Can you float if you are claustrophobic?
If you are afraid to feel a sense of claustrophobia, especially during your first time, there is no need to fear, the door of the tank opens with a light touch of the hand, but you can also leave it completely open. You can also float with the lights on. The tank also contains a microphone with which you can communicate with the staff at any point.

How do you maintain hygienic conditions inside the tank?
The concentration of epsom salts is so high that it guarantees total sterilization of the water. A powerful filtration system is also activated between floatation sessions that ensures and extra level of  thorough cleaning and sterilization.

Can you float during pregnancy?
Yes, there are a range of benefits, especially during and after the second trimester. The weight of the body disappears in the absence of gravity, the spinal column is freed from the excessive strain caused by pregnancy, and tissue oxygenation and circulation is improved.

Who should not float?
People who suffer from seizures, schizophrenia, severe depression, and those who abuse drugs and alcohol cannot float.

Is it dangerous to sleep in the tank?
No, you can sleep in absolute tranquility.

Is it advised to use the tank more than one time?
Yes, it is definitely the best way to maximize the potential of the relaxation therapy. Floating can also be considered a life-long activity. There are those who manage to fully reap the benefits during their first session, and then there are those who are only fully able to enjoy all of the sensations that floating provides after the third, fourth, or fifth session. Floating appears to have a cumulative effect that is connected with regular and consistent use over time.

What are Epsom salts?
They are magnesium sulfate salts originally discovered in the town of Epsom, England. They have long been used to stimulate detoxification, to reduce inflammation of sore muscles, to promote circulation, to aid relaxation and sleep quality, and to soften skin.

Together with potassium, magnesium is one of the most abundant elements within the body’s cellular walls, and is responsible for good functioning of about 300 enzymes, and outside of cells it plays a vital role in muscle relaxation following contraction. The magnesium deficiency that always accompanies stress can lead to nervous agitation, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, reduced physical endurance, muscle cramps, premenstrual syndrome, and migraines.

Is floatation useful for sports?
Yes, this technique can provide deep muscle relaxation, and helps in the healing of bruises and sprains. Since the 1970s it has been used regularly in the USA by several professional athletes to improve their performance. In fact, studies on metabolism have shown that muscle rebuilding occurs during sleep and relaxation. Floating also increase the absorption of lactic acid, reducing recovery time and improving tissue oxygenation and microcirculation.

Does floating have any work-related benefits?
Yes, after an hour of floating, physical and mental stress is significantly reduced, increasing energy levels and creativity. It reduces anxiety and promotes serenity, the ability to work towards goals, and brings about the ability to evaluate new solutions. For travelers it can also eliminate jet-lag.

Is floating useful for students?
Yes, it increases self-esteem, stimulates creativity, and promotes concentration, clarity, and deep thought. It also improves learning ability and speed.

Is floating good for the skin?
Yes, the improvement of many skin conditions has been well documented. The Epsom salts penetrate the skin, allowing it to absorb a small amount of water. Studies show that the skin’s cellular proteins are broken down, increasing cellular regeneration. This stimulates the natural regeneration of the skin, which becomes smooth, supple, and toned. The 400 kilograms of magnesium sulfate dissolved inside the tank contribute to skin exfoliation and accelerate cellular metabolism.

There are also many benefits for skin problems that come from psychosomatic stresses. Sensory deprivation provides deep relaxation and cortisol elimination (hence stress reduction), allowing the nervous system to restore itself in one hour of floating as much as it does during 4 hours of sleep. Unlike the salts present in the Dead Sea, which can irritate the skin after prolonged exposure, the magnesium sulfate contained in the tank is extremely gentle on the skin, which means floatation experiences can last up to several hours and still have a positive effect on the skin.

Does floatation provide benefits to those who suffer from arthritis?
Yes, Epsom salt baths have long been used as an effective treatment for removing acids from the body, especially in cases of arthritis and rheumatism.

The term arthritis is used to refer to joint inflammation. The main forms are osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and the basic cause of both is the excessive presence of uric acid in the body.

Over the years, this acid accumulates in the body from the foods and liquids that we consume. If our bodies contain the nutrients necessary for burning the uric acid we absorb, there are no problems. However, much of the food we consume today is devoid of the nutrients needed to combat these acids, so we are left with an undernourished body saturated with acid. This acid then circulates in the blood, settling in the joints, bones, and muscles, creating a painful and debilitating condition.

Margaret Hills, author of the book Treating Arthritis the Drug Free Way, believes that there is only one smart way to alleviate, or perhaps even cure, arthritis:

  1. 1) Adopt a method of treatment that eliminates toxic acids from the body
    2) Stick to a diet that prevents the accumulation of acids in the body
    3) Restore the nutrients needed to neutralize or burn the acids in the body

An excellent way of removing acids from the body is through the skin, and the use of Epsom salts as agents of the detoxification process is a highly recommended way of doing so.

Does floating provide benefits to those suffering from fibromyalgia?
Yes, a recent international study has demonstrated that floatation therapy can help those affected by fibromyalgia to relax, reduce their pain, and take part in the types of activities that are normally unable to.

23 volunteers took part in a total of 3 one-hour-long floatation sessions that were done 5 days apart. Almost all of the volunteers were women between the ages of 30 and 60. Volunteers were asked to report on their state of physical and emotional wellbeing before and after each session, using a 10 point scale to indicate their levels of stress, pain, muscle tension, range of movement, energy, health, relaxation, sadness, and anxiety. On average there were significant improvements on all of these points.

The reduction of muscle tension and pain has been the most consistent result of the floatation sessions. For both of these points, volunteers indicated a 25% reduction after the first session and a 33% reduction after the third session. The relief of pain for all patients lasted an average of 2.5 days, and in a small sample of 8 patients, pain relief lasted 3.2 days following the third session. Statistical analysis revealed that during the floatation sessions the level of relaxation increased by an average of 30%, and the level of stress was reduced by 30%.

About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by chronic pain involving the muscles, tendons, and other connective tissues, and affects millions of people around the world. The condition is treatable, but there is still no completely effective therapy available.

30% reduction in stress
On average, participants reported a 30% drop in stress levels after each floating session.

2.5 days without pain
The average duration of pain relief after one floating session. The duration appears to increase with each additional session.

Fibromyalgia patients experience immediate and cumulative benefits with each additional floating session. The floating experience relaxes the patient and provides relief to sore spots throughout the body.