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Frequently asked questions

01. What is floatation therapy?TOP

Floatation therapy is a proven, scientific approach to deep relaxation and overall wellness, similar to meditation. Its effectiveness is due to the unique combination of restricted environment and therapeutic water solution. The process consists of floating for an hour in a 10 inches of water filled with 1,200 pounds of Epsom salts which is maintained at normal skin temperature of 93.5 degrees. The tremendous buoyancy of the Epsom salt solution allows your body to be supported on the surface of the water with ease giving the impression of zero gravity. All external stimuli such as sight, sound, touch, and temperature are eliminated allowing the mind and body to focus purely on relaxing and healing. After floating you emerge rested and rejuvenated both physically and mentally.

02. When was floatation first introduced?TOP

People have been floating in the Dead Sea for centuries. Floatation in tanks is relatively new, but is now a well established and researched therapy for deep relaxation, stress/pain relief, and to enhance athletic performance. The floatation tank was first introduced in 1954 by American John C. Lilly, a medical practitioner and neuro-psychiatrist. Peter Suedfeld and Roderick Borrie of the University of British Columbia began experimenting on the therapeutic benefits of flotation tank usage in the late 1970s. They named their technique “Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy” (REST). Over the past 30 years floatation centers have become increasingly popular Europe, Australia, and the United States for its therapeutic benefits. It has been adopted by professional and Olympic athletes to enhance training and performance.

03. What is involved in a floatation session?TOP

The typical sessions lasts one hour, though some people float longer, up to two or three hours. You can customize your floatation session to suit your needs. The Isopod cover can be left fully open, the lights on, and you may choose to play relaxing music. For a more restful, meditative, or truly experience, close the cover completely, turn off the lights and music. Tune out the world and escape. After your session, shower off and unwind in our lounge with some herbal tea in a zero gravity chair.

04. Do you need to know how to swim or float?TOP

No, you will float effortlessly – you simply cannot sink. Floatation it’s more like taking a bath than going for a swim, as the water is only 10 inches deep! Anyone can float, regardless of age or body type. No training, preparation, or skill is required. The most difficult part of floatation will be learning how to simply relax and let go completely.

05. Who can float and what are the benefits?TOP

Anyone can benefit from floatation, regardless of age, body type, or physical condition. Recommended by doctors, therapists, and sports trainers, floatation is gaining popularity not only as a luxurious spa escape, but also as an extremely powerful tool for improving physical health, mental well-being, and athletic performance.

06. Is it safe for pregnant women?TOP

Yes, in fact floatation is a wonderful aide for expectant mothers in many ways. First, floatation eases back pain, takes pressure off joints, and reduces general discomfort associated with pregnancy, especially in later stages. The Epsom salt solution also improves skin tone, leaving it soft and silky. Second, the Isopod environment eliminates external stimuli which will allow you to be more in tune with and aware of your body, giving yourself a more intimate bonding experience with your baby. It is a wonderful haven to which pregnant women can escape. Third, floating after delivery can decrease postpartum depression. We do however recommend that like most activities floatation should be avoided in the first trimester.

07. Do children use the tank and what is their response?TOP

Yes, we know that children use the tank yet there is not a lot of documentation about about their responses. When properly prepared for a float, children can dismiss fears they may have about being inside a dark enclosed space.

08. Is anyone not supposed to use the tank?TOP

We don’t recommend tank use for epileptics whose epilepsy is not under medical control; for people under the influence of alcohol, drugs, those with infectious diseases, open skin wounds, or those with suicidal tendencies.

09. Why is stress so harmful?TOP

Some stress is normal and even useful – it can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. However, medical research has proven that frequent, prolonged stress can wreak havoc on our bodies and is often the preliminary symptom to many illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and even affects mental health. Stress is also linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, muscle tension, and trouble sleeping. It can also weaken your immune system making it harder to fight off disease. If you already have a health problems, stress may make it worse. Stress can make you moody, tense, or depressed which can have a  negative effect on marriage and relationships, and performance at work or school.

