What is floating?

A simple way to achieve profound relaxation, meditation & wellness

Floating is an amazing experience that allows you to relax, relieve stress and recharge. To float, you simply enter the specialized chamber and lie down in the water. The water in each of our float tanks contains 1,200 pounds of magnesium-rich Epsom salts. This dense solution allows you to float effortlessly to the top.

Our float tanks are completely light-proof, sound-proof, and odorless. You can’t feel the water because it is heated to the exact temperature of your skin. This environment puts your body into a state of profound relaxation.

Freed from the constant stress of gravity and external stimulation, the float tank allows you to completely relax your body and mind. This reduced sensory environment has been researched by neuroscientists for its overwhelmingly positive effects on stress, anxiety, and pain. There is nothing like the complete stillness of floating!

How will floating help you?

FLOATING IS REST (REDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL STIMULUS THERAPY)

SALT

Epsom Salts are great for your skin, hair, nails, and act as an exfoliate. They aid in joint pain, ease stress, and naturally relax the body. 1,200 pounds of Epsom Salts help prevent inflammation in your joints and muscles and treat sprains, strains or sore muscles.

WEIGHTLESS

The water creates a 30% salt solution, enabling you to float effortlessly, in this deeply relaxing anti-gravity environment. There are no pressure points on the body in this state, which can provide excellent pain relief. The spine naturally elongates and straightens, and the body undergoes the same regeneration process that transpires during sleep.

MEDITATION

An hour of zero gravity and zero distractions will decrease the cortisol, a stress hormone, leaving us feeling refreshed and serene after the float. The brain enters the theta brain-wave state, associated with deep sleep and dreaming. As all external sources of distraction are removed, floating provides an extreme form of rest.

BENEFITS FOR YOUR BODY & MIND

Whether you’re using floatation therapy as a tool for meditation, creativity or rest & recovery, there are a wide-range of benefits that are difficult to get anywhere else.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

MENTAL BENEFITS

The tank suppresses the functioning of the sympathetic nervous system which when active produces our ‘fight or flight’ response. And it then activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for relaxation, healing, replenishment, etc. Some physical symptoms of the relaxation response are decreased muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, and increased endorphins.

Arthritis, back pain, neck pain, tendinitis, bursitis, inflammation, and psychosomatic pain relief have all been documented via tank use.

The extremely high concentration of Epsom salts are absorbed through skin and can actually supplement your diet for a mineral that has been shown to be deficient in the average populations diet. Mg can prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate high blood pressure, prevent osteoporosis, relieve menopause symptoms, provide PMS relief, create healthier bones and teeth, and is involved with detoxification.

Although floating is not zero-gravity (like outer space), the density of the Epsom Salt solution does create the maximal amount of the forces of gravity to be dispersed across the greatest surface area of the body. Rigid postures and chronic muscular tension from daily life can cause ailments such as lower-back pain, neck pain, shallow breathing, high blood pressure, etc. The anti-gravity environment of the float tank disperses forces to the smallest amount and thus decreases the source of gravity-related stimulation to the minimum possible value providing relief to these specific areas.

Research indicates increased visual acuity, improved tactile perception, improved auditory sensitivity, and increased taste sensitivities after floating.

Floating increases circulation to extremities, promotes greater elimination of metabolic by products, decreases the forces of gravity to help promote greater muscular relaxation, and it can prevent adrenal fatigue.

Floating decreases chronic muscle tension and creates greater awareness of less noticeable areas of muscle tension and imbalances.

Although floating is not zero-gravity (like outer space), the density of the Epsom Salt solution does create the maximal amount of the forces of gravity to be dispersed across the greatest surface area of the body. Rigid postures and chronic muscular tension from daily life can cause ailments such as lower-back pain, neck pain, shallow breathing, high blood pressure, etc. The anti-gravity environment of the float tank disperses forces to the smallest amount and thus decreases the source of gravity-related stimulation to the minimum possible value providing relief to these specific areas.

Floating decreases chronic muscle tension and creates greater awareness of less noticeable areas of muscle tension and imbalances.

Regular floating can alter the set-points in the endocrine homeostatic mechanism which can cause adjustments such as a lower adrenal activation threshold. This means that we become more resistant to the stimuli of chronic stressors bombarding us in modern urban settings and modern lifestyles and literally we have a physiological higher threshold. The modern urban life-style won’t affect our stress response as much.

Immune function is enhanced by suppressing stress hormones which not only weaken the immune system but also suppress the digestion and reproductive systems, affect regeneration processes, and decrease insulin sensitivity.

Meditation has a plethora of researched benefits and floating is a unique and phenomenal tool to cultivate mental stillness. It often generates a sensation of being intensely awake yet extremely relaxed; presence. It can induce theta-state brainwaves and allows for one to remain conscious in this frequency instead of falling asleep. Floating may induce an altered state of consciousness.

