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The Float Experience

What is floatation therapy?

Neurophysicist Dr John C Lilly developed floatation therapy in the 1950s, when he was researching brain waves and altered states of consciousness through sensory deprivation. He devised the first float tank, a dark soundproof tank of warm salt water where subjects could float for long periods in sensory isolation.

Inside our floatation tank, we add up to 600kg of specially formulated epsom salt to water creating a 1000L solution, heated to 35.5 degrees – the temperature of skin.

Using skin temperature water means that once you are settled in the tank, it is virtually impossible to distinguish between parts of the body that are in contact with the water, and those that aren’t.

The buoyancy created by the dense epsom salt solution effectively removes the effects of gravity on the body, bringing you close to an experience of total weightlessness. This allows you to float effortlessly on the water, without fear of sinking or unwillingly rolling over. It’s like having a section of the Dead Sea just for you. Unless you’re an astronaut, this is the only situation you will encounter where your body is free from the harmful forces of gravity.

How does it work?

With ear plugs in and, if you wish, the tank’s interior lights off, the quiet and darkness allow the mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible.
Freed from the sensations of gravity, temperature, touch, sight and sound (which together account for 90% of normal neuromuscular activity), your body will conserve and redirect vast amounts of physical and mental energy.

The ultra deep relaxation of floating ‘resets’ the body’s hormonal and metabolic balance, strengthening resistance to, and accelerating recovery from the effects of stress, illness, injury, or strenuous exercise.

With no commands needing to be sent out, the logical side of the brain is rendered redundant, and its activity slows down allowing the creative side to flourish. This leaves the individual in a dream-like state, akin to the moments experienced just before you fall asleep. In this state, the brain releases vast amounts of endorphins and dopamine.

While everyone experiences floating in their own way, the float pods provide the perfect environment for a deep state of relaxation. This relaxation allows the brain to gradually shift from its usual waking beta state to generate deep alpha, theta or even delta waves.

How does it help the mind and body?

When you’re floating in zero-gravity muscles are able to relax and elongate, and joints are able to decompress. Tension melts away. The magnesium-rich epsom salts may help resolve magnesium deficiencies. Magnesium is a natural sedative and anti-inflammatory mineral.

Floating can help with:

  • Anxiety, depression and post-natal depression
  • Stress and PTSD
  • Chronic pain and injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle recovery
  • Athletic visualisation
  • Mental focus
  • Enhance creativity and learning

 

Our float centre

Our purpose-built float centre has been designed and built with your comfort in mind. Each float room is 100% private and sound proof, allowing you to completely shut out the outside world. Our state of the art DreamPod float pods allow you to float without any worries. The large pod lid is easy to move due to it’s hydraulic struts, and the lid itself does not lock or seal you in. You are in control of the pod at all times and you are able to float with the lid open or closed. In the pod itself, you have full control over the chakra lights, and you can choose to float with them on or off. The pod also contains a call button if you should ever need our help.

When you come in for your first float, one of our friendly staff will show you to your float room and talk you through the experience. You’ll shower in the room before stepping into the pod. This ensures that no makeup, natural body oils, lotions or product contaminates the pod water. After your 60 minute float, you’ll shower again, as the water in the pods is super salty. Once dressed, you have full access to our relaxation lounge where you can slowly come back to reality, have a cup of Adore Tea and read a book. If you need to dry your hair or use mirrors to apply makeup, our beauty room has everything that you need.

There’s no need to bring anything (except makeup), as we supply it all – towels, earplugs, shower essentials, combs and hairdryers.

 

Our pods are roughly the size of a queen size bed, or a small car. Most people are surprised by how big the pods are, even if they’ve seen photos of them before. Even tall people can float and stretch right out, and if you reach up while floating, you won’t be able to reach the ceiling. You have control over the pod at all times, and you’re never locked in. The pod lid is very large and easy to open and close, and it never seals shut so the pod is always ventilated. While we recommend that you float with the pod lid closed, you can choose to keep it open the entire time. Inside the pod itself, you have a button for the light which can stay on at all times if you wish. There is also a call button. Pushing this will alert our staff and we’ll knock and come in to check on you if you require it. There’s no rush to jump straight into the pod and lie down. Spend some time sitting in the water checking out the space before settling on a comfortable position. If you’re not having a good time after trying it out, you can end your session.

We adhere to an extremely strict set of testing protocols. The water is tested several times a day for hygiene, specific gravity, pH balancing, sterilisation, and temperature. We send a sample of our water out to be tested by a third party regularly. Our filters are capable of screening the water down to as little as 10 micron (8 times smaller diameter than a human hair) and are regularly replaced. The entire contents of the tank is filtered 3-4 times between clients. The salt concentration alone will kill almost everything. Hydrogen peroxide and UV light in the filtration pump does the rest. You’ll find that our water is cleaner than a swimming pool and far more gentle to your skin.

Our pod water is heated to 35.5 degrees (skin temperature). We recommend that your pre-float shower isn’t too hot so that the pod water temperature doesn’t appear too cold when you first get in. If you need to leave the pod lid open that’s ok, just remember that the water temperature may drop during your float if it’s left open.

