What is Floating?
As explained by a pre-eminent scientist: “Floating is a method of attaining the deepest rest that humankind has ever experienced.” Essentially, it’s spending an hour or so lying quietly in the dark, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt, 26cm deep, and so dense that you float effortlessly. We play some gentle music to help you relax. In short, it’s complete mental and physical relaxation.
Might I be bored or frightened?
Anyone who floats regularly will tell you how blissfully comfortable and deeply relaxed they feel whilst floating. You’re as close as you are ever likely to be to an experience of weightlessness; and, surprisingly, there is no feeling of being confined in a tight space.
But I’m claustrophobic!?
It’s OK… many people are, but we don’t use float tanks or pods, rather, float rooms… you can stand up inside them. The light is controlled from inside, giving you total control of your environment. You can leave the light on and you can even leave the door open.
What effects does floating have on the body?
The water is at 35°C (skin temperature) and the air around 31°C; this similarity in temperature between the water and the air is what gives you the feeling of weightlessness. In this ‘gravity free’ environment the body balances and heals internally while all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate whilst lowering the levels of stress related hormones in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps blood circulation and raises the levels of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killer).
Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, insomnia, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Sports performance and recovery are also enhanced by floating.
One hour of floating has the restorative effects of 4 hours of sleep!
What effects does floating have on the mind?
During a float, you produce slower brain-waves, known as theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep). This is often accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates.
Due to these effects, floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools for Super Learning.
Is floating successful for everyone?
Floating, may not suit everybody. It needs willingness on your part to have a go and to let go, you may need to float a few times before you are able to relax completely, both physically and mentally. Depending on your own journey through life, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation – or a profound healing experience, emotionally and spiritually transforming. Floating can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels at which real changes take place, or it may simply give you a feeling of Zen and tranquillity in your busy life.
What if I can’t swim?
You do not need to be able to swim. You’ll float like a cork; it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are.
Is it private?
Yes, you float within your own individual room (so there is no requirement to wear a swimming costume or trunks). The Float room has its own shower and changing area and is for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.
Will my skin wrinkle?
No. Because the water contains high salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves you skin soft and silky.
Am I locked in?
No! The door simply pushes open. Also, the light switch is located inside the Float room. You can open and close the door as you wish; likewise, it is your choice if you turn off the light.
How is the water cleaned?
We have to comply with stringent health and safety regulations. The water contains a high concentration of salt and a limited amount of (swimming pool) chemicals to ensure it’s totally clean and sterile. We filter the water thoroughly between each float session.
What do I bring?
An open mind and a tired body! We provide towels, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and a hairdryer.
How long should I allow?
The float session lasts an hour in the water, plus showering and dressing time plus, it’s important for you to relax for at least 10 minutes after your float. We have a comfortable lounge for you to use afterwards, with complimentary drinks. We suggest you allow a good 1.5 hours the first session, perhaps a little less from the 2nd float, as we don’t need to explain everything over again.
How much does it cost?
A single session is $65. It’s important to have at least 3 floats session to feel the full benefits of floating, and we offer an introductory package of 3 sessions at $60 each (although this introductory offer is only available once). We accept Visa, MasterCard or bank transfers. For more information, head over to our services page.
What do you mean by Membership and Frequent Floaters Club?
Floating regularly is particularly beneficial, as the affects are cumulative. Our programmes allow you to float for as little as $50 a session.
Can I give a float session as a gift?
Yes, many birthdays are spent here courtesy of our gift vouchers. They can be arranged over the phone or during your visit.
Do I need to book?
Yes it is best to book in advance. We may have availability later in the day, but do call us before you come, to avoid a wasted journey.