Relax like never before
What is floatation therapy?
Floating is a form of enhanced relaxation, combining the reduction or elimination of sight and sound with a zero-gravity environment. Sometimes referred to as sensory deprivation therapy or Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy (R.E.S.T), floating takes place while lying in a tank filled with 10 inches of skin-temperature water and over 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. You float effortlessly on the surface, removing all pressure from your muscles, joints and bones. With nothing to do, but float, your mind is free to explore and expand a deeper sense of consciousness and relaxation. Sessions generally last 60-90 minutes. The highly santized salt water is fully filtered three times between each float.
In this stimulant-free environment, gravity, temperature, touch and sound drop to nearly non-existent levels. At 94 degrees, the water around you exactly matches your skin temperature, causing you to lose the connection between where you end and the water begins. With no body to attend to, your mind is unleashed to explore and expand untouched depths of consciousness and relaxation.
Why Try Float Therapy?
When you float in a floatation tank, your body absorbs the Magnesium Sulphate, commonly known as Epsom salt. Since many of us are magnesium deficient, the increase in magnesium and sulfate levels helps calm your nervous system and enhance your body’s natural ability to heal. The deep relaxation state you enter when floating helps to reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels.
For the duration of a session, you appreciate the near total removal of the distractions of daily life: the sounds, sights, even gravity. This sensory vacuum provides an opportunity for something or nothing to occur. Some experience a near-meditative state, others report relief from chronic pain, headaches, symptoms of ADHD, PTSD, sleep issues and lower blood pressure and stress levels. A float session provides an opportunity for your body to rest and heal.
- Deep relaxation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves posture & circulation
- Relieves back & neck pain
- Aids in recovery from injury
- Reduces inflammation
- Stress relief
- Improves sleep
- Eliminates fatigue & jet lag
- Reduces anxiety & depression
- Energizes & rejuvenates
- Increases creativity
- Aids visualization
- Expands awareness
- Enables self-reflection
- Deepens meditation
- Accelerates learning
- Facilitates freedom from unwanted habits
A Brief History of Floating
In 1954, while working at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a neuroscientist named John C. Lilly perceived that the way to approach both the problem of studying the brain/mind and the question of the origins of the consciousness was to isolate the mind from external stimulation. Just by chance, Dr. Lilly and his colleague, Dr. Jay Shurley, discovered the ideal facility at the NIMH – a soundproof chamber containing a tank constructed during World War II for experiments by the Navy on the metabolism of underwater swimmers.
Lilly’s first tank was one in which the floater was suspended upright, entirely underwater, head completely submerged in the water with air tubes, a diver’s helmet and a black faceplate. Lilly found that the tank effectively eliminated virtually all major external stimuli.
He ended up discovering that sensory deprivation has many benefits that far superseded the initial experiments he was conducting.
By the 1970s, the tank’s design had evolved from Lilly’s original laboratory chambers to the comfortable commercial tanks that we have now. While we have come a long way from looking like a creature from the Black Lagoon, the positive benefits of floating have been around for nearly half a century.
The Book of Floating, Michael Hutchinson
John C. Lilly
I’m ready to float!
What do I wear?
This is the best part! You don’t have to remember to bring anything at all, no bathing suit or special outfit. Since you will be alone in your float treatment room and your float room for the duration of your session, you float naked. A shower before and after your float will be all that you need to do to complete your float session.
What do I bring?
You may bring a brush/comb. If you wear contact lenses, bring a case to store them in. Additionally, you can bring anything you would want post-shower (special face cream or deodorant, for example). We supply everything else, towels, robes, ear plugs and hair dryers. We even supply shampoo and soap for your pre-float shower and shampoo/conditioner, soap and body lotion for your post-float shower.
We encourage you also to bring an open mind. New experiences can be scary and we are here to make sure floating is everything you hope it can be.
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Being in the float room is more like floating in space (not that we have any idea what that feels like) than being in an enclosed space. You’re always in control of your environment. You may prop the door open with a small towel and/or keep the light on. People with extreme cases of claustrophobia have consistently reported no problems.
How will the salt water affect my hair treatments?
We ask that you wait to float for at least TWO weeks after having a hair color treatment. Make sure that the water runs clear when you shower.
If you have a Keratin treatment, aBrazilian blow out or any other hair treatment about which you may be concerned, please check with your hair stylist regarding the effects the salt water may have on your treatment.
How are the tanks cleaned?
