What is it?
A float tank, often referred to as a sensory deprivation tank, is a lightless, soundproof tank filled with salt water at skin temperature in which you can float for multiple benefits.
Relieves Stress + Anxiety
The soundproof capsule creates the ultimate environment in which your nervous system can settle and have a break.
Floating can result in pain relief from arthritis, back pain, tendinitis, inflammation and mental over-stimulation.
Because many of us have overactive minds, the sensory deprivation encourages the brain waves to go from an Alpha (alert and active) into a Theta state, which is your gateway to sleep. It’s also great for jet lag.
JOINT HEALTH FOR INJURIES + RECOVERY
Because of the almost zero gravity environment in which you float, pressure is taken off joints and muscles leading to greater and faster recovery from exercise and injuries. The high content epsom salt content of the tank leads to superior recovery from intense exercise.
Creativity & Focus
Some call this their form of meditation; a space in which they can fully immerse, left only with their own sensations, sound of breath and awareness of the mind’s activities. The resulting benefits are higher levels of focus and productivity from more frequent states of ‘presence.’
Hair & Skin
Epsom salt can reduce the appearance of cellulite and increase the lustre of hair and skin. The post-float ‘glow’ is a thing.
Are the Tanks and water clean?
Yes. Cleanliness, comfort, and privacy are our highest priorities and something that won’t get in the way of you having a great float.
The water is 40% epsom salt (no pathogenic organisms can survive salt concentrations higher than 10%). This means our float tanks are extremely sanitary and probably one of the cleanest environments you’ll ever be in.
In addition, all water passes through a filter (100 times smaller than a human hair) before your float. We also use UV light and non-toxic disinfectants to kill any bacteria in the tanks.
Can I float if I’m claustrophobic?
Claustrophobia along with cleanliness are the most frequent concerns among first time floaters. However, many of our clients have “extreme claustrophobia”, but say that they have no problem because you are in complete control at all times.
There are no locks or mechanisms on the door, meaning that you can open the door whenever you want in any circumstance. Our tanks measure 2.4m long by 1.4m wide making them rather spacious.
The darkness and not feeling the temperature of the water due to it being the temperature of your skin means that you don't see or feel the boundaries or limits of the tank. You will feel limitless as if you were floating amongst the stars!
You can float with the door open until you feel comfortable enough to close the door so the fun can begin.
Can I get out of the tank sooner than my 75mins is up?
Yes, you can. You’re free to stay as little or the full 75min length. We do recommend staying the full length to get maximum benefits, however. It’s essential to give yourself that time at the start of the float for your mind to slow down (which may take some time) and then the remainder to really soak up the goodness.
Is it dangerous if I fall asleep?
It's possible you may fall asleep. However, the buoyancy of the water makes sinking and unwillingly flipping over onto your stomach an impossibility. People often think they have fallen asleep when they actually didn't — it’s more that relaxed Theta state described in ‘Benefits’.
What if I can’t swim?
Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills whatsoever. You’ll actually float like a cork — regardless of what shape or size you are.
Can more than one person float at a time?
Solo float sessions only. However, we do recommend scheduling your floats simultaneously with your companion so that you leave the studio on the ‘same level’ so to speak.
Who should not use the tank?
We don't recommend tank use for epileptics whose epilepsy is not under medical control; for people under the influence of alcohol or drugs, those with infectious diseases, open skin wounds, or who currently have diarrhoea. You can definitely still float if menstruating — just follow the same protocol as you would in a swimming pool.
What should I bring?
We provide everything you need to have a great float, including towels, earplugs, body wash and shampoo. Most people prefer to float naked but if you’d really prefer to wear swimwear, you may. If you wear contact lenses you may want to bring a case and solution to put them in. It's much easier to wash salt water out of your eyes if your contacts aren't in.
Are there any tips that may improve my float experience?
It's best not to drink coffee for several hours before your float, as it can make your system jittery. Also, it's best not to shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. We provide Vaseline to cover any small cuts. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes before your float may help you from thinking about food for during your float session.
Will my skin wrinkle?
No, the float tank water is 40 percent epsom salt and doesn’t take away from your skin as commonly thought (which would cause the wrinkling). Rather, it adds vital minerals to your skin leaving you feeling smooth and silky after your float. Epsom salt is a common beauty treatment for skin and hair.
Do I have my own private room?
Yes, you have your own private room equipped with your own personal walk-in shower, which you’ll use before and after your float. You also have your own changing area.
Is there sufficient air supply?
Yes. The tank is designed not to be airtight, so there is a plentiful air supply. In addition, fresh air is brought in by an air circulation system.
Can I float if I’ve just dyed my hair?
We recommend that you delay your float until the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear.
Videos About Float Therapy
Joe Rogan - Actor & UFC commentator talks about sensory deprivation
NBA MVP Stephen Curry on Float Therapy
The Benefits of Sensory Deprivation