Before you float
Try to eat a small meal shortly before coming in for a float session
It is recommended that you don't shave on the same day you plan to float - you can but its not a fun for first five - ten minutes
Keep caffeine intake to a minimum prior to your float
On your very first appointment we will ask that you come in early to sign a quick waiver prior to floating.
What to bring
Things you would normally need after taking a shower (We supply towels, hair-dryers)
If you wear contact lenses we encourage you to bring a case so you don't have to float in them
Come in with an open mind - you will sometimes hear experiences about floating but one thing we have learned is that each float is unique to the person
Swimsuits are not required or even recommended - they add an extra layer that keeps you from having full contact with the experience.
If you have a special type of shampoo/conditioner that you would prefer to use we encourage you to bring in your own for the post float shower. However we do provide organic essential oil based shampoo/soap/conditioners.
How clean is the water?
Our float rooms have an intensive cleaning process, our staff regulates the pH, Alkalinity, H2o2 ppm, water clarity, temperature, specific gravity, and ORP. Each tank has roughly 1200 lbs of medical grade Epsom salts with a filtration process has a double UV light sanitation, one micron filter system (a single human hair spans 100 microns in diameter), ozone sanitation for water and air, as well as using Food Grade H202 at 35%.
Between each guest our filtration runs the entire water mass 5 times to ensure absolute clean water for each session. In addition the rooms are sterilized with organic cleaners after each session.
How often should I float?
As with many things each individual is different and it depends the result you want to get. The following are some schedules that have worked well for various reasons for float therapy.
Chronic Pain - we recommend a starting cluster of floats (typically 3-4) within a 2 week time frame followed by maintenance floats usually 6-10 days apart.
Fibromyalgia - Around the world people with fibromyalgia have found Float Therapy to be an amazing way to get relief - similar to Chronic Pain Schedule doing a cluster of floats followed by maintenance has shown best results.
Anxiety & Depression - typically once a week or as needed based on daily stresses.
Meditation & Stress Relief - We find this is an as needed basis and most float 1-2 times a month.
High Blood Pressure - With weekly floating we have noticed those taking medication for HBP will notice a significant drop and may need to re-evaluate their dosage of medication.
Arthritis & Inflammation - Weekly or Bi-Weekly has been popular with many guests suffering inflammation & most combine a magnesium lotion between visits.
Injury Prevention & Sports Training - Grabbing a float prior to heavy performance helps to reduce next day soreness and fatigue as well as injury prevention.
Pregnancy - During the 2nd and 3rd trimester as needed. Many of our expecting guests really enjoy the chance to lay on their belly without causing harm and it has been great for swelling and lower back pains.
The best rule of thumb is to try it at least 3 floats within a 2 month period and evaluate overall benefits.
Will I fall asleep? ...and drown?
About 80% of our first time guests do actually fall asleep during their session. It would be extremely difficult to drown even while sleeping since you wont need to toss and turn during a nap inside the room - with no pressure being put on your body there is no longer a need to move around and floating is effortless in an environment such as this.
Is this some new-age voodoo?
Not in the least bit! Floating has been around for a long time -Back in 1954 Sensory Deprivation or Floating was developed by John C. Lilly, a medical practitioner and neuro-psychiatrist. Floating has many physical and mental benefits because it provides an unparalleled level of relaxation. Studies have happened and continue to take place around the world to provide insight into what about floating causes such profound changes in the mind as well as the body.
How long should I float?
The standard session here at Zero Gravity is a full 60 minutes although many prefer to upgrade to a membership for longer floats or simply book extra sessions back-to-back. If you have done meditation we find 90 minutes has been the sweet spot. The preference is based on the individual and what they want to achieve during their float. Great news is the Epsom salts are great for your skin so you wont come out feeling like a prune!
What takes place while floating?
With the elimination of external stimuli, the central nervous system's workload is reduced by as much as 90%. This reduction draws a person's energy inward and promotes relaxation--also known as the parasympathetic response. The parasympathetic response is the mechanism by which the body naturally regenerates itself and maintains chemical and metabolic balance.
Old wounds and injuries are allowed to heal faster. Increased T-cell production strengthens the immune system. This deep level of relaxation also benefits the cardiovascular system. Known as the vasodilatory effect, the body's circulation is increased while the blood pressure and heart rate are reduced. Furthermore, the elimination of gravity on the body allows muscles and joints to release tension and heal more rapidly. For this reason, people suffering from musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions greatly benefit from Floatation.
Is this like the movie Altered Sates?
Truth in (Science) Fiction
When Dr. Jessup enters the floatation tanks, he experiences intense hallucinations. While the disturbing nature of his hallucinations is the stuff of science fiction, the fact of them is real.
Many people engaging in floatation experience visual or auditory hallucinations. This is because the lack of external information creates a blank canvas on which the brain may project interpretations of internally occurring sensations. Unlike Altered States, people experience floatation as a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Focus Points: Lower - Middle Spine
Pulling downward on the knee while reaching away with the raised arm allows for an even deeper stretch.
Stretching is amazing!
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Focus Points: Knees & Hips
Similar to the butterfly pose but without applying pressure to the pelvic region for a full opening of the hips. Applying pressure on the thighs or knees increases the pose.
Focus Points: Quadriceps & Upper Spine
This is a tricky stretch but a well rounded one. The best results is a steady hold in this pose as soon as tension is noticed.