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What is Floatation Therapy?
Floatation therapy, or sensory deprivation, is a unique experience that we have offered in New England for over 19 years. The tank is filled with over 800 lbs of epsom salt dissolved in water, which provides the body an opportunity to float effortlessly and let go of all muscle tension and holding. One hour of sleep is reported to be equivalent to about 8 hours of REM sleep. People who float report physical pain relief, improved sleep patterns, deep relaxation, clarity and focus, enhanced creativity, ability to problem solve, deeper meditation, improved performance, and much more! Here's a nice little article in the Worcester Telegram.
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What is in the tank?
The tank environment is humid. There are 10 inches of water in the tank with 800 lbs. of epsom salt dissolved in it. When you lie back you will float like a cork. Your ears will be under water. There are earplugs available if you would like them, and we recommend them if you have ever had ear problems.
How should I position my body in the tank?
You can experiment with the best body position for you. For example, hands behind head, on your chest, along your sides. If you have tension in your neck you can relieve it by clasping your hands behind your head or using a head float. We also have a neck pillow that may relieve any tension in your neck that is preventing you from
Is it completely dark in the tank?
It can be. There are a couple small holes in the back of the tank that will allow a little light in the tank. If you would prefer it completely dark during your float, we recommend turning all lights in the float room off before entering the tank.
What happens if I get the salt water in my eyes?
If you get any salt water in your eyes you will be uncomfortable for a few minutes. To avoid getting drips of salt water in your eyes, push your hair back on your forehead when you change from lying down to sitting up. Also keep your salty hands away from your eyes. If you do happen to get salt in your eyes, have your towel where you can easily reach it, and use it to wipe your eyes.
How will I know when my session is over?
After your scheduled time passes a signal (chimes) will let you know your time is up. The tank door pushes right open. Slowly sit up, stand and exit the tank. Please bring your belongings with you into the bathroom, this allows us to begin sanitizing the float room for the next client.
Should I eat before I go into the tank?
You can eat. If you eat a very heavy meal you may spend a lot of time listening to your digestive juices. And, on the other hand, if you get very hungry you may spend a lot of time listening to your digestive juices. Moderation works.
Is there a typical tank user?
Not that we know of. People of all ages and walks of life seem to enjoy the experience equally. What seems typical is how good everyone looks when they come out of the tank.
Is anyone not supposed to use the tank?
We don't recommend tank use for epileptics whose epilepsy is not under medical control; for people under the influence of alcohol, drugs, those with infectious diseases, open skin wounds, severe mental disorders, or those with suicidal tendencies.
I'm pregnant, can I float?
Yes! Moms-to-be love floating to relieve the pressure of the weight of their belly! If you have any concerns, we suggest that pregnant women inform their physicians or midwives and get their opinion prior to using the tank.
Can I use the tank if I'm menstruating?
Yes, only if you use a tampon.
Can children float?
Absolutely! We just require that a parent/guardian be present for the duration of their appointment. We have seen many children with ADD/ADHD and other hyperactive challenges experience the deepest relaxation while floating.
What effect does salt water have on my skin and hair?
The Epsom salt solution is wonderful for exfoliating the skin and strengthening the hair. You thoroughly rinse the salt from your hair and body when you leave the tank, but you are reaping the benefits.
Can I wear a bathing cap?
Yes, you can wear one, but it won't keep your hair dry. The salt water will find it's way in.
Do I have to wear anything in the tank?
Since it is a private experience, most people don't wear anything. Anything you wear will press against your body, becoming a distraction. If you prefer to wear a bathing suit, pleases rinse out any detergents before entering the tank with it.
Do people sleep in the tank?
Yes, some people fall asleep in the tank, and some people use the tank for sleeping. One hour of sleep in the tank is said to be similar to 4 hours of REM sleep!
The most common experience while floating is somewhere in between sleep and awake. The brain wave patterns move from Alpha to Beta to Delta and for some may even deepen to Pheta state of consciousness.
Is there a right way to do it?
All the ways are right. Each person should find whatever position is comfortable for them. Some people float with their hands at their sides, some with their hands folded across their chest or abdomen, or behind their heads. You can keep your head at either end or sit up if you like. You may float with the door open or closed. Float the way it is comfortable for you and explore what is best for you.
Can people drown in the tank?
What if I'm claustrophobic?
People who say that they are afraid to use the tank because they are claustrophobic probably assume that they will be confined to an enclosed space. However, you can use the tank with the door open if you wish. You are in control of the session and can get in and out as you need. You should use it in the way it's comfortable for you.
Is there enough air in the tank?
Yes. The tank is designed not to be airtight, so there is a plentiful air supply. In addition, fresh air is brought in by an air circulation system.
Can two people float in the tank at the same time?
No, there is only enough room for one person to float in the tank. Plus, you wouldn't want anyone in there with you. Floating in the tank is intended to be a private, individual experience.
What can I expect from my float?
We don't know what it will be like for you since it is such an individual experience. We recommend not having any expectations of what your experience will entail. The most common reports are profound peace and relaxation, deep concentration and creativity.
We like to avoid saying too much before people use the tank, so that they aren't influenced by what someone else says. Not only will it be different for you than it is for anyone else, it will be different each time.
Do I need to float more than once?
Yes, if you want to make use of the potential. For us floating is not a finite experience. It touches the infinite. Most people, but not all, get a sense of what floating will be like after they float 3 to 5 times.Those who see the potential the first time, want to return again and again.
Is there a best time to use the tank?
No. This is a matter of individual preference. Some people prefer morning, some prefer night. The best way to find out is to experiment by using the tank at different times of the day.
Are there positive benefits of using the tank on a regular basis?
Yes. There seems to be a cumulative effect with consistent use of the tank. Floating truly enhances the meditation experience for those seeking a spiritual connection. Check out our memberships if you are interested in reaping the benefits of floating on a regular basis!
Is this sensory deprivation?
The term "sensory deprivation" describes areas of scientific research that consider the effects of reduced environmental stimulation. The words are an unfortunate choice for those of us who are presenting the floating experience as something pleasant, attractive and relaxing. We notice that people run away from us when they hear the possibility of any form of deprivation. As a result we are careful to point out that the senses are fully operational and in fact, the senses are very pleased to be relieved from the prevalent atmosphere of sensory overload. Stimulus reduction is an accurate description of the tank environment. Check out this video if you are a little apprehensive.
What kind of tank do we have?
Our float tank is a Samadhi tank. We have always used a Samadhi tank and have developed a wonderful relationship with Glen and Lee, the owner's of Samadhi Tank Company. Glen and Lee began their own journey with float tanks with their great friend, John C. Lilly, founder of the isolation experience.
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What should I bring and how do I prepare for my float?
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