Float Therapy

What Is Floating?

First created in 1954 by Dr. John C. Lilly and previously known as Sensory Deprivation or  REST Therapy (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Technique), Float Therapy involves lying in a salt-water solution in a specially designed tank (often referred to as a float tank, sensory reduction tank, or isolation tank). 

Your experience in a float tank is about everything you won’t be doing. You won’t be fighting gravity. 850 pounds of Epsom salt saturated in 10'' of water takes care of that as you lie comfortably on your back. The water is kept at a skin receptor neutral temperature which means that you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins. Your ears stay just below the water, and the tanks are insulated against sound – noise from the outside is unable to reach you. After you shut the door to the tank, you float in total darkness.

Why Float?

During your float the outside world is gone and amazing things happen. It turns out that when you’re not fighting gravity or constantly taking in information your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to navigate without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and you body gets to rest, de-stress and heal. 

It’s likely to be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever experienced.

A Wellness Practice

What’s truly impressive about  float tanks is that almost every one of its benefits lasts for several days past the  float itself. The longer and the more often the float tank is used the stronger the effects become, the longer they last, and the better off someone is when they come in to float again. This creates a positive spiral of recovery and health that simply works to reinforce itself, giving people a path and a means towards a better life. 

How Do You Float?

Floating involves lying on the surface of 10 inches of epsom salt water, inside of a floatation tank. It is a spacious environment where you  can be free from the daily overload of external stimulation. There is no gravity, touch, light, or sound. In the calm still water, your body is free to heal and your mind is free to explore. 

Free from gravity - Each tank is filled with 10 inches of water and 800 pounds of epsom salts. Lying down on your back, the epsom salt-water supports and disperses your weight, allowing you to float on the surface, experiencing weightlessness.  

Free from touch - The water is kept at 34.1 degrees (skin receptor neutral) which means you can no longer tell where your body ends and the water begins.  

Free from sound - The tanks are insulated against sound, and with your ears just below the water, noise from the outside is unable to reach you. 

Free from sight - After you shut the door, you float in total darkness. Completing your external stimuli free environment.​

Sounds Like Fun

It is not only fun but also very good for you. When you're not fighting gravity or constantly taking in information, your body has a lot of extra resources at its disposal. Your mind is free to navigate without distraction, your brain pumps out dopamine and endorphins, and your body gets to rest, de-stress and heal. Floatings mental and physical therapy has a profound affect on many people lives. 

Why Should You Float?

People from all walks of life float for different reasons, be it for physical therapy, relaxation, meditation, visualization or for its many more uses benefits. Find out why you'll love Floating!​

Tips To Optimize Your Experience

Before You Float...

We provide just about everything you need at the centre, so just bring yourself. You do not need a bathing suit as you float in the nude. We have a hair dryer, flat iron, hair brushes, & different hair and skin products at our vanity. But feel free to bring your own brush and post-float vanity products. 

If this is your first time floating, here's how to best prepare:

  1. Please try to arrive about 15 minutes before your appointment.
  2. We will ask you to fill out a short waiver and we will give you a walk through of our space.
  3. You will be asked to remove any outdoor footwear. You may bring slippers or indoor shoes of you wish. 
  4. Float sessions are 90 minutes total. Including: 10 minutes pre-float & post-float for a shower & change. 60 minutes in the Float Tank. 5-10 Minutes for us to clean the room for the next customer.
  5. Avoid caffeine for 3-4 hours before your float.
  6. Avoid shaving or waxing for at least 1 day before floating.
  7. Try to eat a light meal 60-90 minutes before your float.
  8. Make sure to use the washroom before your session so you are not distracted.
  9. If you wear contacts, bring something to put them in.

The Float...

  1. Shower and rinse off using the unscented pre-float body wash and shampoo.
  2. Dry your face and hairline completely.
  3. Insert the earplugs of your choice – be sure to dry your ears beforehand to create an effective seal.
  4. Get into the tank and allow yourself time to adjust and feel comfortable.
  5.  Feel free to experiment with different body and arm positioning: some options include arms above your head, fingers interlaced behind your head, arms by your side, hands on your belly, and anything else you find comfortable! There is no right or wrong way to float – body position will vary for each individual based on spinal alignment, past injuries, etc.…
  6.  Feel free to take the mini pool noodle into the tank for extra support behind your head.
  7.  To achieve a deep state of relaxation, find a comfortable position and let the water settle.
  8.  If at any time you get salt-water in your face, use the towel and spray bottle provided on the tank handle.
  9.  When your session comes to an end, soft music will gently fade in through underwater speakers.
  10.  Stand up before exiting the tank and allow yourself a few moments to re-adjust to the post-float world, letting the water drip off of your body while you take a few deep breaths.
  11.  The floor might feel slippery – mind your step.
  12.  If you get any salt-water in your ears, be sure to take the vinegar ear rinse into the shower with you.
  13.  Shower thoroughly, being sure to rinse all of the salt-water from your body and hair.

After You Float..

  1. There is a vanity and additional toiletries provided for your convenience at the front of the hall.
  2. Feel free to use gym space afterwards (if available) for a stretch or exercise 
  3.  Relax and enjoy a cup of tea in our lounge.  
  4. Book your next float
  5. Enjoy the post-float GLOW!

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of our staff – enjoy your Float!

You Cannot Float If...

Reasons you would be unable to float are:

  1. You have epilepsy or if your epilepsy is not under medical control.
  2. You are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  3. You have a recent tattoo (within 4-6 weeks), or large open skin wounds.
  4. You have recently dyed your hair. (within the last 48hrs or if its still bleeding colour) 

If in any doubt, first check with your health care provider.