FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Flotation Therapy?
Floating is easy and as natural as breathing. The key is to simply let go; the less you do, the better.
Drowning is not possible, as the depth of the water is 10.5 inches and the density of the solution is such that it will always support the individual regardless of size or weight. If you were to turn over, you would wake from the stinging sensation in your eyes and face. You do not need to know how to swim due to the anti-gravity environment, and in fact, sleeping is encouraged. One hour of sleep during floatation is equivalent to 6-8 hours of deep sleep.
Avoid heavy meals and caffeine before floating, as it may interfere with your ability to relax. A light meal or an empty stomach is suggested.
Claustrophobic sensations are unlikely. The space inside the floatation pod is approximately 4’ wide by 8.5’ long, and you can choose to float with the lid open. If claustrophobia is an issue, we recommend our vast floatation cabin or our spacious open float room.
Our state-of-the-art filtration systems have an ultra-fine, one-micron filter and are FDA compliant for drinking water (Class 1 Filtration). For comparison, standard pool and spa filters are 20-30 microns. Our filter systems also include the Solar Eclipse Ozone, UV Sanitation Filter, and Evolution Flow Control System for complete sanitization.
You should not float if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, presently ill, have kidney problems, epilepsy, or have active skin conditions, and/or other severe medical conditions.
The most effective floatation experience is meant to be had nude. Swimwear is acceptable but may be uncomfortable and distract from the experience.
One hour or longer. The optimal float experience is between 1-3 hours, and we recommend experimenting with different durations to find one that best fits you.
– Avoid shaving on the day of your float, as irritation of the skin may distract from achieving deep relaxation.
– If you have recently spray-tanned, wait one week until floating.
– Remove contact lenses
– It is not suggested to float during menstruation but if one must, pool protocol should be followed.
18+. If you are under 18 years old, you may float with the consent and signed waiver from a parent or legal guardian. Parents can be in the float room with their child or wait in the post-float room.
While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some color from your hair, we recommend that you wait a few days.
Women who are pregnant should consult their physician before floating. Due to the anti-gravity atmosphere in the pod, pregnant women in the later stages of pregnancy (2nd / 3rd trimesters) have found floatation therapy to be one of the most effective natural pain-relief therapies available. Pregnant women have also reported a reduction of erratic movements of the baby inside the womb while in the pod. This is due to a phenomenon called the “mirror effect.” The baby is safe and secure inside the womb, and the mother shares a similar experience in the pod.
No. True sensory deprivation is most effective when experienced individually. If two individuals would like to share the same float space, we recommend our open float room.
According to research done by the creator of isolation pods, Dr. John C. Lilly, using a saturated solution of Epsom salt allows the entire body to float close to the surface of the water. This salt solution removes the effects of gravity on the body and permits the floater to achieve the deepest state of relaxation attainable.
Floating in Epsom salt can also address important mineral deficiencies. Magnesium is the 2nd most abundant element in human cells. An absence of this crucial mineral contributes to heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, joint pain, digestive ailments, chronic fatigue, and stress-related disorders.
- Improves heart and overall circulatory health
- Improves cellular oxygen utilization
- Reduces frequency of migraines
- Reduces inflammation and relieves muscle cramps
- Gives the skin and hair a renewed glow
- Helps maintain proper calcium balance and regulates electrolytes
- Helps regulate insulin
- Relieves stress and creates feelings of well being
- Flushes toxins and heavy metals from the cells
An isolation pod is a lightless, soundproof pod inside which subjects float in salt water at skin temperature. They were first used by Dr. John C. Lilly in 1954 to test the effects of sensory deprivation. Such pods are now also used for meditation and relaxation and in alternative medicine.
When studying psychoanalysis at the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the 1950’s, John Lilly and his associate, Dr. Jay Shurley M.D., were interested in the origins of conscious activity within the brain. They wondered if the brain needed external stimuli to stay in the conscious state. This sparked the first experiments with sensory deprivation, and the first isolation float pod was born. Subjects would float upright, in a vertical pod, with a breathing apparatus and mask covering the head. Over the years, through trial and error, he was able to improve upon the pod’s design for more complete relaxation.
Over the last few decades this integrative healing tool has been scientifically studied and applied to many areas of human development. Isolation cabins have been shown to improve health without the use of drugs, which has sparked interest in the field of medicine. The stress reduction and increased rate of recovery has made the floating experience very appealing to fitness enthusiasts and trainers alike. Sports teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and many Olympic contenders have been known to use the isolation pod to improve their athletic performance.
The sensory deprivation cabin creates an environment free of all distractions, enabling the body to truly relax. In this deepened relaxed state the body’s natural abilities to heal, focus, and harness creativity are heightened. This makes floating a powerful learning tool for any student, artist, or person looking to get the most out of their profession.