How is hygiene maintained?

 

The high concentration of mineral salts in the Epsom salt solution (9 times the ocean) prohibits the growth of harmful bacteria/microorganisms and makes the tank a very sterile environment. The water is fully filtered 3 times between each float, passing through a hot tub caliber filter. Vancouver Coastal Health also requires that we add a minimal amount of a disinfectant to the solution. In addition, each floater showers before they float to remove body oils and any skin or hair products.

 

What if I’m claustrophobic?

 

Most people that are afraid to use the tank because they are claustrophobic assume that they will be confined to an enclosed space. However, you can use the tank with the door open if you wish. You are in control of the situation and can get in and out whenever you want. You should use it in the way it’s comfortable for you. The tank is such an excellent place to go through claustrophobia that if you want to get rid of yours, it is probably the best place to do it.

 

Do I need to bring anything for the float session?

 

The float tank is situated in a private room with its own shower so it is not necessary to wear anything while floating. Anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a distraction. Shampoo and shower gel are provided for before and after your float. However, you may bring your body care products you’re accustomed to.

Note: If you use contact lenses, we recommend removing them while you float.

 

How should I prepare for the float session?

 

Floating is most likely the simplest pastime there is. Before you float, DO NOT apply oil, lotion, or perfume, as you will be showering to remove these things before you enter the tank. It is highly recommended not to shave 4-6 hours before floating or the day of your float since freshly shaven skin can cause stinging from the salt water. A light snack before your float is fine, however if you eat a very heavy meal you may spend a lot of time listening to your digestive juices. Drinking coffee is not recommended as it may interfere the ability to relax.

Note: If you use contact lenses, we recommend removing them while you float.

 

What will I experience when I float?

 

Floating is a very individual experience. Sometimes the first session or two is a period of adjusting to this unique environment; however, most reports are profound peace, relaxation, deep concentration, and creativity. We like to avoid saying too much before people use the tank, so that they aren’t influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time.

 

Will I experience altered states?

 

Although you probably will not find yourself experiencing Hollywood’s version of inner realities, avid floaters often report states of expanded awareness and inner peace. Meditators, body workers, and others involved in spiritual, creative, and service disciplines may find their practices and sensitivities enhanced.

 

 

Can floating help my medical condition?

 

Research in clinical and hospital settings has shown floatation to be a powerful tool in treating high blood pressure, muscular, neurological, endocrine and other stress related disorders. Other findings indicate that floatation significantly increases the production of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” hormones. In this regard, the tank is being used to treat depression and bring relief to individuals who suffer with chronic pain.

 

Will floating complement other therapeutic treatments?

 

Many clinics, health care professionals, and their clients have found floatation to be an invaluable adjunct to various alternative therapies. Often the effects of a treatment can be amplified, and the healing accelerated when the tank is used in tandem. If you float before, you may be more receptive to the treatment. If you float after, you may experience a deeper float.

 

Can I drown in the tank?

 

No. Not unless you lay face down in the tank (which is very hard to do), and are capable of tolerating the sting of the salt in the eyes, nose, and mouth.

It is impossible not to float in the tank. Eight hundred pounds of salt dissolved in the water make the solution so much denser than your body that your body is pushed to the surface like a cork. Your face is out of the solution and your ears are underwater.

 

 

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

 

Heavily pregnant women probably get more relief from the tank than anyone else. Just lying in bed can be extremely uncomfortable for women during the later stages of pregnancy due to massive gravitational strain placed on the body. The float tank is a wonderful haven to which pregnant women can escape.