We highly recommend you float nude. Clothing and swim wear can be a tactile distraction in the float pod and detract from your experience. Don’t worry, your float room is completely private!

Absolutely! Floating is ideal for pregnant ladies as it may be the only chance they’ll get to escape gravity and the growing weight of their belly. The epsom salt in the water also works as a natural sedative, so it’s perfect if you’re having trouble sleeping. The salty water won’t dry your skin out like normal table salt would. We don’t recommend floating in your first trimester. Every woman and pregnancy is different, so to ensure floating is suitable for you, we advise you to speak to your medical practitioner before booking.

Your first float can be anything from puzzling, to amusing, to calming, to meditative. It’s an experience like no other, so give your mind and body some time to get used to it. We’ve found that most people need to float 2 or 3 times before their brain “gets it”.

There’s absolutely no reason you should, but if you do, you’re free to step out of the pod at any time. There’s also a call button in the pod, and pressing it will alert one of our staff and we’ll knock and come in to check on you if required.

Yes, just follow the same protocol as if you were going to the pool

We ask that you please don’t float less than a week after dying your hair or applying spray tan, and a little longer with red hair dyes. Consider floating first, then dying or applying tan. Dyes can permanently damage our shiny white float pods, which takes considerable time and expense to repair. You may be liable for replacement water/salt costs, repair costs, and lost revenue while the pod is being repaired. If in doubt, just ask us and we’ll be happy to advise if it’s safe for you to float.

We highly recommend not shaving or waxing in the 24 hours before you float, as the salty water may sting your skin a little.

Yes. To prevent any tactile distractions, we recommend not using a shower cap or swim cap in the float pod (it won’t hold the water out anyway). We ask that you shampoo your hair before your float to remove any dirt, oils or products that may contaminate the water. And a shampoo and condition post-float helps to get all the salt out of your hair. Our beauty room has combs and hairdryers for you to use.

Nothing! We supply all shower essentials, towels, earplugs, combs and hairdryers. If you need to do your makeup after your float, perhaps bring that along with you. We have a coat rack in the beauty room, so your coat/jacket won’t get salt on it.

Each pod contains 600kgs of epsom salt which makes the water extremely buoyant. Everyone floats, whether they’re a footy player or a ballet dancer!

Not at all. We’ve found that the benefits the body and mind receive from floating require about 45 minutes to really develop, but you don’t have to stay in any longer than you want to. Please note however, that we only have pricing for 60 minute sessions.

People fall asleep in the pods all the time, and it’s perfectly safe. The super buoyant water prevents you from accidently rolling over and drowning. Music will start playing in the last 5 minutes of your float so you’ll wake up gently. If you’re a very heavy sleeper and the music doesn’t wake you, you’ll feel the water moving when the pump begins its filtration cycle.

Floating is perfectly safe, but there are some circumstances where it is not recommended. These include:
– within 24 hours of waxing or shaving
– within 5 days of getting a tattoo
– within 1 week of dying your hair or getting a spray tan (see FAQ about hair dye and spray tan)
– if you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We have a zero tolerance policy on this.
– if you are epileptic and at risk of having a seizure in the float pod
– if you have low blood pressure. Floating decreases blood pressure even further.
– if you have impaired kidney disease
– if you
have a contagious disease
– if you have any skin infections, skin ulcers, open wounds, or severe eczema or psoriasis

– within 2 weeks of having gastroenteritis/diarrhoea
– if you have recently had chemotherapy. Please discuss
your intention to float with your medical practitioner
– if you are sensitive to chlorine, bromine, sulfate or magnesium

Yes. We ask that children under 16 be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You know your kids better than anyone, so if you think they’re old enough and they’ll be comfortable with the experience, they may find it beneficial. Please note that you won’t be able to float with them in the same pod though as our pods are only designed to accommodate one person at a time. Most young kids won’t be able to lie still for the full 60 minutes, so you’ll need to take that into consideration as well, as we only have pricing for 60 minute sessions. If you haven’t floated before yourself, it may be a good idea to give it a go before bringing your child in, so you know exactly what they’ll experience and whether it’s right for them. All of our staff also have Working With Vulnerable People cards and First Aid Certificates.

Our pods are designed to have plenty of space for one person, but are not big enough for two people to float together. We have two float rooms though, so you can both book a session simultaneously and enjoy a tea in our relaxation lounge together afterwards.

Absolutely! We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that the float room is your private space away from the outside world. The walls are sound proofed and lockable, and our staff will only knock on the door in the unlikely event of an emergency. We understand that to enjoy the full benefits of floatation therapy you need complete quiet and the feeling of security. If you’ve brought a friend or family member, we ask that they do not join you in the float room.

A pre-float shower ensures that all makeup, natural body oils, lotions and product are removed from your body and hair. Without this first shower, an oily film would develop on top of the pod water and ruin your float experience. This is also the reason why we ask that you shampoo your hair but not use conditioner in this first shower – the conditioner acts like an oil in the float pod.
A post-float shower ensures that all salt is removed from your body. If you stepped out of the pod and went straight home, you’d develop a thick crust of white salt from head to toe! Best to wash that off before you leave.

Not at all! The high concentration of epsom salt have an emollient (softening and soothing) effect. So no pruney fingers!