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Float yourself into relaxation and stress relief by reducing external stimuli. Helping the body to achieve a natural restorative state in either the float room or float pod, float therapy provides the ability to shut off the world around and experience true relaxation. Both options have over 1,000 pounds of Epsom Salt in 10 inches of water that make the body weightless, effectively removing any efforts of gravity and promoting full relaxation. The salt water is set to the same temperature as your skin, enhancing the relaxed state as it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between parts above and below the water’s surface. With float therapy, prepare to enter a state of deep mental and physical relaxation.
- Improved Blood Circulation
- Reduced Rehabilitation and Recovery Times
- Help with Insomnia
- Relieved Pain (Arthritis, Headaches, and Chronic Pains)
- Reduced Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Oxygen Consumption
- Improved Physical and Athletic Performance
- Decreased Production of Cortisol, Lactic Acid, and Adrenaline
- Improved Balance Levels of Magnesium Throughout the Body
- Improved Concentration and Thought Clarity
- Enhanced Creative Thought Patterns
- Increased Problem Solving Abilities
- Synchronization of Left/Right Brain Hemispheres
- Deeper States of Meditation
- Improved Visualization for Athletic and Creative Performance
The use of Float Pods is not limited to any specific demographic. The young and the old, men and women and people of all lifestyles enjoy flotation tanks. Anyone who likes to relieve stress, increase creativity, or reduce pain can find Float Pods therapeutic.
Please see the benefits listed at the top of the page, but the primary reasons people float are to reduce anxiety, improve cognitive function, and pain relief. Some people take advantage of the Float Pod to escape from the rest of the world for a short period of time, while others use floating as a therapy for anxiety and stress. Floating is also used to increase creativity, attention, and retention, as well as explore thoughts and emotions in a semi-conscious or meditative state. Others float to help manage and reduce pain as a supplement or replacement for pain medication and physical therapy.
The short answer is about 1,000 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt. The Epsom salt solution (magnesium sulfate) is what helps generate enough buoyancy to float, but also really helps leave your skin feeling smooth and revitalized. For thousands of years, millions of people have gone to the Dead Sea for therapeutic or cosmetic treatments, as well as relief from pain and muscle aches the salty water provides. Floating provides the same relief much more conveniently.
Keeping our float pod sanitary, clean, and safe requires constant cleaning, maintenance and monitoring of water levels, H2o2, salt levels, and PH. We use non-toxic products in accordance with US Float Tank standards. Additionally, all the water in our pod is filtered at least 3-5 times between every single floater. Our pod contains over 1,000 pounds of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) which is a natural antimicrobial. The salt content in the Pod is so high that bacteria can’t survive.
*Per US Flat Tank standards, we drain the pod every 100 floats/6 months
Safety Concerns and Precautions
Yes, pregnant women may use the Float Pod and it is encouraged by many healthcare professionals. Floating while pregnant allows you to reduce the stress of the added weight of pregnancy by taking the strain off the body (the spine and feet in particular). It can aid with improved sleep, help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy, and improve your general sense of well being. Many mothers have also experienced heightened sensitivity and connection with their babies, and some have reported a profound experience of “mirroring” from floating in a quiet, warm and secure environment while their baby does the same. Because circumstances are unique with each pregnancy, use of Float Pods should be discussed with a healthcare professional. The following information will be relevant:
- A “Float” is a 60-minute session in a 95-degree environment suspended in 12 inches of purified water that is highly saturated with 1000 lbs. of pharmaceutical grade MgSO4 (Magnesium Sulfate, a.k.a. Epsom salts). Cutaneous (through the skin) absorption of MgSO4 has not been shown to produce negative side effects associated with ingestion or injection of the mineral.
- The Solution is sterilized between sessions through a process of commercial-grade circulation, filtration and purification using a combination of UV (Ultraviolet Light) and Ozone. No harsh chemicals (Chlorine, Bromine etc.) are used in the solution at our facilities.
