eat a light meal 1-2 hours before
Remove your contact lenses
Do not drink caffeine or smoke cigarettes for a few hours before
Do not drink alcohol or do drugs
Do not take any sleep aids or medications that may cause drowsiness or dizziness
Do not shave or wax for 12 hours before
Do not dye or perm your within two weeks of your float. Red hair dye and other bright colors may take longer than two weeks to be okay for floating
Do not get a spray tan
Cancellation and No Show Policy Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the appointment will result in a full refund being issued or store session being replenished. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the appointment time an no shows will result in a $25 charge with no refund or the usage of a stored session except for in extraordinary circumstances.