No. The water is very shallow, usually about 10” deep. Besides, it is much heavier than ordinary water because of the 1100 lbs of Epsom salts, so you float very easily and much higher in the water than in a swimming pool or another body of water. You float on your back with absolutely no effort, and there is no tendency to roll over. Actually, people often sleep in float tanks. The worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes.
Normally, the Float Session is 60-minutes in length (unless there is no one after you, then you are welcome to stay longer) but we recommend blocking off at least 1.5 hours of your day. You will want to arrive a few minutes early to fill out our New Client Form and kick back in our lounge and wind down a little before jumping into the the pod.
One person per tank please. Even though our tanks can fit two people side by side, the sensory input of having someone floating in the tank, bumping into you, causing you to bump into the wall, and then back into them until you felt like some sort of human sensory deprived pinball, would be antithetical to the experience in our opinion.
Not only is it safe but it’s encouraged! Some say floating is “a pregnancy must!” Floating allows you to escape the added stress and weight of pregnancy by being in a weightless environment, taking the strain off of your body. We have also heard testimonies that it is an awesome way to bond with your baby.
Most people who have a concern about their claustrophobic fear feel relaxed once we take them to a float room and they see how spacious the tank is.
If you are still uncomfortable or worried in the closed tank, you do not have to close the lid or leave it half open. You are always in control of your environment and get out at any time.
No. You do not need to wear bathers, or we recommend you not to wear them as they uncomfortably stick to your skin in the water(which is not ideal for the purpose of sensory deprivation therapy). You will be taken to a private room, so there is no need to worry about privacy!
Anyone from all ages can benefit from floating. However, if you have any of the following conditions, please be advised not to float or give us a call to discuss:
- Have had your hair dyed or applied artificial skin tanner within the last three days
- Have received any tattoos/piercings within one week
- Be pregnant and in your first trimester (please receive permission from your medical practitioner in your second trimester onwards)
- Under the influence of any drug or alcohol
- Suffering from an unstable mental health condition, such as psychosis or have suicidal tendencies
- Have epilepsy, hypotension, or a heart condition/a pacemaker
- Have a severe/contagious/infectious skin condition(eczema, sunburn etc…) and open/infected wounds
- has been less than a week since you experienced gastroenteritis/diarrhea
- Had chemotherapy within the last two months
These are all for precautions(safety of yourself and others) and optimal results for your float experience.
If you have any questions or concerns before you float, please call us to discuss.
Children, particularly before puberty, don’t have the same ability to regulate their body temperature, so there’s definitely some watch-outs for younger kids with any kind of sauna as they are more at risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. We don’t allow children under 8 to use our sauna. Children between 8 and 15 can use it with a parent sitting in the room with them (not in the sauna, necessarily; but in the room). And young adults between ages 15 and 18 can use the sauna with a parent available in the building at all times.
We require the first 1-2 sessions for a minor to be limited to 15 minutes, just to see how their bodies react. If they can handle 15 minutes without any apparent negative effects of overheating, they can extend further sessions to 30 minutes. We do not allow sessions longer than 30 minutes for minors.
As always, remind your child about the importance of thorough hydration after use of a sauna.
You can do nothing. We love nothing here at Soul Space. We don’t do nothing often enough in our culture.
But if just sitting and being is, well, boring … you can:
- Read while you’re in there; the air itself isn’t humid, so books won’t get wet and messed up. Your hands may get sweaty, though, so maybe turn pages carefully.
- Listen to music, podcasts or audio books; our sauna has an audio system that you can connect your phone or other media device to, either through a wired connection or via Bluetooth, so you can control the audio from inside the sauna.
- Because you will get a spacious sauna room, it will be beneficial if you can do some stretching or moving to release your muscle.
Infrared Sauna therapy is an outstanding treatment option for detoxifying the body. Please be aware, though, that we do not have a doctor on staff and we do not provide medical consultation for you while using our infrared sauna. If you have concerns about the interaction of infrared heat with any level of known toxicity that you aware of, or are otherwise working on a chronic health issue, we recommend only using our sauna under the guidance of a doctor.
The recommended temperature range for infrared sauna sessions is 120-150 Fahrenheit degrees (approximately 45 – 70 Celsius) . Infrared heat is a different type of heat than traditional wet or dry saunas, so while you do sweat you don’t feel as hot as you might in a traditional sauna. If you have concerns about getting too hot, start out at the low end – 120 Fahrenheit degrees – and adjust upwards from there based on your comfort level. You have full control over the temperature while you’re in the sauna.
You should not use the sauna if you have any known medical condition that is exacerbated by dehydration, overheating, or electrolyte depletion; or are currently on any medication that affects blood circulation.
You should avoid sauna use completely in the case of:
- Severe aortic stenosis
- Recent myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Unstable angina pectoris
- Lupus erythematosus, if you are on steroids
- Brain tumors
Avoid sauna use completely unless under the care of a doctor with expertise in sauna detoxification in the case of:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Silicone implants
Check with your doctor in the case of:
- Your specific medical condition
- Pacemakers (check with doctor and manufacturer)
- Pins, rods and other implants, such as cochlear implants
- Diabetes (due to potentital impact on blood sugar)
If you any medical concerns about using sauna, always consult your doctor – particularly, a doctor experienced with sauna therapy – before using one.