Might I be bored or frightened?
Anyone who floats regularly will tell you how blissfully comfortable and deeply relaxed they feel whilst floating. You’re as close as you’re ever likely to be to an experience of weightlessness; and, surprisingly, there is no feeling of being confined in a tight space.
But I’m claustrophobic!?
This is a common initial concern. The float tank or floatroom lights and door are controlled by you, so you can choose to float with the door open and the lights on. Once people realise that they are in total control their fears subside and the vast majority will go on to close the door and turn off the light!
What effects does floating have on the body?
In the gravity free environment the body balances and heals internally as all the senses are rested. Research shows that floating measurably reduces blood pressure and heart rate whilst lowering the levels of stress related chemicals in the body. Old injuries and aches, (especially backache) experience relief as floating helps blood circulation. Floating is used widely in the treatment of stress, anxiety, jet lag and to improve concentration and creativity. Sports performance and ‘wind down’ is also enhanced during floating.
What effects does floating have on the mind?
During a float you produce slower brain-wave patterns, known as theta waves, (normally experienced only during deep meditation or just before falling asleep). This is usually accompanied by vivid imagery, very clear, creative thoughts, sudden insights and inspirations or feelings of profound peace and joy, induced by the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. Because of these effects floating is used effectively in the treatment of depression and addictions, including smoking and alcohol. It is also used in schools and universities as tools for SuperLearning.
Is floating successful for everyone?
Floating, as with other things, doesn’t suit everybody. It needs a willingness on your part to let go and see what happens, and you may need to float a few times before you are able to relax Completely, both physically and mentally. Depending on your own journey through life, a float might provide an hour of total physical relaxation – or a profound healing experience, emotionally and spiritually transforming….. Floating can be a wonderful aid to opening doors into your inner world, gradually allowing access to those deeper levels at which real changes take place.
What if I can’t swim?
Floating doesn’t require any swimming skills what so ever. You’ll actually float like a cork and it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are.
Is it private?
Yes. You float on your own and within individual rooms (so there is no requirement to wear a swimming costume). Each room has its own shower and is for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.
Will my skin wrinkle?
No. Because the water contains high salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves your skin soft and silky.
Am I locked in?
Absolutely not. No-one will even shut the door other than you and it simply pushes open at anytime.
How is water hygiene maintained?
Obviously, FTA members have to comply with stringent health and safety regulations. The water contains mostly salt and so the solution is sterile. A limited amount of (swimming pool) chemicals are added to ensure it’s totally clean. Also, the water is filtered thoroughly between each float session. Additionally, the water is tested regularly.
How much does it cost?
Check with your local centre. A typical price is around £30 to £45 per session. Multiple sessions are usually cheaper and worth asking about.
I’m pregnant. Is floating safe for my baby?
Absolutely! In fact heavily pregnant women probably get more relief from the float tank than anyone else. Just lying on a bed can be extremely uncomfortable for women in the later stages of pregnancy due to the massive gravitational strain placed on the body. The float tank is a wonderful haven to which pregnant women can escape. We do however recommend that like most activities floating should be avoided in the first trimester.