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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Float Pod look like?

The Float Pod could be described as a giant egg shaped dome. The lid opens to create a large entryway into the pod with multicolored LED lights illuminating the water. The curved roof combined with the shallow body of water makes the pod seem a lot more spacious from inside.

How do you Float?

With 500kgs of Epsom salts concentrating the water, Floating is effortless. The buoyancy created by the salts pushes your body upwards allowing you to Float on the surface of the water with ease.

We recommend Floating on your back, with your arms resting across your chest, or above your head with palms facing upwards.

What is Floating good for?

Pain relief and muscle recovery – Floating increases blood flow through the body, in turn improving circulation; the delivery of oxygen and the removal of toxins to muscles. The antigravity effect while Floating relieves joint pain and tension by allowing you to lie flat without pressure points to the body.  

Magnesium absorption – While Floating in the highly saturated Epsom salt water, Magnesium is absorbed transdermally through the skin. Magnesium is a vital nutrient used by every organ in the body and relieves muscle cramps and spasms, regulates insulin, relaxes muscles to encourage sleep, strengthens bones through aiding in calcium absorption and offers anti-inflammatory benefits.

Stress release and relaxation – Removing external stimuli, the Float Pod creates an environment that allows your body to enter a deep state of relaxation. The body then naturally decreases its cortisol levels; the primary stress hormone and increases the release of endorphins and dopamine.

Pregnancy – Floating is a great way for expectant mothers to relieve the aches and pain that come with pregnancy as the weightlessness experienced while floating removes pressure off of your feet and spine, while the magnesium absorption aids in muscle recovery and repair.

Rest – The deep relaxation entered while Floating allows your body to rest and recharge without the distraction of external stimuli to focus on making it easier to slip into a state of mindfulness. 

What if you don’t want to close the lid?

During your Float session, you are completely in control of the environment and how you Float is up to you. Firstly, there are no locks or seals on the Float Pods lid – you can leave it completely open, close it shut or anything in between, the hydraulic arms means that the lid will stay put at whichever height you leave it in. Secondly, Inside the Pod there are two buttons. A red emergency button that will alert staff if pressed and a blue one is for the lights which you control throughout the session. If you are concerned or worried about Floating, you can work through stages and gradually lower the lid or turn off the lights as you feel comfortable.

Can anyone Float?

While almost anyone can Float, there are a few factors that may prevent you from Floating at any given time.

You cannot Float if any of the following apply:

  • Have just shaved or waxed

  • Have had a spray tan or used tanning products three days prior to your Float

  • Have recently dyed your hair (please ask us for more details regarding this)

  • Have a tattoo that is not fully healed

  • Have any open wounds or infectious diseases

  • Are breastfeeding or menstruating

  • Are incontinent or have diarrhoea

  • Are under the influence of drugs or alcohol

  • Have epilepsy

  • Have serious heart conditions or kidney disease

  • Have allergies to salts

There are no age restrictions to Floating, however people must be able to independently get in and out of the Float Tank. 

Children are able to Float, but must have a parent/caregiver present in the Float Room until they are confident to Float alone and the parent/caregiver has given signed consent. 

The judgement can be made by the Float Guide as to whether they are comfortable that the child will be safe and at any time request that the parent/caregiver be present.

Pregnant women are able to Float, however we do not recommend this during the first trimester and from week 36.

60 minutes sounds like a long time – how do you Float for that long?

We offer an Intro to Floating Package for first-time Floaters which includes 2x 45 minute sessions and 1x 60 minute session. This eases you into the Floating experience and gets you more comfortable with being in a calm, quiet, environment – something we aren’t used to in this fast paced world! There are also strategies we can help you with to calm your mind and relax, which include breathing techniques, and meditation exercises.

How often should you Float?

It has been proven that the more you Float, the more strongly you will experience the benefits. To begin with, we recommend booking 3 Float sessions initially as this allows you to properly adjust to the experience and get the most out of it.

Is Floating part of a physio treatment?

Floating isn’t part of a traditional treatment plan, but your physiotherapist may discuss it as an option if pain management, muscle recovery, or any of the other benefits of Floating may assist your injury recovery.

How can I book in?

You can book your Float in either on our website here, over the phone or pop in and see us.

Click here to book your Float.

Want to book or find out more about Float Therapy at Lifestyle Physiotherapy?

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