What Is Floating?
When exercise and nutrition alone are not achieving the desired results…
Floatation– REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique/therapy) has been used in the sporting world with great success since the early 1980s. Some of the first professional sports teams to utilize floatation therapy include the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Philies, Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to these major sport franchises, various athletes such as Joe Rogan, Stephen Curry, and JJ Watt have all used floatation – REST to improve their athletic performance. Research suggests that floatation rooms boost an athlete’s performance in three different ways: control over the negative effects of stress, elevation of their mental training and decreased recovery time after demanding workouts and races.
What is appropriate to wear?
We prefer that you wear nothing but your birthday suit. Anything you wear will get very heavy with the salt solution and press against your body, becoming a distraction. Your experience is completely private from beginning to end and there are locks on every treatment room door. However, if you prefer to wear a swimsuit you are welcome to.
What if I'm claustrophobic?
We have had several guests with varying degrees of claustrophobia and each has successfully floated and enjoyed their experience! If you have a concern, we encourage you to stop by and take a look at our Float Rooms. Our Float Rooms are custom built like a small room, you’re even able to stand up in them. In addition, you are in control of your environment at all times. You can open the door, leave a light on and/or play music if desired.
Can I float if I'm pregnant?
Yes! As their bodies get heavier, floating is a great relief from the pull of gravity. The zero-gravity environment is ideal for managing back pain and discomfort during pregnancy. There have also been reports of women having deep levels of connection with their unborn children while floating. Experiences such as hearing the baby’s heartbeat, or feeling the baby move for the first time in early pregnancy are common.
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.
How long does it really take
Generally a 1 hour float consists of a 5 min intro, 6 min shower, 60 minute float and 10 minutes to shower and dress. Feel free to get here 15 minutes early and hang around for 15 minutes afterwards. Don’t rush here or away afterwards; enjoy the revived glow!
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the float room. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, earplugs, blow dryers, body wash, shampoo & Conditioner).
Will water get in my ears?
You may choose to use earplugs, which we supply. If you happen to get the salt water in your ears, we recommend taking a solution of vinegar and water to clean the salt water from the ears after your float if needed. The salt water is not harmful.
Do I have to wear earplugs during a float?
No, this is a personal preference. We would suggest the first couple of times you float that you wear them, and once you are used to it you can decide for yourself.
Can I wear my contacts in the float room?
We do not recommend it. Initially they can be a nuisance and therefore a distraction. Also, if you do happen to get salt in your eyes (rare but can happen) you will struggle to clear your eyes with contacts in.
I have salt on my clothes?
Don’t worry, it washes right out with normal wash.
Can two people float in one room?
We don’t recommend it or allow it. Floating in the rooms is intended to be a private, individual experience. We have two sensory deprivation rooms, so you can throw your own float party and invite another person to float simultaneously in our Spa.
Can I float if I'm menstruating?
We do not recommend, but yes, the benefits of the magnesium are known to ease the symptoms of PMS. Please use the same sanitary precautions as when swimming in a pool.
Can I float if I just dyed my hair?
What happens to your newly dyed hair when you shower at home? Is the water clear? If not, you should probably wait before you float. Even if your shower water is clear of any dye, all that salt in the float room might still have an effect on some hair dyes. If there is still some color coming out you should wait to float after 7 or more days/showers.
Do I have to stay in the whole time?
There aren’t any latches on the room doors, and you can get out anytime. That said, the 60-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect (our average customer usually says it felt like 30-45 minutes long).
What if I fall asleep in there?
Enjoy it! The water has a high content of Epsom salts, which provides natural buoyancy. It is physically impossible to sink or to turn over in your sleep. Lie back and the solution will totally support you. If you do fall asleep whilst floating it will be one of the most rested and deep states of sleep you will ever experience – one hour of delta sleep is equivalent to 6 to 8 hours of very deep sleep.
Can I drown if I fall asleep in there?
