WHAT IS FLOATING?
A simple way to achieve profound relaxation, meditation & wellness by giving yourself an hour of effortlessly floating in a solution of 41% Epsom salt and water.
We are constantly bombarded with outside stimuli & environmental forces outside of our control, the concept behind Floating is shutting off the world. During a Float session our minds and bodies are able to release from these distractions, enabling a deep relaxation/meditation. The weightlessness combined with Epsom salts, also creates an ideal environment for skeletal and muscular relief of pain & tension.
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The Float Tank
The Float Tank is an amazing experience that allows you to de-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!
Floats are 60 minutes long, with a booking time of 1.5 hours (60 minutes float time, 20 minutes shower time and 10 minutes for prepping the room). You can also book 90 minutes floats (1.5 credits), two sessions (2.5 hours, 2 credits) back-to-back for longer floats.
Benefits of Float Therapy
Floating has an incredible array of benefits for your body, mind & soul — many that you can only get within the tank. We all have different reasons why we float, whether it’s to reduce stress and restore balance in our lives, achieve a deeper state of meditatin, or unleashing our creativity.
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.
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.
Research indicates increased visual acuity, improved tactile perception, improved auditory sensitivity, and increased taste sensitivities after floating.
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.
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.
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.
Floating decreases chronic muscle tension and creates greater awareness of less noticeable areas of muscle tension and imbalances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
START. To Book Online: Create an account with our mind body system to get started. Or by Phone:613-759-8265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK. Choose which day and time works for you.
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.
FLOAT. Enter your float room, shower, use ear plugs (optional), petroleum jelly for any cuts or sensitive areas provided, vapor rub under your noise to breather better (optional) or neck sport (optional, works better without it) and step into your tank and enjoy your float. When you hear the music that is the signal that your float has ended and time to exit the tank.
GLOW. Show after your float rinse off the Epsom salts, get changed, and chill, reflect, talk and share your experience, and enjoy the after-float glow.
In the tank
MORE TIPS & BEST PRACTICES
Here are some simple tips to help you prepare for your float and techniques you can use while in the tank to help you optimize your floating experience. Be sure to review the list below!
Ideally, avoid shaving 12-24 hours before you float. Any lesions will be distracting due to the Epsom salt sting. You can float, use petroleum jelly if you have any nicks or cuts.
You have to eat a sufficient amount of food (proteins & carbs), ideally 1-2 hours before floating.
Being dehydrated before the float may not be the best state, particularly for your brain. A healthy daily hydration practice is just good for optimal biology!
Be sure to use the washroom prior to showering before you float. Talk about a distraction while in the tank.
Smoking just prior to the tank may stimulate you too much. Even if you are craving a cigarette the tank may very well suppress your craving. However, you’ll need to figure out what the best formula is for you and your biochemistry.
We have found performing physical activity (yoga, cardio, or resistance training) before you float to greatly enhance the floating experience. Your body has expended pent-up energy, muscles and tissues are loose and flowing with blood, your mind is clear and calm. Combining floating to this state can potentially create a deeper state of meditation. Everyone is different and we encourage floaters to experiment to see what activity works best for the individual.
Your breath can be an amazing tool for calming the mind and relaxing the body. Try to breathe primarily from your nose. At first, you can consciously take deep breaths, but once you settle into your experience try less to manipulate the breath and more just observing the breath. Your body will always remember to breath, there is no need to control your breath.
The most important thing is to get comfortable. There are only two real positions in the tank:
With your arms at your side, palms down; Arms over-head with your palms up. Play around with the two to see which feels better for your body. Also, try to position your body in the middle of the tank to avoid “ping-ponging” from side to side. To do this, brace your arms and legs against the sides of the tank to position your torso in the middle, and once you feel the water to be calm, slowly and evenly retract your limbs back to the mid-line of your body. Try not to generate any momentum from either side so that you remain in the middle and avoid the distraction of bumping into the side. Once you like your position and feel comfortable try to remain still and consciously relax all of your muscles.
Don’t “try” to do anything in the tank, don’t force something to happen, don’t expect something to happen; this is the exact opposite direction from where you may want to go while in the tank. You will not fall asleep necessarily, just be present. Repetition of a focus word such as “peace”, “relax”, or “let go” spoken in your mind in unison with your exhalation can help at first, but the message here is to just let go of conscious control.
Being physically still by finding a comfortable position and remaining there combined with stilling your mind either through breath awareness or a focus word (mantra) can lead you into a state of stillness. This can generate the perception of timelessness, your state of being will be extremely relaxed and this is when the body is in a state of deep relaxation, recovery and healing.
With external stimuli at a minimum, your nervous system will turn up the volume to try and sense anything. Since there is still “nothing” coming in there is a great opportunity to simply sense whatever is left to be felt within your internal body. Feel your arms, legs, torso, head, as intensely as possible. Cultivate as much sensitivity to these parts as possible. Feel the energetic uniformed consistency of these parts and observe them without judgment, without limits. Observe your thoughts, emotions and sensations.
Make Yourself at Home
A pioneering local small business, and the first in Ottawa, Tank Action helped set the standard for floating in Ottawa, Canada and beyond. We have hosted over 26,000 floats. Enjoy a premium experience with the most affordable rates and most importantly — breathe deep and relax, welcome home!
FOR YOUR FLOATING COMFORT
- Private Float Room, equipped with your own Float Tank, Shower and more
Fresh towels (2)
- 3 Types of neck support
Ear-plugs, Vapor Rub, Q-tips, Moisturizer, hair dryer ect.
