Sensory Deprivation (Float) – Prep2018-01-25T12:05:39-05:00

Sensory Deprivation Prep Tips

Float Prep Tips

Preparing for your float

Here are some helpful tips that we’ve learned to make your float the best it can be.

Shaving

Avoid shaving (or waxing) your body 12 hours before a float, although men who regularly shave their beards can shave 6 hours beforehand.  Epsom salt stings!

Hydration

Just follow through on your normal daily hydration.  Even brains need water!

Eating

Eat a light meal no sooner than an hour before you float. If you are either hungry or  too full you may be distracted and unable to relax in your float.

Washroom

Before you shower and before you float, use the washroom one last time.  Can you imagine if nature called halfway through your float?

Stimulants

Avoid that last minute caffeine fix.  Stimulants and floating just don’t mix.

Smoking

If you can, don’t give into that craving just before you float.  Too much stimulation.  Who knows, by the end of your float, that craving might have disappeared.

Exercise

Getting active before your float is a great idea. Yoga, running, and resistance training are all activities that pair well with floating. Our infrared saunas are also an amazing pre float combo. Your muscles and fascia will be loose and flowing with blood which helps to cleanse and repair your tissues. By using up any excess energy, your body will naturally ease into a deeper state of relaxation and meditation. Think of your float as the ultimate Savasana!

Before your Float

  1. You can book your float by calling us, through our website or our app.
  2. Show up about 5-10 minutes before your float.  If this is your first float, come 15 minutes early for your orientation session so we can walk you through the whole process and answer any questions you may have.
  3. Use the bathroom if you need to before you enter the float room.
  4. Make sure to turn off your phone.
  5. Remove any makeup, jewelry or contacts you’re wearing,  and brush your hair. If you need to put on a hair cap provided.
  6. Shower using the shampoo and body wash we provide for you.  Do not use the conditioner before your float.
  7. Dry out your ears and securely place the earplugs we provide.

Enjoy Your Float

The Float

  1. You can start by sitting in the center of the tank and slowly lean back into a floating position. You can use the head ring to rest your head on.
  2. Try to calm your breathing, relax, breathe slowly and deeply as you move into deeper states of relaxation.
  3. Find YOUR floating position (arms across your body, at your sides or behind your head are 3 common options, or find a position unique to you!)
  4. Be still – the less you move the more you will relax. Also moving may splash water into your face and eyes which may sting. There is an eye spray bottle just outside each tank with fresh water to rinse your eyes in case of contact.
  5. Try to be present sit there in the absence of stimuli and just be. Let any thoughts that arise melt away.
  6. Float until we wake you!

After your Float

  1. Music will slowly fade into your float chamber as your session ends to gently wake you.
  2. Take care when you step out of your chamber and into the shower to rinse off the salt water.  We provide shampoo, body wash and post-float conditioner. Feel free to bring your own as well.
  3. Feel free to use our two private changerooms after your float.  You’ll find hair dryers, other equipment, and toiletries there for your use.
  4. Join us in the Lounge for a post-float tea before you leave.

There is a lot of scientific research on the benefits of floating, some of which can be found on our site. Here we summarize the main benefits.

Whether you are a student, an athlete, a creative artist, a meditator, or a member of the business community, floating can really help you.  The best part of floating is that it requires so little effort, but its effects are often both immediate and long-lasting.

FAQs

Do you accept walk-ins? 2017-10-24T23:09:11-04:00

We do accept walk-ins. But customers with a reservation have priority.

Are there any times I should not float?2017-10-24T22:58:30-04:00

There are probably many times and occasions people should not float, but here are three:

If you have epilepsy that is not under any medical control;

If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and

If you have had tattoo work within the last 2-4 weeks, and maybe you should wait for 6 weeks if your tattoo is really colourful.

 

 

What if I get salt water in my ears during my Float?2017-10-24T22:56:33-04:00

We will give you ear plugs prior to your float. But if you don’t want to use them, or if salt water accidentally gets in your ears, we have the solution for you. In every room we provide a solution of half white vinegar and half water. Just rinse out your ears with fresh water first, then squirt this solution in each ear one or two times. That should do it.

