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What is Float Therapy?

Ever wondered what it feels like to float through space? Well, that’s exactly what floating in a pod feels like. Light. Weightless. Deeply relaxing. Pure bliss.

Floating involves lying in a float pod containing a highly concentrated magnesium sulphate solution – which is a form of highly concentrated Epsom salts that raises the density of the water. The salts create buoyancy which allows you to float calmly and effortlessly. Heated to skin temperature, the water feels soft and silky and allows the sensation of your body to dissolve so you feel weightless – just like floating in space.

Sound and light-proof, the float pod provides the opportunity to disconnect from the crazy, busy outside world, by limiting external sensory stimulation. No beeping phones, no emails, no nagging children, no unwanted intrusions. This unique experience is often known as Floatation-REST (restricted environmental stimulation therapy). As you immerse yourself in this watery haven you can indulge in a feeling of deep relaxation and regeneration.

Why Float?

Benefits of Floatation Therapy

The benefits of floatation therapy are backed by clinical research over the past 70 years, however, we recommend experiencing the therapeutic benefits for yourself.

Decreased Stress & Anxiety

The magnesium in the water of a float pod helps decrease stress and anxiety by inhibiting the release of cortisol and relaxing the nervous system.

Pain Relief

Float therapy has been proven to help with the pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, tendinitis, and inflammation

Faster Muscle Recovery

As you float, you enter the parasympathetic state (or resting state), allowing the body to heal and regenerate.

Optimises Sleep

Research has shown that float therapy is an effective tool in reducing insomia and helping you fall asleep with ease and asleep for longer.

Relieves Pregnancy Aches & Pains

Floating in the anti-gravity environment provides relief from those aches and pains and gives you precious time to yourself and time to connect with your baby.

Deep Relaxation

While floating you will experience a deep form of relaxation, similar to a meditative state where the mind goes into Theta brain wave state – the state in-between awake and asleep.

Before Your Float

  • Allow time (around 10 -15 minutes) before your float to shower and relax.
  • Eat a light meal 60-90mins before your float – this may stop your tummy from rumbling. Avoid eating a big meal before coming in.
  • Avoid caffeine and other stimulants as they may make you feel jittery.
  • Avoid shaving or waxing before coming in as the saltwater may irritate or sting your skin.

During Your Float

  • This is time to relax! You don’t have to do anything. 
  • You can choose to listen to music or float in silence.
  • Choose whether you would like the ambient lighting on, changing or in darkness
  • Choose to have the pod open or closed.

After Your Float

  • Allow time after your float to shower and relax.
  • Hydrate and keep your fluids up.
  • Monitor your sleep – did you get a good night’s sleep after your float?
  • Eat a light meal only. Heavy meals are not recommended after floating.

New to floating? Here are some common questions.

What activities can stop me from floating?

We ask that you kindly reschedule your float:

  • If you have coloured your hair in the past 7 days
  • If you have applied skin tan within the past 7 days
  • If you are severely sunburnt
  • If you have had a tattoo within the past 5 days
  • If you are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
  • If you have a severe skin condition, contagious disease, infectious skin condition, or open/infected wounds
  • If it has been less than 2 weeks since you have experienced gastroenteritis/diarrhea
  • If you are unwell, have a cold or fever
  • If you have been asked to quarantine or isolate due to covid restrictions

Many of the above activities may be harmful to you or our pods if you float. If you are in need of rest and relaxation after any of the above activities, we suggest you talk to our treatment coordinator about other options.

Are there any medical or other conditions that prevent people from floating?

Anyone suffering from the following is advised not to float for their own safety as well as the safety of all clients:

  • Epilepsy
  • Extreme low blood pressure
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Contagious disease
  • Infectious skin conditions
  • Open wounds
  • Infectious Illness
  • Diarrhoea or Gastroenteritis until 14 days after the final symptom

Anyone with the following conditions is advised to check with their health practitioner prior to floating:

  • Heart condition
  • Asthma
  • Allergies to; Salts / Bromine / Magnesium
  • Severe Skin Conditions; Psoriasis / Eczema
  • Mental Illness Psychosis

What if I need to cancel my float?

Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the appointment time will result in a full refund being issued. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the appointment time and no shows will result in potential full charges.

