What is Flotation Therapy?
Flotation Therapy is a physical and mental therapy developed by John C. Lilly in the 1950s. Typically, the guest floats on top of a skin-temperature magnesium salt water solution that is 10 inches deep. Floating is done in a tank chamber that has the ability to block external light and sound. Commercial flotation tanks came to prominence in the 1980s and have seen a considerable revival in the 2010s, partly thanks to proponents like professional athletes and podcasters like Tim Ferriss and Joe Rogan.
What is the difference between Flotation and Sensory Deprivation?
Sensory Deprivation, Isolation, and R.E.S.T. (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) are all synonyms for flotation. We feel deprivation and isolation have negative connotations, and many guests report heightened sensations after a float session. However, because everyone's floating experience is different, we prefer to focus on what they all have in common: floating produces very little pressure on the body, making it remarkable for pain management and physical rest.
What if I'm claustrophobic?
Remember, you are always in control! You can exit the tank at any time.
The door doesn't latch, and there's no rule against floating with the door open. Were here to help create a calming and supportive environment for you, whether you are a first-time guest or experienced and looking for more profound meditation or focus.
Who can benefit from Flotation Therapy?
Anyone who can float will benefit from flotation.
Would you benefit from an hour of quiet contemplation? Would you benefit from space without the constant distractions of your daily life? How about putting every muscle and joint in your body in complete relaxation?
Many patients with physical injuries, addiction, PTSD, or even body image issues have seen vast improvements through floating. The proven effects of flotation are far-reaching and varied, and research is ongoing.
Is Flotation Therapy safe? Can I drown?
Flotation Therapy is extremely safe. The water is only about 10 inches deep, and you will float no matter your body type. However, it's not uncommon for floaters to fall asleep in the tank, and it would take significant effort to roll over.
Is Flotation Therapy sanitary?
The water in our tank is extremely clean. Several factors make this possible. First, our water is saltier than the Dead Sea (there's a reason they call it that). Second, the water is filtered through a high-powered pool filter and a UV sanitation system between each guest. Our filter assembly would be sufficient for a large above-ground swimming pool. Third, it cycles the entire tank water volume several times between each floater. We also dose our water with hydrogen peroxide and regular tests to ensure safe and adequate water levels if that weren't enough.
Should anyone avoid Flotation Therapy?
Yes. Although floating is generally very safe, we cannot accommodate guests with any of the following conditions:
1) Infectious skin or respiratory disorders
2) Open wounds
3) Epilepsy or severe mental conditions
4) A high-risk pregnancy
5) Have colored or permed your hair within seven days
6) Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
7) Under 18 without parental presence
Can I shower before I arrive?
Yes, absolutely! But we will still ask you to shower again before you enter the tank. It's nothing personal!
Because of the time and cost associated with changing out the tank solution, we must minimize the number of contaminants that enter the tank. Soap, makeup, deodorant, hair products, and even clothing fibers can build up over time and affect the system's water quality and overall function. Pre- and post-showers are also conditions of our insurance policy.
If you have any more questions about what your float entails, check out our additional info.
Can I listen to music during my float?
Yes. Our tanks are equipped with audio receivers and speakers in the tanks. So you can easily sync your phone and listen to anything you like. However, we strongly encourage everyone to try a few silent floats before listening to music.
Is there any longer or shorter appointments available?
Yes. If you are interested in a longer float, ask. If you have experience with floating, you can book back-to-back appointments, although we do not recommend that as a first-time introduction. You can always float for less than an hour, but the hour float (90-minute total time slot) is the shortest visit we offer.
What should I eat/drink before I float?
We recommend having a little something in your stomach. Floating on an empty or highly full stomach can be very distracting. Don't drink too much water right before your float. Can you guess why?
Can I take drugs or drink alcohol before I float?
We cannot allow anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs to use our float tanks. The floating experience may be eye opening on its own, and should be enjoyed for what it is.
I havent floated before. Im a bit nervous. How do I know what to do ?
Click here for an in depth walkthrough of our center for your first time.