Our floatation tanks are filled with 500kg of specially formulated Epsom salts added to 1000 litres of water, creating a 30 cm deep solution, which is then heated to 35.5 degrees Celsius.
The temperature of the water is the same temperature of your skin, which means that once you are settled in the tank, it is virtually impossible to distinguish where your body ends and the water begins.
The buoyancy created by the dense salt solution effectively removes the effects of gravity on the body, and brings you close to an experience of total weightlessness.
With ear plugs in and the tank’s interior lights off, the quiet darkness allows your mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible.
A huge amount of brain power is used every second in order to deal with the strain that gravity places on one’s body. Floating removes this stress, and perfectly supports your body.
Freed from all sensation of gravity, temperature, touch, sight and sound (which together account for 90% of normal neuromuscular activity), you conserve and redirect vast amounts of natural physical and mental energy.
The ultra-deep relaxation provided by floating resets the body’s hormonal and metabolic balance, strengthening resistance to and accelerating recovery from the effects of stress, illness, injury or strenuous exercise.
With no commands needing to be sent out, the logical side of the brain can take a rest allowing your creativity and imagination to flourish. This leaves the individual in a dream-like state, similar to the thoughts experienced just before you go to sleep. In this state, the brain releases vast amounts of endorphins.
While the state of relaxation may be deep and profound, the individual’s brain stays dreamily alert. The brain gradually shifts from its usual waking beta state to generate deep alpha, theta or even delta waves, the state-of-mind that advanced meditators may reach through hours of meditation and years of training. You can achieve this in a matter of minutes just by lying back into the silky warm sea of bliss that is the floatation experience!
FLOAT THERAPY BENEFITS
+ DEEP RELAXATION
Floating suppresses your sympathetic nervous system (“fight or flight” response) and activates your parasympathetic system (relaxation) which helps decrease muscle tension, lowers cortisol and heart rate, helps balance your hormones and increases dopamine and endorphins.
+ PAIN RELIEF
Lying in the float pod allows your back and spine to fully decompress providing relief from neck and back pain. Arthritis, tendinitis, fibromyalgia, inflammation, and persistent pain relief have all been documented from floating!
+ MAGNESIUM ABSORPTION
Soaking in the high concentration of Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) promotes absorption of magnesium through the skin and hair. This improves heart and circulatory health, decreases muscle tension, reduces irregular heartbeats, improves nerve function, assists calcium absorption, provides PMS relief and flushes toxins from your body.
Floating allows everyone to reach a deep level of meditation quicker and much easier. Effortlessly reach Theta brain waves experienced by Zen meditators in deep meditation.
+ BRAIN SYNCHRONISATION
Floating encourages greater interaction between the right (creative side) and left (analytical side) lobes of our brain. This synchronisation leads to higher levels of performance, productivity, competence, clarity & confidence.
+ ATHLETIC RECOVERY
Athletes can benefit from the deep healing effects of the Epsom salts. Circulation is increased throughout the body, flushing lactic acid and detoxifying muscles. The calm, cocooning experience helps with mental clarity and performance visualisation.
Justin Feinstein is the head researcher of the Float Clinic and Research Center, a state of the art floatation research facility housed in the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.
Float Nation is a full-length documentary that provides an inside look into the world of flotation tanks.
The NBA champs are floating. Literally. ESPN's Sam Alipour catches up with NBA MVP Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes to learn more about floating, a sensory-deprivation exercise that allows the Warriors to recover after games.
Medical practitioner, Dr Weissman, has been floating since 1986 and he speaks about the benefits and how he finds floating.
+ HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST FLOAT?
- Abstain from consuming caffeine and alcohol for several hours before you float.
- Don't wax or shave on the day of your float as the salt can irritate your skin.
- We suggest eating a light meal about 60 - 90 minutes prior to floating.
- Don't drink too much water before you float. You don't want to have to get out of the tank to use the bathroom!
- Please wait at least a week to float after colouring your hair (or until you have washed your hair 3 or 4 times and the water runs clear). Hair dye can damage the pods and it is very costly to fix. Take the same precaution after using spray tan.
+ DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
You may want to bring a hair brush and toiletries for after your float. Other than that, we provide everything you need in your own private room (towels, bath robes, earplugs, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, lotion, and hair dryer). We recommend that you float in the nude, so bathers optional.
+ CAN I FLOAT WITH THE LID OPEN?
Absolutely! If you suffer from claustrophobia you can leave the lid open. You are in complete control! The pods don’t have locks and latches on them and they are well ventilated. You can open the door and turn the light on at any time.
+ WILL FLOATING MAKE ME DEHYDRATED?
No. Your skin will absorb magnesium from the Epsom salt and magnesium is an electrolyte! Floating is actually hydrating!
+ HOW ARE THE PODS CLEANED?
We monitor our solution very closely: pH and alkalinity levels are checked daily and the water is continuously filtered through a filtration system equipped with a UV steriliser between each float.
+ CAN I DROWN IF I FALL ASLEEP?
No. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat.
+ CAN I FLOAT IF I'M PREGNANT?
Of course! Floating is very beneficial for pregnant women. There is even a special position you can float in that relieves all of the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body. However, If you are in your first trimester it is advised that you do not float. If you have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.
+ CAN I FLOAT WITH MY PARTNER?
Our Dreampods can only accommodate 1 person at a time. However we do have 4 float rooms so you can book with a friend and float simultaneously!
+ CAN I FLOAT IF I'M MENSTRUATING?
Of course. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.