Please don’t bring a hairdryer – towel turbans are preferred which dries your hair and keeps the studio space quiet and calm for all floaters and other therapies.

Do I need to bring anything?

We provide towelling, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and leave-in conditioner. We suggest bringing a comb/brush, hair tie (if needed), and if wearing contact lenses, bringing something to store them in.

Please don’t bring a hairdryer – towel turbans are preferred which dries your hair and keeps the studio space quiet and calm for all floaters and other therapies.

What if I am claustrophobic?

This is the most common question! Rest assured the pod is a spacious 7.4 feet long by 4 feet wide. The large size of the pod provides enough space for you to put your arms above your head, out to the sides, and sit up if necessary.

While in the pod, you are always in control of your environment and can get out at any time.

What happens if I fall asleep?

Great! Many floaters fall asleep during their float, while others are somewhere in between sleeping and wakefulness. The concentrated magnesium content ensures you will float even while asleep. The most that can happen is that you may startle yourself awake and splash a bit of saltwater in your eyes.

 

 

How are the floatation pods kept clean?

Each pod contains 550kg of magnesium sulphate which makes the environment mostly anti-bacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.

Between floats, each pod is filtered every 15 mins using a high micron filter.

UV light is used to filter the water.

Hydrogen Peroxide is dosed into the water outside of hours once per day (this dissipates before anyone gets in).

The room and the Pod are cleaned and sanitised after every use.

Should I wear bathers?

Bathers are optional. However, for maximum relaxation, we recommend floating without bathers. Most people prefer not to wear anything as bathers become distracting in the anti-gravity environment.

Clothes are not allowed in the float pod – the dyes can run.

Can the lid of the pod be left open?

While in the pod you are in complete control of your environment and can open the lid at any time. You may leave the lid open if you choose – this just means you may feel cool/cold during your float.

How often should I float?

This is dependent on the individual however a lot of people find the most benefit from floating once per week.

Why should I float more than once?

The first time you float is an exploratory session where you are getting used to the unique sensation of floating. You may even find you will be a bumper car in the pod the first time. But the magic happens on the second and third float when your muscle memory kicks in, you relax quicker and surrender completely to the experience and get more therapeutic benefit.

Can I float while I am menstruating?

Yes, floating can greatly assist with any aches and pain associated with menstruation. The Magnesium and Sulphate assist with PMS and period pains. For hygiene reasons additional precautions need to be taken during menstruation, sanitary products such as tampons or menstrual cups must be used to ensure no leakage during the float as you would expect in a spa or swimming pool. We keep extra products if you are caught short. 

Can I float while pregnant?

Yes! Float therapy is a great way for pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters to relax and alleviate the strains and pains in their body. The near-zero gravity experience takes the pressure off your back, legs, and joints while the magnesium helps to reduce stress and promotes better sleep.

Float therapy is not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy; however, talk to your GP if required.

Can I float while receiving cancer treatment?

Floating is beneficial to any condition that is exacerbated by stress. The medical advice is floating is safe to undertake after 7 days following your chemotherapy treatment.

Can children and teenagers float?

Yes!  We have great options for 30 and 60-minute floats for children.  

Children between the ages of 10-17 are very welcome to float. Children under the age of 10 are still welcome, however, please call us beforehand. We do ask that a parent or guardian sign the waiver on their behalf.

Additionally, we do ask that children under the age of 15 have a parent or guardian stay close by or on the premise while the minor’s is floating. Under Australian law, children 10 or under, must have a parent or guardian remain in the float room, for the duration of the minor’s float session.

We would also prefer that parents or guardians make a educated and thoughtful decision, when leaving children between the ages of 10 and 16 alone, and if they choose to do so, they can still be present while the children are floating in the room.

Floating has been shown to help with ADHD/ADD, Autism, and sports recovery. 

Is floating covered by insurance?

Yes, we have clients who have claimed float therapy under NDIS, WorkCover, TAC, Aged Care and Veteran Affairs. If you are a participant in any of these funds speak to your case coordinator/manager about including floating in your plan. Speak to us about your particular situation. Only 1 private health insurer includes float therapy: GU Health. 

Unfortunately, no other companies are covering float at this time. If enough people lobby their insurance company this could change. Get onto yours, tell them you want float therapy included in your extras cover. 

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