- Hard surfaces are disinfected using a level IV EPA registered “Green” disinfectant that is safe for contact with children and animals.
- The only known physical limitations are the ability to get in and out of the pod unassisted.
Yes, it is safe for women to float while menstruating if proper feminine hygiene is used. As long as you are comfortable and can control your menstruation the way you would in a swimming pool, then you can do so in the Float Pod.
Although the Float Pod is physically safe for children, some may experience episodes of fear or claustrophobia. Each child will have his/her own reaction. Children may use the Float Pod with their parent’s written consent and may require parental supervision.
Anyone with one or more of the following conditions should not use the Float Pod: uncontrolled epilepsy, drug or alcohol intoxication, infectious disease, open wounds, or serious psychological conditions.
Floating is extremely safe. While it is possible to drown in any pool of liquid so theoretically, yes, it is possible to drown. However, the Float Pod is much safer than most other bodies of water because it contains a high concentration of salt. It is impossible to sink in the Float Pod and you must exert a conscious effort not to turn onto your side or attempt floating face-down. Most people are extremely comfortable in the water. Some people even safely sleep while they are floating. If you find yourself uncomfortable for any reason, there is an emergency button inside the pod that you can hit. There is also an intercom inside the pod so you can reach one of our associates if you have any questions or need anything at all during your float.
Although the Float Pod does have a closed hatch that makes it sound proof and light proof, it is not airtight. Ventilation is always more than sufficient and this should not be a concern.
The interior of the Float Pod is extremely sanitary. The Pod has up to 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in the water, which raises the salinity to levels that are inhospitable to bacteria, including microbes and other pathogens. The Solution is sterilized between sessions through a process of commercial-grade circulation, filtration and purification using a combination of UV and Ozone. No harsh chemicals (Chlorine, Bromine etc.) are used in the solution at our facilities. Additionally, surfaces are disinfected using Puregreen24, a level IV EPA registered “Green” disinfectant containing silver and citrus nitrate, safe for contact with children and animals.
Preparing to Float
Float Pod sessions are private affairs, so most people do not wear any clothing at all. However, if you would prefer to wear something, you are more than welcome to wear a bathing suit. Some people find that even the fabric of a bathing suit rubbing or pressing against your body is a distraction. Please note that non-swim related clothing is not allowed.
There are no restrictions on the last time you may have eaten and you can float with a full stomach or an empty stomach. However, in order to prevent focusing on the sounds and feelings of your digestive tract, experts recommend not eating anything within an hour or two before your float.
We provide 45-minute sessions. You are more than welcome to spend less time if you feel you have achieved your desired outcome for your session. Please also speak with an associate if you’re interested in extended sessions.
The time of day is totally up to you and your availability. Some people prefer the morning, some the afternoon and others the night. If possible, try a few different times of day and see what benefits you most.
We recommend you bring any grooming products you may want after your float (hairbrush, product, cosmetics etc.). We will provide all other amenities you need: towels, shower products, earplugs, makeup wipes etc.
The Experience of Floating
Getting into the Float Pod is very similar to getting into a bathtub. Once you are in the pod, you can pull the hatch down, gently lie back, and the salt will keep you afloat.
Floating feels like nothing, which is (unsurprisingly) difficult to describe. Initially, the water is pleasantly warm but quickly becomes less noticeable as the air and water are set to match the temperature of your skin. This equilibrium, combined with the weightlessness from the buoyant solution, results in very little external stimuli and allows your mind and body room to relax, recover and recharge. The specific experience is unique to each individual. However, most people report experiencing strong feelings of tranquility, relaxation, and peace. Some floaters report feeling highly creative or find themselves thinking about profound subjects.
Much like exercise, meditation or therapy, floating is a practice. It is common to have a pleasant and relaxing experience during your first float, and you can expect to find that the experience strengthens and lengthens each time. You may only realize the full therapeutic potential of floating after multiple sessions. Many people find that floating 1-2 times a week allows them to sustain the benefits of floating, but it is based on your personal preference and availability.