This is
Hannah Thompson’s
breathing before
a float.
And after.

How a
float tank
works

The tank was created by neurophysicist Dr John C Lilly 60 years ago when he was doing research on brain waves and altered states of consciousness.

The float tanks look like a large, enclosed bathtub. They are usually built from fibreglass and are designed to block out all external distractions, such as sights, sounds, tactile sensations and gravity.

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The reduced stimulation encountered in the floatation tank refocuses your attention to internal stimuli. The sensations of the body become more salient, making the flotation tank a walk-in biofeedback device.

This natural biofeedback initiates a self-regulation process that encourages relaxation. This relaxation is augmented by the full body absorption of magnesium that elicits the release of muscle tension.

As physical sensations become less noticeable, mental activity can come to the fore. For those not used to being alone with their thoughts this can be difficult. However, even unpleasant thoughts become more pleasant as the body descends into a more deeply relaxed state.

Eventually even the parade of thoughts subsides and the mind enters a meditative state.

Your
questions
answered

  • What do I need to know before floating?

    Don’t drink coffee for four hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, don’t shave or wax since the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from sounding like an angry monster while you float. Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.

  • When not to float

    If you have just had a coffee

    Before shaving or waxing

    If you have eaten a large meal or nothing at all (you will be distracted by the sounds of your gargling stomach)

    If you are severely sun burnt or have just had a fresh tattoo within the past 5 days

    If you have dyed your hair with a water based dye

    If you are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs

    If you are pregnant and you have not received permission from your health care practitioner

    If you are suffering from an unstable mental health condition, such as psychosis or have suicidal tendencies

    If you have kept your contact lenses in

    If you are an epileptic where seizures could endanger your safety in the float tank

    If you have extremely low blood pressure

    If you have impaired kidney disease

    If you have a severe skin condition (eczema) or a contagious disease or infectious skin condition and open/infected wounds

    If it has been less than two weeks since you experienced gastroenteritis/diarrhoea

    Those with asthma, a heart condition, diabetes should seek advise from their health care provider before coming in.

    If you have had chemotherapy (you will need to wait 2 months)

  • Do I need to bring anything?

    We provide the essentials. A towel, robe, earplugs, hairdryer, cotton buds, natural moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner, body wash. Feel free to bring anything else you may need.

  • What if I’m claustrophobic?

    People with claustrophobia consistently report no problems with floating. The pod is 7 1/2 feet long and 4 3/4 feet wide. You’re always in control of your environment, and you can get out at any time. Our pods also come with the new Breathe™ Float Fan, created by our very own staff member Ross. This fan improves the air quality in the tanks, which makes breathing much more natural.

    (For those spec curious floaters: During a 60 minute float, the amount of CO2 that accumulates in the tank steadily rises despite the passive vents in the tank. The fan helps deliver fresh air through the rim of the tank, resulting in a 3.5x reduction in ambient CO2.)

  • Can I drown if I fall asleep?

    Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant that you stay afloat. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.

  • How are the tanks kept clean?

    The high saline content of the floatation environment plus a tiny amount of disinfectant ensures that nothing harmful can survive within the tank. The highly sterile salt water is fully filtered three and three quarter times between each float, passing through a 1 micron filter and is sanitised with UV light.

    Further cleanliness is assured as we tell all customers to shower before and after each float session. See here for more info on how sanitisation is maintained within the tank.

  • Can I bring a friend?

    Absolutely. You can’t float together in the same tank, but you can book floats at the same time.

  • Can I float if I’m menstruating?

    Yes. Just follow the same protocol 
you would for a swimming pool.

  • Is this new-agey mumbo jumbo?

    Floating has been around for over 
50 years, and has oodles of published research to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.

  • Will I have my own private room?

    Yes, you have your own private pod room equipped with your own personal shower, which you’ll use before and after your float. For this reason, most people do not wear a swimming costume as this presses against the body and takes away from the experience.

  • Do I need to bring anything?

    If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo).

  • Are there any side-effects?

    Not in the true sense of the word. Some first-time floaters can emerge from the tank feeling slightly nauseous. This is actually a good sign as it indicates that built-up stress is in fact leaving the body. We very rarely experience any cases of nausea in subsequent visits.

  • Will I get dehydrated?

    No, your skin doesn’t even prune up! You do absorb a lot of magnesium from the Epsom salt though.

  • Do I have to stay in the whole time?

    There aren’t any latches on the tank doors, so you can get out anytime. That said, the 90-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect (the average floater usually says it felt like 20-30 minutes long).

  • Can I float while pregnant?

    Our pregnant customers love floating! There is even a special position you can float in that relieves all of the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body. The float tank is a wonderful haven to which pregnant women can escape.

    Generally, floating is best experienced from the second trimester, though as every pregnancy is different, chat with your physician before coming in to see how floating can best benefit you and you baby during your whole pregnancy.

Chakra
light
therapy

Colour therapy settings range from subtle electric-blue fades to slow scrolls through a series of vibrant colours of our chakra system. The colour of your choice can be held or rotate through them all for a light therapy session.

Deep
meditation
music

In order to enhance your float experience, the I-Sopod will play Solfeggio Tones for the first ten minutes. This helps create a frequency to get you into the deepest meditative state possible, through brainwave entrainment.
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Sanitation
in the
float tank

The water in the float tank is about 40% Epsom salt in order to ensure that there are no surviving pathogenic organisms.

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The entirety of the water is filtered through a one micron filter three and three quarter times after each float and skimmers are used to keep the surface completely clear.

We measure and maintain the pH, alkalinity, specific gravity, chlorine and temperature of the tanks. A very small amount of chlorine is used in between each session as part of health department regulations.

What it
does for
your body
and mind

The relaxed state you get into while in the tank is a healing state for many conditions and is reported by researchers to:

  • PROMOTE
    • Calm & relaxation
    • Healing in people with fibromyalgia
    • Heightened visualisation
    • Deeper meditation
    • Expanded awareness
  • ALLEVIATE
    • Pain from arthritis, migraines & injuries
    • Physical & mental stress
    • Fatigue & jet lag
  • ENHANCE
    • Rehabilitation & Recovery
    • Sleep
    • The production of endorphins
    • Circulation & distribution of oxygen and nutrients
    • Motivation in the workplace
    • Athletic performance, speeds the healing process & prevent sports injuries
    • Productivity as you are clear & ready to work on whatever it is that is important to you
    • Hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis
    • The potential for lucid dreams
    • Motivation
  • REDUCE
    • Production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid & adrenaline which helps reduce stress & relax you
    • Blood pressure, pulse, heart rate & oxygen consumption
    • Vulnerability to habits, phobias & addictions
    • Depression, anxiety & fear
  • STIMULATE
    • Energy & Vitality
    • Left/right brain synchronisation creating mental clarity & alertness
    • Shifts brainwaves from beta to lower frequency levels, alpha, theta & even delta wave
    • Learning, creativity & problem solving abilities
    • Visualisation, deepens meditation & expands awareness
    • Immune function