What should I wear for my Float session? 2017-10-24T22:54:47-04:00

Most people prefer to not wear anything at all, but are certainly welcome to float in a bathing suit.

 

Do you provide a hair dryer?2017-10-24T22:52:42-04:00

Yes! There are two mini changerooms with showers equipped with a blow dryer.

 

Can I float if I just dyed my hair?2017-10-24T22:52:04-04:00

While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some color from your hair, we recommend that you check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some color coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers. If your hair does bleed into the tank you can be charged up to $1500 to clean out the entire tank and filtration system and refill all the salt.

 

Is there a right way to Float?2017-10-24T22:49:40-04:00

Feel free to experiment and do whatever you feel most comfortable doing. Someone will show you the basic and common positions before your float but feel free to experiment.

What if I fall asleep in the float tank?2017-10-24T22:49:05-04:00

Its not uncommon to fall asleep during your float due to the deep relaxed state you enter into. Due to the high salt content the water in the tank is incredibly buoyant. It’s extremely unlikely that you’ll roll in your sleep in which case the worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes or mouth.

Can you reach altered states of consciousness?2017-10-24T22:48:27-04:00

Yes, you can reach very deep states of meditation, and may experience all sorts of things you may or may not be familiar with. Its an amazing opportunity to let go and explore!

 

Can I float for longer than an hour?2017-10-24T22:38:00-04:00

Yes we offer 1.5 hour floats and longer upon request.

Can anyone Float?2017-10-24T22:34:25-04:00

It is safe for adults, including pregnant women. However, we highly recommend those suffering from any medical conditions consult their physician prior to floating.  If you’re under the age of 16 we require parental consent.

Is there a place to keep my stuff secure while I float?2017-10-24T22:33:40-04:00

Each float room is private so you’re ok to leave your stuff on the bench beside the tank while you float.

 

Will the salt dry out my skin?2017-10-24T22:32:56-04:00

The magnesium sulfate actually makes your skin very silky and soft. You will absorb some of the Epsom salt, so it’s advised that you to drink plenty of water or tea after your float. You won’t prune up either from being in the water so long this is also due to the high salt content of the water.

What are Epsom Salts? 2017-10-24T22:32:20-04:00

Epsom salt – magnesium sulfate – is a chemical compound containing magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. Combined with water, it raises the water’s specific gravity, resulting in a dense solution in which a body can float effortlessly. Epsom salt has been proven to be highly absorbable by the skin resulting in countless benefits to the body including detoxification, strengthening of the immune system, heightened endorphin release, and relief from physical, mental, and emotional stress and fatigue

How do you clean the float tanks?2017-10-24T22:31:53-04:00

For more details check out our cleaning section. In a nutshell the water is fully filtered 3-5 times between each float, passing through an intense filtration system for particulate matter and then a UV filter which targets the DNA and RNA of bacteria, viruses, algae and other biological matter. The environment created with the high concentration of salt with some natural disinfectant (Medical Grade Hydrogen Peroxide 35%) makes it nearly impossible for any type of microorganism to survive.

How long have float tanks been around?2018-03-15T14:39:13-04:00

The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70′s.

Do I have to stay in Float tank the entire time?2017-10-24T22:30:10-04:00

No you can enter or exit as much as you like. There aren’t any latches on the tank doors, and you can get out anytime. That being said, the 60-minutes usually goes by a lot faster than you’d expect.

Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?2017-10-24T22:28:50-04:00

Only one person per tank. Double-wide tanks do exist, but we feel that they take away from the whole ‘sensory deprivation’ experience.

 

What kind of float tanks do we have?2017-10-24T22:28:19-04:00

We have 4 Pro Float Cabins from Pro Float Inc, the Canadian Leader in float tank manufacturing and design.

Do I need to bring anything to my float appointment?2018-01-28T08:18:05-05:00

If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. Also, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the tank. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT FLOATING WITH CONTACTS IN. Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels,  earplugs, body wash/shampoo,  tea, water,..)

