Float therapy began in the 1950s when Dr. John C. Lilly recommended changing one’s state of consciousness as a means of attaining neurological and psychological health. A highly credentialed neuroscientist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Lilly wrote in his book “Center of the Cyclone” that it was his firm belief that the experience of higher states of consciousness is necessary for the survival of the human species. He believed that periods spent in isolation from the constant sensory inputs we all receive on a daily basis was crucial to allowing our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing to be rejuvenated.
Flotation rooms are an open environment that are not airtight, unlike the smaller tanks that are most people’s common impression of flotation therapy. We use over 800 pounds of epsom salts, which provides a clean and safe floating experience. As you lie back into the float cabin, you will float much like a cork. This means that you can float in any position you prefer, whether you like to have your hands behind your head, on your chest or along your sides.
Before Your Session
Some things to keep in mind before you float include that this is salty water, so you will not want to shave too close to your appointment. You’ll also want to seal any cuts or scratches so they won’t sting. You should have had a light meal within an hour or two before you float since it will be so quiet in the float cabin that you’ll be able to hear your own digestion. You’ll want to remove your contact lenses before you float and you’ll also want to avoid having too much caffeine before your appointment so that you can relax. We also recommend while you’re preparing for your float that you visualize what you would like to obtain from your experience, as you frame of mind will influence how you feel during and after your float.
While You Float
Floating is safe for almost anyone and in fact is very beneficial to pregnant women, giving their backs a break from the baby’s weight. We only discourage epileptics or people with any open wounds from floating. If someone has had a history of suicidal tendencies, it might not be advisable for you to float because of the deep psychological effect that floating can have on your psyche.
Sometimes people are concerned that they will feel claustrophobic or that there will be a danger of drowning. Our float cabins are roomy and won’t likely cause anyone to feel too enclosed. There is also not a danger of drowning since you will be mostly on top of the water. Also, if you began to turn onto your side, the salty water would get in your nose and eyes, signaling to your body to wake up. Many people do fall asleep while floating and some people actually want to fall asleep as a benefit of their session.
Once your session ends, you will get a signal that it’s completed inside your float cabin. You will want to shower to remove the salt water from your hair and skin right after, although epsom salt has a very beneficial effect on hair and skin - another benefit of floating. You can resume your daily activities once you leave our spa, but we recommend having time to ease back into your day. You also may want to experiment with floating at different times of the day to see which time works best for you. The stimulus reduction you experience from floating can help you stay relaxed for the evening or you might prefer to start off your day in this manner. Since floating is experienced differently by each individual, you will be able to determine what is best for you.