What’s in the water?
Roughly about 1,000 pounds of medical grade (magnesium sulfate) Epsom salt. This solution creates a weightless suspension of the body, and leaves our skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated. For thousands of years, millions with muscle aches and pain have traveled to the Dead Sea for the healing properties it holistically provides. Floating provides a modern-day and convenient method to access the same relief.
Floating is beneficial for everyone, men and women, people of all lifestyles enjoy therapy. People who have a need for managing stress, increasing creativity or reducing pain find floats beneficial and therapeutic. Also, keep in mind that our skin is our largest organ and that Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heartbeat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps adjust blood glucose levels.
Why do people use float?
Its different for each individual but a few primary reasons people float are to reduce anxiety, heighten cognitive function and relieve pain. Some people float to escape their hectic life style and relax for a few hours, while others use floating as a therapy for anxiety and stress. Floating is also used to increase creativity, attention and retention, as well as explore thoughts and emotions in a semi-conscious or meditative state. Others float to help manage and reduce pain as a supplement or replacement for pain medication and physical therapy.
Is there anyone who should not use a float tank?
Individual with one or more of the following conditions should not use float tanks: uncontrolled epilepsy, drug or alcohol intoxication, infectious disease, open wounds and serious psychological conditions.
Can I drown in a float tank?
While it is possible to drown in any pool of liquid, float tanks are much safer than most other bodies of water because they contain a high concentration of salt. It is impossible to sink in a float tank, and you must exert a conscious effort to turn onto your side or attempt floating face-down. Many people safely sleep while they are floating.
Can an isolation tank run out of air?
In Fusion's float therapy room the tanks do not have hatches which seal or close. Although many float tanks have closed hatches that make them soundproof and lightproof, they are not airtight. Ventilation is always more than adequate.
Are float tanks sanitary?
The interior of a float tank is exceptionally sanitary. Each tank has up to 1,500 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in the water, which raises the salinity to levels that are inhospitable to bacteria, including microbes and other pathogens.
The Solution is sterilized between each session through a process of commercial-grade circulation, filtration and purification using a combination of UV (Ultraviolet Light) and Ozone. No harsh chemicals (Chlorine, Bromine etc) are used in the solution at our facilities.
Additionally surfaces are disinfected using Puregreen24, a level IV EPA registered “Green” disinfectant containing sliver and citrus nitrate, safe for contact with children and animals.
Can a pregnant woman use a float tank?
Yes, pregnant women may use float tanks. Floating while pregnant allows you to escape the added weight of pregnancy by taking the strain off the body, all joints and spine (especially the feet!). It promotes excellent sleep, a lovely sense of well being, and can help with all the aches and pains normally associated with pregnancy. For many mothers, the environment creates a heightened sensitivity and connection with the baby, and some have reported a profound experience of “mirroring” from floating in a quiet, warm and secure environment while their baby does the same.
Because circumstances are unique with each pregnancy, use of float tanks should be discussed with a health care professional. The following information will be relevant:
A “Float” is a 60 minute session in a 95 degree environment suspended in 10 inches of purified water super-saturated with 1000 lbs of pharmaceutical grade MgSO4 (Magnesium Sulfate, a.k.a. Epsom salts). Cutaneous (through the skin) absorption of MgSO4 has not been shown to produce negative side effects associated with ingestion or injection of the mineral.
The Solution is sterilized between sessions through a process of commercial-grade circulation, filtration and purified using a combination of UV (Ultraviolet Light) and Ozone. No harsh chemicals (Chlorine, Bromine etc) are used in the solution at our facilities.
Hard surfaces are disinfected using Puregreen24, a level IV EPA registered “Green” disinfectant containing sliver and citrus nitrate, safe for contact with children and animals.
Only known physical limitations are the ability to get in and out of the tank unassisted.
Can a menstruating woman use a float tank?
Yes, it is safe for women to float while menstruating if using proper feminine hygiene. If you are comfortable and can control your menstruation in a swimming pool, then you can do so in a float tank.
Can children use float tanks?
Although float tanks are physically safe for children, some may experience episodes of fear or claustrophobia. In some reports, children mention that the darkness is calm and peaceful as opposed to the scary darkness of their bedrooms at night. Children may use float tanks with parent’s written consent and may require parent’s supervision as well.
What time of day is best for floating?
The time of day is does not matter and more focus can be placed on when you need the float therapy. Some people prefer the morning, some the afternoon and others the night. If possible, try a few different times of day and see what benefits you most.
What should I bring to float?
We recommend you bring any grooming products you may want post-float (hairbrush, product, cosmetics etc). We will provide all other amenities you need: towels, shower products, earplugs, makeup wipes etc. In addition to your float room supplies, our restrooms include extra towels, hairdryers and body lotions.
What should I wear in a float tank?
Float tank sessions are private affairs, so most people wear nothing at all. You may find that even the fabric of a swimsuit rubbing or pressing against your body is a distraction. Non-swim related garments are not allowed (i.e. jeans, down parkas or footie pajamas)
Can I eat before I get in a float tank?
You can float with a full stomach or an empty stomach, but in order to avoid focusing on the sounds and feelings of your digestive tract, experts recommend eating an hour or two before your float.
How long should I stay in the float tank?
We provide 90 minute sessions based on the overwhelming benefits indicated by clinical research. You’re welcome to spend less time if you feel you’ve achieved your desired outcome for your session. Speak with an associate if you’re interested in extended sessions.
How do I get in the float tank?
Getting into a float tank is very similar to getting into a bathtub. Once you are in the water, gently lie back, and the salt will keep you afloat.
What does it feel like inside a float tank?
Floating is challenging to describe. Initially the water is pleasantly warm, but quickly becomes less noticeable as the air and water are set to match the temperature of your skin. This equilibrium, combined with the weightlessness from the buoyant solution, results in very little external stimuli and allows your mind and body room to relax, recover and recharge. The specific experience is unique to each individual and each float. However, most people report experiencing strong feelings of peace and relaxation. Some floaters report feeling highly creative or find themselves thinking about profound subjects.
Is one float enough, or do I need multiple sessions?
Much like exercise, meditation or therapy, floating is a practice. It is common to have a pleasant and relaxing experience during your first float, and you can expect to find that the experience strengthens and lengthens each time. You may only realize the full therapeutic potential of floating after multiple sessions. Many people find that floating 1-2 times a week allows them to sustain the benefits of floating.
Floating combats stress in two main ways. First, the water’s magnesium inhibits ACTH, a hormone that drives your adrenal glands to release the stress hormone cortisol. Magnesium also improves sleep quality, which contributes to feeling less stressed. Since floating oxygenates your body by promoting vasodilation — better blood flow to the brain, organs, and limbs — it serves to minimize muscular pain and even pain from degenerative disc disease or herniated disks. By floating free of gravity, lactic acid passes out of the muscles faster, which reduces overall muscle stiffness and pain. Other studies have shown improvement from those suffering from anxiety, depression and PTSD.