Tanks, pods, cabins, sensory deprivation, isolation…there’s a bit of lingo associated with floating. Although the basic definition of floatation therapy is universal, what you choose to float IN may affect how much you enjoy your experience. Are you really tall?
A little claustrophobic? A tad picky (like us)? If so, it might be helpful to know what’s
on the menu with our floatation tank comparison.
Tanks, pods, rooms…what do they all mean? Here we will try and describe what each of these vehicles are and who might be suited for them. The old idea of long rectangular almost coffin like tanks are a thing of the past with new technology making floatation cleaner, safer and easier than ever before.
Float pods are state of the art curvy egg shaped floatation tanks. These pods are generally accepted as the “Ferrari” of floatation choices due to their high-tech filtration systems and ease of use. With new pods coming out almost yearly, they also include LED lights and built-in speaker to amplify the floatation experience and allow floaters to have a greater sense of control their session. Floaters can also choose to have the curved lid open or shut depending on their mood. DreamPods and I-sopods are the most common names for these pods,
with new companies popping up all over the place
Float rooms resemble more of a large bath than anything else. They are not enclosed but are rather the size of a double bed. Because of the openness of the design, light, sound and vibration can vary greatly. Float rooms are a better suit to those who have severe disabilities and who require additional help getting in and out of the float session.
Older floatation tanks – known as “Atlas” tanks are the grandparents of the modern float pods. These can have a sliding roof and a hole in which the floater climbs into the tank. Floaters can have the lid open or shut, however they cannot lift the lid which can make those with claustrophobia a little nervous. Clients can choose to prop the door open with a towel or item if they find it to be a bit too much.
Regardless of your choice of floatation centre and pod/tank, everyone can reap incredible benefits from their sessions. If you prefer a more modern pod or an older tank, do your research into which floatation centre may fit with you the most. Talk to the staff,
floaters who have just finished their session and see if the centre is the place for you. The real benefits come after the 3rd or 4th float, so don’t be afraid if the
first session is a little weird!