WHAT IS FLOAT THERAPY AND ITS BENEFITS?
Floatation Therapy is a private, saltwater bath that gently floats away tension and stress, soothes achy muscles, and neutralizes the ill effects of our overstimulated environments. Immerse yourself by lying in a spacious float cabin filled with skin-temperature water and 1,100 pounds of magnesium-dense Epsom Salt allowing blood to flow freely throughout your body. While floating effortlessly on the surface, your muscles, joints, and bones are given a well-deserved break. Throughout a 60-90 minute float session, your spine will lengthen and your body will be free to focus on healing and resting. While your physical body is resting, your brain stops producing its normal Alpha waves and starts producing Theta waves. Theta waves give way to a deep sense of consciousness and relaxation. As a result, your body lowers its levels of cortisol (which is the main chemical component of stress) and your brain releases elevated levels of endorphins. Floating provides a perfect opportunity for your body and mind to rest and heal.
Benefits can include:
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces anxiety & depression
Energizes & rejuvenates
A BRIEF HISTORY OF FLOATING
In 1954 American neuroscientist, Dr. John C. Lilly, while at the National Institute of Mental Health, developed the first sensory deprivation tank to study the brain and mind. Today, institutes around the country continue to use sensory deprivation pools to research mental and emotional health.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Before your first appointment, please fill out our waiver. Each therapy has its own set of contraindications and requires its own waiver. A link to these waivers is included in your appointment confirmation email.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment time. Upon arrival, call our center 860.255.7771 to let us know that you are here. You will then be greeted by one of our team members.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY FLOAT? (FIRST TIME FLOATING GUIDE)
The following introductory video will share everything you need to know about your float experience at Imagine Float or click here to view our First Time Floating Guide.
WHAT DO I BRING?
WHAT IF I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
WILL THE SALT WATER AFFECT MY HAIR TREATMENTS?
HOW ARE THE TANKS CLEANED?
There is over 1,000 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt dissolved in each of our float cabins. The solution is so high in saline that no living microorganism can survive in there. Despite that, after each session, the entire volume of the solution is pumped out and filtered through a three-part filtration and sterilization system utilizing ultraviolet light, injected with ozone and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). UV is the safest most effective system available. In addition, all clients are required to be 100% clean prior to entering the tank.
WILL MY SKIN WRINKLE?
Actually, no! The Epsom salt in the water is a natural skin emollient. Your skin should feel silky smooth at the end of your float session.
WHAT IF I FALL ASLEEP?
No worries. Lots of people fall asleep. The water is so dense with epsom salt you naturally stay afloat. It's actually quite difficult to roll over. At the end of your float session a light and recording come on to alert you that your float has ended. This always wakes our sleeping clients.
CAN I BRING A FRIEND?
Absolutely. We have three float cabins available. You can all float at the same time in separate cabins and then chat about your similar or dissimilar experiences in our relaxation room before entering back into the “real world.”
IS THE WATER HOT LIKE A SPA?
No. The water is warmed and kept to skin receptor neutral temperature, 94 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not hot and it’s not cold. It should feel just right. At the end of your float session, our float specialist will get your feedback as to temperature. Each of our float rooms are customizable. We track exactly what your room temperature, water temperature and humidity is every time you are here. We know exactly what you like.
ARE THERE ANY NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS?
There are no negative side-effects. All the effects of deep sensory relaxation are wholly beneficial and work simultaneously on a physical, mental and emotional level.
DO I BRING MY BATHING SUIT?
We do not recommend wearing a swimsuit as this presses against the body and takes away from the effects of reducing all sensory stimulation. Each of our float rooms are private and have locking doors. We suggest floating in your birthday suit. Think of it as just getting into a nice warm, soothing bath.
WHAT IS EPSOM SALT?
Epsom salt is Magnesium Sulphate and is non-toxic. It has been used for centuries for its healing properties. It raises the density of the water making you float and it softens your skin. It’s also great to soak in if you have a magnesium deficiency.
WILL I HAVE ENOUGH AIR IN THE FLOAT ROOM?
Yes. There is plenty of venitilation in the float cabin.
WHAT IF I HAVE A SMALL CUT ON MY BODY?
No problmem. We provide petroleum jelly/a&d ointment for you to use. This will be enough of a protective barrrier to prevent the salt water from stinging.
WHAT IF I GET SALT WATER IN MY EYES?
We provide all of our floaters with a wash cloth and fresh water bottle in their cabin in case this happens. Simply dampen the wash cloth with the fresh water and dab your eyes.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I USE FLOATATION THERAPY?
At the very minimum float therapy should be practiced once a month. This is considered “maintenance.” Initially, most find success with 3 floats in a 30 day period that then progresses to a monthly maintenance program. If however, you are struggling with chronic stress, anxiety, depression, or a physical ailment in which the underlying condition can be supported with float therapy, we will definitely recommend our weekly float program for 6 weeks or our 2 week intensive float program that then allows you to progress to a customized maintenance program. We always recommend a Free Consultation with our knowledgeable staff to best guide you in your decision making.
CAN I FLOAT IF I'M PREGNANT?
Absolutley! Not only can floating reduce general aches and pains that pregnancy brings on but some women find that floating strengthens the bond with baby in utero. We simply ask that you wait until you are out of your first trimester but have not yet reached your third trimester. As with any medical condition, we always ask that you consult with your doctor to be absolutely sure and/or if you have concerns.
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