10. Why is floatation therapy so effective?TOP

Floatation therapy has a variety of benefits because it facilitates the body’s ability to produce and release high levels of endorphins, the brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which function to transmit electrical signals within the nervous system. The release of endorphins is the body’s natural response to alleviate stress and pain, enhance an immune response, and a powerful mood enhancer. Regular floatation therapy increases the amount of endorphins released in your body over days, weeks, and months. With high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress over a prolonged period of time. However, endorphin release does vary among individuals.

11. How fast will I feel the effects and how long do they last?TOP

The effects of floatation are immediate, you will leave the tank feeling extremely relaxed, rested, and rejuvenated. The results can last for not only hours and days, but weeks on end. You will notice decreased stress, increased energy, improved sleep, and greater mental alertness. Chronic pain sufferers will notice that pain has diminished considerably, diminished intensity, and less frequency.

12. How often should I float?TOP

It all depends on your personal needs. Although a single float session offers tremendous benefits, the advantage of regular float sessions is that the benefits are cumulative, longer lasting, and positively life changing. Many use floatation therapy as regular part of their health and wellness regime, floating every couple of weeks to maintain the results, just like getting a massage. Athletes float regularly to recover quicker between training sessions and improve athletic performance. This is also true for chronic pain sufferers and those with injuries who float more frequently to reduce and control pain and speed up the healing process.

13. How does flotation improve athletic performance?TOP

Regardless of whether you’re a professional athlete or an avid sports enthusiast, floatation can help bring out your peak performance. Incorporating floatation as a regular part of their routine is extremely beneficial to athletes in three main areas: training, event, and recovery. 1) During training floatation helps athletes decrease soreness and fatigue, increase recovery time between training sessions, stay free from future injuries, and maintain peak performance. 2) Pre-event floatation helps loosen muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments as well as creates mental clarity which allows for greater visualization and focus. 3) Floatation is particularly effective in managing, speeding up the recovery of, and reducing down time of athletic injuries such as muscle soreness and strains, tendonitis, sprains, and other overuse injuries.

14. What is the water solution composed of?TOP

The Isopod’s salinated water solution is composed of 1,200 pounds of Epsom salt, which creates tremendous buoyancy, allowing you float without effort. Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It is named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.

15. What are the health benefits of Epsom salt?TOP

Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health and beauty benefits. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making floatation an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Some of the countless health benefits include: relieving skin conditions; soothing back and joint pain; easing muscle strain; flushing toxins and lactic acid from the body; reducing inflammation; improve the absorption of nutrients; help ease migraine headaches.

16. Will my skin wrinkle or prune up?TOP

No, in fact quite the opposite. Epsom salt is a natural skin emollient, skin exfoliator, and much more. You leave the Isopod with soft, smooth, and silky feeling skin. There’s absolutely no wrinkling or “prune skin” effect that you get when you lie in the bathtub for a long time.

17. How is the Isopod cleaned and sterilized?TOP

First, the high concentration of Epsom salt is a natural disinfectant maintains a sterile environment that is 100% free from bacteria, virus, yeast, and mold. Second, The Isopod has a revolutionary filtration system which filters out particles to 1 micron, which is 100 times smaller than a human hair. Automatic disinfection and cleaning system after every session utilizing Ozone – the safest, most effective water purifier available.

18. Will I feel claustrophobic?TOP

This is a common concern. Keep in mind that you are in complete control of your floatation experience and can keep the Isopod door fully or partially open, keep the internal lights on, and get out when you see fit. All functions are fully controllable from within the Isopod. In addition, the Isopod is the largest floatation tanks on the market, 9 feet long and 5 feet wide and with the cover open it’s 8 feet tall. Once inside, it does not feel enclosed whatsoever. If you wish to eventually experience complete sensory isolation in the Isopod you may gradually work up towards that over a number of sessions.

19. Is it safe to fall asleep?TOP

Some people do fall asleep and it is completely safe. You will float effortlessly on your back with no tendency to turn over. The high buoyancy of the Epsom salt water solution water makes it impossible for the individual to sink beneath the surface, which is only 10 inches deep.  Once settled it is only possible to touch the bottom of the Isopod with a great deal of effort.

20. Can I wear a swimsuit?TOP

Yes, if you prefer, however a swimsuit is not recommended as the density of salt will make it uncomfortable and may be distracting during the experience. Most people do prefer to float naked. The floatation suites are completely private during your session and floating naked is a much more enjoyable experience.