The tanks environment eliminates as much external input as possible. It lets your nervous system have a break. In a city with a constant buzz or hum, our systems rarely experience (if ever) the isolation and silence that the tank’s environment provides. Having this experience can be very refreshing, nourishing and healthy for our bodies and minds. We are well adapted for acute stress, however, for chronic stressors such as noise and air pollution; business, social, and family pressures; war; unemployment; street crime fear; general antagonism between the sexes; we are not well adapted and have been cited to be a cause of several forms of disease.

From managing chronic stress and inducing a natural calm, to facilitating introspection and identifying various less-serving modes of thinking, many people report drastically improved sleeping abilities. The change in your physical state and your mental outlook may provide you with a healthier perspective in which to put your body and mind to rest much easier each night if sleeping is an issue. Also, 90 minutes in the tank can feel like 6-8 hours of sleep. It is extremely therapeutic, refreshing and rejuvenating. So if you pulled an all-nighter, suffer from insomnia or have a baby who never lets you sleep the night through, floating can help make up for any lack of sleep you may experiencing.

The mental “reset”. Patterns exist throughout our lives. Going throughout our daily routines we get “numb” to so much around us, we become automatic with so many of our thoughts, our actions, our environments. The “resetting” experience provided by the tank can shift us out of this automated existence and bring us into greater awareness of the things we are often over-looking, less aware of or insensitive to, and not appreciating.

Floating is a great way to bring greater awareness to various patterns of behavior. Floating has shown to have beneficial effects such as decreased anxiety and depression; increased calmness or sense of well-being; it has shown fantastic results towards anti-smoking assistance as well as positive effects on weight-loss programs.

After settling into the floating experience research has shown greater hemisphere synchronization (promoting greater communication between the right (creative-side) and left (analytical-side) lobes; the majority of people are left-dominated. Also, people experience increased vertical communication between the primitive reptilian brain, the limbic middle or mammalian brain and the conscious neocortex. These synchronizing reactions can cause elevated states of creativity, greater non-linear connections, and deeper realizations.

With literally zero outward distractions your attention is easily redirected inward. Habitual thought-pattern recognition and analysis can be clearly discovered, monitored, and addressed. Various forms of mental programming/reprogramming become very powerful tools to re-evaluate and change your thoughts with clarity and repetition.

The combination of being extremely relaxed while intensely awake allows techniques of visualization to become very powerful. From athletes preparing for competition to public speakers rehearsing a presentation, the tank can induce the calm needed to perform at ones best. Mental rehearsal research has shown it to be just as practical as physical rehearsal.

With the brain being held in a theta state wave-length the mind becomes hyper-suggestible. With less distractions and greater resources at its disposal the mind is able to absorb new material very deeply with research showing improved performance in memory and recall activities. It is great to use in conjunction with exam preparation.

This is a multidisciplinary approach to how well our immune system functions based on our state of mind. It correlates having a positive healthy state of mind with a well-functioning immune system. Some research has even shown how focusing on an injury of diseased area of the body with positive feelings of a healing intention has improved recovery rates from various ailments.

Floating and the relaxation response it induces flood the body with endorphins. These neurotransmitters are responsible for relieving us from pain, enhancing our mood (decreasing feelings of depression to potentially generating feelings of euphoria), they can suppress our appetite, and decrease anxiety leaving us in a calm and clear state of being.

Some of us are known as introverts while others are extroverts. Introverts who float can gain a feeling of safety and security, they often enjoy the break from constant stimulation in which they are usually hypersensitive to. No person or thing will disturb you while in the tank. Extroverts can develop greater internal sensitivity from floating, typically they are always seeking extra stimulation and paradoxically through depriving the senses the nervous system’s response is to “turn up the volume” to try and feel more. Since minimal input is coming in they are able to develop greater sensitivity to their internal reality and over time they may not feel the need to be constantly stimulated; i.e. it may heighten their “dulled” senses, and won’t need to be constantly stimulated.

Experiencing your first float with us

 

1. START. Create an account with our mind body system to get started. 

2. BOOK. Choose which day and time works for you.

3. SHOW UP. Come about 5 minutes prior to your float to fill out a form and our friendly staff will provide you with an orientation on floating.

4. FLOAT. Enter your float room, shower, use ear plugs (optional), petroleum jelly for any cuts or sensitive areas provided, or neck sport  and step into your tank and enjoy your float. When you hear the music that is the que your float has ended.

5. GLOW. Show after your float rinse off the Epsom salts, get changed, sit and chill, reflect, talk and share your experience, and enjoy the after-float glow.

