WHAT IS FLOAT THERAPY?
Floatation is a powerful tool to unplug from a hectic & overstimulated world in order to achieve true mental & physical wellbeing.
Float therapy involves the use of an I-Sopod float tank which is like a giant private spa bath. The tank contains an Epsom-salt water solution (over 500kg Magnesium) salt has a number of healing properties.
The water is heated to match the temperature of your skin and due to the density of the water and you cannot really feel where the water line ends. Upon lying down, your body is able to float effortlessly and weightlessly-removing tension from the body and allowing it to relax. Within minutes you experience the sensation of floating on a cloud or in space and the ability to perceive your physical body dissipates into the surrounding water.
Floating will bring you to a state of complete relaxation where stress from your everyday life begins to fade as you start to let go.
There is a wide range of mental wellbeing and physical benefits. The experience of floatation will find and remove sources of discomfort and stress by freeing your mind and body from all external stimulus. Your mind and body will truly rest. Your senses will be revived and your mind will feel revitalised.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
These are the common questions that many people have then they are first trying or learning more about flotation therapy.
WHAT ABOUT COVID-19?
Floating is COVID secure and a safe experience. You are in total isolation from anyone else and you will enjoy the float room and vanity area to yourself throughout your visit. After every customer the float tank goes through a self cleaning process 3/4 times through our 1 micron filter (100 times smaller than a human hair) and past our powerful 55w UV sterilization chamber which kills 99.99% of bacteria including COVID. Disinfectant is also automatically dosed after each and every use of the pod. The room is also thoroughly cleaned and sanitised between every customer.
We also ask you to bring your own towel for after you've showered during this time.
CAN I DROWN IF I FALL ASLEEP IN THE FLOAT POD?
Some people fall asleep but the water is so dense that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
CAN I EAT OR DRINK BEFORE I FLOAT?
Normally food is not recommended unless you want to hear your stomach growling inside the pod. Similarly, you shouldn’t be starving or you could have the same issue, just have a light meal a couple of hours before the session. Definitely no caffeine, alcohol or energy drinks. Ideally some water is okay.
CAN I FLOAT IF I’M PREGNANT?
Absolutely, pregnant women love floating! It‘s a wonderful way to alleviate the weight of carrying another human inside you. If you have any concerns or medical conditions then please consult with your Midwife/ Dr before coming in.
CAN TWO PEOPLE FLOAT TOGETHER?
Only one person per pod. Once you have floated you will realise that the experience is quite personal and worrying about disturbing someone else lying next to you really defeats the purpose of the experience. We do however have three float pod rooms, so up to three people can come float simultaneously in our float centre.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
Come as you are – we provide everything that you need to float. Towels, earplugs, organic shower and body products, and blow dryers are all provided. You may wish to bring a contact lense case, a brush & your personal beautifying potions. Using bathers is also not recommended as they usually carry a lot of bacteria which would affect the hygiene in the pod, and also they will turn into cardboard due to the high salinity!
HOW DO YOU CLEAN THE PODS?
The entire water in the pods is fully filtered 3 times between each float, passing through a 10 micron filter and a brominator. The natural bacterial killing qualities of the Epsom salt combined with hydrogen peroxide and UV light means that the water in the pods is cleaner than tap water. The cleanliness of the pods and that of our float centre is of utmost importance to us.
DO I NEED ANY EXPERIENCE TO JOIN?
You don't need any knowledge of floating to come for your first float. We will explain how it all works, all you need to do is come prepared to feel amazingly relaxed.
HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO FLOAT TO FEEL RESULTS?
Many people experience significant benefits on their first float, however like any form of active wellness, consistent and repeated usage amplifies the results. We find that after your second or third float, you’ll be able to relax both physically and mentally and you’ll really start to feel how awesome floating can be. For chronic conditions more sessions will likely be necessary as it can take time to resolve underlying issues effectively.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I FLOAT?
There are no rules as to how often you should float, however when you start floating, it is ideal if you are able to manage several floats within a fairly short space of time, say one float per week or fortnight for 3-5 sessions. We know that this isn’t always possible however and most people will find they feel real benefit from even just one float.
For long-term benefits, it is preferable to float regularly (monthly, fortnightly or weekly) to help maintain reduced stress levels, muscle tension and improve overall well-being rather than using it as a reactionary treatment when stress & tension levels are already high.
The common sense approach that prevention is better than cure also applies to floating. We at 'The Float Space' float anywhere between daily to weekly and can wholeheartedly confirm that ‘the more you float, the better it gets’ is true!
IS IT PRIVATE?
Throughout your entire float experience you will have the float room and our vanity/relaxation space to use which is totally private.
SHOULD I DO ANYTHING TO PREPARE? WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
In the 24 hours before you float, don’t shave or wax as the Epsom salt water may sting your skin. Don’t drink caffeinated beverages for at least 4 hours before you float (it can make you a bit jittery). Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes prior to your float should prevent your stomach from growling while you float. That’s it, no other preparation is needed. If it is your first time – come 10-15 minutes early for a brief induction.
IMPORTANT: Please wait for 1 weeks after having coloured or dyed your hair (excludes bleaching/highlights), and 5 days after having a spray tan before your next float appointment.
Please bring a towel with you. We provide: earplugs, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, hair dryer and straighteners, body moisturiser, cotton buds, vaseline and complimentary herbal teas for after your float.
What you might want to bring: Any other personal toiletries. You have your own private room so we suggest floating naked to be completely free of sensation - but if you’d prefer to wear a swimsuit or shorts, remember to bring a bag to put them in afterwards, too.
WHAT IF I’M CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
Being in the pods is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You are always in control of your environment, you have the ability to open the door to the float pod at any time and leave the internal pod light on. Many people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems with their time in the pod and that they actually feel very safe and comfortable. When you first get in we recommend you sit down and close and open the door a few times to see how easy it is to help you feel more comfortable.