Q: What is floating in a floatation tank?
A: As explained by a pre-eminent scientist; “floating is a method of attaining the deepest rest that humankind has ever experienced.” Essentially, it’s spending an hour or so lying quietly in the dark, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt (800 lbs), about 10 inches deep, and so dense that you float effortlessly. We play some gentle music to help you relax or you can float in silence. In short; it’s complete mental and physical relaxation.
Q: Might I be bored or frightened in a float tank?
A: Anyone who floats regularly will tell you how blissfully comfortable and deeply relaxed they feel whilst floating. You’re as close as you are ever likely to be to an experience of weightlessness; and, surprisingly, there is no feeling of being confined in a tight space.
Q: What effects does floating in a floatation tank have on the body?
A: 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 is also enhanced during floating. Also, one hour of floating has the restorative effects of 4 hours of sleep!
Q: What effects does floating in a floatation tank have on the mind?
A: During a float, you produce slower brain-wave patterns; know 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 Super Learning.
Q: Is floating in floatation tanks successful for everyone?
A: Floating, as with other things, doesn’t suit everybody just almost everyone. It needs 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.
Q: What if I can’t swim?
A: 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.
Q: Is it private?
A: Yes, you float within your own individual room (so there is no requirement to wear a swimming suit). The room has its own shower and is for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.
Q: Will my skin wrinkle?
A: No. Because the water contains high salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves you skin soft and silky.
Q: Am I locked inside a floatation tank?
A: No, the door simply pushes open or you can float with the door open.
Q: How is water hygiene maintained in the floatation tank?
A: The water contains heavy concentrations of salt (over 800 lbs) so the solution is virtually sterile. We add a limited amount of (swimming pool) chemicals to ensure that floatation tanks are totally clean. Also, we filter the water thoroughly between each float tank session.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Guests of the floatation room will receive from Galim a personal towel and care kit including: soap, shampoo, body wash and body lotion. Therefore, there is no need to bring toiletries.
Also, Earplugs to prevent water from entering your ears will be supplied.
If you wear contact lenses, bring their case, solution, etc., a hair brush and all other personal items you may want.