Updated: Oct 10, 2022
What is Floatation Therapy? It’s up to you: some guests prefer a more modern experience by enjoying soothing music and low lighting during their float. Others wish to engage in a more traditional float and completely disconnect by removing all stimuli. Floatation in complete darkness. Science is now showing that float tanks are actually a piece of sensory enhancement technology, a place where your entire system can focus on itself to cleanse, process, & reset.
Modern life is stressful for nearly everyone. Traffic, deadlines, constant connection to technology, not enough sleep; replenishing ourselves in body, mind, and spirit is an essential part of modern wellness. Floating reduces stress, promotes relaxation, improves sleep and gives us all a chance to unplug and recharge. Single and first floats can often be profound. However, there can be a bit of a learning curve requiring a few floats to feel totally comfortable. Also, floating has powerful cumulative effects and is becoming recognized as an essential part of an optimal ongoing wellness practice. Basically, floating 1 to 2 times per week will supercharge your long term physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Float tanks have become very popular over the last couple of years. By floating inside a float tank in a meditation-like state, you can improve your circulation and mental health. - WebMD
The main benefit of using a sensory deprivation tank is to ease mental anxiety and muscle tension. Due to how buoyant the Epsom salt and water solution is, you can fully relax all of your muscles when floating. This is similar to experiencing zero gravity.
Floating in a tank can also relieve migraines and provide stress relief and detoxification since Epsom salts are high in magnesium, which can remove harmful substances such as free radicals from your body. Free radicals are small particles that can damage your cells and increase inflammation, resulting in the development of conditions such as cancer and autoimmune disorders.
Magnesium can also promote bone and heart health, and even improve insulin sensitivity, which can help prevent diabetes.
Our float suite contains a changing area, shower, and float cabin for one, or as a couple. Everything you need is here, including towel, specialized skincare products to match your skin type. The suite is your own private oasis while you’re here. Come, relax, float, heal, feel Vibrant!
Myths of Flotation Therapy
There are many benefits to flotation therapy, but there are also many myths.
Floating can’t fix your sleep disorders. This is not true. Floating in a tank for one hour is equivalent to sleeping in a bed for six hours. So, floating can put you into a deep state of relaxation. This can help you deal with sleeping disorders such as insomnia, which are often the result of built-up stress, anxiety, and depression.
"Floating in a tank for one hour is equivalent to sleeping in a bed for six hours."
A study has shown that people participating in a seven-week-long flotation program finished the program with significantly less depression, anxiety, pain, and stress. Sleep quality and optimism, on the other hand, increased.
It’s dangerous to sleep in a float tank. It’s perfectly safe to fall asleep in the tank. Some people believe that sleeping in a tank is dangerous because you could roll over and drown. In reality, the buoyancy of the Epsom salt makes it difficult for you to turn over, so you will stay on your back even if you fall asleep. The tank solution is typically 1.2 to 1.3 times denser than pool water due to Epsom salt.
Some people are also worried about experiencing altered states of consciousness while in the tank. Most people will experience profound relaxation and have altered time perception, but some may even have out-of-body experiences.
Some have found these unexpected states to be positive. In a study, participants who experienced altered states of consciousness while in the tank were also more likely to become more mindful in their daily lives.
The float tank is dirty. This is generally not true. Many people worry that using a float tank is dangerous since many others have used it before. In reality, flotation tanks are very clean. High salt concentrations like those used in float tanks contain sparingly few microorganisms.
While viruses can grow in high salt concentrations and pose a threat to you, owners of flotation tank businesses clean their tanks according to standards set by applicable laws and licensing bodies.
To minimize the risk of infection, you should wear earplugs and shower before and after the floating session. If you have cuts anywhere on your body, it may be a better idea not to float until you are fully healed.
Make sure to also lay face up when floating so your eyes, nose, and mouth will not come in direct contact with the salt solution.
Here are some Pre-Float Tips
Allow a full 90 MINUTES for your float.
Avoid caffeine 3 hours before your float.
Have a light meal or snack before.
Arrive 15 min early for your FIRST float.
Bathing suits are NOT needed and it is preferred to not use them.
Do not shave or wax 12 - 24 hours before your float.
Do not dye your hair less than 3 days before your session.
Use the bathroom prior to floating.
Turn OFF your cell phone.
Remove contact lenses (bring a case with you.)
Remove all jewelry.
Get naked. (The high amount of salt can ruin your swimsuit)
Use earplugs (provided).
Use petroleum jelly (provided) on cuts or scrapes.
Dry your face thoroughly with towel provided.
Relax, float, JUST BREATHE, heal.
Here are different types of Float Therapy Sessions offered from Vibrant Health.
The following Subscriptions allow for one float per month.
The following Subscriptions allow for two floats per month.
Vibrant Health in Cambridge is a full Health & Wellness facility to help you stay healthy and live a better life.
*You should also not use a float tank if you have the following conditions:
Contagious diseases such as gastroenteritis or diarrhea
Low blood pressure