- One Hour Float Regular $119
- One Hour Float Members $89
Is a dark, soundproof tank that is filled with a foot or less of salt water. The water is heated to skin temperature and nearly saturated with Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), providing buoyancy so you float more easily. You enter the tank and are cut off from outside stimulation, including sound, sight, and gravity when the tank’s lid is closed. As you float, your body’s magnesium and sulfate level increase, calming your nervous system and enhancing your body’s natural ability to heal. Other names include: isolation tank, flotation tank, sensory deprivation tank, isolation tank and/or restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) tank.
Flotation therapy has been shown to be beneficial for:
- Sleep improvement
- Stress management, recovery from addiction, and PTSD
- Anti-inflammatory muscle relief (pain management, migraines)
- Relief from fibromyalgia and other disorders of the muscles and joints
- Relief from arthritis
- Improved digestion
- Autism therapy
- Doubles rate of healing in contusion and muscle strains
- Relief for pregnancy symptoms—relieves pressure from feet and back; also, creates symbiotic sense of connection with baby
Before You Book Your Appointment Read The Following Information Below For Concerns, Contraindications & What You Need To Do Before You Float.
Sensory Deprivation – Floating is an amazing tool for relaxing, physical recovery, pain management and learning. The respective space contains roughly ten inches of skin temperature water and one thousand pounds of medical grade Epsom salt. The air in the tank is also heated to skin temperature. The ears remain under water, dampening sound. The person floating is in control of the door and the light inside the tank. With the door closed and the light off, it is dark. The salty solution makes floating effortless; it takes the pressure of gravity off muscles and joints, reduces stimulation of the senses and provides the body with much needed magnesium. Relaxing the body & mind
Gravity Reduction – Resting in a float tank reduces the force of gravity on the body. Reduced gravity eases pressure on joints and muscles. Energy is reserved when we spend less time resisting the forces of gravity, our bodies can then use this surplus of energy in expediting healing processes. Gravity reduction can aid in the treatment of many medical conditions including: Arthritis, Scoliosis, and Fibromyalgia.
- Faster healing of broken bones and sprained joints
- Relief from neck and back pain
- Better spinal and structural alignment
- Faster physical rehabilitation
- The reduction of lactic acid
- Improved reaction time
- Strengthening of the immune system
- Discomfort during pregnancy
Magnesium Sulfate – is a chemical compound comprised of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, the first being calcium. It is involved with more than 300 biochemical reactions that benefit your heart and nervous system. An estimated sixty-eight percent of American adults are magnesium deficient. With float therapy magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin. Benefits: help relieve pain caused by soreness, muscle aches, sprains, bruises, promotes sleep, reduces stress and helpful for exercise performance/recovery (magnesium helps increase the availability of glucose in the blood, muscles, and brain while reducing the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles).
Before You Float – Concerns & Contraindications
While Float Therapy is considered safe for almost everyone, there may be some limiting factors for some such as medical and health contraindications as well as grooming and hygiene planning. Please review the information below to help determine whether floating is right for you.
If you have medical or health concerns about whether Float Therapy is a good fit for you, please consult your physician.
Please be aware you will be here for a full 90 minutes if you book a 60 minute session to provide time for check-in, preparation, showering and changing. For your first float remember to arrive 10 minutes early to your scheduled appointment.
Are floatation tanks safe? 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.
Floatation is not recommended if you have the following conditions:
- Those who are claustrophobic
- Those with low blood pressure, kidney or respiratory infections
- Those with infectious diseases or contagious skin conditions
- Those with injuries or open bleeding wounds or skin ulcers
- Those with contagious disease, including diarrhea or gastroenteritis
- You cannot float if you are under the influence of drugs, alcohol and/or medications with a sedative effect.
Check with your health practitioner before using a floatation tank if you are pregnant or are concerned about the following conditions:
- heart conditions
- sensitivity to chlorine, bromine, sulfate or magnesium
- severe skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema
What To Expect When Floating Float Therapy may be the most relaxing thing you’ll ever experience. While floating in a sensory deprivation tank, you may feel weightless. That’s because the magnesium-saturated water (aka Epsom salt), keeps you effortlessly buoyant so you don’t have to worry about staying afloat. The calm, warm environment allows only your thoughts to keep you company. Ongoing therapeutic sessions provide increasing benefits to your musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
A session in a sensory deprivation tank goes as follows:
- You arrive at the studio, showing up early if it’s your first visit.
- Remove all of your clothing and jewelry.
- Shower before entering the tank.
- Enter the tank and close the door or lid.
- Gently lie back and let the buoyancy of the water help you float.
- Float for an hour.
- Get out of the tank once your session has ended.
- Shower again and get dressed.
To help you relax and get the most out of your session, it is recommended that you eat something approximately 30 minutes before your session. It’s also helpful to avoid caffeine for four hours beforehand. Shaving or waxing before a session is not recommended as the salt in the water can irritate the skin.
Are Float Tanks Clean Float tank water are generally cleaner, in fact, than most swimming pools or hot tubs because only one person uses them at a time, and they aren’t sweating or wearing sunblock. And we take keeping our water clean very seriously. We maintain strict, high standards between each Float Therapy session. All floaters are required to bathe and rinse in the on-site shower before entering the float tank. All surface areas are regularly and thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Our state-of-the-art float tank has an extensive filtration system that cleans and sanitizes. The main factor keeping the float tank water clean is the high salt concentration itself.
