What is a float tank? A float tank is like a large bath or spa. It is fibreglass, and long enough for you to lie in and high enough for you to sit up in. It has a lid (which you can choose to leave open), to reduce light and sound in the tank. Ideally, the tank is completely dark, quiet and warm. When you float with us, friendly staff are right outside, and you feel safe with a light and call button located in the tank. We are proud that our float tanks are designed and manufactured right here in Australia, by Apollo.
Why would I pay to float? Floating in a tank is different to floating in a pool or the ocean, and it is different to lying in your bed, or on the floor. When you float in a float tank, the environment is ideal for complete physical and mental relaxation. Your body is completely supported by the salt water. Floating has been used theraputically for several decades, and there are many health benefits to floating. If you float regularly, you may find that your need to visit other practitioners decreases, as you won’t be as stressed or tense as previously.
How often should I float? You will experience the benefit of floating after one float. You will probably feel very relaxed (perhaps almost sleepy) for the day after your float, and you will probably sleep very deeply that night. Studies have shown that optimal health benefits (better sleep, lower stress levels, lower blood pressure) are achieved and maintained into the long term when you float about three times a month. If you’re not sure about floating, or would like to trial how it can fit in your life, try our float passes (1 float, 3 floats or 10 floats). Our float memberships (6 or 12 months) are designed to give you the best value for optimal health. We know you won’t regret your time spent in our tanks and in our relaxing tea room! Whether you float every week, once a year, or only once, we will be happy to support you on your float journey J
Is floating safe? What if I fall asleep – will I drown? While there are certain times that floating isn’t recommended, generally floating is 100% safe. You will probably fall asleep, but the salt water is so bouyant that you cannot drown.
We don’t recommend floating:
- With an open wound or severe eczema (for small cuts, we will provide a barrier cream)
- The day you shave/wax
- Whilst wearing contact lenses
- if you are burnt (including sunburn)
- if you are too hungry or too full, or after too much caffeine (we recommend NO caffeine on the day of your float – at least before you float!)
- if you haven’t washed off oily or smelly skin/hair products (not only will they soil the tanks, but the smell/feel of the product will reduce your ability to fully enjoy the float)
We won’t let you float:
- when you are drunk, or under the influence of other drugs
- if you suffer from mental health conditions (especially psychosis) and HAVEN’T recieved permission from your practitioner.
- if you have a health condition (including pregnancy) and HAVEN’T recieved permission from your practitioner. (With permission, we strongly recommend floating for many health conditions, especially pregnancy, but please discuss your options with your practitioner first!)
- If you have an infectious skin disease
- If it has been less than two weeks since you had gastro/diarrhoea.
Are the tanks clean? Absolutely! Float tanks are cleaner than your average public pool or spa. We filter the water completely after each use. We also test for nasties regularly, however, the dark tank and high salt concentration doesn’t support growth or life… you won’t be exposed to anything other than magnesium sulphate (which will only soothe and relax your muscles) and warm water.
Do I really have to close the door? Isn’t it dark? Isn’t it claustrophobic in there? One of the great things about floating is that you are in control of your float. You may leave the light on, or turn it off. You may leave the door open, or close it if you wish. Plenty of fresh air enters the tank through vents. The tank is larger than a single bed, and high enough for you to sit up in, so it really isn’t that small. We will help you acclimatise and settle in, and then you choose your level of sensory deprivation. The best results are achieved in a completely dark and sound-free environment, but you will still absorb plenty of muscle-relaxing magnesium, and feel very refreshed floating the way that is most comfortable for you. There is also an internal light that you can operate from inside the tank, and turn on any time you need to.
Do I have to be naked? Generally, yes. The high salt concentrations may damage some swimmers/clothes, and additionally you will feel clothes pressing on your skin! The ideal float is fully without sensation, including clothes, so most people float in their birthday suits. The private float rooms are secure and lockable, and we provide robes for you if you need to use the bathroom during a float.
What do I need to bring? We provide towels, robes, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, and ear plugs. Bring whatever you might need after a shower: comb, moisturiser etc, and don’t forget your contacts case (you shouldn’t float wearing contact lenses) or glasses case. You may leave your belongings in the private bathroom and we can ensure they are safe while you float, or you may take them into the float room with you.
I’m pregnant, can I float? Most definitely! In fact, you’ll wish you’d started floating earlier! The water in the tank is not too hot (only around 35 degrees), and in modified position, floating can help ease the strain of carrying your baby (and your baby will be floating too!). We don’t think there are any risks, but we do ask that you check with your practitioner first.
Will I be lonely/bored/scared in there? We don’t think so, but everyone is different! An average float is for one hour, and similarly to meditation, you may go through various emotions and have some strong recurring thoughts. This is completely normal, and part of the process of floating – floating will help you to de-stress and release unwanted thoughts and emotions. If you are worried, you are free to end the float early, or simply turn on the light for a while. Alternatively, we recommend bringing a friend to your first float (we have two tanks available to be booked at the same time), so you can meet and share stories in our tea room after. We are here to help guide you, so please let us know if you have any concerns. What you experience in the float tank will probably help you “make sense” of things occurring in your life… it is a bit like therapy, but more relaxing!
Are there any side effects? None! At worst, you may feel bored (this is normal! And you will still be experiencing the benefits of floating – better sleep, reduced blood pressure and reduced stress). At best, you will feel peaceful, calm (maybe euphoric!) and relaxed. Each float is different, but you can be assured that you are safe and that you are doing yourself a huge favour just by being there.