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Floating | Sensory Deprivation Tank FAQ’s
The more you use flotation tanks the better it gets! Each flotation tank session is unique, and two floats are rarely the same.
During a float, you produce slower brain-waves patterns, known as theta waves, which are normally only experienced during a deep meditation or just before falling asleep. This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy. Because of these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions.
Floating, as with other treatments, does not suit everybody. It requires willingness on your part to let go and see what happens, and you may need to float a few times before you are able to relax completely, both physically and mentally. Depending on your own journey through life, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation – or a profound healing experience, emotionally and spiritually transforming. Floating can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels at which real changes take place.
Fear not, you can still float! As you get more comfortable with the concept, you can close the door down. You are in complete control of your experience. You can leave the door open, lights on, or stop at any time!
Absolutely! Not only can you float while you’re pregnant, but most pregnant women report relief from back pain caused by additional weight and the pull of gravity experienced during pregnancy. It’s also very common for women to feel a greater sense of connection to their baby during a float session. If you have any concerns, please consult with your doctor before booking a float.
Yes! We don’t feel it would be right to exclude almost HALF of the population from floating for a quarter of their lives. Periods are a part of life and we know that. Just use your best judgement and follow the same protocol you would when swimming in a public pool. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us.
STRIP OFF. We recommend floating in your birthday suit, leaving you free of distraction and restriction, but do what makes you comfortable! You can bring a swimsuit but definitely avoid wearing your favourite clothes. Our salty water gets everywhere and can leave a salty residue on clothing.
Sensory deprivation is a process that removes external stimuli (such as sight, sound, traffic, texts, Instagram notifications) for a psychological benefit. It sounds scary because deprivation makes us think of things that are being taken away, but what you are getting is SO MUCH MORE than that. By removing these external stimuli, you can shut out the noise and the demands of everyday life and JUST BE. Experience the natural journey that your mind wants to take without any external constraints.
The Epsom salt solution is beneficial to the skin and hair. People leave the tank with softer-feeling skin. It is advisable to not use any hair colouring or dyeing products prior to float, schedule your session typically one or two weeks after your hair colouring.
Please do not shave or wax before arriving. It isn’t the end of the world if you do but salt water on freshly shaven/waxed legs isn’t the most pleasant thing on Earth.
Most importantly, Relax! The tank will help but if you arrive relaxed, the experience will be more beneficial for you. There are a few additional things to consider.
- Do not shave or wax before arriving.
- Do not wear any hair or skin products.
- Remove your contacts lens prior to floating (bring a container to store them in).
- If you have caffeine before you float, it may interfere with your ability to relax.
It is safe to fall asleep in the tank. Even those who say they never sleep on their backs in bed are often able to in the tank. It is very difficult to roll over in the tank because of the density of the solution, and if any of the salt solution gets in your eyes, mouth or nose, you would wake up immediately.
We have a filtration system that runs after each session. There is more than 800 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in the tank – a concentration so high no living microorganism can survive. In addition, an ultra-violet light sterilization system is used. UV is the safest, most effective system available and uses the same technology as water purification systems used for drinking water. To maintain cleanliness, a shower is mandatory before floating.
Unless you’re over 7 feet tall or over 500 pounds, you’re good to go.
Yes! And it may be good to arrange your time so you don’t have to rush. Many people enjoy savoring the peace and quiet before jumping into something hectic.
It’s going to sting. But no worries, you can just open the door, grab a towel, dab the salt water off, then get back in the tank. We will provide you with clean water to wash your eye should you get salt inside.
Yes! For your well-being, we will not allow you to float if you have any of the following conditions:
- Infectious skin or respiratory disorders
- Open wounds
- Epilepsy or serious mental conditions
- A high-risk pregnancy
- Have coloured or permed your hair within 7 days
- Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
- Under 18 without parental presence
We expect you to inform us of any conditions for your own safety and the safety of other floaters! We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us before you book your session.