Pre-float shampoo & body wash
Post-float shampoo & body wash, conditioner
Flip Flops/ Slippers
POST-FLOAT LOUNGE & OXYGEN BAR
- Filtered water
Complimentary Tea (Winter)
Share your experience
Journals to read, & or share your floating experiences
Oasis Float Tank
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Our float tanks are incredibly spacious: 5 feet tall, 8 feet long, and 5 feet wide- plenty of room to stretch, sit, even stand if you want to. Our float cabin is slightly longer, wider and 7ft tall, that has multiple support bars located inside and outside of the tank, that is ideal for individuals with any ailments to get in and out of the float cabin with ease. Also, like a room in your own home, you can leave the door to your float tank open, and you can exit the whenever you wish to- your float suite is completely private. You have total control over your environment.
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. The best technique is to start with the door open, and or using a towel to put between the door to allow some light in. This is why floating can take three or more floats to develop a comfort zone in the float tank.
The water is fully filtered 3-5 times between each float, passing through a 10-micron caliber filter, UV light as a disinfectant. 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 authorities, however with that said, you will not smell like you just came out of a public swimming pool.
Every week we perform a very in-depth maintenance of our facilities focusing on our tanks. We add fresh epsom salt and water, with the entire volume being replaced over a period of no longer than six months. With multiple daily, weekly testings to ensure the safest water for our floaters. Between the super-concentrated salt solution, an approved oxidizing agent (bromine), a UV light disinfectant filter, and 10-micron cartridge filter, these are probably the cleanest recreational water sources you’ll encounter!
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.
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring an elastic and or comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, body wash/shampoo, blow dryer, etc.). You do not need a bathing suit.
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.
Only one person per tank. We have many float tanks though, so bring your friends, family or loved ones to float alongside you!
You can get out anytime. There aren’t any latches on the tank doors and you control your experience, that said, the 60-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.
Each room is private, and its suggest to float nude. However, If you prefer to wear a bathing suit, you are more welcome to.
Yes you will definitely float! Ability to swim is not necessary as absolutely everyone floats without effort. The salt water will support weight of 1000+ pounds.
Many guests love to fall asleep in the relaxing world of a float tank. In fact, 1 hour of rest in the tank is anecdotally reported as the equivalent of 4 hours of deep restful sleep. Also, because of the high salt content, you will float completely safely whether you’re awake or asleep.
We recommend removing contacts prior to floating.
The salt water can sting wounds, so we provide petroleum jelly in each suite to cover any problem areas.
Ideally, don’t shave at least 24 hours before your float.
If they’re new additions, just make sure they’re fully healed. Otherwise, the saltwater will sting. Use the jelly to protect as a precaution.
You have to wait a minimum of 48 hours before floating. We don’t want the salt affecting the color, or your color bleeding into the water. If the color is not rinsing out when you shower, it’s usually fine to float.
Modern life is stressful for nearly everyone. Traffic, deadlines, constant connection to technology, not enough sleep… replenishing ourselves in body, mind, and spirit is an essential part of modern wellness. Floating reduces stress, promotes relaxation, improves sleep and gives us all a chance to unplug and recharge.
Single and first floats can often be profound. It does take three floats to get the “full floating experience” with your second and third float being better, provided they are done within the same month, otherwise its like going back to square one. Your second and third float you are more comfortable, know what to expect, where every float is different and everyone has their own experience and simply you can relax at a deeper state. However, there can be a bit of a learning curve requiring a few floats to feel totally comfortable. Also, floating has powerful cumulative effects and is becoming recognized as an essential part of an optimal ongoing wellness practice. Basically, floating 1 to 2 times per week for best results and will supercharge your long term physical, mental, and spiritual health and once a month is a bare minimum.
First-time floaters with us need to read and sign a waiver and go through a brief orientation on floating, the tank, procedures, answer any questions, and concerns. We want you to enjoy your full hour of floating!
There is free parking in the back and on the side of the building.
Try to avoid stimulants for at least three too five hours prior to your float. You can float after consuming, it will be a different kind of float and most likely more difficult to relax.
Yes. Each float room contains a changing area, shower, and float tank. Everything you need is provided, including towels, ear plugs, petroleum jelly, (for sensitive skin, cuts, fresh tattoos ect.) vapor rub and basic amenities. The suite is your own private float room while you’re here.
Each float tank is private with a door that can be opened any time. In other words, you are able to leave the tank whenever you like. You can also turn the light off and on as you wish.
No, the high salt concentration prevents this from happening. It leaves your skin quite soft and smooth.
The music is the queue to let you know you float has ended and time to exit.
Though our float tanks are very spacious, only one person per float tank.
Yes. We kindly ask that you consider everyone around you at to be in the middle of their float. If you would like to share with others by engaging in conversation, please do so mindfully. Also, please refrain from cell phone use as much as possible. Make time for yourself!
All purchases, sales, gift certificates are final. No refunds are available. A Credit may be issued at our discretion.
24 hour notice must be given to cancel or reschedule an appointment only done by calling and speaking with a staff member directly during our business hours to avoid charges of the full float credit for your appointment. For Tuesday floats, notice must be given on Sunday by 8pm.
We understand things happen in life, let us know as soon as possible if you cannot make an appointment so we can fill the float spot.
All floats, gift cards, do have an expiration date. After the expiration date, of any unused floats has passed the floats are void and holds no credit or value. Floating is a service, and gift cards for floats can and do expire. See law here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/buying-or-using-gift-cards