Floating therapy, or sensory deprivation therapy, is a remarkable way to achieve profound relaxation, rejuvenation, mental clarity and spiritual well-being.
Imagine yourself resting peacefully in 1200 lbs of salt water that is so dense, it requires zero effort to float within a few inches of the surface. Now picture an environment that’s perfectly designed to eliminate all stimulation. There’s no pressure on your body, no feeling hot or cold and no noise or distractions. Under these unique conditions, commonly referred to as sensory deprivation, your mind will be free to enter a state of such deep relaxation that it reconnects with the body and soul in amazing harmony. This is float therapy.
Floating gives us the opportunity to let go, rejuvenate and refocus. The positive effects can last for days and with regular floating, can become a permanent fixture in your lifestyle.
Here’s how floating therapy or sensory deprivation therapy works:
Specially design float therapy pods and rooms are the key to creating the sensory deprivation environment. These beautifully engineered devices have a range of sensors, equipment and features that work together to provide you with one of the most amazing experiences.
The basins hold 11-inches of water that is super saturated with pharmaceutical grade Epsom salts. The density of this liquid is what permits you to float safely and comfortably near the surface.
The heating system keeps the water at skin receptor temperature so you never feel hot or cold. It’s so precise that once you’re settled, you won’t know where your skin ends and the water begins
The walls are insulated to keep the air temperature and humidity and the perfect level
There is a light therapy system that provides a calming array of colors throughout the pod or room during your float, or you can choose to relax in complete darkness.
The under-water sound system lets you choose to float with relaxing sounds, your own music or even assisted meditation recordings. You can also choose to turn off the sound to enjoy silence.
One of the most important elements of the pods and rooms is water sanitation. The equipment filters the water four times between each session using a triple-cleansing technique of micron filters, UV filters and Ozone treatment.
During your float, the outside world disappears and amazing things happen. When you’re not constantly taking in stimulation, your body and mind are free to accomplish many important tasks like healing, destressing and processing thoughts and emotions.
If you're ready to experience your first float therapy session with us, then here's what you do:
Overview Preparing for your float Starting your float During your float
Create an account. You’ll need an account to access our booking system. Click here to get started.
Book your session. Choose the type of float session you want, then pick the date and time that works best for you.
Arrive early. Come at least 10 minutes before your float session. If you’re enjoying your first float, then our welcoming staff will guide you through everything you need to know and help you settle in.
Float. Enter your private float room, shower and start your float therapy session.
Enjoy. After your float therapy session, enjoy a shower and emerge from the float room completed relaxed. We invited you to a complimentary beverage and snack in our post-float lobby, while you reflect on your stillness. This sense of calm will remain with you for hours and even days after your float therapy session.
Preparing for your float
While our float studio is designed to give you the most comforting experience possible, there are a few tips to consider in preparation for you float session to help make it even more enjoyable:
Shaving – we recommend you avoid shaving a few hours before your float. Any lesions on your skin could present a slight sting when you first enter the Epsom salt water
Eating – We recommend that you enjoy a light meal a few hours before your float. You want avoid feeling bloated, but also feeling hunger.
Hydration – You want to stay as hydrated as possible as a general rule, but it’s particularly important for floating. We don’t recommending drinking a bunch of water just before you float, so start hydrating well in advance.
Washroom – You’ll definitely want to use the washroom prior to showering before your float therapy session. Laying in water for an hour or more will definitely test your bladder.
Stimulants (smoking, caffeine, etc) – The whole point of floating is to isolate your body and mind from stimulation. Doing nothing can be harder than it sounds for new floaters, so don’t make things unnecessarily difficult by drinking coffee or having a smoke before you float. Drugs and alcohol are prohibited.
Activity – We recommend coupling activity with your flout session when possible. Exercise, sport, yoga, weight training and even stretching for just a few minutes before your float can prepare your body for relaxation by having spent any pent-up energy it may have. Just remember to stay hydrated.
