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What is Float Therapy?
Float Therapy is also known as sensory deprivation tank or an isolation tank. It is used restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST). It is usually a dark, soundproof tank that is filled with a foot or less of salt water. Sensory deprivation tanks help induce a deep state of relaxation (also called a “relaxation response” or RR) by turning down the body's “fight or flight” stress response. Essentially, floating helps lower cortisol levels and calm the nervous system, bringing the immune and hormonal systems back into balance.
Why do people Float?
The primary reason that people float is to reduce chronic anxiety, heighten cognitive function and relieve pain. Conditions that benefit are: Stress, Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Muscle/Joint pain, Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression, Inflammation, Sports Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Migraine Headaches, and High Blood Pressure.
Floating enhances athletic performance. Floating helps you bounce back faster from workouts by reducing lactic acid in the blood. By floating free of gravity, lactic acid passes out of the muscles faster, which reduces overall muscle stiffness and pain.
How Sanitary is the Float Tank?
The interior of a float tank is exceptionally sanitary. The float tank has up to 900 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 filtering system in our Float Tank circulates and filters the water 5 times in 30 minutes. Additionally, within the filtering system is a UV light which is used as a disinfectant for viruses and bacteria.
We also provide the following items for each client: Clean hand and bath towels, new set of disposable ear plugs, new disposable shower scrunchie, new disposable flip-flops.
Are there Restrictions for who can Float?
Yes, Floatation tanks can be safely used by most healthy adults but are not suitable for people under 16 or people with certain medical conditions. You should not use a floatation tank immediately after shaving or if you are sunburnt as the high salt concentration may cause discomfort.
Specific medical restrictions are: First Trimester or High Risk Pregnancy, Under the influence of drugs/alcohol, Infectious Skin Disease, Kidney Disorder, Incontinence, or Open wounds. Physician note required for: Client with Epilepsy or Mental Disorder, Diabetes, or High Blood Pressure.
Additional non-medical restrictions are: Recently color hair (within 10 days), Spray Tan. Parental note required for ages 16-18.
Accessibility Limitations: If you have limited mobility and require a cane/walker to get around our float tank may not be the right choice for you. The opening to the tank is only large enough to step over the edge to get in and out.
How long to people typically Float?
It depends on your ability to relax and turn off your thoughts. Starting out with 30-minutes is recommended to verify your personal comfort level. Although some people have been know to float for over 4-hours, however, not the norm.
How do I Prepare before my Float?
Eat only a light meal before your float session as a large meal just before you float can cause nausea. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol on the day of your session. Prepare yourself: take out your contact lenses, put in your ear-plugs and have a quick shower.
Even though you will be floating on your back, eye makeup may make you uncomfortable during the float session. Since saltwater is heavy and will cling to mascara, it can get in your eyes and cause discomfort. To avoid this problem, simply remove all of your makeup before entering the float tank.
What do I Wear in the Float Tank?
The clothing you wear to get to the float center may not seem that important when planning a float session. After all, most people don't wear anything into the tank. But if you want to get the most out of your session, make sure you are prepared mentally on the way in and are comfortably dressed.
About Our Float Room
The Float Tank contains a mixture of Epsom Salt (900lbs) and water (200 gallons). The solution is kept at skin temperature, 94.5 degrees. The Float Room is candle and salt lamp lit with peaceful relaxing music playing to help you relax.