Float therapy involves stepping into a large, spacious cabin that holds about 10 inches of water and around 1000 pounds of Epsom salt. The water and air are maintained as skin-temperatures, and you float, effortlessly, on the surface of the water. Experience true weightlessness.
Why is Floating So Good for You?
Floating is known to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone), while increasing serotonin (the "feel good" chemical).
Floating helps the body and mind to relax, allowing sleep to come easier and faster, while being more refreshing.
Epsom salt naturally reduces inflammation and swelling while reducing the sensations of pain.
The float environment removes all of the usual physical discomforts and distractions of meditation, making it easier and more effective.
Clinical research shows that float therapy can be beneficial for those dealing with anxiety and depression
Floating impacts the body, mind, and spirit. It serves as a holistic tool for ongoing, consistent self-care and total wellbeing.
How Does It Work?
The Perfect Environment
Air + Water
Our float tanks are saltier than the Dead Sea. With over 1000 pounds of pharmaceutical grade magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt), the water is extremely dense. It feels silky between your fingers, but keeps your entire body supported without any effort.
With only about 10 inches of this powerful salt solution, your body will rest like it’s floating on a cloud. The air and the water are both kept at skin-temperature, so the effect is that of being completely one with your environment. It’s hard to tell where your body ends and the water begins.
Reduced Sensory Input
Lights + Sounds
You can choose to have the lights on or off, though we recommend total darkness for the best experience. You can also choose to have music to lull you into relaxation, or give your brain a complete reset by resting in silence.
If you're unsure, you can start with the lights and music on, and then turn off one or both as you get more comfortable.
We recommend giving yourself the gift of the absence of sensory input for the most impact.
Relax and Release
Body, Mind, + Spirit
The Epsom salt works to reduce inflammation and pain in the body, and as you fall into a deeper state of relaxation, your mind begins to rest too.
Most people experience theta brain waves and teeter between wakefulness and sleep. In turn, your body’s nervous system slows down, and the brain releases serotonin and dopamine, signaling those “feel good” responses that lead to what we lovingly refer to as “the post-float glow”.
How do I prepare?
We recommend having a light meal one to two hours before your session. It’s best to avoid a heavy meal so you don’t experience sluggishness or heavy digestion while you’re floating.
You’ll also want to avoid or minimize caffeine and nicotine. While those may not normally give you the jitters or increased energy on a regular day, their impact on the body is more noticeable during the float experience since all other distractions are removed.
Skip the razor
We suggest avoiding waxing or shaving the day of your float. It can irritate the skin, and with 1000 pounds of Epsom salt, it can make for a less-than-ideal experience.
If you wear contact lenses, you may want to bring a case and your glasses so you can remove your lenses during your session. Getting salt water in your eyes with contact lenses is best avoided.
What else should I know?
Each person has a unique experience. We can’t tell you what yours will be, but we’ve heard everything from deep physical relaxation to a spiritually enlightening event. Try not to have any expectations, and know that each float is different.
We always recommend checking with your doctor if you have any health concerns. We are not medical professionals and cannot dispense medical advice.
There are a few situations where it is recommended to avoid floating:
If you’ve recently dyed or chemically treated your hair.
If you’ve recently received a spray tan or use self-tanner.
If you have uncontrolled diabetes.
If you have ear tubes.
If you have a seizure disorder.
If you have a kidney or liver condition that could be aggravated by magnesium sulfate.
If you have low blood pressure.
If you have open wounds or sores.
If you’re undergoing chemotherapy treatment or have received it any time in the last 4 weeks.