Can I float if its ‘that-time-of-the-month’?2017-10-24T22:25:19-04:00

Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool. However we have a policy that any accidents of any type or kind that compromise the tank will result in a $1500 to refill the water and replace all of the Epson salts.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?2017-10-24T22:23:58-04:00

Check out our float prep section on our website. But quickly here: Don’t drink coffee or Alcohol for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, we suggest not shaving the day of your float, the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from rumbling while you float which can be distracting. Other than that, check out our float tips page for more tips to have the best float experience possible.

What benefits does Floating have on the mind and the body? 2017-10-24T22:23:04-04:00

Floating is known for heightening deep mental relaxation. Floating allows the brain to produce a greater amount of theta waves, generally resulting in an increase in mental clarity, creativity and memory function. It is said to increase the release of the endorphins, which leads to elevated mood states and alleviation of anxiety, depression, and negative mental habits.

Can I float if I’m pregnant?2017-10-24T22:20:24-04:00

There are a lot of Pregnant women who love floating!   There is even a special position you can float in that can potentially relieve all of the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body which can be a great help to those suffering from lower back pain. If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.

Why is Floating so relaxing?2017-10-24T22:18:57-04:00

It’s a combination of the sensory deprivation, no sound, touch or site, feeling totally weightless combined with magnesium sulfate which is a mineral known to help people relax. However some people on their first float are so unfamiliar with this environment they have trouble settling in. That’s why we recommend most people float at least 3 times when starting to get the hang of it.

Will my insurance plan cover my Float?2017-10-24T22:18:09-04:00

Most plans that cover Massage also include Hydrotherapy under that category.  Floating falls under Hydrotherapy when under the guidance of an RMT. If you are unsure, ask your provider if you are covered for Hydrotherapy with an RMT.​ 

Can I float if I’m claustrophobic?2017-10-24T22:17:07-04:00

Our tanks are state of the art Pro Float cabins that you can actually stand up in. Once you’re comfortably in, being in the tanks is more like floating in outer space than being shut in a box. You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems during their time in the tank. If you still feel uncomfortable you can also leave the door open as long as you like.

 

Sensory Deprivation Rules, Warnings and Guidelines

Please read before booking an appointment. If you have any questions please email us at connect@goelemental.ca or call (905) 669-4222.

Please ensure you comply with the below warnings, rules and safety guidelines.

  • you do not have a fear of enclosed spaces, anxiety provoking disorders or suffer from claustrophobia;
  • you are not taking any medication or receiving medical treatment. If you are taking any medication or receiving any treatment, you have consulted a doctor and received clearance to use the Float Tank;
  • you do not have any communicable illness or skin disorder and do not currently exhibit any open wounds, sores, cuts, lacerations or rashes nor have any bandages on my person;
  • you have not been administered an injection through a needle or syringe, whether by myself or a medical professional in the last ten (10) days;
  • you are not under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol at the time of your float;
  • you do not suffer from any uncontrolled medical conditions which may result in: fainting/seizing/narcolepsy or cardiac arrest;
  • you have not used hair dye or coloured my hair in the last ten (10) days;
  • you are not pregnant. If are pregnant, you confirm that a doctor has cleared you to use the Float Tank;
  • you are continent of bowl and bladder;
  • you are capable of entering and exiting the Float Tank on your own and without the assistance of any aid whether from a device, individual or otherwise.

 

 

You acknowledge and agree to assume the following risks in respect of utilizing the Float Tank and the Company’s premises:

  • The use of the Float Tank may result in skin redness or irritation or potentially an allergic reaction to the liquid solution in the Float Tank containing Epsom salt.
  • Risks and dangers may arise from foreseeable or unforeseeable causes including, but not limited to, my own determination, where I guide myself, where and how I move or travel, in my own decision making, including that I may misjudge myself, routes, locations, perceptions, and level of control
  • you agree to remove yourself from the Float Tank if you experience or observe any unusual hazard during my use of the Float Tank and bring such hazard to the attention of staff.

It is our duty to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience, hope to see you soon!