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What is a Float Tank?

Floating is part therapy, part meditation, part transcendence, and all relaxation. Classically known as “sensory deprivation”, floatation therapy is suitable for professionals, athletes, meditators and everyone in between, including children and the elderly.

The float tank is filled with 10 inches of water and then 600 pounds of Epsom salt and 50 pounds of Dead Sea salt, which 50 pounds of Dead Sea salt converts to 100 pounds of Epsom salt .The solution is skin temperature, which is approximately 93.5F. This helps the water and air blend in with the temperature of your skin and therefore the sensation disappears.

The combination of water, quiet and serene provides a place that people are rarely able to access in their mind. The benefits of a float tank has a wide variety from athletic use due to the Epsom salts, introspection for those working on personal development, stress reduction due to the quiet or just a break from the everyday overload of sensory. 


What are the Benefits?

Improved health and well-being
Deepened meditation
Heighten self-awareness
Relief of physical pain
Relief of mental stress & anxiety
Improved sleep
Improved immune system
Greater athletic performance
Faster healing process
Hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis
Recovery from addictions
Increased creativity
Enhanced problem-solving capacity


Produce endorphins, the brain’s “happy chemical”
Induce theta brainwave states
Trigger vasodilation, associated with a number of health benefits
Reduce levels of corticosteroids, the stress hormones
Increase levels of magnesium, one of the most critical minerals required for electrical stability of every cell in the human body
Decrease the production of Cortisol, ACTH, Lactic Acid and Adrenaline
Improve circulation and oxygenation of cells
… and much more


Who can use the Float Tank

Is there a typical tank user?

Not that we know of. People of all ages and walks of life seem to enjoy the experience equally. What seems typical is how good everyone looks when they come out of the tank.

Is anyone not supposed to use the tank?

We don’t recommend tank use for epileptics whose epilepsy is not under medical control; for people under the influence of alcohol, drugs, those with infectious diseases, open skin wounds, or those with suicidal tendencies.

Can pregnant women use the tank?

Yes. We suggest that pregnant women inform their physicians or midwives and get their opinion prior to using the tank. The reports received from pregnant women have been enthusiastic. As their bodies get heavier, floating is a great relief from the pull of gravity. Floating has given many women a welcome rest.


Do children use the tank? What is their response?

Yes, we know that children use the tank and we don’t know much about their responses. A 7 1/2 year old came to a public center with his mother. He listened to the orientation she was receiving. When he heard about the fears, he said he was very afraid of the dark. Later, when he used the tank, he was asked about the fear of the dark. He said that was a different dark. Night time dark was scary and full of dragons, and the dark of the tank was friendly and nice.