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Elysian Float Spa

Frequently Asked Float Questions

Looking to learn more about float therapy? You’ve come to the right place.

What is Float Therapy?

 
Float therapy, or sensory deprivation, is a unique way to provide your body and mind with a truly relaxing environment. In a private room, you will float effortlessly in a spacious float pod, filled with 1,000 pounds of medical-grade Epsom Salt, dissolved in only 10 inches of water. Being fully buoyant in the water, you are completely supported and able to relax every joint and muscle. Equal body, air and water temperatures, help eliminate any sensation of floating. You can control the light and music input, allowing for some or no outside stimulation. While the magnesium in the salts naturally relaxes your muscles, the absence of outside stimulation can help you unplug from your surroundings and allow you to slip into a deep state of relaxation.

What to Expect

When you book your appointment, you will be sent a video to preview before your arrival.  This will give you an overview of the float experience and some tips on how to help yourself relax and get the most out of your float session.  On the day of your float, a member of our staff will have you complete some paperwork and give you a brief orientation of the float room and pod.  We want to be sure you are comfortable with the controls and procedures, and that you understand how you can customize the sound, light and pod lid to make you feel most at ease.  After showering, you are free to relax for an entire hour!  When your float session ends, you’ll be alerted to slowly exit the pod.  You will have 15 minutes to shower, dry and dress.  You can then proceed to our vanity room to dry your hair, moisturize and complete your own make-up routine.  Finally, relax in our lounge area with a cup of herbal tea, or take one for the road!

Benefits

 Chronic Conditions:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Depression and Anxiety
Ease Everyday Pain and Stress
  • Reduce Stimulation and Rest Mind
  • Ease Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Aid Athletic Recovery
  • Speed Muscle Recovery
  • Reduce Joint Stress
  • Aid Mental Rest and Recovery

FAQ

  • Avoid caffeine intake 2-3 hours before your appointment.
  • Be well hydrated. 
  • Have a snack or meal before your float to avoid hunger distraction.
  • Bring personal care products for after your shower.
  • Avoid shaving before a float.  Little cuts will sting in the salt water.
  • Bring contact solution and case to remove contacts during float, if desired.
  • Bring a swim cap if you do not wish to get your hair wet. 
 
Our float pods are spacious (7.5ft long, 5.5ft wide, 4.3ft high), allowing you to choose a comfortable position.  There is plenty of room to move, so you can put your arms over your head or to the sides, sit up if necessary and enter and exit the pod in a standing position.  The door to the pod is easy to open and close and can remain open during your float if you choose to do so.  Lighting and soft music adjustments are under your control. You can exit the pod at any time.
 

Very! The water in each pod goes through a four-part sanitation process between each use.  The main 10 micron filter is capable of filtering debris in the water as small as 1/4 the size of the diameter of a human hair. Water is also pumped through a UV light array, eliminating any micro-organisms that survive the extreme salt content of the water. Also, Hydrogen Peroxide and other natural enzymes are added as part of our daily cleaning process. The water is many times more sanitary than a swimming pool or spa. The surface of the pod is thoroughly wiped down with an antibacterial cloth before each use.

Epsom salt, or 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.  For more information on the benefits of Epsom salt, reference: https://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/uses-benefits/

People who float are often so relaxed they fall asleep.  Since your body is completely buoyant, in only 10-12 inches of water, there is no danger of drowning.  If desired, a soft foam ring can be placed under your head to offer extra support during your float.  When the float session is over, you will be gently alerted or awakened by a recorded message and the sound of the filtration system beginning.  You can safely exit the pod while the filtration system begins.

If you have uncontrolled seizures or epilepsy, we don’t recommend floating.  Also, those with an infectious skin disease or skin disorder, such as eczema, psoriasis or shingles are not able to float.  Those who have had an invasive medical procedure or surgery should wait until they are fully healed before floating.  As always, concerns about specific medical conditions should be addressed with a medical professional before making an appointment.
 
We highly recommend that first time floaters be 18 or older.  If a minor 16 years or older is interested in floating, a discussion with their legal guardian must be had before making an appointment. 
If you are suffering from a Urinary Tract Infection or Yeast Infection, the magnesium-sulfate water could be very irritating.  Please call to reschedule for a better time.
 
Older people can also enjoy floating, but they may need assistance getting in and out of the float pool. Because of their special health conditions, the staff of the float center may not know how to help properly, therefore it is recommended for older people if they have difficulties getting in and out of the float pool to bring their own assistance person (people) to help them and –if they need- to stay with them during the floating session.
 
Pregnant women may not be later than 35 weeks gestation to avoid any chance of bodily fluid contamination.
Pregnancy:  Pregnant women can really enjoy the benefits of floating, especially for back pain and muscle pain relief. However, pregnancy is a special condition, especially the first 3 months (1st trimester), so we recommend that pregnant women wait until after the 1st trimester. Also, pregnant women may be no later than 35 weeks gestation to avoid any chance of bodily fluid contamination of the pod water.
 

Menstruation: Floating during a menstruation cycle can be handled just as entering a swimming pool.  It is not recommended during the days of heaviest flow, but is otherwise perfectly safe.  Please use the same precautions you would use for swimming during a menstrual cycle.  Feel free to reschedule your float appointment if necessary for this reason.

Vaginal Irritation:  It is not uncommon to experience some vaginal irritation during a float.  Since the water contains a high level of Epsom salt, sensitive or irritated skin can burn upon exposure.  Sometimes, burning can subside within a few minutes, like small knicks on the skin.  Other times, it can persist.  If you feel uncomfortable and do not want to continue the float, please exit the tank and reschedule (free of charge) for a better time.   Applying petroleum to the vagina or other sensitive areas can greatly reduce irritation from the float water as well.  This can be done before entering the pod or during a float by rinsing, applying and returning to the float.
 
Urinary Tract or Yeast Infection:  If you are suffering from a Urinary Tract Infection or Yeast Infection, the magnesium-sulfate water could be very irritating.  Please call to reschedule for a better time.

We recommend you wear nothing to maximize your float experience.  However, if you feel more comfortable wearing a bathing suit, you are welcome to.  Please take extra care to rinse thoroughly in the shower before entering the float pod to avoid disrupting the water balance with detergents.

A towel, wash cloth, shampoo, conditioner and body wash are provided in your private pod and shower space.  We also provide a foam head ring for neck support, ear plugs and vaseline for small scratches or cuts.  If you wear contact lenses, we recommend bringing solution and a case to remove your contacts during your float.  After your float and shower, you may use our vanity area, which is equipped with a hair dryer, hair spray, lotion and cotton swabs.  You should bring your own brush or comb and any other hair care and beauty products you desire for your personal routine.

We ask that you wait to float 7 days after coloring your hair.  If you have recently dyed or colored your hair and it still runs in the shower or stains a towel, you may not float.  Such dyes will disrupt the delicate balance of the chemistry in the float tank.  Otherwise, the water is perfectly safe for colored hair.
 
Absolutely NO temporary hair dye is allowed.

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