We filter the tanks entirely after use and keep them sanitized. The saline solution does not support parasitic, fungal or bacterial life in the water. There are over 1,000 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in each of our float rooms. The solution is so high in saline that no living microorganism can survive in there. After each session, the entire volume of the solution is pumped out and filtered through a three-part filtration and sterilization system utilizing Ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). UV is the safest most effective system available. In addition, all clients are required to be 100% clean prior to entering the tank. Our tanks are much safer than using a public pool or spa.
Will my skin wrinkle?
No. The Epsom salt in the water is a natural skin emollient. Your skin will feel silky smooth.
Can I drown if I fall asleep?
No. Some people fall asleep and as the water is so buoyant you stay afloat. At worst, you may be woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely. We have three tanks available. You can float at the same time as your friends and then chat about your experience in our relax and recovery area before entering back into the “real world.”
Is the water hot like a spa?
No. The water is warmed and kept to skin receptor neutral temperature, 93-94 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not hot and it’s not cold. This is the ideal temperature for floating for long periods.
Are there any negative side effects?
There are no negative side-effects. All the effects of deep sensory relaxation are wholly beneficial and work simultaneously at a physical, mental and emotional level.
Do I wear anything in the tank?
The rooms are completely private. We do not recommend wearing a swimsuit as this presses against the body and takes away from the effects of reducing all sensory stimulation. Think of it as just getting into a nice warm, soothing bath.
What is Epsom salt?
Epsom salt is Magnesium Sulphate and is non-toxic. It has been used for centuries for its healing properties. It raises the density of the water making you float and it softens your skin. It’s also great to soak in if you have a magnesium deficiency.
Will I have enough air in the float room?
Yes. There is a vent that allows air to be expelled and fresh air to come into the room.
What if I have a small cut on my body?
As long as it’s a small cut and not an open wound, you can cover the scratch/cut with a skin barrier ointment, which we supply. This means nothing is going to come in or out of your cut.
What if I get salt water in my eyes?
First off, don’t panic. We will have a washcloth dampened with fresh water in your float room that you can use to dab your eye should you get any salt water in there. No, it doesn’t feel good. Yes, it will pass. The washcloth is usually all you need to rinse your eye and continue with your float.
First Timer’s Guide
What will your first float be like and what should you expect to happen once you arrive at Imagine Float? This brief guide will walk you through the process so you’ll arrive prepared, anxiety-free and ready to float. In addition, be sure to watch this video as you prepare for your first float at Imagine Float. It will describe all the steps you should anticipate from the start of your float to leaving.
We try to make this as seamless as possible. You will find several “BOOK NOW” buttons on our website. Click the button and you’ll be on your way to booking your time and paying in advance so that you have nothing to worry about upon arrival. If this is your first time at Imagine Float we highly recommend the “First Time Float Three Pack”.
Key Tips Prior to Floating
- Make sure to not drink caffeine at least 6 hours prior to your float to ensure your body can reach ultimate relaxation.
- We recommend you eat at least an hour before you float or waiting until afterward. Eating or drinking too close to the time of your float could cause discomfort and create the urge to need to use the bathroom as well as make it hard to relax your mind.
- Try to not shave the day of your float. Shaving can leave your skin fresh to be stung by the salt water.
- No recent tattoos or piercings.
- Please wait to float for 2 weeks after having a hair color treatment.
- Come free of expectations. Be open to wherever your float experience takes you. And remember, no two floats are ever the same.
If it is your first time to Imagine Float we ask you to arrive 15 minutes prior to your float to assure you have time to fill out our waiver and go through our brief introduction. If it’s not your first time here, just be sure to arrive on time. Any time past your scheduled appointment will tap into your float time, and no one wants that! We want you to get the full 60 minutes of relaxation, creation, navigation and whatever your float becomes.
Check in at our reception desk. A staff member will show you to your room, take you through the next steps, and answer any questions you have.
Embark On Your Float
Put in your earplugs, take a quick shower to rinse off any oils on the skin, and then enter the float room (and for those wondering, you do float naked).
When your time is up in the float room, soft music will slowly seep into the room to let you know your float has come to an end. Upon getting out of the float room you’ll take another quick shower to rinse the salt off. After changing back into your clothes join us in our “relax and recovery” room.
After Your Float
Before you get bombarded with stimuli, take a moment to settle back into reality in our comfortable “relax and recovery room.” We’ll have beverages for you to sip on, books for you to read, and writing and art utensils for you to jot or create at your leisure. If you want to bring your laptop to do some work post-float, we encourage that too! We want you to take advantage of the clarity and ease you’ll have immediately post-float.
Benefits of floating can last for hours and days. Enjoy your post-float glow.
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