Hair dyes – In some cases, certain types of hair dyes can bleed out because of the heavy concentration of Epsom salts. We recommend waiting a few days and washing your hair thoroughly before enjoying a float session.
Starting your float
We ask all floaters to come 10 minutes early because there are a few things to do before getting in the water.
Disrobe – Once you enter your private float room and lock the door, you’re free to disrobe and get naked. We highly suggest floating in the nude, but feel free to wear a bathing suit.
Ear plugs – When you float, your ears will be positioned just under the waterline. As such, we provide you with earplugs to stay comfortable. We recommend putting them in before you shower.
Shower – It is extremely important and essential to shower before your float. You must remove all lotions, oils and hair products before starting your session.
Prepare your skin – If you have any skin abrasions, you’ll want to dry off that area and apply the complimentary petroleum jelly. Even the smallest scratch can momentarily sting when you first enter the Epsom salt water.
Cover your eyes – We recommend placing a dry face towel (which is provided) over your eyes while you float. This is to avoid getting salt water on your eyelids or in your eyes. If you do get a bit of salt water on your face, don’t worry, we provide a fresh-water spray bottle within easy reach.
Set your controls – Choose your light therapy settings and volume settings using the conveniently located controls. You may also choose to turn everything off and relax in the total dark and silence.
Neck support – Some people like to float with a bit of neck support. If you’d like to use neck support, we have two options for you to choose from. There’s an inflatable cushion or a foam support ring. Both work very well, but have different levels of support, with the cushion providing more support.
During your float
There’s no right or wrong way to float. Everyone will find his or her own favorite position. However, there are a few tips to help you get settled.
Position – The two most common positions are with arms by your side or with arms beside your head. We find that people with neck or shoulder pain prefer having their arms beside or above their head in a starfish pose. Those with lower back issues or hip pain find that crossing one leg over the other can help relieve pressure from those troubled areas. This cross leg position can also be a favorite for pregnant women.
Breathing – One of the best tools you have to calming your body and mind is controlled breathing. We recommend that you start your session breathing deeply through your nose. Once you start feeling relaxed and at ease, we suggest you try letting go and allowing your body to breath naturally.
Let go – For many first time floaters, letting go can be harder than it sounds, but don’t worry because you’ll get there. The first thing to do is let your body accept the lack of stimulation. It’s going to feel disoriented at first because it won’t know where your skin ends and the water begins. You’ll also lose track of your limbs and sense of direction. This is exactly what your after so don’t fight it, just accept it. With your body at easy, you’ll become very aware of how busy your mind is. Some express this as mental chatter. Let the thoughts come because it’s a normal part of processing your mind’s backlog of thinking. Just don’t focus on any one issue or concern for too long.
Stillness – Once you’ve let go of your physical and mental stimulation, it’s time to work on stillness. Do your best to avoid moving. You also want to still your thinking. It’s good to process your thoughts, but you ideally want to still your mind. Some floaters find that repeating a focus word or phrase (a mantra) can lead you to the mental state of stillness. This will generate a perception of timelessness and lead to the peak of your relaxation. If you fell yourself falling asleep, then go with it.
History of Float Therapy or Sensory Deprivation Therapy
Float therapy has been around for over 60 years. It was initially called restricted environment stimulation therapy or REST therapy and has been known by other descriptive terms like sensory deprivation therapy, isolation therapy and most
In 1954, a physician and neuroscientist named John C. Lilly needed to create an environment in which all incoming sensory information was eliminated for a series of experiments he wanted to undertake. Through his experiments, he discovered restricted environment stimulation therapy had many benefits. During the 1970s, a commercial version of his laboratory chambers was created so that the benefits of sensory deprivation could become available to the public.
By creating a space where the majority of stimuli was isolated from the brain and body, it was discovered that both operated in an incredible fashion that created a state of homeostasis, resulting in amazing recover and focus.
Since then, many have continued his work and there is now a large amount of research published on the subject. Simple Google the term Research on Restricted Environmental Stimulation to learn more.