The floating experience

“Floating” is the practice of spending time in a tank, room or pod that is enclosed, sound proof, light proof, filled with 40 cm of water mixed in with 550kg of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate). The water and air temperatures are matched to that of a person’s skin temperature. The buoyancy of the water and Epsom salt solution allows the user to easily float in the water, removing any sensation of gravity. A state of the art float tank removes all visual, audible and physical stimulation to create experience that is not replicated anywhere else.

Floatation methods were first used by Neurophysicist Dr John C. Lilly in 1954 to test the effects of sensory deprivation on brain waves and altered states of consciousness.

Float pods are designed to eliminate all outside distractions in the form of sound, sight, temperature, tension and gravity. This allows the user to experience a state where they can be free from distractions and therefore focus on only the mind. Decreased stimulation allows for users to achieve states of deep relaxation.

The benefits of Floating

With over 80 peer reviewed studies on Floatation therapy there are many benefits to floating that have been medically proven.

Floating can facilitate relaxation, pain relief, magnesium absorption, creativity, critical thinking, learning, problem solving and self-improvement. All types of people with various backgrounds and ages can benefit from floating.

The buoyancy puts your body into what is essentially a zero-gravity environment: allowing your muscles and bones to relax, your joints and spine to decompress, and the strain on your circulatory system to reduce.

With no external stimuli, your mind stops worrying about all the background tasks that usually keep it occupied. Your fight-or-flight response gets a chance to relax, lowering your production of adrenaline and cortisol. Several studies show signs that your dopamine and endorphin levels rise, giving you a natural mood high which can often last for days.

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What if I have recently dyed my hair or applied fake tan?

Unfortunately, If you have died your hair or applied fake tan, you will need to wait 7 days before floating.

Is there Parking onsite?

Just behind the studio, you have access to over 500 car parking spaces! Free for the first 2 hours. Carparking is also available on Camberwell Road.

Are there differences between room 1, 2 and 3?

Nope, all the rooms are set up exactly the same. All our tanks operate the same way.

Do I need to bring anything?

Nope, just yourself. Towels, ear plugs, and everything else you need are provided.

How big are the Float Pods?

Our state of the art Dreampod V2’s are very large. Almost the same size as a small car. They are 2.7 meters long, 1.8 meters wide and 1.75 meters high.

What if I’m Claustrophobic?

People with claustrophobia consistently report no problems with floating. You’re always in control of your environment, and you can get out anytime. If you experience any problems the assistance button will allow our staff to be alerted and come to your aid. Plus our Dreampods are very Large.

Can I drown if I fall asleep?

Nope. Some people fall asleep, but the water is so buoyant 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 highly sterile salt water is fully filtered multiple times between each float session, is sanitised with UV light and sterilised with a double dosing system.

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 pregnant?

Absolutely, there are many benefits to pregnant women who float! 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. If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.

Will my skin be all wrinkly after floating?

No, the Epsom salt solution is a natural skin emollient.

How will i know when my session has ended?

We will play relaxing music to let you know your session is coming to an end.

What if I need to go to the toilet?

The toilets are located very close to our float rooms. We encourage people to use the toilets before the session begins. But if nature calls, please exit the tank and take a trip to the toilet nearby.

Is this new-age mumbo jumbo?

Floating has been around for over 40 years, and has a large number of published research articles to back it up. No mumbo or jumbo here.

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