FOR YOUR FLOATING COMFORT

  • Your own private float room equipped with float tank and shower 
  • Fresh towels 

  • Ear-plugs , petroleum jelly, vapor rub and vinegar water ear rinse

  • Pre-float shampoo & body wash

  • Flip flops

  • Hair dryer, moisturize

Float TIPS & BEST PRACTICES

Pre-Float

Avoid shaving before your float. Any cuts or lesions will be distracting due to the Epsom salt sting. If you do have any small cuts or areas of sensitive skin, we’ll provide you will Vaseline to apply beforehand.

You must eat a meal 1-1.5 hours before you float!  If you do not eat within this time frame with sufficient  carbs, and proteins, you will be cold. If you are fasting, do NOT float. Everyone is different, and you will have to figure out what foods work best for your pre-float meal. 

In order for your body to fully relax and heal, its important to stay hydrated – this is just as true for everyday life as when you’re floating.

 

Be sure to use the washroom prior to showering before you float. Talk about a distraction while in the tank.

Avoid caffeine and other stimulants before floating. The float tank is trying to reduce stimulation and elicit the ‘relaxation response’; stimulants like caffeine and nicotine will have the opposite effect.

Getting active before your float is a great idea. Yoga, running, and resistance training are all activities that pair well with floating. Your muscles and fascia will be loose and flowing with blood which helps to cleanse and repair your tissues. By using up any excess energy, your body will naturally ease into a deeper state of relaxation and meditation. Think of your float as the ultimate Savasana!

In the Float tank

Your breath can be an amazing tool for calming the mind and relaxing the body. Try to slow everything down with some deep, long breathes; once you settle into your experience try less to manipulate the breath and more just observing it.

 

There is no “right” way to float. The most important thing is to get comfortable. The two main positions in the tank are with your arms at your side or with your arms over-head with your palms up. The arms up position is recommended to anyone who has neck or back concerns because it brings the spine further into alignment. Play around with the two to see which feels better for your body. When you are comfortable in your position, try to remain still and mindfully relax all of each body part from head to toe.

In order for your body to fully relax and heal, its important to stay hydrated – this is just as true for everyday life as when you’re floating.

Avoid excessive movement in the tank; it will prevent full relaxation and therefore many benefits of floating. Also, the more you move, the more likely you are to get salt water in your eyes and/or mouth. The tank’s strong Epsom salt solution has an unpleasant taste and will sting the eyes. If this happens, slowly exit the tank and rinse your mouth and/or eyes in the shower.

Suggested Frequency

Starting out, for truly optimal results, floating 2-3 times a month for 2-3 months is a great way to dive into a practice. For those really keen, floating once a week is incredible. However, even 1-2 floats / month for 4-6 months is a great start too. 

IT TAKES THREE FLOATS TO GET THE “FULL EXPERIENCE”, COMPLETED WITHIN A MONTH

Many people can easily sink into the depths of a float session on their very first try. However, we are all formed by our life experiences a little differently and for others it make take 2-3 floats before a deeper connection is made, this is normal.

Once you’ve cleared your first 10 floats, done within one of the frequencies suggested above, you should be able to to see how floating can benefit you and your life. Then typically 1-2 floats / month is a great place to be. 

FAQ

Being in the tanks is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the tank. Giving yourself what you need, being compassionate, and remembering you can exit at any time. We suggest for those apprehensive to start with some calming, welcoming, non-word based music to start the float.

Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.

The water is fully filtered 3-5 times between each float, passing through a 10-micron caliber filter. The Epsom salts are a natural disinfectant and are at a super loaded amount. We are also required to put a minimal amount of a disinfectant (chlorine) by health authorities.

If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo, blow dryer, etc.).

No. You must wait a minimum of 48 hours. 

Only one person per tank. We have many float tanks though, so bring your friends, family or loved ones to float alongside you!

Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.

We opened with 2 brand new Oasis float tanks and 1 Pro Float Cabin.

Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.

Absolutely! There will be a womb within a womb! Floating can relieve a lot of the aches and pains caused by pregnancy. If you have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in. Many pregnant women find it extremely calming for their central nervous system and get tremendous releif from the challenges of pregnancy.

You can get out anytime. There aren’t any latches on the tank doors and you control your experience, that said, the 90-minutes usually go by quite quickly. Also it takes the mind and body time for some to completely relax and go into deeper states. It is not instantaneous and giving a longer exposure to the sensory reduced environment is the best medicine to dramatically calm the central nervous system.

You can get out anytime. There aren’t any latches on the tank doors and you control your experience, that said, the 90-minutes usually go by quite quickly. Also it takes the mind and body time for some to completely relax and go into deeper states. It is not instantaneous and giving a longer exposure to the sensory reduced environment is the best medicine to dramatically calm the central nervous system.

No – your skin doesn’t even prune up. You do absorb a lot of magnesium from the Epsom salt which has oodles of benefits. Be reasonably hydrated and fed before your float similar if you were to prepare for exercise. Not too full, not too hungry.

Dr. John C. Lily, an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, writer and inventor.

Floating has been around for over 40 years and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.