Nope. Most people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes. And if you can not swim it is OK. Floating is as easy as taking a bath. You just step in, sit down, and lay back. You can touch the bottom with your hands. There is no skill required, you just let the salty water do the work – you’ll actually float like a cork and it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are.
Can I accidentally turn over in the water?
No. The water is very shallow and is much heavier than ordinary water because of the salt. You float on your back with absolutely no effort and there is no tendency to roll over. People often sleep in float rooms and there is no risk of rolling over even if you are asleep.
How many float tanks do you have?
We have two state of the art float rooms in separate suites with separate showering facilities.
How do you clean the rooms?
Our sensory deprivation rooms get a deep cleaning between each use. Our automated filtration system employs ozone and a dual filtration system, to filter the water particles down. This is performed three times between each session, ensuring pristine water. Hydrogen peroxide is also used as a secondary to ensure pristine water.
We adhere to an extremely strict set of testing protocols. The water is tested every day for hygiene, specific gravity, pH balancing, sterilization, temperatures. Our specially designed filters are capable of screening the water down to as little as 1 micron (100th the size of a hair). The entire contents of the room is flushed inside 5 minutes ready for the next floater within 20 minutes.
Will I get cold, like staying too long in a bath?
No, the float room is heated all the time. The temperature of the water feels warm when you get in, but in fact it is at normal skin temperature, and this is exactly right for floating for a long time. The correct temperature is important for feeling comfortable and relaxed for an hour or so.
Can I eat before I float?
Normally food is not recommended unless you want to hear your digestive juices inside the float room. Similarly, you shouldn’t be starving or you could have the same issue.
Should I drink before I float?
Definitely NO caffeine, and preferably NO alcohol or energy drinks. Ideally some water is recommended as Floating can dehydrate you a little.
What effects does floating have on the body?
In the gravity free environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure whilst lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps reduce signals from the brain. Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Sports performance and ‘wind down’ is also enhanced during floating.
Does it work for everyone?
No. Floatation is not for everyone. It’s not ‘normal’. But if it connects with you the results are amazing. It is unique experience and the only way to know is to try it. Like anything it is only a tool, a practiced way to achieve a goal. The closest analogy is that of meditation. Floatation doesn’t change you, it helps you understand yourself better.
What effects does floating have on the mind?
During a float you produce slower brain-wave patterns, known as alpha and theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep). This is usually 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. Because of 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 a tool for Super Learning.
How many times do I need to go to feel results?
The benefits of floating will happen even with only one float, however, like any therapy consistent and repeated usage amplifies the results. Expect to go 3 times before you can really notice the feeling and difference that floating can make.
How long till I am good at floating?
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.
Is there a cumulative effect of using the float tank on a regular basis?
Yes. There is a cumulative effect with consistent use of the room. Floating uses sensory isolation as an induction to the “relaxation response” which equates with meditation. Simply be floating, you train this response and become.
Is it private?
Floating is a very private experience. The float room is housed in a suite own private shower. You shower before entering the float room and then again after your float to remove the salt solution. Most people don’t wear anything when they float – just think of the float room as a big bathtub – though you can wear a swimsuit if you prefer.
Can I float too much?
Absolutely not! You can never float too much.
Can children use the rooms? What is their response?
Yes, although there is little documentation of their responses. Children have found it easier to dismiss their fears of being in a dark, enclosed space after only a few sessions of float therapy. We do require a parent to be in the office for the entire float session.
Do I need to book appointments ahead of time?
We recommend booking in advance, but can certainly accommodate walk-in clients, depending on availability. Our online booking tool is easily accessible, but should not be used for booking within a 2 hour period. We also have a $15 cancelation fee if you cancel with less then 12 hours till your float session.
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At this time Optimize U is a self-pay clinic, which means we do not bill insurance companies or do any preauthorization. If you wish to send your itemized bill to your insurance company, you may do so on your own behalf. FSA/ HSA cards are accepted. Please check with your plan benefits for coverage determination.
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