Is the water hot? The water is warm but not hot. We keep it as close as we can to skin temperature. That allows you to float without getting chilled or overheated. Some people come expecting the water to be hot like a bath or a jacuzzi, and it’s not. If you take a very hot shower before entering the tank, it can even feel cool. To ease your transition into the tank we suggest you try showering a little cooler than usual.
Will I feel claustrophobic, drown or become trapped? Some people have fears before they float for the first time. Common fears are based upon the thought that you won’t be in control of your experience. We’ve found that once people realize they have complete control of the floating environment, any fears and anxieties melt away. The tank is actually much bigger on the inside than you might think. Some people prefer to begin with the door open and close it when comfortable. If you fall asleep, you will stay afloat due to the buoyancy of the water. Some discomfort may occur if the saltwater gets in your eyes. While drowning in a floatation tank is possible, it is extremely unlikely. You cannot float if you are under the influence of drugs, alcohol and/or medications with a sedative effect.
What if I’m diabetic? There is some indication that magnesium (from epsom salt) can affect your blood glucose, but this is not well studied. It is also possible that soaking in epsom salt can dry your skin, increasing your risk of cracking. If you are diabetic, please consult your doctor before floating.
What about asthma or other respiratory problems? The air inside the tank is warm and quite humid. Some people’s lungs may not be comfortable with that, while others find it actually beneficial to their breathing.
Can I float if I’m sick or suffering from allergies? No If you’re coughing, sneezing, or your nose is running, floating is not a great idea – it will be almost impossible for you to avoid getting the saltwater in your face and that will sting a lot. We want you to enjoy your float, and you won’t if your nose is burning.
Can I float if I’m pregnant? As always, it is important that you check with your health care provider first, for any conditions that might be specific to you. We are not qualified to give medical advice. Many people have no problem with floating through their pregnancy, and report that they find powerful relief in a tank.
Are there any other contraindications? Generally, contraindications include powerful sedatives, being prone to seizures or schizophrenia. Magnesium from the epsom salt can have interactions with certain antibiotics and muscle relaxants and may be an issue if you have kidney problems. People with low blood pressure should take extra care, especially when standing up after floating. If any of these conditions apply to you, please consult your doctor before getting in a tank.
Are there any side effects? Users may experience a heightened sense of smell, sound and light after a float session. First time users may experience nausea. Skin should not wrinkle as Epsom salts have an emollient (softening and soothing) effect.
Can I drive home? Generally this is no problem. Some people, though, do come out of the tank in a very trance-y, sleepy altered state, and need some time to come back to normal before being ready to drive. Don’t expect anything crazy. Sometimes people hear different tones and muffled voices or have the sense that their body is rotating or sliding sideways. You might have a distortion in your sense of passing time or feel like you’re watching yourself like in a movie.
Do I need to bring anything? A swim suit. If you wear contacts, it’s good to bring a case, your solution, and your glasses. You also do need to shower before and after getting in the tank, so if you have special toiletries you want and shower shoes. We do provide soap, shampoo, a towel and robe. If you cannot wash your hair, you should bring a waterproof (e.g. silicone) swim cap. Please be aware that no swim cap is perfect, and leaking is common.
Why don’t you recommend contact lenses? If you wear contact lenses you may want to remove them as it might be a problem if saltwater gets into your eyes. It’s always a good idea to bring your lens case and solution.
What if I just shaved? We recommend not shaving a few days before your float. If you recently shaved and decided to go into ocean water you would find that those freshly dilapidated areas might sting for a few moments. The same would happen if you floated after a recent shave.
What if I dye my hair? This is generally no problem. If your dye is fresh, though (less than a week), there is a chance the float water could bleach it. Our guideline is that you should wait until the dye is set enough that it doesn’t come off when you dry with a towel. However, if you use keratin treatments, it’s recommended that you avoid saltwater, and that includes float tanks.
How do I get salt out of my hair? There are pounds of epsom salt in our tank, so rinsing the salt out of your hair will be part of the floating experience. If you have thick hair, tighter curls, or coily/kinky hair, getting salt out of your hair might take longer. Before your float, it is helpful to thoroughly saturate your hair in the shower to reduce the amount of salt water that gets into your hair. To get all the salt out, we recommend rinsing your hair again when you get home. At home, you may also want to try a white vinegar rinse to help get rid of lingering salt residue. If you cannot wash your hair before and after floating, please bring a tightly fitted swim cap to use while you float. Swim caps are not perfect in keeping out all water, and the tightness could be uncomfortable while floating.
Anything else I should know before coming in?
- Do not leave any bodily fluids of any kind in the tank – no spitting, no mucus. You will be charged a $1000 fee if the tank must be drained, sanitized and refilled with salt.
- You may not want to drink coffee for several hours beforehand as it makes it harder to relax.
- Don’t shave or wax too soon before getting in as the salt water may sting irritated skin. The same for fresh tattoos, and more serious cuts or scrapes.
- If you have recently had your hair dyed, it’s important to make sure the dye has had time to set completely or there is a chance the float water could bleach it.
- Anyone getting keratin treatments to their hair should avoid saltwater, and that includes float tanks.
- If you have very thick or curly hair, or locs, it may be difficult to rinse all of the salt out of your hair.
- If you cannot wash your hair, bring in a waterproof (e.g. silicone) swim cap. Please be aware that no swim cap is perfect, and leaking is common.
- Eating a small meal about one hour prior to your float is ideal. It’s best if you’re not distracted by hunger, or overfull digesting a heavy meal.
- You will want to bring in your own shower shoes.